Hawaii News Digest, 18 January 2018, 1455 UTC, Post #16268.
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Here are today’s top West Hawaii news stories from “West Hawaii Today”, published in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents unless otherwise stated.
HILO — On the heels of a tumultuous summer special session that raised the transient accommodations tax by 1 percent, the state’s local governments and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim are pushing for a bigger slice of the pie.
HILO — A 42-year-old Hilo man is accused of receiving a Federal Express package that contained more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” packed inside the toy head of a “Sesame Street” character — and then attempting to torch the parcel as authorities closed in to arrest him.
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday with vows to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness. They also want to make sure the state never again experiences a false alarm missile alert like last weekend’s.
KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige praised Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaii County’s swift response to correct Saturday’s erroneous ballistic missile threat alert that was issued to the public statewide.
HONOLULU (AP) — It took Hawaii officials more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities to seek guidance after realizing they had sent out a bogus alert saying there was a missile headed toward the islands.
During the week of Jan. 8-14, Hawaii Island police arrested 24 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Five of the drivers were under the age of 21.
Northbound and southbound traffic along the stretch of Queen Kaahumanu Highway under construction was scheduled to shift to the new road’s makai lanes overnight, with transition work expected to finish by 5 a.m. this morning.
Supporting the local Hawaii Community College — Palamanui is among the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s big legislative priorities for the upcoming session.
Hawaii public schools are offering additional crisis counseling services for students experiencing emotional trauma after Saturday’s false ballistic missile alert.
Police reports for threatened employee not yet filed
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