Today’s Hawaii News A.M. 07/01/2019

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New crosswalk law takes effect today
A slate of new laws will take effect on the first day of the new state fiscal year, including one that might startle some pedestrians: Senate Bill 693 makes it quite clear you can be fined for entering a crosswalk once the pedestrian countdown timer has started running. Star-Advertiser.

DOE seeking feedback on public education 
The State Department of Education proposed a new 10 year strategic plan for the state’s public school system called the 2030 Promise. KITV.

Hawai‘i inmate data tracking system review slow and expensive
After paying a company close to $1.4 million over four years to evaluate its data needs and recommend a replacement for its software, Hawai‘i’s Department of Public Safety has yet to replace the system. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i hospital dispute could prove costly for patients
Kaiser recently filed a federal lawsuit against Queen’s after the two sides failed to negotiate a payment rate for emergency services.  Civil Beat.

Feds may take lead on future missile alerts
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s attempt to give the federal government responsibility for alerting the public of a missile threat was passed by the U.S. Senate as part of a National Defense Authorization Act for 2020 that focuses on evolving threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. Star-Advertiser.

Rep. Gabbard speaks at mayors conference
Hawai‘i Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard made her first trip back to the islands since appearing in the first Democratic presidential candidates debate last Wednesday, addressing the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday that Hawai‘i’s 2018 false missile alert motivated her to run for president in 2020Star-Advertiser.

Five Ways to Make Government More Effective
Reporter LiAnne Yu covers ways to apply lessons learned by businesses without compromising the public good… read more.
Kealoha verdicts highlight need for ethical leaders in law enforcement
The felony convictions of the retired police chief, his once high-ranking prosecutor wife and two officers picked by the chief for a secretive squad he supervised exposed gaps in the oversight of the law enforcement system, but mostly are a reflection of dishonest individuals holding positions of power, according to attorneys, former judges and others. Star-Advertiser.
Katherine Kealoha is sent to jail until sentencing Civil Beat.

Owner-built houses at Waianae subdivision nearly finished
The homeowners, which include single mothers and some with very low incomes, have been working to build houses in a subdivision begun in the 1990s and aborted twice by separate developers due to financial trouble. Star-Advertiser.

Navatek II fails to sell at auction.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources impounded the vessel in March after owner Miraclei LLC maxed out the vessel’s temporary permit at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Star-Advertiser.

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