Archive | December, 2012

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Senator Schatz’s statement on fiscal cliff vote

The legislation that the United States Senate just passed is not ideal but the alternative would be disastrous for the middle class in Hawai`i, and for the American economy. With this legislation, we can generate some of the needed revenue to fund important programs, and prevent a tax hike on lower and middle-income families. It […]

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Car and body of driver found in Laupahoehoe area river Monday (Dec 31)

Fire/rescue crews answered a 1:34 p.m. alarm to Papaaloa in the Laupahoehoe area to search for a missing person. The fire department’s Chopper 1 spotted the missing person’s car in a river. Rescue crews found the body of the driver about 100 yards downstream of the car.

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Governor appoints Amaral to Hawaii Paroling Authority

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Annelle C. Amaral to the Hawaii Paroling Authority, effective immediately. The interim appointment fills a new seat in compliance with Act 139 of the 2012 Legislature, which increased Hawaii Paroling Authority members from three to five. Subject to state Senate confirmation, Amaral’s term will expire June 30, […]

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American Honda expands recall of FourTrax ATVs due to crash hazard

A weld on the ATV’s front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard. Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

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Kailua-Kona man dies of apparent drowning Saturday (Dec 29)

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a likely drowning in Kona over the weekend. Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday (December 29), Kona Patrol Officers responded to the end of OTEC road in Kailua-Kona to a report of a body floating in the ocean. A 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man, who had been swimming in an area of high […]

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High surf advisory for West Hawaii with 6-10 foot waves forecast

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the high surf advisory for the Kona-Kohala coast until 6 a.m. Tuesday (Jan 1). Surf is forecast to be 6 to 10 feet in height with possible locally higher sets. The large breaking waves will cause hazardous conditions in the surf zone including deadly rip currents.

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Conflict, murder drive sharp increase in journalist deaths

MEDIA RELEASE Combat-related deaths in Syria and targeted murders in Somalia, Pakistan, and Brazil are the driving forces behind a sharp rise in press fatalities in 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ year-end analysis of journalists killed in the line of duty. At least 67 journalists were killed worldwide in direct relation to […]

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Fireworks safety tips

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Electric Light Company urges the public to use caution if celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks. Carefully set up and use fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines. Do not string fireworks on utility poles. If using a ladder, pole, or tie lines to set up fireworks, keep a 10-foot […]

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Schatz seeking resumes for staff

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Brian Schatz will be staffing his office in the weeks ahead. “Getting my office operational and building our team is essential and we’ve made good progress in a very short period of time,” Schatz said. “We will be receiving resumes of people interested in serving in either our Washington D.C. or Hawaii […]

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County offices to issue state ID cards beginning Wednesday (Jan 2)

The County of Hawai’i will add staff at its Hilo and Kona driver’s license offices in January to try to expedite applications for licenses and state identification cards, but county managers are asking members of the public to be patient if they encounter unusually long lines or delays during the first week of the New […]

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Juvenile mental health services awarded $3.6M

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) and Developmental Disabilities Division recently received a grant for $3.6 million dollars over four years from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Hawaii was one of 15 sites selected nationwide through a highly competitive application process. The […]

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Entomologists ramp up production of fireweed moth

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii ranchers are hopeful that a small beige-colored moth will be able to control the fireweed, an invasive plant that is toxic to livestock and has caused havoc on the state’s prime pasturelands. For more than 13 years, entomologists and researchers at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) have literally searched the world […]

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Nap Nanny Generation Two model

Four retailers halt sales and recall Nap Nanny recliners due to five infant deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and four major retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to consumers who own Nap Nanny® recliners made by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa. Retailers currently participating include Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us.

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State Capitol Building, Honolulu

Kim selected as state Senate president

MEDIA RELEASE Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the president of the Senate and will preside during the 27th Hawaii State Legislature, which convenes Jan. 16, 2013. Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi (Sen. District 8 ) will serve as Senate Vice President. Sen. David Ige (Sen. District 16) will […]

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