Today’s Hawaii News A.M. 09/11/2019

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Locally Owned, Locally Committed Since 1955
09.11.2019
TOP STORIES
Census data shows poverty rate is down but many residents are still struggling financially
Nearly 14% of residents — more than 192,000 people — live in poverty, according to a new supplemental poverty rate released Tuesday. The new figures show that the state is struggling despite an official poverty rate that compares well with the rest of the U.S. Civil Beat.

Mayor Kim floats plan to transfer Mauna Kea governance away from UH
Hawai‘i county Mayor Harry Kim said a newly-created management authority would represent a broad cross section of organizations, from government to Native Hawaiian organizations. UH, meanwhile, would no longer solely manage the mountain. Kim says he’s got buy-in from Governor Ige, UH President David Lassner, members of the Board of Regents and Attorney General. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

Lawmakers discuss how artificial intelligence could impact the workforce
The Small Business Caucus hosted a panel about advancements in AI. Rep. Gene Ward pointed out how Hawai‘i’s workforce should start preparing for potential impacts. The automation concept is catching on in the hotel industry. A Sheraton hotel in Los Angeles features robots that deliver room service and greet guests. KITV.

Health officials investigating state’s first severe respiratory illness related to vaping
The Department of Health issued a warning Tuesday after a Hawai‘i island youth was hospitalized for a “serious lung injury” that may be linked to the use of e-cigarettes. Nationwide, more than 450 cases of severe lung injuries, including at least six deaths have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. KHON2. Civil Beat.

High percentage of high school teens vaping
By state law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to have or use vaping products. However, studies show Hawai‘i has some of the highest numbers when it comes to underage users. KHON2.

DOE survey reveals discrepancy in how safe high school students feel on campus
Two-thirds of students in the latest School Quality Survey administered by DOE say they feel safe. That is up from only half, a decade ago. But the improvement was not uniform, and those schools where a high number of students still don’t feel safe also struggle with high chronic absenteeism and poor academic achievement. Civil Beat.

HAWAII BUSINESS
Greening the Concrete Jungle
Hawai‘i is introducing a new form of concrete that reduces greenhouse gas emissions… read more.
OʻAHU
Leaders of North Shore wind farm project seek compromise, residents unwilling
Another wind farm company tried to make a good impression on O‘ahu’s North Shore Tuesday, but the critics aren’t budging. Several residents are upset that eight more turbines are scheduled to be trucked into Kahuku next month for the project known as Na Pua Makani. Hawaii News Now.

Another massive solar project moves Hawai‘i closer to its green energy goal
Clearway Energy Group turned on the power at projects in Kawailoa, Waipi‘o and Mililani on Tuesday. State leaders and developers celebrated the completion of what is the largest block of grid-scale solar power in the state. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Waikīkī rental tower project breaks ground
Dene Oliver, chief vision officer of mixed-use development for Canadian-­based Brookfield Properties, said the 28-story tower with 402 mostly market-priced apartments will feature a full-service grocery store affiliated with Foodland Farms, other retail tenants and a garden around an existing banyan tree at the Kūhiō Avenue site occupied by a Food Pantry store and other businesses until recently. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

New cash smuggling allegations raised against Filipino mega-church officials
Felina Salinas, a Hawai‘i manager for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, has been charged with trying to smuggle more than $300,000 in cash from Hawaiʻi to the Philippines last year on the private jet of the church’s founder, Apollo Quiboloy. Hawaii News Now.

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