Hawaii State News 07/15/2019

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Sen. Mazie Hirono joins colleagues in questioning use of climate change data by U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono is among 22 senators to express concern Monday that political bias is making its way to the U.S. Geological Survey, with new policies and restrictions.
2-year renewals for Hawaii medical cannabis patients to begin soon

Qualified, in-state patients will soon be able to renew their medical marijuana certification cards for up to two years online, the state Health Department announced Monday.
Big Isle man sentenced for shooting gun during lava evacuation

KAILUA-KONA >> A Big Island man has been sentenced to prison for firing a gun at a group of people during a volcanic eruption, a report said.
2 Maui brush fires declared fully contained after causing major disruptions

Maui firefighters have fully contained two wildfires that started last week and burned a total of about 9,200 acres, county officials said Monday.
Suspect arrested after stabbing leaves man, 18, in serious condition in Kalihi

Honolulu police arrested a 37-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed an 18-year-old man with a knife in Kalihi.
Body of missing swimmer found in Big Island waters

The body of a missing swimmer, who disappeared Saturday evening at Green Sands Beach in Kau, was found Monday, the Hawaii County Fire Department reported.
Activists stop construction on first day of Thirty Meter Telescope work

Mauna Kea >> The opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope declared victory Monday on what was to have been Day 1 for construction of the landmark $1.4 billion project near the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.
Local support for TMT has been strong for years

While media coverage of the Thirty Meter Telescope has been dominated by images of hundreds of protesters trying to block construction of the project, support for the telescope has been strong throughout the state in recent years.
Ala Moana Park improvements start next month

The city will begin repaving, reconstructing and re-striping the full, 1-mile stretch of Ala Moana Park Drive starting next month.
Vandalized gravestones nearly restored with community effort

About as quickly as they were knocked over, most of the 27 vandalized gravestones at Kawaiaha‘o Church cemetery have been restored, in large part because of the goodwill of the community.
Yacht sinks for first time in Transpac race history

The sinking of the Santa Cruz 70 OEX trans-Pacific yacht early Monday morning set a sad record for the Transpacific Yacht Race.
Maui Humane Society gets visit, donation from Oprah Winfrey

The Maui Humane Society staff and animals returned home Saturday morning to the building they evacuated due to the wildfire, then got a surprise visit from Oprah Winfrey that afternoon.
Salesman sentenced to prison for forged drug prescriptions

A federal judge sentenced a former salesman for a Honolulu pharmacy to 18 months in prison Monday for defrauding the Hawaii Medical Service Association of thousands of dollars by submitting forged prescriptions to pad his commissions.
Hawaii National Bank selects Bryan Luke as CEO

Hawaii National Bank has promoted Bryan Luke to president and chief executive officer.
Dramatic drop hits Hawaii macadamia nut crop

Hawaii consumers may not have noticed it on supermarket shelves, but local macadamia nuts have been in short supply.
Kokua Line: Nontaxable income counts toward limit for property tax credit

Q uestion: Regarding the low-income property tax credit ( 808ne.ws/715sa ), what does the city count as incomem and how do they verify it?
Column: Navigate tiers of technical support when device stops working

It’s happened. Fail. Your gizmo, whether it is a computer, tablet, phone or even a cloud-based application, doesn’t work anymore. It’s time to call for help. While many organizations provide chat-based support, phone calls are
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