Hawaii Island News, 20 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 21 September 2018.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, 20 September 2018.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.


$35M Hurricane Lane affects felt in council budget plans
The County Council put its final stamp of approval Wednesday on a revised budget reallocating the proceeds of $10 million the county anticipates receiving this fiscal year from a quarter-cent surcharge on the state general excise tax that starts Jan. 1. Two Kona road projects and an express Kona-Hilo bus route face delays because of the new expenses created by Hurricane Lane. West Hawaii Today.

Fair treatment bill postponed
The Hawaii County Council bill that would have required local government to be “accurate and factual” was taken off the table on Wednesday. Puna councilwoman Eileen O’Hara offered no explanation for her motion to postpone. Big Island Video News.

$96M Keahuolu Courthouse taking shape
Kona’s first centralized judiciary complex remains about a year away from the gavel striking the block. Crews were hammering, sawing and grinding away Tuesday as work progressed within the statuesque 140,000-square-foot facility off Makala Boulevard that’s been decades in the making. West Hawaii Today.

State, county sued over gas leak
A supervisor for BEI Hawaii in Hilo who suffered lung injuries as a result of a chlorine gas leak at the facility two years ago is suing the county and state for negligence, claiming response to the leak was inadequate. Lucas Parrish suffered what the suit describes as “severe and permanent” lung damage. Attorney Mike Cruise said Parrish has been unable to work since inhaling chlorine from the leak. Tribune-Herald. 

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