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Whistleblower alleges FAA gave Southwest Airlines special treatment for Hawaiʻi flights
The federal Office of Special Counsel “found a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” by Federal Aviation Authority employees, The Wall Street Journal reported today after examining documents between the counsel’s staff and the whistleblower. The employee alleged that FAA managers engaged in “gross mismanagement and an abuse of authority” for “the financial benefit of the airline,” the paper said, citing the counsel’s summary. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
Southwest responds after reports it got preferential treatment from the FAA. KHON2
Hawaiʻi officials urge doctors to be on alert as deadly coronavirus spreads from China
A deadly new virus from China has spread to the U.S., prompting federal officials to expand screenings for the illness at major airports across the country. The state Department of Health sent out a medical advisory to healthcare providers to take extra precautions if they come into contact with a patient who has traveled from Wuhan, China. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii Public Radio.West Hawaii Today.Maui News.KITV4.
Report: Fundamentals of Hawaiʻi’s economy would need to change to ease cost of living
In a recent write-up, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaiʻi notes that residents are unlikely to get much relief from the price of paradise ― barring changes to the fundamental factors that drive high costs in the islands and modest incomes. Hawaii News Now.
Report executive summary. University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization.
Lawmakers urge news outlets to use ‘no-notoriety’ approach to mass crime reporting
State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro of Oʻahu has introduced a pair of resolutions “encouraging the media, law enforcement, and information officers to adopt a no-notoriety approach to reporting on mass shooters and the perpetrators of other mass crimes.” Tribune-Herald.
Plenty of warning signs, but few treatment options in police killer case
Neighbors were well aware of Jerry Hanel’s bizarre behavior, but it’s hard to force unwilling people to get mental health treatment. Civil Beat.KHON2.
Closing gun loopholes and bolstering mental health thrown into the spotlight
Hawaiʻi already has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi announces list of candidates on Presidential Primary ballot
The candidates are: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang. KITV4.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Tour helicopter crashes — and flights — have escalated in recent years
In Hawaiʻi, 2019 was the deadliest year for tour helicopters in nearly two decades, with 10 people dying in two crashes, a Civil Beat review of federal records shows. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation records based on self-reporting by individual companies show that the number of tour operators has more than doubled in the last 10 years and flight volumes have increased by nearly 67% in the same period. Civil Beat.
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