Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Honolulu B&Bs under fire, Hawaii Island to get monk seal rehab center, Army sends helicopters to Colorado, teacher hearing today, public employees to get prescription break, Kauai beaches get rescue tubes, three Maui police face suspension, more Hawaii news for your smartphone

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The Army, which is completing a third environmental review for high-altitude helicopter training on Hawaii island, said it will have to spend $8 million to conduct most of the training in Colorado because it is running out of time to practice in Hawaii before a January deployment to Afghanistan. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board holds a hearing today, to consider the State Teachers Associations' challenge to the contract imposed by Governor Neil Abercrombie last month. KITV4.

Hawaii's math standards for fourth- and eighth-graders are higher than most other states, but reading standards are far less rigorous, a new state-by-state comparison of student learning benchmarks shows.Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii government workers still feeling the sting of increased health insurance premiums should see some relief from prescription drug costs early next year. KHON2.

Hundreds of illegal bed and breakfasts on Oahu could be shut down under a new proposal. KHON2.

The Sausalito, Calif.-based Marine Mammal Center is planning to build a $3 million rehabilitation center to treat the endangered seals at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. West Hawaii Today.

The first regularly scheduled direct flight from China arrived in Honolulu this morning. Hawaii Public Radio.

Major private landowners along Honolulu's proposed rail line donated more than $75,000 to pro-rail campaigns in the last two elections, a Civil Beat analysis found. Civil Beat.

The good news for drivers is that higher rates for vehicle weight taxes and vehicle registration fees that were expected to kick in July 1 across the islands won't be implemented until next week, giving drivers a one-time, six-week reprieve. Star-Advertiser.

Personal income in Honolulu rose 2.4 percent last year after a stagnant 2009, according to statistics from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Pacific Business News.

Use of Roundup spray in Kapiolani Park causes concern. Civil Beat.

Since May, Hawaii’s 90-day first phase of a plan to end homelessness has been in effect and Marc Alexander, the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, says it continues to be successful. Hawaii Independent.

Suspensions of two to 10 days were ordered for three Maui Police Department officers in internal investigations that concluded in June, police reported. Maui News.

The University of Hawaii's 2.2-meter telescope is working again atop Mauna Kea, said its director. Tribune-Herald.

Another two dozen rescue tubes will soon be installed along several unguarded North Shore beaches, but water-safety advocates say that’s not the half of it. Garden Island.

Federal wildlife officials are seeking public input regarding a proposed expansion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.Tribune-Herald.

Pier 1 Imports will soon call Kailua-Kona home. West Hawaii Today.

A disabled veteran who wants to create an agricultural and alternative energy park on county land in Hamakua says political bickering is hampering his efforts to get his proposal considered. West Hawaii Today.

Honolulu is changing the way it manages dozens of city vehicles to become more efficient and cost-effective. Associated Press.

The people who run Honolulu's Handi-Van service said customer service complaints have roughly doubled in the past month, after nearly one quarter of its fleet was taken out of service for an electrical problem. KITV4.

The government has ordered a Hawaii fumigation company to pay a $17,000 fine for safety violations. Hawaii News Now.