Hawaii State News, 03 Dec 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 03 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

Federal inquiry linked to rail
Federal investigators are taking an interest in Honolulu’s $9 billion rail project, but it is unclear what has attracted their attention. Officials with the city, state and federal governments said they are aware of the federal inquiry, which involves the Honolulu branch of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Ige and Lt. Gov. Elect Josh Green to be sworn in today
After winning his re-election bid earlier this month, Gov. David Ige is set to be sworn in for his second term Monday at the rotunda in the state Capitol. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV.

Gabbard contemplating how to “best serve” U.S., presidential bid possible
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard made multiple stops this weekend in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, sparking further speculation that she’s considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

SBA seeks to recognize outstanding small businesses of Hawaii
The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Hawaii SBA Small Business Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Learn about at last year’s honorees and access nomination forms here. Hawaii Business.

Case wraps up orientation, eyes campaign finance reform
As Ed Case wraps up the two-week orientation program all freshman representatives receive, he’s noticed it’s not quite business as usual. The partisan divide is much deeper this time around. “That’s not encouraging,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to get over that.” He also said “the number one issue is campaign finance and campaign spending reform,” and he intends to sign on to the bill to be introduced addressing it. KITV.

Oysters could help clean Hawaii’s polluted waterways
After a successful test project in Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian Islands branch of the Waterkeeper Alliance is seeking to expand the use of oyster colonies to clean polluted waters. Oysters feeding process naturally filters the surrounding water. The shellfish can absorb almost anything including excess nitrogen from fertilizer, heavy metals, PCB’s, and sediment from storm runoff. Hawaii Public Radio.

State claims dramatic improvement in adult home care oversight
But in the face of a harsh audit of the program last week, some lawmakers were skeptical that there has been such a swift turnaround. All told, the agency in 2018 has so far completed annual relicensing inspections at 398 of the state’s 460 licensed care homes, Anderson said. About 15 percent of those homes were not relicensed in a timely manner. Civil Beat.

Teachers with seniority still face low wages if they want to work in Hawaii
A dock in pay and loss of professional development credits earned elsewhere can be a rude awakening for veteran teachers with years of experience who opt to continue their careers in Hawaii. A maximum of six years of non-DOE experience is counted toward placement on the salary scale. Civil Beat. 

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Russ Roberts