Hawaii State News, 27 Nov 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 27 November 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

New missile alert report urges FEMA to address software issues
A recent federal review of the frightening Jan. 13 false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii recommends that the Federal Emergency Management Agency impose new requirements on computer software vendors to help states and local jurisdictions operate FEMA’s emergency alert system. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Associated Press. Read full report here.

$60M new tax system near completion
Rollout 4 of the state’s Tax System Modernization was launched earlier this month to enable electronic filing for individual income tax returns. Department of Taxation director Linda Chu Takayama says, “We are paying particular attention to a cash-only economy.  Folks like the swap meet sellers and others who only take cash.  We’re also taking a look at folks that are renting out transient accommodation vacation rentals.” Hawaii Public Radio.

Every vote counts doesn’t mean all votes are counted
Thousands of votes statewide were invalidated, mostly on Oahu. More than 1,200 absentee ballots, simply arrived too late to be counted. Nearly 900 votes that had made it on time were declared invalid, either due to signature issues or being double ballots.  KHON2.

Black market babies
The Republic of the Marshall Islands, a string of low-lying coral atolls halfway between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea, had no law governing international adoptions in the 1990s. Hawaii quickly turned into a hub for what American judges and newspapers widely described as “black market adoptions.” The flow of babies soon spread to other states. Civil Beat.

Hawaii AG demands civil rights protections for transgender people
Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to abandon efforts to adopt a definition of “sex” that would exclude transgender and gender nonconforming individuals from the protections of federal civil rights laws. Maui Now.

Clues sought for decline in humpback whale sightings
There has been a significant decline in the number of sightings of North Pacific humpbacks in waters around Hawaii. The trend doesn’t necessarily mean the iconic giants are dying off, or that they’re not still migrating to the islands. Some researchers believe there’s a link between warmer ocean temperatures in Alaska and the effect that has on the whales’ food chain. Associated Press.

Hawaiian Telcom to expand broadband in rural areas with $18M in funds
Hawaiian Telcom was the only Hawaii-based internet service provider to submit and win a competitive bid in the CAF II Auction. The communications company plans to deploy broadband in approximately 4,000 new areas across our state over the next six years. Star-Advertiser.

Sears to sell off most of its Hawaii stores
Sears Holdings Corp. listed four Hawaii outlets, at Pearlridge Center, Windward Mall, Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo and an appliance store at Ala Moana Center, among 505 of the company’s most profitable locations to be sold or auctioned off as part of its bankruptcy, according to court documents. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. 

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts