Hawaii State News, evening edition, Friday, 06 April 2018

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

Hawaii loses great “ambassador of aloha” Daniel Akaka
Daniel Kahikina Akaka, the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the U.S. Senate and a fixture for decades on Capitol Hill, where he became known as the “ambassador of aloha,” has died early this morning, his family said. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Ige signs medically assisted death into law
Beginning Jan. 1, terminally ill residents will be eligible to begin requesting prescriptions for life-ending medication, following Gov. David Ige’s signing today of the “Our Care, Our Choice” Act into law. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.Associated Press. Hawaii Public Radio.

Who should be trusted with missile alert responsibility?
All four members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation urged the U.S. military Thursday to take responsibility for alerting the public about any future ballistic missile attacks, taking that role away from the state, which botched the job in January. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KITV. 

HI-EMA got ahead of itself with alert plan, according to state official
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began implementing its plan for responding to a ballistic missile attack before it was entirely drafted, Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, head of the state Department of Defense said Thursday at a hearing. Associated Press.

HI-EMA not the only ones fumbling during the infamous missile alert
U.S. Pacific Command acknowledged it too, made mistakes on the day of the false missile alert. Hawaii News Now.

Supreme Court rules some extra-long sentences unconstitutional
Several offenders who were given extended sentences for their crimes by a judge, rather than a jury, may have to be re-sentenced. Civil Beat.

Bills look to further impede smoking
Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaii a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. Hawaii Public Radio.

Labor-related bills working way to final votes
Several bills that would improve working conditions or wages across the state are on the home stretch to being passed into law. Tribune-Herald.

Former principal appointed to Board of Education chair
Catherine Payne, chair of the State Public Charter School commission, an educational consultant and former principal at Farrington High, was appointed to the at-large seat on the Board of Education. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii needs hundreds of doctors, with shortage expected to worsen
Though a known problem for years, Dr. Kelley Withy, instructor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine said, “We’re starting with a shortage and we’re not making up for it. We have an aging population so it’s just getting worse and worse. KHON2.

Coffee production decreases as farmers try to pinpoint why
The state’s coffee production dipped 15% to 24.3 million pounds of cherry in the 2017-2018 season despite an increase in bearing acreage from 7,000 to 7,300 acres, according to estimates compiled in January by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. West Hawaii Today.

Vietnamese worker saved lives as Hawaii fishing boat sank
Khanh Huynh has been a commercial fisherman since he was 12 years old. For the past six years, he’s been living on a fishing boat in Hawaii, catching premium ahi tuna for some of the world’s most discerning consumers. Associated Press.

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Russ Roberts

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