Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Honolulu rethinks security for its marathon following Boston bombing, PLDC repeal heads to governor, Hanabusa, Gabbard report contributions, UH outlines its impact, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The Hawaii House voted unanimously Monday to get rid of the highly disliked Public Land Development Corp., ending legislative debate on the agency that sparked a groundswell of public protest because of its broad power to develop state land. Associated Press.

The state House voted unanimously Monday for a bill to repeal the Public Land Development Corp., undoing a law that will likely be remembered at the state Capitol as a cautionary tale of government hubris. Star-Advertiser.

Legislation described by some supporters as "the cornerstone to increasing transparency in government" is nudging toward approval by Hawaii lawmakers. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa raised $229,000 in the first three months of 2013. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, elected last year to her first term in District 2 representing rural Oahu and the neighbor islands, raised $84,000 in the first quarter. Star-Advertiser.

If Rep. Colleen Hanabusa does take on Sen. Brian Schatz for the late Daniel Inouye’s U.S. Senate seat, she’s already nearly $1 million behind. Civil Beat.

Hawaii lawmakers are taking small steps toward shaping the state’s multi-billion-dollar biennial budget. Associated Press.

A large university in a small state, the University of Hawaii occupies a central role in Hawaii's society and culture. But what is its economic impact? Can it be expressed in dollars? Yes, a new study says, and it's billions.Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii system produced an estimated $3.61 billion in economic benefits for the state last year, including the ripple effects from university-generated spending, according to a report released today by a group of UH economists. Star-Advertiser.

On paper, tuition for the typical local undergraduate student enrolled in the University of Hawaii at Manoa next year will run around $9,100. But here's the caveat: students must also fork over $760 in additional fees, effectively raising students' bills an additional 8 percent. Civil Beat.

A judge has ruled a Hawaii bed and breakfast violated the law when two women were denied a room because they're gay. KITV4.

Although a bill to label GMOs in food has died in the state Legislature, Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff says he’s happy that the measure got as far as it did. Honolulu Weekly.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is awarding $1.4 million in grants to support cultural and natural resource programs run by 40 groups across the state. Associated Press.
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State roundup for April 16. Associated Press.

Oahu

A weeks-long jury selection process opened Monday for State Department special agent Christopher Deedy's trial on a charge of murdering a Kailua man in a 2011 Waikiki shooting. Star-Advertiser.

A U.S. special agent standing trial for killing a Kailua man in a Waikiki McDonald's appears to be raising his defense fund through a crowdfunding campaign, similar to those launched by aspiring filmmakers, activists and entrepreneurs who need a financial nudge to get their projects off the ground. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Marathon officials said they will look more closely at security measures to prevent explosions in the wake of Monday's deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Marathon officials said Monday it is too early to say whether the explosions that rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two and injuring dozens of others, will affect the Hawaii race scheduled for Dec. 8. Pacific Business News.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell delivered the first quarterly report Monday on what he hopes will be an unprecedented push to repair Honolulu's crumbling roads. Star-Advertiser.

The City and County of Honolulu announced it is on track to restore roads over the next 5 years. Hawaii Public Radio.

The breathtaking ocean vistas of Waikiki surf, iconic Diamond Head and historic points in between could soon become part of a national program that showcases roads that have a story to tell. Star-Advertiser.

Drivers on Kuaoa Street are seeing a crooked center line. The construction company that repaved the road says it’s just a temporary fix until the asphalt cures. KHON2.

Hawaii

A rough draft of several reports to be included in the Ka‘u Community Development plan, reviewed last week by the plan Steering Committee, offers insights into how district residents see themselves and what their vision is for the region’s future. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Mayor’s Proposed Budget Includes Infrastructure Spending, Tax and Fee Increases. Maui Weekly.

The founder and owner of the Maui-made Ocean Vodka will be opening up a new production facility in Kula next week for the public to tour and see. Maui News.

Kauai

Police officers stationed in Waimea will soon get a new roof. The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an eight-year lease at Waimea Dispensary for the Kaua‘i Police Department starting May 1. Garden Island.