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In State of the State, Ige to focus on proposals aimed at easing Hawaiʻi’s high cost of living
The governor will deliver his annual State of the State address on Tuesday morning. His speech is set to begin at 10 a.m. in the state House chambers. Hawaii News Now.
Investigation into Diamond Head shooting, arson continues
The investigation into Sunday’s fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers and massive fire continued Monday. Conditions of the charred house at 3015 Hibiscus Drive, where 69-year-old suspect Jerry “Jarda” Hanel allegedly attacked his landlord, Lois Cain, were too hot and unstable to allow investigators to search for victims. According to police the active search for missing Hanel and Cain continues while another person initially thought to be in the house was located Monday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii News Now.KITV4.
Suspect waged six-year TRO battle with neighbor, accused of making bogus 911 calls. Hawaii News Now.
Jerry Hanel’s attorney believes his client planned the Diamond Head attack
Jonathan Burge represented Hanel on multiple cases since 2015 and is still trying to process the tragedy that happened on Hibiscus Drive. “He was a little bit off, not in a part where he’s gonna go crazy like this,” Burge said. KITV4.
The suspect in Sunday’s attack and fire, Jerry Hanel, was in the process of being evicted. KHON2.
UH releases pay levels for hundreds of graduate assistants, lecturers
The University of Hawaiʻi has released pay information for its graduate assistants — more than 1,300 of them. Their annual salaries range from $9,468 to $35,460. Most of them are at the Mānoa campus, working up to 20 hours per week and also receiving tuition waivers. Civil Beat.
Senator Ruderman: State lacks commitment to ag industry
“I think we’re lacking in leadership, and we’re lacking in financial commitment. We don’t do the things we say we’re going to do to support local agriculture, in my opinion,” said Sen. Russell Ruderman, a Puna Democrat and vice chairman of the state Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment. Tribune-Herald.
Creating more treatment options in a fractured mental health system
Health officials are amping up for a major overhaul of Hawaiʻi’s fragmented treatment system for people with mental illnesses and addiction. A key feature of the proposed reforms includes diverting the mentally ill from ERs into outpatient and residential programs more tailored to their needs. Civil Beat.
Aircraft carrier named for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Navy named an aircraft carrier for the first time for an African American, and for the first time for an enlisted sailor, in bestowing the honor on Ship’s Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller, who overcame segregated roles and seized the initiative to become a hero when he fired back at attacking Japanese planes on Dec. 7, 1941. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS Plastics Ban: What’s Next
Local restaurants are seeking alternatives and worried about the costs, customer experiences and other challenges… read more.
2 women who intervened in attack describe chaos before Hibiscus Drive shooting and fire The two women who intervened said that they heard terrible screams for help from inside 3015 Hibiscus Drive Sunday morning and found suspect Jerry “Jarda” Hanel beating another tenant of the house with a three-pronged garden hoe. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
A legacy of service: 2 officers killed in Diamond Head shooting remembered
Never take a moment for granted. That’s the message a teenager is sharing as she mourns the loss of her mother, one of two Honolulu police officers killed Sunday in a violent rampage in the Diamond Head area. Hawaii News Now.
Total of HPD officers killed on duty now at 50
The deaths by gunfire Sunday of Honolulu police officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama brought the department’s fallen-heroes count to 50 and increased the percentage of those shot to more than a third of the group. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Realignment of Kam Highway at Laniakea could be in the works
Hawaiʻi transportation officials say they finally have the money to fix that North Shore stretch of the highway, a notorious traffic choke point that is eroding from sea level rise. Civil Beat.
EPA to begin clearing lead contaminated soil in Kalihi after years of delay
After being postponed for two-and-a-half months, the Environmental Protection Agency will be conducting the soil removal starting Monday. Work will be done Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Factory Street. The project is expected to take about five to seven weeks. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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