Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 19 Dec 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 19 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.

Effort to impeach embattled Honolulu City Prosecutor officially underway
On Tuesday, a petition to impeach Kaneshiro was filed in state court, and copies were delivered to the state Capitol, Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green. The man behind the effort to impeach Kaneshiro is Tracy Yoshimura, who Kaneshiro’s office unsuccessfully prosecuted twice for distributing game machines. Hawaii News Now.Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.

Committee calling for more evidence to drive cesspool mandate

There are 88-thousand residential cesspools that must be upgraded by 2050. Each cesspool will cost, on average, about $20-thousand. The State Environmental Council’s Information and Outreach Committee Chair, Roy Abe, wants to publish an article in the Council’s annual report to provide another perspective. Hawaii Public Radio.

State education board plans to lobby legislature directly
A new legislative committee consisting of four Hawaii Board of Education members will engage directly with lawmakers this coming session to advocate for education funding. It’s the first time such an ad-hoc committee has been formed within the board, which is the policy-making body that oversees the state Department of Education. Civil Beat.

Preparing Your Business for 2019
If you want 2019 to be better for your business than 2018, identify what worked well in the past year and what did not. A time-honored concept is to “manage by exception.” That means keep doing the things that worked well in 2018 in generally the same way. But identify things that did not work well, study them and create an improvement plan. Hawaii Business.

Investigation finds DOE’s treatment of injured workers is troubled 
In many cases the workers’ comp unit falls short of helping workers injured on the job. Civil Beat analyzed about 200 administrative decisions from 2013 to 2018 involving claimants who worked in the schools after hearing from workers’ comp insiders, such as attorneys and doctors, that the state Department of Education’s operation was unusually inefficient and hard on workers. Civil Beat.

Thousands of teens admit to injecting illegal drugs
According to new state Department of Health figures, 1,200 public high school students admitted to injecting illegal drugs last year. Meanwhile, 2,000 public middle school students, 7 percent, said they’d shot up. Both numbers put Hawaii well above the national average. Hawaii News Now.

VA secretary visits Hawaii, maps out plan for modernization
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie wants to bring the VA into the 21st Century. Secretary Wilkie told Hawaii Public Radio that he wants to modernize the VA’s aging computer systems that deal with everything from hospital administration to college tuition payments. The department was recently in the spotlight for underpaying veterans using the G.I. Bill. Hawaii Public Radio.

New effort to search for fourth possible suspect in 1991 Dana Ireland murder
Frank Pauline and brothers, Albert Ian and Shawn Schweitzer, were convicted of the rape and murder of Ireland. But Hawaii County prosecutors say the case was never really closed. Male DNA from Ireland’s body and a bloody t-shirt doesn’t match the three defendants. Prosecutors say the jury knew that, but had enough evidence to convict. “Law enforcement has never given up looking for this fourth person,” said Hawaii County deputy Prosecutor Rick Dammerville. Hawaii News Now.

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Russ Roberts