Today’s Hawaii News 06/25/2019

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Tax bills for vacation rentals and REITs among items on governor’s veto list
Gov. David Ige said he will veto a measure that will allow vacation rental platforms like AirBNB to collect taxes from owners. The bill is among 20 on the governor’s veto list, which was made public Monday. Ige said he also plans to veto a measure to tax large landowners known real estate investment trusts. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawai‘i Public Radio. KITV. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Maui Now.
Gov. David Ige’s full veto list and rationale. Governor’s Office.

State gets $10M in federal funds for airports
The funding will be used to purchase aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, reconstruct taxiways and install runway lighting at the airports in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona and Kahului. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

In wake of crash, investigators urge more FAA regulation of skydiving operations
In an extraordinary news conference Monday, NTSB investigators in Hawai‘i following Friday’s deadly plane crash in Mokulēʻia publicly criticized the FAA for failing to adopt tougher oversight of skydiving operators and said the agency is “on notice.” Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.KITV. KHON2.
Oahu Parachute Center owner responds for the first time following crash. KHON2.

Names of plane crash victims released
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of seven of the victims of Friday’s skydiving plane that crashed at Dillingham Airfield, killing all 11 aboard. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio.

Vague guidelines on pesticide use at schools has community calling for change
During a community meeting Monday, the head of Hawai‘i’s public schools admitted she’s not sure if the Department of Education is fully compliant with a new law banning certain pesticides on or near campuses. Hawaii News Now. 

Bernard Uy Offers Tips to Foster An Office Culture That Attracts Great Talent
Wall-to-Wall is a brand and digital design firm with an uncommon work culture that fosters collaboration and creativity. Unique rituals and off-the-wall celebrations are the lifeblood of a palpable camaraderie… read more.
Kealoha closing arguments expected to draw overflow crowd
The proceedings are expected to be a popular affair, so much so that U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright plans to prepare a second courtroom for spectators to view the arguments on closed-circuit television. On Monday, Seabright held a special status conference to go over the last of the particulars of the case. Here’s what you need to know. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.

Unsealed records: Kealoha was prosecuting cases despite “serious” medical condition
Records unsealed Monday by a federal judge show Katherine Kealoha was not capable of prosecuting cases for at least eight months between 2013 and 2014. Hawaii News Now.

Judge to decide on change to Kaneshiro removal petition
Circuit Judge Jeffrey Crabtree will soon decide whether there needs to be a complete do-over of a petition campaign seeking to impeach embattled Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro. Also being debated is whether the city should be required to accept Yoshimura’s electronic petition at all, or whether it needs to be submitted in writing. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

A new evaluation outlines options for the Haiʻkū Stairs
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is offering hope to hikers looking for a legal way to enjoy the scenic, and currently off-limits, Ha‘ikū Stairs. Hawaii News Now. KITV. 

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