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The Grassroot Institute of Hawai’i hosted a panel discussion on the State Budget today, one day before the Legislature convenes for its 2016 session.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A number of Honolulu-based high-tech startup companies opened their doors last week to attendees from the 2nd annual East Meets West Conference.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went along and files this report.

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The joint Senate and House money committees conducted another pre-session budget hearing today and lawmakers focused on one of the key issues in the state.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state legislative money committees are continuing their pre-session supplemental budget hearings this week.   Today, the focus was on business, economic development and tourism.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Dengue fever outbreak is currently grabbing all of the headlines in Hawai’i.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports there’s a serious tropical disease that has no known cure, has spread across the state and has killed two since 2011.

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The federal investment tax credit for rooftop solar was extended last week for another 3 years.  That’s a big boost for the entire industry especially battery storage systems.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State Legislature must reinstate hundreds of civil service positions that were abolished over the years. That process is only beginning as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A federal law was enacted last month that will abolish a little-known Social Security benefit for married and divorced retirees.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Catholic Charities Hawai’i hosted a Social Advocacy Forum to prepare for the upcoming legislative session.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a veteran lawmaker was there to provide guidance.

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The City and County of Honolulu is planning to spend nearly 140 million dollars over two years to address homelessness on O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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A Legislative Working Group is preparing its final report and recommendations to support thousands of family caregivers throughout the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The 2016 legislative session is a little more than one month away and a number of lawmakers say homelessness will likely take center stage. But other issues will be considered again next year, including banning ivory sales in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Public Utilities Commission concluded 8 days of testimony and cross-examination relating to the merger of the state’s largest electrical utility.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has a summary of this week’s proceedings.

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The Honolulu City Council deliberated today on the bill to increase funding for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The University of Hawai’i briefed lawmakers about additional funding they are requesting for the next fiscal year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There were a number of services conducted today to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.   One survivor of the attack has been a part of these ceremonies for more than 40 years.  He spoke to HPR and shared his story.

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In his last report, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka presented the Solar Industry’s opposition to new state energy rules.  Today, the regulating agency that made the changes and the court challenge to have them overturned.

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Installing residential solar-energy systems is at its peak this time of year as homeowners try to cash in on end of year tax incentives.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the industry has taken a number of hits recently that have already reduced demand.  

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More than 18-thousand homes are sold each year in Hawai’i.  And now, for the first time, we have data to show us where these buyers are coming from.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission started nearly two weeks of hearings today on the proposed sale of the state’s largest electricity provider.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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US immigration reform is currently on hold for more than 11-million undocumented residents nationwide.  But there’s a group of young people in Hawai’i working hard to create a pathway to citizenship. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Most synthetic drugs are illegal in Hawai’i but are flowing in from ther states and marketed directly to youth.  And parents beware:  these are far more potent than your father’s L-S-D.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Female Aegypti Mosquito, carriers of Dengue Fever
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There are nearly 90 confirmed dengue fever cases on the Big Island, primarily centered in Kona.   One elected official in a neighboring district is concerned the state is not doing enough to prevent its spread.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There are 6 weeks left in this calendar year before many residents start focusing on filing their 2014 tax returns.  The Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce already thought of that and hosted a panel of experts to discuss tax-related issues.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee today focused on financing for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State and City hosted a Landlord Summit today to ask O’ahu property owners and managers to rent more of their housing units to the homeless.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Opponents of commercial aquarium fish collecting in Hawai’i were handed a setback today by the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state was scheduled to enforce park closure hours beginning last night for homeless campers in Kaka’ako and Kewalo.  But the estimated 130 overnight campers got a reprieve yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A number of ceremonies were conducted today to honor more than 120,000 military veterans living in Hawai’i.  But many of these veterans are having a tough time obtaining the medical care they earned and are entitled to.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one case.

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The high cost of housing in Hawai’i is a challenge for local employers who must recruit and retain workers.  That was the topic of a panel discussion today sponsored by the Building Industry Association and Chamber of Commerce.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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