Nikki Motson

News stories by HPR's Nikki Motson

Radioactive Marine Debris Not Expected from Japan Tsunami

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A group of NOAA scientists returned from a month long voyage around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands this week. One of their goals was to collect as much ocean trash as possible and search for signs of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan and test for radiation. HPR reports on what they found.

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Investors on Track to Buy All Honolulu's Affordable Housing

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Honolulu officials are looking to sell the city owned low-income housing and they’ve found a buyer. A group of three people has created the Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners and is in final negotiations to purchase all of the city’s affordable housing units.

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Honolulu Rail Divides Environmental Community

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The Honolulu elevated rail project is splitting Hawai`i’s environmental community, with only one group coming out in support of the project. HPR has more on where environmental groups stand on rail and why.

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O'ahu Mom Finalist for NASA Mars Study

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The slopes of Mauna Loa are often described as “Mars like” terrain. Soon a handful of people will spend 4 months there living as they would on Mars. It’s a collaborative effort including researchers from the University of Hawai`i and one surprisingly qualified O`ahu mom.

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Finding Hawai`i's Uninsured Keiki

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The number of uninsured kids in Hawai`i has fallen, something expected to continue as the state incorporates the federal Affordable Care Act. More than a decade ago a statewide initiative set out to get free health care coverage to all eligible keiki. HPR has more on covering kids and the changes ahead.

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