Hawaii State News, evening edition, 11 December 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 11 December 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.

Federal corruption probe targets city prosecutor
City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has received a Justice Department target letter informing him that he’s under investigation in the federal public corruption probe that has led to two indictments against his former top deputy, Katherine Kealoha. “Target letter means the grand jury has substantial evidence that you’ve engaged in criminal activity. You are going to be indicted,” Former U.S. Attorney and Honolulu prosecutor Loretta Sheehan says. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KITV. Civil Beat.

City charter has process to impeach city prosecutor 
Keith Kaneshiro is serving his fourth term in the elected position of Honolulu’s prosecuting attorney. And according to the city charter, it doesn’t take much to start the process of impeachment. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige wants biocontrol center to tackle invasive species
Governor David Ige outlined his approach to combating invasive species on the Big Island Monday. The Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative spearheaded by Ige focuses on the impacts that nuisance species, pests and pathogens have on ecosystems, watersheds and infrastructure. At the center of his philosophy, strength in numbers. Star-Advertiser. KITV. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.

HTA fills 2 top leadership positions
The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that Keith Regan has been appointed chief administrative officer and Karen Hughes as vice president of marketing and product development. This marks the first time since March that the agency’s top three positions have been filled. Star-Advertiser.

OHA looks to the future
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs conducted its first meeting following the November 6th election of new members. Two newly sworn-in trustees, Brendon Kaleiaina Lee and Kalei Akaka, were sworn in and are serving their first term. Colette Machado, the longest serving trustee, was nominated to continue to serve as Board Chair. Hawaii Public Radio. Star-Advertiser.

Man swims from Japan to Hawaii to raise awareness on ocean pollution
Ben Lecomte was originally supposed to swim from Japan to San Francisco, but bad weather forced him to make a quick stop in our islands. Lecomte estimates seeing one piece of plastic every three minutes, while the boat following him collecting data about plastic pollution collected three pieces of microplastic every minute. KHON2.

The fight against flight at public middle schools
Educators know they have to persuade parents that this isn’t the time to send their kids to private school, or a different public school. The transition from elementary to middle school marks one of the biggest drop-offs in public school enrollment in Hawaii, where the percent of private school enrollment is nearly double that of the national rate. Civil Beat.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts