Hawaii State News, midday edition, 10 Jan 2019

Welcome to the midday edition of “Hawaii News Digest”–Hawaii State News.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics for this post come from today’s issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine.”  Here are the details:

Accessed on 10 January 2019, 2010 UTC, Post 18243.



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Federal workers in Hawaii take on side jobs, loans as shutdown drags on
Inside Hawaii’s airports it may seem like business as usual. But for the hundreds of Transportation Security Administration workers currently working without pay, many are being pushed to their breaking point. Payday is supposed to be Friday. But as it stands no one’s getting a check. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Council on revenues lowers general fund growth to 4.2 percent
The State’s General Fund forecast for the current fiscal year was lowered less than one percentage point today, meaning there’s less money to spend in the upcoming legislative session. Hawaii Public Radio.

Supreme Court dismisses LoPresti case challenging Fevella’s Senate win
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. All five justices signed off on the 23-page judgment that says “there is no genuine issue of material fact” presented by LoPresti to change the results of the general election’s final results. Star-Advertiser.

What to expect in the 2019 legislature
Hawaii lawmakers will tackle familiar issues like public school funding. They’re also likely to raise the minimum wage and might even legalize recreational marijuana. Civil Beat.

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 yesterday. Hirono’s office wasn’t told of the piece before it ran. In a statement issued today, Hirono called Gabbard’s opinion misguided and suggested it was influenced by arguments advanced by “right-wing ideologues.” Star-Advertiser.

Abuse, drugs prevalent with sex-trafficking victims, study finds
A report to be released today by the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention and the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women also indicates missed opportunities for police, social service agencies, schools, doctors and others to identify victims of sex trafficking and possibly intervene to get them help. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts