Friday, November 4, 2011

FBI investigating Hawaii school bus contracts, politicians on the dole, one in, one out congressional race, aquarium group seeks state regs, 49% profit jump for electric company, Kauai faces water hike, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday he wants to double the watershed forest area in Hawaii that's protected from invasive species and other threats -- a plan he estimated would cost $11 million a year. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is proposing to spend $11 million a year through the next decade to create 150 jobs and stop destruction of watershed areas by invasive species. Star-Advertiser.

The FBI is investigating Hawaii school bus companies for possible collusion in setting prices, Civil Beat has learned. Civil Beat.

A small group of commercial aquarium fish collectors has proposed state regulations it says is aimed at ensuring the long-term well-being of tropical species. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Politicians Can File for Unemployment Benefits if They Are Voted Out or Meet Term Limits, But That is Not the Case in All Mainland States. Hawaii Reporter.

A sharp increase in earnings at its electric utility subsidiary drove Hawaiian Electric Industries' profits up 49 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period a year earlier, the company reported Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

Hilo attorney seeks House seat. Tribune-Herald.

Former state Sen. Gary Hooser is not running for Congress. Tribune-Herald.

Oahu

Former Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell is holding a fundraiser in two weeks and intends to challenge Peter Carlisle for mayor in 2012. Civil Beat.

Hawaii taxpayers foot the bill: Is APEC business our business? Hawaii Independent.

On the day of a federal deadline, Honolulu city officials outlined their most detailed plan yet for bringing a Wahiawa elderly care center into compliance with federal grant requirements.Civil Beat.

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday marked the start of what will be the largest retail development in Ewa history. KITV4.

Hawaii Pacific Health, owner of Kapiolani and Straub hospitals, is among several potential buyers for all or parts of the bankrupt Hawaii Medical Center, owner of HMC-East in Liliha and HMC-West in Ewa. Star-Advertiser.

Several dozen restaurants and stores were forced to shut down at Ala Moana Center Thursday after burning oil in an unattended wok ignited a fire in the kitchen of Panda Express at the Makai Market Food Court. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines will begin daily Sydney-Honolulu flights. Pacific Business News.

Hawaiian Telcom workers packed into their Union's meeting hall Thursday night. KHON2.

Hawaii

Push is coming to shove for a redistricting plan. West Hawaii Today.

With time running out to create new County Council boundaries, the Redistricting Commission on Thursday virtually abandoned its alignment in favor of a popular community-generated alternative. Tribune-Herald.

A dust screen is going up at Lanihau Properties' land mauka of Queen Kaahumanu Highway. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui Land & Pineapple's proposed West Maui housing development Pulelehua will come before the Maui County Council for final approvals Friday. Maui News.

Central and South Maui residents are being urged to conserve water Thursday after an early-morning power outage in Waihee disrupted the Department of Water Supply's transmission system. Maui News.

The abandoned boat that ran aground on Maui three weeks after being abandoned at sea when its injured captain needed to be rescued by a cruise ship will be hauled off the beach today. Associated Press.

Kauai

Project delays to mitigate burials and cultural artifacts has resulted in unanticipated budget costs and arrests of protesters wanting to protect what they consider sacred and cultural lands. Garden Island.

The board of the Kauai County Department of Water will consider rate increases today of 7.5 to 11.2 percent a year over four years for about 20,000 customers. Star-Advertiser.

A foul smell caused Lihu‘e Airport to be shut down Thursday evening for approximately two hours. Garden Island.