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DHHL reaches out as it develops 20-year homestead plan - Hawaii News Now

DHHL reaches out as it develops 20-year homestead plan - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
DHHL reaches out as it develops 20-year homestead plan
Hawaii News Now
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has an ambitious plan to build more than four thousand new homes for Hawaiian homesteaders.
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Hopefully, the new plan will help those still on the waiting list. Some of these people have been waiting 40 or more years to get a home.  Talk about government inertia.  Aloha, Russ.

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Purse snatching reported in downtown Hilo - Hawaii News Now

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Purse snatching reported in downtown Hilo
Hawaii News Now
Neither woman was injured during the incident.
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Hilo is getting all of the ills of the big city these days--carjackings, robberies, and now purse snatchings. Those with leads in this case should call police. Aloha, Russ.
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Hawaii nonprofits get $3M from state for capital projects - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog)

Hawaii nonprofits get $3M from state for capital projects - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii nonprofits get $3M from state for capital projects Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) Maui County is getting $998,000 to build a new sidewalk path along one side of the Old Haleakala Highway, which is often used by students of King...
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As part of the package, the Hilo-based nonprofit Community Support Services-Friends of the Connections Public Charter School is getting $1.5 million to renovate classrooms in the Kress Building.  Aloha, Russ.

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AAA: Gas prices heading up in Hawaii - Hawaii News Now

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AAA: Gas prices heading up in Hawaii
Hawaii News Now
Hawaii gas prices reversed course and increased in the surveyed areas of the state compared to last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
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Same old song and dance.  Prices go down a bit and then go up a bit more.  The days of cheap gas are over.  The only bright spot in this scenario is that fuel is still available, unlike the rationing days of 1973.  So, be thankful that you can still by fuel at your convenience.  There is no cost-effective substitute for gasoline at present.  New technologies are being introduced, but they will take time to beat the convenience, portability, and cost of petroleum-based fuels.  Drive only when necessary.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii unemployment reaches lowest point since '08 - Hawaii News Now

Hawaii unemployment reaches lowest point since '08 - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii unemployment reaches lowest point since '08
Hawaii News Now
State officials said Thursday the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June fell to 4.6%, from 4.7% in May. A year ago, the rate was 6%.
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Here are some good employment figures for the state of Hawaii.  At least job opportunities are inching upward, however slowly.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island police investigate Hilo carjacking - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island police investigate Hilo carjacking
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Big Island police are investigating an apparent carjacking that happened Wednesday night in a parking lot of a Hilo shopping complex.
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Hawaii Island police are holding a19-year-old former Mountain View resident in connection with the alleged carjacking.  The suspect remains in police custody.  The 14-year-old girl accompanying the suspect was released to the custody of her parents.  Aloha, Russ.

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Retired HPD sergeant testifies he was surprised gunman was federal agent

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Confusion and chaos.  That's what the man in charge says he faced at the scene of the deadly shooting at a Waikiki McDonald's in 2011.
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More information on the continuing Deedy trial. Deedy, a former federal agent, is accused of killing a man during a fight at the Waikiki McDonalds in 2011.  Aloha, Russ.

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Long wait for justice Hawaii News, Honolulu, Honolulu News, Sports ...

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Caroline Bright applied for a homestead lease in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state.She died last year at age 87, still waiting for one.
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This entire "waiting list" issue is an embarrassment for the state.  Many Native Hawaiians, such as the late Caroline Bright, will never see the homes promised them.  Aloha, Russ.

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Food Network food truck competition includes Hawaii team - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Food Network food truck competition includes Hawaii team
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
This season of “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network will debut Sunday August 18 with a competition that includes three Hawaii-bred competitors.
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Something unusual for Food Network fans.  The "Great Food Truck Race" premiers on Sunday, 18 August 2013, on the Food Network.  At stake are a $50,000 grand prize and keys to a new food truck.  Yummy!  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island council members skip furloughs - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island council members skip furloughs Hawaii News Now HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six county council members on the Big Island opted against taking furloughs as they started their jobs in December, in contrast to other county officials who faced...
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Apparently, there were so many forms to complete when the new councilmembers took office, that some councilmembers just forgot to fill in the furlough form.  All of this seems a bit strange, considering the mayor and his staff elected to participate in the furlough program.  Aloha, Russ.

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Judge reinstates CBS as defendant in 'Hawaii-Five-0' lawsuit - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog)

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Judge reinstates CBS as defendant in 'Hawaii-Five-0' lawsuit Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) A Los Angeles judge has reinstated CBS as a defendant in a $10 million lawsuit filed by George Litto, a former talent agent for the original...
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Not a good day for the producers of this popular series.  Aloha, Russ.

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House Adds Honey Bee and Pollinator Protections to Farm Bill

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“This year has shown the highest honey bee losses since colony collapse began; it is a clear message that we need to do more to protect pollinators. The Hastings amendment is a much needed win for pollinators everywhere and ...
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A welcome addition for Hawaii's honey farmers.  Bee colonies have been dying due to a variety of natural and man-made causes.  Honeybees are essential to pollinating the fruits and vegetables we eat.  Aloha, Russ.

