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Public safety officials weigh pardons for people convicted of minor marijuana crimes
President Biden announced Thursday that he will pardon people convicted of some federal marijuana crimes and has asked that all states follow his lead. If Gov. David Ige follows, he could clear the criminal records of many who have been denied opportunities due to having a drug conviction hanging over their heads. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Hawai‘i public school teachers to see long-awaited pay raises in November
Nearly 9,200 public school teachers should see a significant bump in their paychecks starting in November, several months after the Legislature approved the move to retain teachers by fixing longstanding pay inequity issues. Civil Beat. KHON2.

To address court ruling’s fallout, senators review changes to how felonies are charged
If the draft bill becomes law, prosecutors would no longer be allowed to double dip when seeking to charge suspects accused of certain crimes. They will have to pick between using a grand jury or a preliminary hearing. Hawaii News Now.

State leaders, tourism officials call tourism marketing deal a solid compromise
In the proposed deal, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement will handle the destination management duties for the Hawai‘i market ― a role that will be greatly expanded from the past. Hawaii News Now.

UH study: Hawaiian corals select algae partnerships to help survive climate change
A new study by researchers at UH Mānoa found that the diversity of algae that lives symbiotically with corals in Kāne‘ohe Bay on the windward side of Oʻahu varies significantly in different parts of the bay. Big Island Now.

Innovations in ancient aquaculture could bring striped mullet back to the dinner table
Recent developments in growing striped mullet could help conserve Hawai‘i’s oceans, establish food security and perpetuate Hawaiian culture — but can they overcome new challenges? Civil Beat.

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How to Succeed in Real Estate Development When You’re Not a Man
5 women developers share advice about making it in a male-dominated field. One common theme: Never stop learning. Christine Camp says there is no perfect degree that leads to becoming a developer… read more.
Maintenance backlog and utility costs to be reduced at 49 O‘ahu parks
City officials announced Wednesday that a contractor has begun work on the first of 49 parks slated for upgrades that include installation of energy-efficient lighting, high-efficiency electrical transformers, plumbing fixtures that save water, irrigation line replacements and weather-influenced irrigation control systems. Star-Advertiser.

Kahikina: HART won’t replace Honolulu rail’s unusual track crossings
Despite the ongoing concerns of multiple track experts working on Honolulu rail, the debate over whether to replace the transit line’s unusual crossing points is closed, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Lori Kahikina. Civil Beat.

Windward O‘ahu residents: Military’s ‘anti-terrorism’ fence is too big and too close to their homes
The military has its marching orders to build a roughly 3-mile, 8-foot-high barbed wire fence around Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Waimānalo. Federal regulations require an “anti-terrorism force protection” fence around the training area. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

O‘ahu home sales drop-off continued in September
Sales of existing single-family homes on O‘ahu in September suffered their biggest drop so far this year as rising mortgage rates and near-record prices amid high inflation and recession concerns deterred buyers. The Honolulu Board of Realtors reported Thursday that resales of single-­family houses dropped 34% in September to 278 from 424 in the same month in 2021. Star-Advertiser.

Fallen tree and sliding homes, signs of beach erosion
Signs of beach erosion are becoming more visible and some experts said this is just the start, as the state and county officials rush to find ways to manage the crisis that threatens public and private properties. A large Ironwood tree toppled into Kailua Beach on Tuesday, an effect of sea level rise and beach erosion. KHON2.

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Hawaii Business Wins Top Statewide News Award and 12 Others

In the annual SPJ Hawaii competition open to all local media, our honors included first place in Public Service Reporting for our in-depth report on the Honolulu rail… read more.

Mauna Loa showing potential to erupt once again
Is Mauna Loa about to blow after 38 years of silence? A couple of weeks of elevated seismic activity and ground swelling on the mountain suggest that might be the case. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Government cost commission mulls powerful county manager
An ambitious proposal creating a powerful county executive has gained some traction in the Cost of Government Commission, but commissioners decided Thursday to refine the measure before taking a formal vote next week. West Hawaii Today.

Commission supports bill requiring rezoning extensions be approved by council
The Windward Planning Commission has recommended passage of a bill that would require the County Council to approve any time extensions for rezoning applications. Tribune-Herald.

Voting explainer: Hawaiʻi County charter amendment ballot questions
Voters on Hawaiʻi Island have three ballot amendment questions to consider in this year’s general election. The questions relate to expanding duties of the county auditor, creating a youth commission and increasing membership of the Board of Ethics. Hawaii Public Radio.

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Could a Local Building Collapse Like the One in Florida?

Experts say what happened at the Surfside condo is unlikely to happen here. But they warn condo boards: put off maintenance projects and you’ll end up paying far more.
Fund would cover costs of managed retreat
In light of rapid climate change impacts, such as coastal erosion, a Maui County Council committee moved forward with a plan to create a separate fund specifically for addressing managed retreat along the shore. Maui News.

Voters to decide if Maui mayor can ask appointees to sign undated resignation letters
Proposed county charter amendments focus on financial disclosures, conflicts of interest and other ways to boost the public’s faith in government. Civil Beat.

Mayor Victorino extends real property tax relief to severely disabled veterans
On Aug. 18, Mayor Victorino signed Bill 110, which extends real property tax relief to veterans who are designated as  “severely disabled” as a result of a service-connected injury while on duty with the Armed Forces of the United States. Maui Now. KHON2.

324 units planned as part of workforce affordable Kaulana Mahina Apartments in Central Maui
The 14.4 acre development site is bound by Waiʻale Road in the east, Kuikahi Drive in the north, and Honoapi‘ilani Highway in the west, near Long’s and Walgreen’s at the border of the Kehalani and Maui Lani neighborhoods. Maui Now.

Kaua‘i lays out plan for $10 million in American Rescue Plan funding
The majority of the funding in the proposed budget — about $7 million — will go toward the renovation of the former Big Save space at the Pi‘ikoi Building in Lihu‘e into a child care and youth center. Garden Island.

Details emerge in Koloa School bomb threat
The Koloa man who allegedly called in a bomb threat to Koloa School on Sept. 26 had been dating a woman whose children are students at the school, court documents show. Garden Island.

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