Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Maui, Life of the Land to have say in Big Wind, Abercrombie signs, vetoes bills, Kauai takes dim view of energy-saving ideas, Big Island site of new 'Roseanne's Nuts' reality show, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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While it’s no secret that Hawaii holds claim to being the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation, wind farms are becoming an increasingly viable option for Hawaii lawmakers who hope to take advantage of our islands’ trade winds. Hawaii Independent.

The County of Maui and the environmental group Life of the Land are now included in a crucial part of the conversation when it comes to Big Wind. Pacific Business News.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law Tuesday meant to preserve the state's landmark Prepaid Health Care Act as the nation moves toward federal health care reform approved last year by President Barack Obama and Congress. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Neil Abercrombie Tuesday signed into law the last of the measures from the 2011 legislative session. Hawaii News Now.

It came down to the wire for Governor Abercrombie. KHON2.

Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law the last of the measures from the 2011 legislative session.  In total, Governor Abercrombie enacted 235 measures and vetoed 17; seven bills became law without his signature. Hawaii Reporter.

The state abandoned an effort to implement random drug testing for Hawaii's public school teachers in its "last, best and final" offer imposed July 1. Star-Advertiser.

Among the $137,000 in gifts Hawaii lawmakers received over the last year were three tickets to the governor's inaugural ball, valued at $250 apiece. Civil Beat.

Big Island lawmakers and other neighbor island groups urged the state Reapportionment Commission Tuesday to reconsider its decision to include nonresident military members and their dependents, along with nonresident students and incarcerated felons, in the population count for purposes of redrawing state political boundaries. Star-Advertiser.

If your child rides a yellow school bus to classes, you might be shelling out some more green. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Lawmakers Enter World of Cybercrime. Civil Beat.

Honolulu city councilman Tom Berg is proposing a change to the city Land Use Ordinance so homeless people can be moved into converted shipping containers on land zoned for agricultural use. Hawaii News Now.

Nearly half the units at a new affordable rentals apartment project for seniors in Ewa are still awaiting tenants. KITV4.

Maui police are looking for a possible military projectile that disappeared Sunday from a secured area. Star-Advertiser.

On average, one person is killed each month crossing a street on O’ahu. Hawaii Public Radio.

Roseanne's Nuts, premiering Wednesday on Lifetime. Los Angeles Times.

Emmy Award-winning actress, comedienne and best-selling author Roseanne Barr returns to television tonight with "Roseanne's Nuts," her based-on-reality show about life on a Honokaa macnut farm. Tribune-Herald.

Photovoltaic panels will soon be installed atop the Waimea police and fire stations in an effort to save thousands of dollars in the coming years. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii's largest emergency homeless shelter has seen increased demand for meals since Gov. Neil Abercrombie urged groups and individuals in May to stop providing food in parks, beaches and streets and instead encourage homeless people to find food — and social services — at shelters. Star-Advertiser.

The first audit out of the recently established County Auditor’s Office detailed the administration’s shortcomings on energy efficiency in part by reporting the progress it had made on a list of recommendations from the Cost Control Commission. Garden Island.

Maui County Council members said Monday that they were close to advancing a bill that would create new restrictions for landowners who want to build on steep slopes. Maui News.