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HCDA gives nod to first of three Howard Hughes high-rise towers

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Reserve housing tower of 424 workforce units was approved

  (HCDA gives nod to first of three Howard Hughes high-rise towers: Reserve housing tower of 424 workforce units was...
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The critical shortage of housing in urban Honolulu is pushing this project forward.  The real question is--will anyone be able to afford these condos?  The concept of "affordable" housing seems to have been cast aside.  Apparently, there are enough people willing to pay the price for these apartments.  Aloha, Russ.

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10 Hawaiian Foods You Must Try | Fodor's

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RT @fodorstravel: Eat like a local. 10 Hawaiian foods you must try : http://t.co/jWqvLArl0V #Hawaii cc @LickMySpoon
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A very tasty list.  Enjoy.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island police issue firearm registration tips - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island police issue firearm registration tips
Hawaii News Now
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Police on the Big Island are reminding the public to follow certain procedures when registering firearms.
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Those wishing to register their firearms on Hawaii Island should follow the advice given by the Hawaii Police Department.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii has highest life expectancy in US for those over 65 - Hawaii News Now

Hawaii has highest life expectancy in US for those over 65 - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
News10.net Hawaii has highest life expectancy in US for those over 65 Hawaii News Now Hawaii residents who are older than 65 have the highest average life expectancy of any state in country, according to a report from the Centers for Disease...
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Something to be proud of...In the end, though, high medical costs and funeral expenses will catch up with all of us.  Try to maintain the your quality of life as best you can.  Eat right, exercise, quit smoking, and learn to worry less about things you can't control.  Life is a terminal disease...we won't get out of this alive.  So, live life fully and have no regrets.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pflueger accepts plea deal in Kauai dam breach - Hawaii News Now

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Pflueger accepts plea deal in Kauai dam breach
Hawaii News Now
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A retired car dealer is pleading no contest to reckless endangering in a Kauai dam breach that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006.
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James Pflueger agreed to a charge of reckless endangering and will likely face 5 years probation.  His company, Pacific 808 Properties, will take the fall for the 7 manslaughter charges.  The company will be fined $350,000 for the deaths of 7 people who perished when an earthen dam broke and flooded a camping area.  Aloha, Russ.

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Bicyclist taken to hospital after being hit in crosswalk - Hawaii News Now

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Bicyclist taken to hospital after being hit in crosswalk Hawaii News Now Witnesses at the scene told Hawaii News Now that a man driving a silver BMW sedan was traveling in the eastbound direction on Nimitz Highway when he ran a red light and hit...
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This man is lucky to be alive.  Usually the biker loses in a vehicle/bicycle collision.  Aloha, Russ.

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Chris Brown to return to Hawaii for August concert

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Hip-hop artist Chris Brown is returning to Hawaii for a concert at the Waikiki Shell as part of the first annual PowerBash, according to the Power 104.3 radio station.
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Hip-hop superstar Chris Brown will headline the 23 August 2013 annual "PowerBash" concert at the Waikiki Shell.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 23 July 2013.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man dies after being run over while lying on Pearl City roadway

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A 33-year-old man who was reportedly lying in the middle of the road in Pacific Palisades has died after being run over by a car, according to a Honolulu Police Department official.
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Sad, unusual case.  Aloha, Russ.

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3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Pahala Area of the Big Island ...

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Pahala Area of the Big Island ... | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Pacific Business News · ESPN announces matchups for Maui Invitational July 17, 2013; Judge reinstates CBS as defendant in 'Hawaii-Five-0' lawsuit July 17, 2013; University of Hawaii renews $45M Navy research contract ...
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A moderate temblor with no reported damage.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island conducts follow-up emergency siren test - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island conducts follow-up emergency siren test
Hawaii News Now
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County Civil Defense says all of the island's 71 emergency sirens worked during a follow-up test.
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Follow up report on the new civil defense sirens.  Hawaii County Civil Defense says all of our sirens worked during the special test.  The siren upgrade is part of a state wide program to improve warning procedures for those living in coastal areas.  Aloha, Russ.

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Day 7: Jury shown police photographs of Deedy after arrest - Hawaii News Now

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KITV Honolulu Day 7: Jury shown police photographs of Deedy after arrest Hawaii News Now Honolulu police evidence specialist Toy Stech showed the jury photographs she took of Christopher Deedy after he was arrested in the shooting death of Kollin...
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More information on the Deedy murder trial.  Aloha, Russ.

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HowStuffWorks "How Artificial Geothermal Energy Works "

HowStuffWorks "How Artificial Geothermal Energy Works " | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Artificial geothermal energy is made by adding water to naturally hot rocks. Learn about artificial geothermal energy.
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Another, possibly safer way to produce geothermal energy.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaiian Electric announces departure of Executive Vice President

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Hawaiian Electric Company announced on Wednesday that Executive Vice President Robbie Alm will be leaving the company, effective August 30.   (RT @Hawaii_travels: Hawaiian Electric announces departure of Executive Vice President - Hawaii News Now ...
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Changing of the old guard....Aloha, Russ.

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