Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hawaii students face new graduation rules, Abercrombie appointee battle continues, Superferry for sale, UHH cutting classes,Transit Authority may lose budget, Hawaii County budget battles, more Hawaii news optimized for your smartphone

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The federal Maritime Administration has put up for public sale the two high-speed vessels formerly owned by the bankrupt Hawaii Superferry LLC. Star-Advertiser.

ALEC To Release ‘Rich States, Poor States’ Wednesday; Hawaii Listed as 46th Worst. Hawaii Reporter.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's request that all 28 people he didn't appoint to five key boards and commissions step down has thrown the members into an uproar. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday that his request that more than two dozen appointed members of state boards and commissions resign was not a reflection of their service or an issue of personalities. Star-Advertiser.

Will Hawaii care enough about deciding its political districts? Hawaii Independent.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed 15 measures into law. Associated Press.

As Hawaii residents prepare to pay more than double the vehicle weight tax fees and an 80 percent higher state vehicle registration fee, there's no guarantee the money will go for road maintenance. West Hawaii Today.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has resorted to cutting classes to deal with an anticipated $4 million shortfall in state funding. Tribune-Herald.

Every public high school student in Hawaii would have to pass geometry and complete two lab sciences under more rigorous graduation requirements proposed as the state Department of Education continues to fine-tune its diploma policy. Star-Advertiser.

A little more than a week before the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation takes office, a battle looms as Mayor Peter Carlisle is expected to veto the agency's budget passed by the City Council. Star-Advertiser.

County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong has called an emergency meeting Friday to vote on whether the council should hire an outside attorney to verify the legality of the county budget. West Hawaii Today.

Last-minute executive actions by a county administration that shares legal staff with the County Council are apparently hampering the council's ability to do its work, a situation that could lead to changes sought in the Hawaii County Charter. West Hawaii Today.

Members of the Hawaii-based guided missile frigate USS Reuben James received a warm welcome when they returned to Pearl Harbor Monday morning. KITV4.

A new formula is causing some confusion about Hawaii's bottomfish catch limit. Hawaii News Now.

The state is considering new emergency rules for the Kaneohe sandbar. KHON2.

In the first large-scale project of its kind on Oahu, three plant varieties were planted in a Waialua field Monday morning. KITV4.

The state Department of Transportation will discuss alternatives Wednesday evening to protect the shoreline of Kahului Harbor and to shield a segment of Kahului Beach Road from erosion. Maui News.

The dry, white mudflats at Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary will eventually be wet again, when the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife replaces a pump that keeps the wetland wet. Maui News.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Hawaii Host Committee needs about 1,200 volunteers in place by next month. Associated Press.

The Fourth of July is still two weeks away, but if you want to celebrate Independence Day on Oahu with firecrackers, you have just a few more days to get a permit. KHON2.

The Mission Houses Museum is hosting a year-long series of lectures, storytelling and tours on Legends, Myths and Fables. Hawaii Public Radio.

Two East Oahu legislators are appealing to the owners of Koko Marina CenterbizWatch and FoodlandbizWatch to reconsider the decision to replace the supermarket with a drugstore chain. Pacific Business News.