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|Tuesday • November 21, 2023|
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By ANDREW GOMES The Honolulu Star Advertiser/TNS State budget officialsare scraping togethera big pile of cash previously budgeted for a wide range of uses to instead pay for mounting Maui wildfire recovery expenses. Gov. Josh Green recently informed leaders of all state agencies that he is using his emergency power to redirect $173 millionin appropriations for about two dozen projects and programs,including long-overdue repairs to a leaky Hawaii Convention Center roof, so that the state…Read more
By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald The murder trial of Patricia Wong opened Monday inHilo Circuit Court with Deputy Prosecutor Matt Woodward telling jurors that the 61-year-old woman shot Kaycee Smith – the 21-year-oldrodeo champion Wong called her hanai daughter- to death in 2009 to gain control of Smith’s sizable inheritance. Wong’s attorney, Aaron Wills, countered in his opening argument the state has insufficient circumstantial evidence See TRIAL Page A9 Acting Deputy Police…Read more
By Tribune-Herald staff Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth on Monday signed into law Bill 72, which establishes “an affordable housing preference” for Hawaii Island residents. According to a press release from Roth’s office, the bill amends key provisions of Hawaii County’s Affordable Housing Policy – contained in Hawaii County Code Chapter 11 – to enhance access to affordable housing for those who live and work on Hawaii Island. “Our local kids and their families are our number…Read more
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