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.
TOP STORIES Hawaii shut out of federal DOT grants
The federal Department of Transportation will disburse some $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country. The grants are generated by the department’s BUILD infrastructure support program and will fund road, rail and port projects in every state except Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.
State information chief resigning
Todd Nacapuy is stepping down after nearly four years as state chief information officer, the state Office of Enterprise Technology Services announced today. Nacapuy’s last day on the job will be Dec. 31. Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
Workers cleared in killer’s escape
The Hawaii State Hospital employees who were put on paid leave and suspected of possibly helping dangerous psychiatric patient Randall Saito make an infamous escape to Maui and California using cash and fake identification have been cleared and face no discipline, state officials announced Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2.KITV.
Pilot rescued after small military training plane crashes off Oahu
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam officials said that the jet was being operated by a civilian contractor flying in conjunction with the Hawaii Air National Guard’s “Sentry Aloha” exercises. City Emergency Medical Services officials said the 47-year-old male pilot was taken in serious condition to a hospital. He ejected moments before the plane crashed into Honolulu waters. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.Associated Press.
Hawaiian Airlines to offer cheaper seat
Starting 2019, a fourth tier will be added: the addition of Main Cabin Basic. It’s a bare-bones version: no ticket changes or standby; seats are assigned after check-in, and though you can earn HawaiianMiles, travelers who choose this option will not be eligible for bonus miles. KHON2.
Fishermen charged with smuggling
The owners and officers of a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel were charged Tuesday with smuggling and trafficking 962 shark fins into and out of Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.
Ag tech and resource management could foster Hawaii-Israel collaboration
The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Eitan Weiss, attended the Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting. Weiss told West Hawaii Today he used the opportunity to talk with Gov. David Ige about opportunities for Israel and Hawaii to work together on making the most of limited resources. Among those is the availability of and access to freshwater along with solutions like desalination and water recycling. West Hawaii Today.
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