Hawaii State News, afternoon update, 28 September 2018

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

HART approves private partnership
The Honolulu rail authority on Thursday green-lighted plans to use a “public-private partnership” approach to develop the last portion of the 20-mile rail project and the planned Pearl Highlands Transit Center and garage, which together are expected to cost about $1.4 billion. The “P3” plan calls for HART to solicit proposals from developers who will finance, design and build the new facilities, and also operate and maintain the entire rail system for 30 years. Star-Advertiser.

HART dragging its feet on rail audit, Les Kondo says
In testimony before the HART board of directors, State Auditor Les Kondo said HART staff have offered “less than timely and less than full cooperation” to auditors who have requested documents and other information from rail staff. The audit of the $9 billion project was ordered by state lawmakers. Star-Advertiser.

US returns remains of soldiers killed in Korean War to SKorea
Two months ago, North Korea turned over remains of American soldiers. And on Thursday, the U.S. returned remains of South Korean troops killed during the Korean War. The transfer of 64 sets of remains was done at a repatriation ceremony held in a hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Hirono questions basis of Kavanaugh’s tirade against Democrats
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono called Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fiery denouncement of Democrats during his statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee “pretty off the wall” for a nominee being vetted to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and said it showed that women and victims of sexual assault still aren’t being treated the way they should be. Star-Advertiser.

$125 million in April storm recovery funds remain largely unspent
The money, mostly for Kauai, was to help the Garden Island and parts of Honolulu recover from a major flood events this spring. Always Investigating found it’s largely unspent, and one state department has used up the most.
Nearly half-a-year after record rain hit Kauai and swamped East Oahu, less than half of a huge pot of money the state legislature rushed to appropriate has gone to recovery projects.KHON2.

Presidential disaster declaration approved for Hurricane Lane damages
Gov. David Ige said the Declaration means the state will receive federal support, with grants for repairs. “The approval of our presidential disaster declaration request will help our state recover more efficiently and quickly from the effects of Hurricane Lane,” Ige said, in a news release. Hawaii News Now. Tribune-Herald.

DBEDT report ranks top jobs, incomes
New numbers from the state show more 42,000 people worked in retail in 2016. That’s about six percent of the state’s civilian workforce. More than 40,000 people worked in food and beverage followed by construction which had about 34.000. As for the highest paying jobs, those are in health diagnosing and treating practitioners who earn about $46 an hour. Top executives make about $45 an hour. Lawyers and judges earn roughly $42. KHON2.  Big Island Now. 

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Russ Roberts