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UHERO delivers county specific economic forecasts
The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization reports each county will see growth, but slower than we’ve seen over the past 10 years of expansion. Oahu may be looking at one the biggest shifts. Last year, visitor arrivals grew nearly 9% over 2017. This year, visitor arrivals are expected to grow half as fast, by 4.3%. Hawaii Public Radio.
Bill to cut pensions for convicted government employees stalled for years
Two retired Hawaii County police officers are indicted on criminal charges, one facing felony offenses, but they aren’t in jeopardy of losing their pensions because laws in place allow officers convicted of a crime to retain their nest eggs. West Hawaii Today.
Last-minute opposition almost derailed smartphone privacy bill in House
The legislation, even opponents agree, has good intentions: protect the location data of users of smartphones, tablets and other technology equipped with satellite navigation. But last-minute objections from a trade association that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry led many Hawaii lawmakers to vote against House Bill 702 on the last day of the 2019 session. Civil Beat.
Hospitals are moving medical services to less expensive outpatient facilities
“Hospitals are under pressure to reduce the cost of care by moving traditionally hospital-based services to the outpatient setting, including imaging, surgery, lab and even admissions,” said Jason Chang, chief operating officer of The Queen’s Health Systems. “This shift has forced hospitals to build, joint-venture or acquire centers and expand their ambulatory footprint.”Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Florence Puana discusses hardship and heartbreak in Kealoha trial
The government plans to present testimony from Florence Puana, Katherine Kealoha’s grandmother, in an effort to establish the motive behind the alleged staged theft of the Kealohas’ mailbox in 2013. Puana told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Wednesday that she wants to testify in front of the jury. “I want to stop all the lying that’s going on,” Puana said.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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