Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 17 Dec 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 17 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.

Preparing for the new medical aid in dying law
The state estimates around 40 people will use the new law to seek medical assistance to end their lives next year. Modeled after Oregon’s 20-year-old “Death with Dignity Act,” Hawaii’s “Our Care, Our Choice Act” kicks into effect on New Year’s Day. The law establishes a patient’s right to request assistance in dying, not receive it. Civil Beat. Maui News. Hawaii Business.

UH experts forecast restrained economic growth
University of Hawaii economists are forecasting that the state’s expansion has more room to run, but their outlook for the Asia-Pacific region is less rosy in the wake of the U.S.-Chinese trade war and a weakening global environment. Star-Advertiser.

$17M for “ohana zones” released

Governor Ige on Friday announced plans to spend millions of dollars on so-called “ohana zones” for Oahu and Big Island homeless. But legislators who set aside $30 million for the special zones say the governor isn’t doing enough. The governor’s plan would use only $17 million of the amount lawmakers authorized, and falls far short of what they hoped he would build.Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. 

Hanabusa reflects on time in Congress, talks future in politics
During both of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats have been the minority party. As she wraps up her time in Washington, there’s one key lesson learned: relationships matter. KITV.

Scientists try to figure out why whale entanglements are on the rise
Seven of the 76 confirmed cases of large whale entanglements documented along U.S. coasts in 2017 were in Hawaii waters, and all seven involved humpback whales, according to a recent report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as whale season in the state gets underway. Star-Advertiser.

Chuukese patients face discrimination from healthcare providers, study finds
Chuukese patients may not seek necessary medical care for fear of being unable to afford it, according to a new qualitative study by researchers from UH and the College of Micronesia. The study, based on interviews with eight health care providers and nine Chuukese community members, found that Chuukese patients in Hawaii often struggle with linguistic and cultural barriers when seeking medical care.Civil Beat. 

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Russ Roberts