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It’s Monday, April 29– From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Former inmates take door  number two.

US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii  She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court.  The program's team  - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to  reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.

It’s Friday, April 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.  

An NRA HRA shoot out

Harvey Gerwig is President of the Hawaii Rifle Association. It was established in 1857. Its goals are the preservation of the Second Amendment and the advancement of sports involving shooting. The HRA  is the State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association...and later today we may see which perspective - the NRAs or the HRAs - persuades  lawmakers about the necessity of SB69.

It’s Thursday, April 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Ag to go or ag to grow food?

Ashley Lukens is the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and a PhD candidate studying alternative food systems in the Department of Political Science at UH Manoa. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, documenting the impact of shifting land use practices and has been following two potentially game-changing bills that could alter the balance of how Hawaii feeds itself.

It’s Wednesday, April 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Misconduct conducts bad cops to the door

Darryl Perry is the Chief of the Kauai Police Department. He previously commanded the Juvenile Division, the Narcotics/Vice Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division, all after retiring from the Honolulu Police Department.  He was born and raised on Kauai.

Sowing sustainable seeds of hope

Legally bound: a labor saver sticks new owners with old staff

Matt DiGeronimo is the Senior Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions. He also hosts the firm's weekly  radio show on KGU AM. HB634, the bill to compel a new owner to keep existing employees in businesses with over 100 staffers, is in conference today.

Culture clashing women report conflict

It’s Monday, April 22 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

An Earth Day look at the legislature

Leilei Shih is on the Executive Committees of Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club O'ahu. She's also the Chair of Capitol Watch Hawaii, a portal into the Hawaii legislative process for  those interested in following environmental bills. Several environmental bills are still moving, including SB15 SDHD 2 is in conference this morning.

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