“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 26 November 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Comment: Here are today’s top Hawaii State news from “Hawaii Business Magazine.” Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
TOP STORIES State lawmakers noncommittal on raising minimum wage
Nate Hix, who founded an advocacy group Living Wage Hawaii, is hoping that a significant hike in the minimum wage during the upcoming legislative session will help alleviate the struggles of many Hawaii residents, and he believes the political momentum is there. Star-Advertiser.
Racing to save songbirds from extinction
Scientists are urgently searching for backup homes to protect the three remaining species, the endemic Nihoa millerbird, Nihoa finch and Laysan finch, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In addition to non-native predators, like disease-carrying mosquitoes, threats include a changing climate, especially rising seas and stronger storms that could literally wipe out a species overnight. Civil Beat.
New climate report warns of worsening weather disasters
As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. In Hawaii and the Pacific, surface temperatures and sea level continue rising, while extremes such as drought and flooding continue affecting the islands. Civil Beat.KHON2.
State says locally grown romaine OK
Farmers tell us the state Department of Health put out a notice that local lettuce from Hawaii is not linked to the E. Coli outbreak. KHON2.
Appleseed Center urges tough vacation rental rules
The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released a report filled with recommendations as the Honolulu City Council prepares again to debate a bill addressing the issue. The nonprofit is recommending Hawaii follow several cities around the world in getting tough on regulating the use of homes as short-term vacation rentals. Star-Advertiser.
Hawaii’s disability benefit denials reversed at highest rate in nation
The rate at which administrative law judges overturn denials of disability claims is raising questions about Hawaii’s Disability Determination Branch, part of the state Department of Human Services. Judges in 64 percent of cases ruled in favor of Hawaii applicants who appealed their benefit denials, well above the national average of 43 percent. Star-Advertiser.
SBA disaster assistance loans available
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by Tropical Storm Lane. The U.S. Small Business Administration said the period of time for disaster assistance for wildfires and floods in Maui and Hawaii counties is from Aug. 22 to 29. Maui News.
Marketing Hawaii as a sports center
Between the Vans Triple Crown of surfing, the Maui Invitational college basketball tournament and the Los Angeles Rams lined up to play a pre-season game at the Aloha Stadium next year, there are a lot of reasons why sports fans are paying attention to Hawaii. Hawaii Public Radio.
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