Before we review some of today’s top Hawaii State news stories, here’s where to look for the latest update on Hurricane Barbara: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/cphc/
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Pali Highway repairs to continue through November
Work to stabilize portions of the Pali Highway will continue through November, three months later that HDOT officials had expected. The agency also announced plans to extend Kailua bound contraflow lane hours in August and open both directions of the highway during daylight hours by September.
A new tax increased fuel prices by 4 cents per gallon today, bringing the total amount of taxes per gallon of gas and diesel to 23 cents. The county now has the same rate as Maui, which is typically the highest in the state.
Hawai‘i Department of Health releases progress report on Our Care, Our Choice Act
Since the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, a total of eight patients with a terminal illness were able to learn about their full range of care options, including palliative care and hospice care, and gain access to aid-in-dying prescription medications. Of this total, only two patients received medication.
A contradiction of our age is that we have more access to information about politics and government than ever before, yet a smaller and smaller percentage of Hawai‘i’s people find it worthwhile to vote …more
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“Just think about it. If we’re successful in getting this embedded into astronomy, what would happen over the next 100, 200 years when new discoveries are being made that people around the world start using Hawaiian terms, just like we did with Greek and Roman terms”
– Arts & Culture CHANGE report: John De Fries
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Hawai‘i governor wants to veto bill that would stop “government-sponsored theft”
Without ever filing criminal charges, law enforcement officers in Hawai‘i routinely confiscate cash, cars, and other valuable property using the state’s “civil forfeiture” laws. Worse, the state actively encourages aggressive seizures as police, prosecutors, and the attorney general all get a cut of the proceeds from forfeiting property, a system that generated over $11.5 million between 2006 and 2015.
Space object ‘Oumuamua is not an alien spacecraft after all
The object’s strange characteristics sparked a debate among astronomers, which fueled speculation that it came from an alien civilization. ‘Omuamua, which means “scout” in Hawaiian, was “discovered” in 2017 on Maui and is the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system.
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