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HMSA seeks 12.8% rate increase

April 9, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Medical Service Association is asking the state to approve a 12.8 percent rate hike on its health insurance plans for most small-business workers. more »»

Teach for America in Hawaii could lose funding

April 9, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Teach for America in Hawaii faces losing about $1 million in state funding, which the organization said would drastically hamper efforts to train and support teachers in struggling... more »»

Churches battle lawsuit over rental fees for using public school rooms

April 8, 2014 HONOLULU — A religious liberty group is fighting an amended lawsuit that claims churches owe millions of dollars for renting Hawaii public school buildings for services. more »»

Kauai councilman agrees to settle a lawsuit for $290K

April 6, 2014 HONOLULU — A Kauai councilman who sued the county over claims that his civil rights were violated for going against political foes has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $290,000. more »»

Bill limiting state liability on public lands garners OK

April 5, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — A key state House committee advanced a bill Thursday evening that limits the state’s liability on public lands, relieving outdoor enthusiasts worried that litigation fears could lead... more »»

State / In Brief

April 5, 2014 Facebook fixes Kailua maps after lawmakers get involved HONOLULU — Facebook has made fixes this week to distinguish between Kailua, a town on the island of Oahu, and Kailua-Kona, a town on the Big... more »»

Djou enters race for 1st Congressional District seat

April 4, 2014 HONOLULU — Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou has announced that he will run for Congress again, hoping to fill the seat that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will vacate as she runs for U.S. Senat. more »»

Soldier describes night daughter died, tells court he beat child, 5

April 3, 2014 HONOLULU — A former Hawaii-based soldier testifying in his capital murder trial said Wednesday that he beat his 5-year-old daughter often because of her bathroom accidents and because he was taking... more »»

ACLU claims state aid for preschool not legal

April 3, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii wants a court to order the state to stop providing preschool tuition subsidies for children attending religious institutions. more »»

Hawaii nudging Facebook to distinguish Oahu, Big Isle Kailuas

April 2, 2014 HONOLULU — Kailua is a town on the east side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, well enough known to be a yearly vacation getaway for President Barack Obam. more »»

Senate passes budget

April 1, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate on Monday passed a $12 billion state budget for the 2015 fiscal year, envisioning less spending than what Gov. Neil Abercrombie originally proposed. more »»

Obama backs Schatz in Hawaii Senate race

April 1, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. more »»

Legislature entering final month

March 31, 2014 HONOLULU — Lawmakers in Hawaii have been pushing and prodding hundreds of bills through the Legislature, and this week is no exception, as the Legislature enters the final month of the session. more »»

Redistricting bound by islands, panel

March 31, 2014 HONOLULU — Island geography, a politically balanced commission and dominance in all politics by Democrats means redistricting and reapportionment issues are different in Hawaii than in other U.S. more »»

Ige: Senators need time on exchange

March 29, 2014 HONOLULU — Hawaii state Sen. David Ige said a crush of testimony on a bill to shore up the state’s troubled health exchange means lawmakers need more time to make a decisio. more »»

Feds support Hawaii driver’s license lawsuit

March 29, 2014 HONOLULU — The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a lawsuit alleging that Hawaii discriminates against those who struggle with English by making it too difficult to obtain a driver’s license. more »»

Committee moves to close police sex loophole

March 29, 2014 HONOLULU — Police in Hawaii would no longer be legally permitted to have sex with prostitutes under a bill passed Friday by a state legislative panel that would end the unusual exemption in state law. more »»

Senate committee advances $12.1B budget

March 28, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers in a key state Senate committee advanced their version of the state’s $12. more »»

Little fire ants found; Guam park area closed

March 28, 2014 HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A section of War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam has been closed after the presence of the invasive little fire ants was discovered. more »»

Hirono has bill signed, her first in Washington

March 27, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has had her first bill as a federal lawmaker signed into law, a measure speeding up tax breaks for donations made to typhoon relief in the Philippines. more »»



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