Friday, November 9, 2012

Hawaii to limit solar tax breaks, indictments in UH 'Wonder blunder,' NFL football combine coming, grounded vessel damaging coral, some Big Island cattle have STD, Maui ends Main Street grant, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

solar panels on Honolulu building
The state tax department is set to come out with new rules that would limit the number of tax credits solar companies can claim on a solar array. Civil Beat.

University of Hawaii officials applauded the federal fraud prosecution of two mainland men charged in the botched Stevie Wonder concert, but it wasn't clear whether any of the $200,000 that UH lost will be recovered. Star-Advertiser.

Sean Barriero, one of two men accused of scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000, pleaded guilty in federal court today and will testify against co-defendant Marc Hubbard. Hawaii Reporter.

North Carolina resident Marc Hubbard and Miami resident Sean Barriero have been indicted on federal charges in connection to the botched Stevie Wonder concert at University of Hawaii. Pacific Business News.

The National Football League announced Thursday that it will have a “Super Regional Combine” in Honolulu in January 2013, just days before the annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. Pacific Business News.

The Public Land Development Corp. Schedules New Public Hearing But Will Anyone Be Able To Go? Civil Beat.

For Hawaii Governors, Second Acts Are Tough. Civil Beat.

A final review of the public files shows that candidate and noncandidate committees spent more than $13.8 million total airing political TV ads on local airwaves this election season. Civil Beat.

Hawaii fishermen and seafood lovers may have a new reason to heed the long-standing warnings about the serious impacts of climate change, according to federal scientists in Honolulu. The latest research shows global warming and ocean acidification will have a significant effect on large pelagics, such as tuna and swordfish, over the 21st century. Civil Beat.

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. tripled its profit in the third quarter, primarily due to the timing of a bulk sugar shipment by subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for November 9. Tribune-Herald.

Oahu

City Councilman-elect Joey Manahan, who in August won the election to succeed outgoing member Romy Cachola, could take office next week instead of Jan. 2, when Council terms officially begin. Star-Advertiser.

The annual construction budget for the Honolulu rail project would peak at $1.34 billion in the 2014 fiscal year under a new spending plan given preliminary approval Thursday by a committee of the Hono­lulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Star-Advertiser.

Another human bone has been found at the site of the rail project. But rail officials don't expect it will cause any further delays. KHON2.

Teachers at Campbell High School will picket and work only the hours their contract requires Thursday to protest the lack of progress in getting an agreement. Star-Advertiser.

A vessel aground in Kaneohe Bay has already done considerable damage to a portion of the barrier reef about a half-mile from shore, according to officials with the conservation group the Nature Conservancy. Star-Advertiser.

Two former students are suing Damien Memorial School and the Catholic Church of Hawaii.  They claim the school covered up tortuous sex abuse by a longtime teacher three decades ago. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Eight Big Island cattle ranches are under a quarantine, following an outbreak of a bovine venereal disease. West Hawaii Today.

Decision delays further stall Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.

State Department of Human Services officials confirmed Thursday a Kona caregiver’s care home certification was revoked in September following the death of an 82-year-old patient, but declined to provide further details. West Hawaii Today.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s College of Pharmacy is currently undergoing an in-depth self assessment of its Doctor of Pharmacy program. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui County officials have terminated the remainder of a grant with the embattled Wailuku Main Street Association, following repeated warning letters seeking compliance with an ongoing probe of the nonprofit's operations. Maui News.

A new faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College is being credited with helping in the development of software that supports the Hawaiian language. Maui Now.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle lost all of Maui County's 35 precincts, including tiny Kalaupapa, on Tuesday as Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono rolled on to win the seat being vacated by Sen. Daniel Akaka. Maui News.

Kauai
County officials are inviting members of the public to weigh in on the county’s budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Garden Island.

Kauai County Council advanced a legislative package opposing the Public Land Development Corp. in the face of opposition from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. Garden Island.