Hawaii State News, 22 Jan 2019

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Officials request $3M to continue housing inmates in Arizona
Hawaii prison officials are asking for an emergency appropriation of $3.4 million to continue housing inmates out of state for six more months as a delayed upgrade to prison security systems wraps up. Associated Press.

Study results on prison system policies revealed
The legislature’s prison reform task force found positive studies from rehabilitative prisons which helps inmates instead of punishing them. The task force also recommends an Oversight Commission that would immediately address prison suicides and sexual assaults. Other recommendations from the report include mandatory minimums and drug sentencing. KHON2.

Clean energy production continues to progress, providing cheaper power
Hawaii’s effort to become energy independent is nearing an important threshold as utility-scale solar farms are promising to produce electricity cheaper than fossil fuel plants, clean energy advocates say. Electricity from newly approved solar farms that sell power to Hawaiian Electric Co. are now coming in at nearly half the price of traditional power plants. Hawaii News Now.

Feds say Hawaii is too quick to approve wind power turbines
The federal government has charged that state officials are rushing to approve wind power projects without adequately considering environmental impacts. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in a Dec. 27 letter to stop approving any new wind turbines until state and federal officials have had the chance to meet with the facility owners and review the plans. Civil Beat.

Community wants stiffer charges thrown at group behind OHA attack
Outrage continues following last Thursday’s alleged violent attacks inside the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Many in the Hawaiian community want stiffer charges thrown at the sovereignty group behind the attacks. Members of the Kingdom of Atooi attempted to seize OHA Thursday and identified themselves as federal marshals. Its a law enforcement title they claim holds jurisdiction. KITV.

Great Whale Count seeks assistance
The Pacific Whale Foundation will once again host the Great Whale Count on Saturday, inviting volunteers and citizen scientists to count whales from shore as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser. 

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