Hawaii State News, 10 Jan 2019

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Former Maui tax preparer arrested for violations
Department of Taxation special agents and state Deputy Sheriffs arrested today a former tax preparer in Lahaina for tax violations.
Hilo motorcyclist who died in police custody after crash is identified
A Hilo man who died after being in police custody last weekend has been identified as 64-year-old Collin Miller.
HECO to close portion of Likelike Highway Thursday
Likelike Highway will be closed in both directions near Emmeline Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday as Hawaiian Electric Company crews replace a utility pole. The pole supports power lines that cross over all lanes.
Police arrest woman, 28, after allegedly stabbing girlfriend in Chinatown
Police arrested a 26-year-old woman after she allegedly stabbed her girlfriend in Chinatown.
State fines Maui Land & Pineapple $230K for wastewater violations
The state Health Department said this morning it has ordered Maui Land & Pineapple Co. to pay a penalty of $230,000 for 15 wastewater effluent violations from the Haliimaile waste stabilization ponds on the Valley Isle. The company must also build a new wastewater treatment plant.
Today BASKETBALL ILH Division I boys: Maryknoll at Kamehameha, 6:30 p.m.; Punahou at St. Francis, 6:30 p.m.; ‘Iolani at Saint Louis, 6:30 p.m. ILH Division I girls: Maryknoll at Punahou, 5 p.m.; Sacred Hearts at Read More
Television and radio
On the air Listings are for Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcomˆˆ analog/digital. *—premium station. **—retelecast. ***—delayed. Check your TV guide for latest updates. TODAY TIME TV spec HT BASKETBALL: NBA Celtics at Heat 2 p.m. Read More
Hawaii wins Big West opener over Fullerton with a splash
The Hawaii basketball team opened Big West play with a splash.
Oahu’s annual brush with greatness tees off today
There is something about a Wednesday before a PGA Tour event that you wish you could share with everyone.
Ferd Lewis: Drammeh finds some inspiration in opener
Somebody lit a fire under the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team Wednesday night and it was senior guard Sheriff Drammeh, of all people, that held the match.
UH men’s volleyball Cowell flips the switch
The challenge is to remain challenged.
Kailua moves to 4-0 with win over Kaiser
Everett Torres-Kahapea saw a lot resistance, as usual, but remained undeterred.
Chaminade extends Hoke through 2022
Chaminade athletic director Bill Villa announced on Wednesday that women’s head volleyball coach Kahala Kabalis Hoke has been given a contract extension through December 2022.
Abuse, drugs prevalent with sex-trafficking victims, study finds
Childhood sexual abuse, drug use, violence and fractured families are among the common threads in the victim stories told to researchers examining the scope of sex trafficking in Hawaii.
Challenge to Senate win rejected, leaving GOP with its one seat
The Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge filed by defeated state Senate candidate Matt LoPresti, clearing the way for Kurt Fevella to be the state’s only Republican senator.
Impact in Hawaii likely to worsen as shutdown continues
The number of federal civilian employees in Hawaii that are either furloughed or working without pay 20 days after the government partially shut down has been tallied at some 2,741, according to website governing.com, which focuses on state and local government.
Gabbard accuses Hirono, Democratic colleagues of religious bigotry
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took aim at Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, accusing them of religious bigotry in their questioning of Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, in an opinion piece published by The Hill on Tuesday.
Key section of crashed jet recovered off Kewalo
The tail section of a crashed Hawker Hunter fighter jet — with its engine and “black box” — was recovered in about 265 feet of water Monday off Kewalo Basin, the Coast Guard said.
International Market Place is redesigning the entrance to help customer traffic flow
The International Market Place — more than two years after opening a glitzy $500 million shopping complex in the heart of Waikiki — is redesigning its Kalakaua Avenue entrance to improve the flow of customers.
Keiki Krafting: DIY Stickers
Jan. 13 is National Sticker Day! Here is a project where kids can make their own stickers with just a few items.
Now Read This: ‘Front Desk,’ ‘Genius: The Game’
Books recommended by the Hawaii State Library:
Kokua Line: Whether safety law applies depends on type of ride hired
Q uestion : When I go to Costco, I always see tourists and local families pile into taxis with no car seats, no boosters, no carriers; nothing to hold in a child or toddler. I see babies, toddlers and young children — all with nothing to harness them. Families with children pile into all types (Charley’s Taxi, TheCAB, Uber, Lyft, etc.). I’m wondering how Hawaii seat-belt laws apply?
Slower growth may lower tax revenues
The state economy is growing more slowly than last year, which prompted a panel of experts on Wednesday to scale back slightly on their projection of how much the state will collect in taxes this year.
Man charged with offering bribe to get bus license
A 61-year-old Honolulu man who was hoping to become a bus driver is facing a possible 10-year state prison term for trying to pay off a licensing examiner.
Barnwell finances swing to loss for 2018
A Hawaii company engaged in Canadian oil production said it expects higher revenue this year after investing in a new oil property, but the firm suffered a financial loss in its last fiscal year.
Letter: Don’t block medical aid in dying law
The joys and accomplishments of a person’s life and the sharing of those times with one’s family is one of the greatest joys of our finite existence.
Letter: Don’t blame Trump for fireworks anger
Blaming President Donald Trump for causing locals to think negatively and not like illegal fireworks (“Trump’s negativity infects communities,” Star- Advertiser, Letters, Jan. 5) ?
Letter: Get explosives out of neighborhoods
Like most people on Oahu on New Year’s Eve, I was shocked and felt assaulted by the onslaught of criminal fireworks activity. We were told that permit sales were down and yet this year fireworks seemed double what it was last year. Most people can see that there is now an underground criminal network of importing, storing and sales of illegal and dangerous fireworks (bombs).
Letter: Questionable figures on immigration costs
Yet another letter has appeared in your paper stating that illegal aliens cost us from $100 billion to $300 billion (“Illegal immigrants costly to taxpayers,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, Jan. 3) . I don’t understand where these costs come from.
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Until next time,
Russ Roberts