Today’s Hawaii News 5/28

Here are today’s top “Hawaii News” stories from Hawaii News Digest.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content provided by “Hawaii Business Magazine.”  Accessed on 29 May 2019, 0215 UTC, Post 18957.

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Teacher shortage hits harder in rural areas
Students at rural or lower-income schools are less likely to be taught by experienced, fully qualified teachers than elsewhere, DOE data shows. This is a first report in an ongoing series examining the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers in Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.

UH medical school graduates record number of minority students
The University of Hawai‘i has seen the jump in minority medical student graduates despite low numbers of Native Hawaiians and Filipinos in college. Out of 73 graduates, a dozen were Native Hawaiian, double the amount in the previous year. Another 12 graduates were Filipino, compared with four in 2018. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

More terminally ill are requesting lethal drugs under the new law
Since Jan. 1, when medically assisted death became legal in Hawai‘i, at least 17 patients have requested lethal drugs to end their lives and at least three of them went on to use the medication to “have a peaceful death.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Slow-growth economy is expected to continue
In what is becoming a recurring theme in local economists’ quarterly reports, the state’s economy is projected to keep inching forward with its gross domestic product growing from 1.2% to 1.4% annually over the next four years, according to a new economic forecast by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KHON2.

Economist: Over-tourism and crowding is a pricing problem
The number of tourists coming to Hawai’i has grown in the past three decades, but their spending in real dollars has remained the same. “This idea that tourism receipts have not grown while the number of people or the number of days they occupy the islands have grown is problematic because all of the social costs associated with tourism are or are primarily associated with their physical presence,” economist Paul Brewbaker said. Hawaii Public Radio.

NTSB calls for safety improvements to rules following Kailua helicopter crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for greater safety measures to the federal regulations covering them. The NTSB’s recommendations call on operators to implement safety management systems, add flight data monitoring, and for operators to make sure their pilots receive controlled-flight-into-terrain avoidance training. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Moku Roots’ Zero Waste Initiative
The Maui eatery is part of a business and nonprofit movement that pushes the limits on waste reduction. The takeaway: It’s more possible than you think… read more.

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