Hawaii State News, 31 August 2018

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

July sets new record for visitor arrivals
More visitors came to Hawaii in July than in any other month in the state’s history. Visitor arrivals statewide rose just over 5 percent to 939,360 visitors, while spending increased nearly 5 percent to nearly $1.7 billion, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Star-Advertiser.

Federal pay freeze could affect tens of thousands of civilian workers in Hawaii
Pay raises that were supposed to go into effect in a matter of months might not happen after President Donald Trump announced Thursday he wanted to scrap the wage bumps. According to the latest numbers from the government, Hawaii has more than 23,000 federal workers including those that work at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. KHON2.

“Price gouging” complaints investigated
The state says the complaints were mostly about water, but also include batteries, generators and fuel. It’s looking into each one, and warns that the fines are stiff. If the state finds a store violated “deceptive trade practices,” it could be fined $500 to $10,000 per transaction. KITV.

Feds assure ongoing support to areas affected by Lane
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen arrived in Hawaii on Thursday, one week after rain from Hurricane Lane began pounding Hawaii island, and said the federal government will continue to respond in the wake of the powerful storm. Star-Advertiser.

Lawsuit against DOE claims a lack of anti-bullying policies in place
The Hawaii Department of Education was hit with a lawsuit Thursday that alleges the department has failed to provide a safe environment to its students due to lackluster policies and procedures governing student-on-student bullying and harassment. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Classrooms getting crowded as more kids enroll in public school
The Department of Education saw an increase in enrollment the 2018-2019 school year. There’s a total of 179,698 students, which is an increase of 443 students from last school year. KHON2.

Hawaii County joins ballot fight
Saying the language is too vague, Hawaii County has joined the state’s other three counties in a lawsuit to strike a constitutional amendment allowing a special property tax for education from the Nov. 6 ballot. West Hawaii Today.

Group creates rules for faster diagnosis of rat lungworm
The Joint Task Force on Rat Lungworm Disease, commissioned by Gov. Ige,  announced Thursday a plan to train doctors statewide on detecting rat lungworm following the fifth confirmed case this year in a toddler from East Hawaii.  Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts