Tuesday, May 14, 2019

$67M federal disaster aid coming, Hawaii joins Big Pharma lawsuit, jury selection begins in Kealoha trial, CO2 levels hit record, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Lava overtakes houses in this May 7, 2018 aerial PC: Mick Kalber
Hawaii is set to receive about $67 million in new federal disaster relief to help the state recover from torrential rainfall that caused severe flooding on parts of Kauai and Oahu in April 2018, Tropical Storm Lane and the eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii Island. Star-Advertiser.

State to receive $67 million in federal disaster relief funding. The grant, totaling $66.9 million, was awarded in part because of efforts of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who said “the vast majority” of the grant will be awarded to Hawaii County in an effort to aid recovery following the various disasters that struck the island last year. Tribune-Herald.

2018 Storms, Lava Cost More Than Half A Billion Dollars. The latest $67 million in federal disaster recovery aid was announced Monday. Civil Beat.

$67 Million In Federal Funding On The Way For Hawaii Disasters. The new funding reportedly brings total federal disaster relief funding for Hawai‘i to more than $429 million. Big Island Video News.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that Hawaii will receive $66.9 million in new federal disaster relief funding. Garden Island.

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CO2 levels measured in Hawaii hit milestone not seen in human history. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere -- measured at a facility atop Mauna Loa -- hit an alarming new daily baseline above 415 parts per million Saturday. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii joins states suing drug companies. Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined 42 states and Puerto Rico, led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in announcing a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and unreasonably restrain trade for over 100 different generic drugs. KITV.

Hawaii Delegation To Look For Affordable Housing Solutions In Singapore. State Sen. Stanley Chang will lead a group of about 40 people to learn more about the city-state’s approach. Civil Beat.

University of Hawaii proposes tuition freeze for undergrads, cut for graduate students. University of Hawaii President David Lassner wants to freeze undergraduate tuition at all 10 campuses for three years and reduce graduate tuition at UH-Manoa, to attract more students and keep college affordable. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaii proposes tuition changes for next year. UH is looking to stop undergraduate tuition from increasing and cut tuition for graduate students at Manoa starting in Fall 2020. KHON2.

In Hawaii 4 of the top 6 jobs in demand are in the medical field. While managers and operations managers are among the top five most in demand jobs in Hawaii, four of the top six are in the medical field and three of them are in nursing. KITV.

Gov. Ige’s aide Ford Fuchigami to return to Hawaii transportation department in civil service job. Ford Fuchigami, who has served as a principal advisor to Gov. David Ige since November 2017, is returning to the state Department of Transportation to take a civil service job. Star-Advertiser.

USPS to honor USS Missouri with new Forever stamp. The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring the famous World War II battleship the USS Missouri that was the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Potential Kealoha jurors gather at Blaisdell. Some 413 potential jurors filled the Neal S. Blaisdell Center’s Pikake Room Monday in an extraordinary federal court proceeding to select jurors in the corruption trial for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his ex-deputy prosecutor wife Katherine and three current and former Honolulu Police Department officers. Star-Advertiser.

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial. The prosecution and defense will now work to narrow the list of potential jurors to 12, which could take up to 10 days. Civil Beat.

Jury Selection Has Begun In High Profile Corruption Case. Associated Press.

With jury selection for Kealoha trial underway, attorneys now look to get an advantage. Jury selection for the Kealoha trial got underway Monday at the Blaisdell Center with more than 400 potential jurors. KHON2.

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Contractor gets prison term for bribery. The president of Honolulu civil engineering company Lyon Associates Inc. and former Honolulu Zoning Board of Appeals member Frank James Lyon is going to federal prison for paying bribes for government contracts. Star-Advertiser.

Kunia veterans blame possible exposure to toxic pesticides for mystery illnesses. A group of more than 100 Kunia veterans are suffering from neurological issues, cancer, birth defects and other illnesses after they say they were exposed to toxic pesticides. Hawaii News Now.

Board Restates Support For Beach Park Redevelopment In Face Of Opposition. Hundreds attend a neighborhood board meeting where many wanted to stop a project to build ball fields at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. Civil Beat.

Waimanalo residents are deeply divided over a park development in the works. After about a decade of planning, city leaders are now trying to convince families in Waimanalo to accept $32 million dollar park project. Hawaii News Now.

Midrise affordable rentals opening in Kakaako. The developer of the largely state-financed $53 million Hale Kewalo project reserved for low-income households hosted a blessing ceremony Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

'What heroes represent'; Kaliloa, other Big Island officers who gave their lives in line of duty honored. The Hawaii Police Department’s annual National Police Week ceremony, always solemn and poignant, was especially so Monday.  Tribune-Herald.

Police Week Ceremony Held In Hilo, Officer Kaliloa Added To Memorial Wall. The name of fallen Officer Bronson Kaliloa, killed last year in the line of duty, has been added to the memorial wall, Ka Malu Aloha. Big Island Video News.

Community veterans center clears environmental hurdle. The West Hawaii Veterans Council remains on a mission to build the West Hawaii Community Veterans Center, even though state grant-in-aid funding did not come through this legislative session. West Hawaii Today.

Alii Drive culvert replacement project nearing start. Officials have slated a community meeting to prepare the public for the upcoming replacement of a deteriorating culvert on Alii Drive, a project that’s likely to snarl traffic on the main thoroughfare for months. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui County ending abandoned vehicle auctions. Officials say last year, the auctions were getting more expensive than the revenue generated. KHON2.

Maui nonprofit organizations secured $4.5 million in Capital Improvement Project Grant-in-Aid funds.These CIP grants are provided to local organizations serving the public and working to improve the state of Hawaii, and are awarded for the purpose of construction projects or the acquisition of fixed assets such as land or buildings. Maui Now.

Kauai

Balancing access and safety. Nobody has been cited for trespassing at Queen’s Bath since the fence and gate went up across the trailhead in September 2018. Garden Island.

Kauai’s legislators will take a look back at the 2019 session at the Lihue Business Association meeting on May 30 at Duke’s Canoe Club, Kalapaki. Garden Island.

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