Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hawaii students lag in math, Kauai beach bacteria high, Maui case hits state Supreme Court, other news

The Lingle administration and the Hawaii Government Employees Association reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a new two-year contract, ending months of frustrating and often confrontational negotiations over how much labor should have to sacrifice to help close the state's budget deficit.

Hawaii's fourth- and eighth-graders continue to lag behind their Mainland peers in math even though they have been making steady progress on a key standardized test since 2000.

Hawaii County is extending the registration period for the Furlough Friday Program in hopes of signing up more participants. And while demand for the low-cost child care is higher on the west side of the island, enthusiasm in East Hawaii has been so tepid that the county may consolidate the program to fewer sites.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Lanai residents asking that Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala be blocked from serving on the Maui County Council.

More than 100 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard women and men pulled 20 mooring lines yesterday to guide the 887-foot-long battleship Missouri the last few yards into the Navy's premiere dry dock for a three-month, $18 million hull-to-mast makeover.

West Hawaii drivers are paying their share of gas taxes, but they're being shortchanged by a county highway repair formula based on miles of roadway, not by how heavily the roads are used.

The Hawaii County Council and West Hawaii Today reached a settlement Tuesday that has the newspaper asking that its complaints be dismissed and the county pay the newspaper's legal fees.

Bacteria levels measured more than 40 times state and federally deemed safe levels at Kalapaki stream early Saturday morning based on samples collected by Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i volunteers.

The Maui Planning Commission rebuffed another attempt by would-be interveners in the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa's $250 million proposed expansion to disqualify two of its members Monday, confirming its September decision not to grant a contested case.

Maui County is moving ahead with a $10 million project to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Makawao Avenue and Makani Road

A controversial update to shoreline setback legislation that coastal advocates have argued should not be undermined took a step toward becoming law Wednesday.

On Oahu, hundreds of students will be let out of school in order to draw a giant chalk line, in blue, through the streets of Honolulu.

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