Hawaii State News, evening edition, Thursday, 29 March 2018


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“Hawaii Business Magazine” 29 March 2018 update.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.


TOP STORIES
Experts convene in Waikiki over alarming rise in drownings 
In the last five years, 90 people have died in snorkeling related activities, according to the state Department of Health. And a rise in that number has prompted experts to try to figure out why. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Visitors emptied wallets to stay in isles last month
Hawaii visitors were willing to pay, on average, nearly $600 a night to stay in a luxury property last month, which hotel executives say was one of the most remarkable months for Hawaii hotel performance in nearly three decades. Star-Advertiser.

New tax benefits likely overstated for state’s poorest
The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, which issued a report with the estimate March 12, now says it probably overestimated the average savings for 92,030 Hawaii taxpayers earning up to $10,000 under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Star-Advertiser.

Fukumoto plans to run for Congress
State Rep. Beth Fukumoto, who garnered national attention for leaving the GOP over her disapproval of Trump’s treatment of women and views on minorities, announced she’s running for Congress. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

Schatz proposes radical plan to make higher education more affordable
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has a big idea. He wants to eliminate student debt for any one who needs a loan to attend a public college or university. Civil Beat.

Medical aid in dying: a long journey from no to yes for these lawmakers
More than a decade of life experiences and listening changed the minds of Hawaii legislators on an emotional issue that often divides people by faith and values. Civil Beat.

Bill aims to revamp standardized testing for Hawaii students
State lawmakers will hear a bill today that would cap the number of standardized tests students take at four per school year. House Bill 2117 says limiting the assessments would help “promote real-world learning experiences for Hawaii’s children.” Tribune-Herald.

Abandoned vehicles will begin moving quickly again, if bill passes
A bill nearing a final vote in the state Legislature would require counties to dispose of abandoned vehicles on public roads within 10 business days of abandonment. Tribune-Herald.

Public access channels avoid “digital Siberia”
The Cable Television Division of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs issued a decision and order keeping Olelo’s community-access channels in their current locations until 2036, it was announced Wednesday. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts

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