Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Not all Abercrombie appointees to resign, Honolulu wants police, firefighters to consider pay cut, thieves stealing tsunami warnings, lawsuits loom on rail, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

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Seven double-hulled sailing canoes from Pacific island nations as far as New Zealand were scheduled to arrive on Maui this morning, as part of several visits in the Hawaiian Islands including Oahu, where they will participate in an environmental conference. Star-Advertiser.

The price tag for public employee and retiree health benefits has ballooned to $14 billion over the next three decades — and Hawaii taxpayers can expect to pay more taxes to cover the burden. Civil Beat.

At least one Big Island representative on a state board doesn't plan to give in to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's request to step down. West Hawaii Today.

Three state agency heads and two board members appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie weren't asked to voluntarily resign, unlike 27 of their colleagues who were appointed by former Gov. Linda Lingle. Star-Advertiser.

Federal education officials visited Honolulu this week to review well Hawaii is implementing its "Race to the Top" plans. Associated Press.

Honolulu is asking police and firefighters for pay cuts similar to what other public workers have already endured for the last two years. KITV4.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet access around the state. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed into law several bills concerning community property in divorces, animal cruelty, small claims and consumer contract law. Tribune-Herald.

The fight about who will have final say on spending decisions of the soon-to-be-formed Honolulu Authority for Rail Transportation could be headed to court, after Mayor Peter Carlisle vetoed the operating and construction budgets for the transit authority. Star-Advertiser.

Vandals at some Oahu beach parks have a new target: the large batteries that power many of the emergency sirens that warn residents of hurricanes, tsunamis and other disasters. Star-Advertiser.

Members of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative on Tuesday said they wish to clarify an important issue related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hydroelectic preliminary permitting process. Garden Island