Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hawaii Supreme Court nominee victim of Facebook fraud, gambling bills mulled, rail lawsuit filed, HECO agreement reached, Kauai to protect rare birds, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

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A series of proposals aimed at generating money for the state through gambling, casinos or a multistate lottery face a tough fight in the Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

The House Tourism Committee is testing the temperature of House Bill 394 that calls for amending the state constitution so slot machines and video poker would be legal in Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.

Two bills moving through the State Legislature would affect everyone who owns a vehicle in Hawaii.KHON2.

Medicaid Cuts Up For Discussion At State Capitol. KITV4.

The House Committee on Tourism deliberated on a number of tax measures today to generate additional revenue for the State. Hawaii Public Radio.

An influential lobbyist who was involved in vetting Neal Palafox before he was nominated by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as director of the state Department of Health believes the doctor had nothing in his past that would have jeopardized his post. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Supreme Court Nominee Sabrina McKenna disclosed today that she is the target of fraud on Facebook.Hawaii Reporter.

A lawsuit filed Monday afternoon in Honolulu Circuit Court hopes to stop construction of the city’s $5.5 billion rail project. KHON2.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano led several groups in blasting Honolulu's rail plans yesterday and then took swipes at Honolulu mayors past and present. Star-Advertiser.

The road to rail transit for Oahu still isn’t paved.Hawaii Independent.

A longer school day and teacher evaluations, depend on collective bargaining agreements with the unions — the Hawaii State Teachers Association, United Public Workers and Hawaii Government Employees Association — and possibly two school boards.Civil Beat.

Lingle a threat to Akaka in 2012. Star-Advertiser.

A tax on sugary drinks could help quench the state's thirst for money while discouraging obesity caused by beverages that some doctors refer to as "liquid candy." Tribune-Herald.

The last time the city had a landfill selection committee it ended in controversy and no new site was built. Hawaii News Now.

A Waikiki restaurant is causing a stir with the fine print on its menu and now the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission may be making an inquiry. KITV4.

Representatives from Hawaiian Electric Co. and its largest group of unionized workers reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a new labor agreement to replace one that expired three months ago. Star-Advertiser.

Community members are invited to share their thoughts with the state tonight on a developer’s proposed efforts to protect several endangered species during and after construction of a 772-unit resort residential project and 27-hole golf course complex in Lihu‘e. Garden Island.

After three years of planning, Target Corp. will begin construction this spring on a 130,000-square-foot store in Kailua. Star-Advertiser.


Maui Land & Pineapple will no longer manage the two Kapalua Resort golf courses after March 31, and has notified employees that their jobs may not be secure. Pacific Business News

Construction for the clinic’s new Oceanside Health and Wellness Center at the former Pau Hana Inn site has been forced to shut down due to a lack of funding. Molokai Dispatch.

Even though she came from a family of teachers, Maui Waena Intermediate's Vice Principal Jacquelyn "Jacque" Davis didn't start off wanting to become one. Maui News.

The charm of the Keauhou Store remains. West Hawaii Today.

The Congress of Visayan Organizations (COVO), the umbrella group for Visayan organizations in the State of Hawaii , recently received the 2010 Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas given by the Philippine government every two years. Filipino Chronicle.