Hawaii State News, evening edition, 25 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 25 September 2018.

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

Mauna Loa recalls macadamia nuts over E. coli concerns
A Health Department spokesperson said Monday that items produced at the company’s facility in Keaau between Sept. 6 and Sept. 21 may have come into contact with water from a well that was found to have been contaminated and should not be consumed. Retailers have been told to remove all Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products received after Sept. 6. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. KHON2.KITV.  Full list of recalled products here.

Crack seed shops may be the losers in Trump trade dispute
The iconic fruit snacks that have been enjoyed for generations were already getting hard to find. The Office of the United States Trade Representative released a list of about 5,700 Chinese imports Sept. 17 that would be subject to this new round of tariffs. Included are ingredients for many local treats like dried meats, fish and fruits. Star-Advertiser.

Violent crime numbers statewide increased last year
In 2017, there were nearly 251 violent crimes per 100,000 people in Hawaii, up from 242 the year before. Nationally, the rate was 394 per 100,000 people, the FBI said. Meanwhile, property crime in Hawaii dropped about 4.6 percent in 2017. Last year there were more than 2,900 property crimes per 100,000 people. Nationally, the figure was 2,360 property crimes per 100,000 people.Hawaii News Now.

Unions say little has changed since landmark Janus decision
Union supporters had feared the opinion by U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority would erode union membership. Many economists expect union members will quit paying agency fees as people realize they don’t have to contribute a portion of their paychecks every month to receive the same pay and benefits as union members who pay the fees. But so far that hasn’t happened. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii ‘worst state’ for teachers, and not just because of low pay
The WalletHub analysis released Monday ranks the state at the bottom and also says Hawaii ranked dead last when it comes to teacher salary and teacher support. The report compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key areas: “opportunity and competition” and “academic and work environment.”  Hawaii News Now. Maui Now.

Transgender youth at higher risk for health problems, report says 

The Hawaii Sexual and Gender Minority Health Report 2018 found that 3 percent, or 1,260 public high school students, identify as transgender. Half of transgender youth reported feeling sad or hopeless and attempted suicide in the past year, compared to 8 percent of their non-transgender peers, according to the data collected from 12,000 public junior and high school students in 2017. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.Maui Now.

School executives to receive pay raise
Some school officials are getting a raise thanks to a Hawaii Board of Education decision to increase wages for the deputy superintendent, assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents. Garden Island.

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Russ Roberts