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Prison reformers call for new approach to guard training
With the establishment of the new commission to oversee Hawaiʻi’s jails and prisons, the state wants to move from punishing inmates to rehabilitating them. But are prison guards being trained for the task? Civil Beat.
Lawmakers consider bill that would allow for ‘conscientious’ exemption for child vaccines
Some parents are calling on lawmakers to delay the new rules for child vaccinations — or make it easier to exempt children. Beginning in July, five new vaccines will be required for children to attend school in Hawai‘i. Hawaii News Now.
State Health Laboratory to begin testing for novel coronavirus
The State Department of Health said beginning next week Hawai‘i should be able to test for coronavirus at the State Laboratory in Pearl City. Hawaii News Now.
Environmental groups contend in lawsuit that the EPA has not protected Hawai‘i shorelines
Environmental groups last week filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying plastic is undoubtedly a criterion and that the EPA has failed to protect 17 coastal water bodies around Hawaiʻi from wide-scale plastic pollution under the federal Clean Water Act. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Lawmakers explore controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. Hawaii News Now.
Stricter DUI law passed unanimously by the state Senate Transportation Committee. Tribune-Herald.
Legislators advance bill to create LGBTQ commission. West Hawaii Today.
Bills seek to outlaw improper dog-tethering. Tribune-Herald.
Bills would toughen penalties for assaulting, threatening sports officials. Tribune-Herald.
State could pay $1M to settle lawsuits. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Survey shows extent of sexual harassment among UH students
The University of Hawaiʻi officially released its latest biennial student survey on sexual harassment and gender-based violence. According to UH, about 86 percent of survey respondents said they felt little or no personal risk of being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted while on campus. Maui Now.
Grand Wailea delay proves barriers to enter Maui’s hotel market
Expansion plans for the Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently hit another snag when the Maui Planning Commission granted a petition to intervene in the wake of community pushback against the $150 million project. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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All prosecutor candidates but 1 agree with 2-term limit
Oʻahu voters will be asked in November whether they want to stop future Honolulu city prosecutors from serving more than two consecutive terms. The Honolulu City Council voted 8-0 recently to adopt Resolution 19-35, which places on the general election ballot a proposed amendment to the Honolulu City Charter prohibiting an elected prosecutor from seeking a third consecutive four-year turn. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HART opens the doors to rail cars and platform for a community preview
Days after the mayor scrapped plans to renovate the Blaisdell Center over concerns of rail costs, the public had a chance to check out the already-completed rail facilities that have been years, and billions of dollars, in the making. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Groups continue fight against completed Kahuku wind farm
Hawaiʻi State Senator Gil Riviere says there is now a renewed political and legal charge to challenge the wind farm. Keep the North Shore Country, a nonprofit with which Senator Riviere is involved appealed to the the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting regarding the Land Use Ordinance for the wind farm and has been granted a hearing on March 5, Senator Riviere says. KITV4.
Emergency repairs begin on crumbling highway near Crouching Lion, snarling traffic
With high surf pounding shores across the state, erosion is continuing to cause problems for some, including an already troubled portion of highway on Oʻahu’s windward side. Hawaii News Now.
Owners at affordable condo to appeal after seeing their property taxes skyrocket
Nearly 50 owners of the units at 1631 Kapiolani Blvd. said the city is incorrectly using sales of nearby high-end condos to value their studios, which unlike market-priced units, have strict restrictions on resale. Hawaii News Now.