Hawaii State News, afternoon update, 14 Jan 2019

Welcome to the afternoon edition of “Hawaii News Digest”–Hawaii State News.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post are from the current issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Accessed  on 14 January 2019, 2025 UTC, Post 18262.



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Progressives to press agenda on more staid Democrats
Members of the progressive wing of the Hawaii Democratic Party will make a case this year for dramatic initiatives such as a $17 hourly minimum wage, legalization of recreational marijuana and single-payer health care, but it’s unclear whether their stodgier colleagues in the state Legislature will embrace those causes. Star-Advertiser.

Gabbard announces presidential bid 
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020, ending months of speculation about whether the 37 year-old would join what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic primary contenders in the race to unseat President Donald Trump. Star-Advertiser. CNN.

One year since the missile alert mistake and some tough lessons learned
Since that Jan. 13 morning, all ballistic missile alarms have been shelved. “The key is that we’ve evaluated our procedures at the state warning point, which is where the alarms are issued and would be retracted.” Hawaii’s top Emergency Management official Tom Travis says his agency is better prepared to alert the state in case of a real crisis. Hawaii News Now. Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2.

Hawaii 2040: Climate change is already here. And we’re running out of time
Scientists predict the worst will hit in about 21 years. But Hawaii is already feeling the effects of a warming planet. The climate is changing, faster than ever. Imperiled infrastructure is only the most apparent front in the Aloha State’s war against a warming planet. Similar battles are unfolding throughout the islands. Civil Beat.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Hawaii 
U.S. Judge Haywood Gilliamin in California  blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. Associated Press.

HECO looks to boost solar storage
Hawaiian Electric said last week it submitted contracts for seven “solar-plus-storage” projects to the Public Utilities Commission for review. The projects, three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii island, are expected to add about 262 megawatts of solar energy with 1,048 megawatt-hours of storage. The projects are the largest and lowest-­cost portfolio of renewable energy resources to be assembled in Hawaii, according to Hawaiian Electric. Star-Advertiser.

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Russ Roberts