Lawmakers kill bill to limit fishing nets
HONOLULU - Hawaii fishermen organized successfully to kill a bill that would have limited the type of nets they use to fish.
Fishermen crowded a Senate hearing Thursday afternoon to protest a proposal to end the use of synthetic gill nets.
Many cited the importance of fishing to their livelihood and the significance of the practice to Native Hawaiian culture.
The Sierra Club, the Conservation Council of Hawaii and several other environmental groups testified in favor of the initiative.
Environmental advocates say the nets pose a risk to monk seals and other ocean wildlife.
Sen. Mike Gabbard, who co-sponsored the bill, said the committee decided to kill the bill because the opposition was overwhelming.
Gabbard said nearly 200 people opposed the bill.
Oahu residents arrested in gambling ring
HONOLULU - Two Oahu residents have been sentenced for operating an illegal gambling business in Waianae.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Honolulu said Tuesday that Lloyd Robert Marshall is being sentenced to three years in prison. Nitta Mitsuko Marshall is being sentenced to 18 months.
Last year they pleaded guilty to running the gambling business and evading currency regulations while handling money they earned from the business.
Federal prosecutors say the Marshalls used their Waianae property as a site for illegal cockfighting contests and dice and card games between 2009 and 2011.
Police observed from 100 to 600 people at these events. People attending paid parking and entrance fees.
The Marshalls are forfeiting $170,000 in cash discovered during a law enforcement raid and their interest in the Waianae property used for gambling.
$53 million contract for health exchange
HONOLULU - A Canadian information technology company said that it has won a $53 million contract to build the online infrastructure for Hawaii's health insurance exchange.
The exchange is part of the state's efforts to comply with President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul.
Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. said Tuesday that it will construct and maintain the marketplace with a team of more than 50 information technology professionals in Hawaii. The company says it also helping five other states implement the overhaul.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave conditional approval to Hawaii's exchange earlier this month. The exchange is set to open next year.
CGI reported net income of $131.5 million in 2012.
Kalihi Valley home damaged by boulders
HONOLULU - Two boulders dislodged during heavy rain tumbled about 20 feet down a Kalihi Valley hillside, damaging a home and narrowly missing four people sleeping inside.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says emergency personnel got a call from the home's residents on Monday morning after the boulders hit the house. The boulders - measuring 3 by 5 feet and 3 by 3 feet - hit the back of the house and damaged a small portion of a bedroom wall.
Emergency officials say it's possible the boulders came from a single large boulder and broke into pieces.
Peter Hirai, deputy director of the city Department of Emergency Management, says there was a rockslide about 11 miles to the east. No one was injured and there was no property damage.
Police: Body found off Hilo highway ID'd
HILO - Big Island police say a body they found off a Hilo highway last week is that of a 44-year-old man whose killing was captured on home surveillance camera.
Police said in a statement Monday that they identified Dante Peter Gilman using dental records.
Police say they need to do more analysis to determine a cause of death. Officers are working with an anthropologist from the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command to learn more.
Officials began searching for Gilman's body off Stainback Highway after receiving an anonymous tip.
They found another body in the area they later determined belonged to a 38-year-old man missing since December.
Two Kurtistown men have been charged in Gilman's killing. Both men have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail.