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Hawai’i’s elected officials don’t have the same retirement plan as other government employees.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.

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Hawai’i’s Chinese Business Community hosted officials from Honolulu’s sister-city today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The project oversight committee for Honolulu’s Rail transit project conducted a public hearing Tuesday night on plans to relocate utilities in the City’s urban core.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Council on Revenues tweaked its state revenue forecast downward today despite numerous economic indicators pointing to an upward trend.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There are more than a dozen Veteran service organizations in Hawai’i that provide government and non-profit assistance.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some of these veterans are finding it hard to get help from the VA. 

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Union workers ended their 3-day strike today at a Long-Term-Care facility in Honolulu.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City and County of Honolulu is moving one its busiest satellite city halls after more than a year delay.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The cost for Honolulu’s Rail Transit is escalating rapidly from week to week.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka ventured out to ask the public if they support the project.

The Legislature appropriated millions for affordable housing statewide.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s a long-term goal that will require a significant investment.

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The building boom in Kaka’ako and the expected arrival of rail transit has prompted a stepped up planning process for the district.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The annual spending plan for Honolulu’s elevated rail project is headed to the full City Council for final approval next month.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The legislature passed 275 bills and appropriated more than 7 billion dollars in state general funds before it adjourned last week.    But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one state-funded program did not receive a single cent of what it asked for.

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The 2016 Legislature adjourned today but not before participating in a ceremony to enact one of the state’s top priorities this session.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Governor held a news conference today and graded the legislative session so far.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the state’s chief executive says he’s a hard grader.

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The Senate voted on a number of key House Bills yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state legislature will have marathon floor sessions tomorrow to pass bills on final reading before adjournment May 5th.    These bills include the executive budget and a few controversial measures.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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The State Legislature took up the issue of Homelessness as its top priority at the beginning of this year’s session.   And they have completed their budget recommendations for final approval by the full House and Senate.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee focused on the Audit of Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There was a “Free the Streams” march and rally today outside Alexander & Baldwin headquarters in downtown Honolulu.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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A luxury condominium-hotel in Waikiki will be opening soon.   But first, the developer must obtain approvals from the city two years after construction started.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation or HART increased its construction funding request by more than 2.3 billion dollars for the next fiscal year. 

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Alexander & Baldwin announced today that it will stop diverting water from priority streams in East Maui as soon as possible.  The company announced its plans at a news conference with key state lawmakers. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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State Senate and House lawmakers began working out their differences on more than 300 bills today.   A high priority this session was homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was formed 73 years ago during World War Two.  The members had their annual reunion recently and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there.

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Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi is scheduled to stand trial in 3 months for misuse of his government charge card.   He pleaded “not guilty” to all charges but as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, his legal options are restricted.

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Hawai’i will host a week-long national commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War next year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended one of the events leading up to that remembrance. 

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Wahiawa General Hospital is in deep financial trouble and is requesting help from state lawmakers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the facility in Central O’ahu and filed this report. 

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The Honolulu City Council is considering a 500 percent increase in fines for illegal dumping on city streets.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the issue has spread island-wide.

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Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton suffered a resounding pre-election loss in Hawai’i this past weekend.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited with supporters and opponents to get their reactions. 

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The first 2 trains for O’ahu’s rail transit system arrived today at Honolulu Harbor.  They cost about 2.2 million dollars each and are being shipped from Italy to Hawai’i.  Mayor Kirk Caldwell was pier-side to announce their arrival.   

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