Hawaii State News, 31 Oct 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 31 October 2018.

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Comment:  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.

Supreme Court approves TMT project 
After years of legal wrangling and protests, the Thirty Meter Telescope got a green light Tuesday from the state Supreme Court. In a 4-to-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled in favor of the telescope’s construction atop Mauna Kea, effectively ending all legal avenues for contesting the controversial project unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case. In a news conference Tuesday, Gov. David Ige said he’s pleased with the ruling and “is committed to making sure everyone’s rights are protected,” including those of protesters. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat..Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.
KHON2. Star-Advertiser.

Supreme Court TMT case documents
Read full Hawaii Supreme Court opinion on Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea here.
Justice Wilson dissents, notice here.
Justices Pollack and Wilson concurring in part, dissenting in part opinion can be read here.

State ready to address potential protests over TMT decision
State and county officials led by Lt. Gov. Doug Chin have done extensive planning in recent years to prepare for the possibility of widespread protests in connection with the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, and at least some of those plans may involve the use of Hawaii National Guard equipment, according to sources familiar with the preparations. Star-Advertiser.

Kerns accuses Tupola of sabotage
A philosophical gulf between Republican candidate for governor Andria Tupola and her running mate has now turned into a war of words. Marissa Kerns, a Republican running for lieutenant governor, accused Tupola on Tuesday of “sabotaging” her campaign. That’s after Kerns failed to appear at a televised debate Monday night, against Gov. David Ige and state Sen. Josh Green. But Kerns never showed up, and contends Tupola failed to tell her about the debate. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Unions spend heavily against ConCon
Preserve Our Hawaii, a powerful coalition funded heavily by local unions, has spent more than $600,000 in recent weeks on advertising urging residents to vote “no” in the general election on whether to hold a state constitutional convention, campaign spending reports show.Star-Advertiser.

Will kiosks and robots replace hotel workers?
Striking hotel workers in Hawaii and elsewhere, fearful of losing jobs, want a seat at the table as management rolls out disruptive technology. Local 5’s contract expired in June, and about 50 items are at issue as the parties discuss a new one, union officials have said. One of the big issues involves automation. Civil Beat.

Tourism numbers up despite Big Island
Visitor spending in the state reached $1.28 billion, a more than 6 percent gain from September 2017, according to preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. September visitor arrivals rose almost 4 percent year over year to 724,863. Star-Advertiser.

New guidelines for Rat Lungworm 
Doctors Vernon Ansdell and Gerald Murphy, from UH medical School’s department of Tropical Medicine, will showcase efforts to deal with Rat Lungworm Disease during a conference on Tropical Disease and Hygiene in New Orleans this week. Interest in the disease is growing as cases have been discovered in southern states of the U.S. Hawaii Public Radio.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts