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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data released today indicates Hawai’i veterans have the longest waiting period from the time they apply for health care to their first appointment to see a physician.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the VA Center on O’ahu and files this report.     

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs continues to push forward with its state mandate to guide the process to establish self-governance for Native Hawaiians.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The Honolulu City Council passed the executive spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that starts July 1st.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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A multi-million dollar settlement was announced today in the federal discrimination lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of immigrant Thai workers who were abused and mistreated by a labor contractor and local farms for 4 years.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Local government and private/non-profit leaders convened a two-day workshop today to develop plans as part of a 1.6 billion dollar national effort to end homelessness by 2017.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Hawai’i’s Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate is a historic contest to fill the remaining two years of Daniel Inouye’s term.   Over the next two months, there will be many political and public opinion polls that will attempt to predict the outcome of that race.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides this analysis of what to look out for in those polls.    

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The Navy continues to investigate its underground fuel storage tanks beneath Red Hill in Moanalua.  More than 27,000 gallons of jet fuel remain unaccounted for, raising concerns about the potential contamination of Oahu’s drinking water.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has an update.     

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The Primary Election is less than 75 days away and the once “sleepy” contest for Lieutenant Governor has been energized by a veteran Democratic challenger now in the race.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the current office-holder and opponent.    

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill to raise the minimum wage into law today. The new law will gradually raise the starting pay from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2018. The Governor started the signing ceremony with a bit of humor, beginning his speech at 10:10 am this morning.

The incremental raise goes into effect next year, starting with an increase to $7.75 beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

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The City and County of Honolulu is moving forward with building bike-friendly infrastructure to coincide with the arrival of rail transit in the urban core in less than 5 years.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one pilot project that is scheduled to be implemented by year’s end.    

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The Honolulu City Council has wrestled with a growing homeless problem in Chinatown for decades and has been made even worse because of the lack of public restrooms.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Turtle Bay Resorts hosted a bill-signing ceremony today at the scenic Kawela Bay on the North Shore.  The measure, which was signed into law by the Governor, sets aside undeveloped land for future generations of residents and tourists to enjoy.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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  It’s less than 90 days to Hawai’i’s Primary Election and various pollsters are attempting to align candidates with certain ethnic groups, a practice some say is highly inaccurate because of the diversity within each of these groups.  In the first of a series of reports this campaign season, HPR’s Political Reporter, Wayne Yoshioka, provides an informal look at the changing character of Hawai’i’s largest Asian ethnic group.  

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The Senate Committee conducting a special investigation of the Hawai’i State Hospital questioned employees about over-time practices today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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Hawai’i’s $15 billion visitor industry is in the process of diversifying and re-tooling to meet an onslaught of competition from other tourist destinations. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Affordable housing for a growing homeless population on O’ahu must also be an appealing alternative to living on the streets, communal shelters or imprisonment.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness has identified a pilot project that shows great promise.    

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The State’s 4 County Mayors addressed members of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i today during a luncheon in Honolulu.   It was the first event of its kind hosted by the Chamber and some members said it provided a fresh perspective.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Plans for President Barack Obama’s official library are years away from being finalized but the first request for qualifications has been announced by his foundation and Hawai’i’s team is putting together an initial proposal due next month.   The team provided an update of its vision today at Hawai’i’s 14th Annual Build and Buy Green Conference in Kaka’ako.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The Ala Wai Canal was built in 1928 and since then there have been numerous proposals to build a bridge over the iconic waterway to provide greater access into Waikiki.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the idea has resurfaced again as Oahu’s rail transit project makes its way into Honolulu’s urban core.    

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The Native Hawaiian Rolls Commission provided an update for lawmakers today on its progress in registering members of the state’s recognized indigenous people.  The goal is to form a governing entity and self-governance for Native Hawaiians.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The Legislature ended its 2014 session today.  But there was a critical last minute vote on a measure to preserve undeveloped North Shore land for future generations.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Hawaii Community Development Authority

Another major development in Kaka’ako was approved today by the Hawai’i Community Development Authority.  This one features more than 600 residential units and space for the community’s first grocery store.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Both houses of the Legislature overwhelmingly approved the State Budget today which was less than what the Governor asked for but more for some state departments, including public schools and the University of Hawai’i system.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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A bill to name the official state musical instrument stalled and died last week in conference committee because both houses could not reach an agreement.   But there is still hope for passage of another measure that could do the same thing before the session adjourns Thursday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.

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The outcome of a decades-long battle to protect O’ahu’s North Shore from development will likely be decided on the last day of state budget deliberations at the State Capitol tomorrow.  Lawmakers have yet to decide on whether to fund the state’s portion of the offer to purchase the coastline property.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.    

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A panel of industry experts focused on developing aquaculture on a commercial scale in Hawai’i to feed residents, tourists and eventually sell seafood products in other markets.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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The National Conference of State Legislatures ranked Hawai’i number one for having the most interesting legislative proposal in the country.   It has nothing to do with the state budget … minimum wage increase or proposals to buy conservation land.  The number one topic in the national publication’s monthly magazine has to do with a bill naming Hawai’i’s official musical instrument.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides an update on that measure.     

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Ending homelessness by providing affordable housing options for low income residents has been high on the list of priorities for Hawai’i lawmakers.   The U-H School of Architecture has stepped up to meet that challenge and is developing a number of designs that could be affordable for more people.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Honolulu’s 5.1 billion dollar rail transit project is set to make a major push toward the city in the next few weeks as construction of the major guide-way system is ramped up and put into place.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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The State’s Affordable Care Act Insurance Portal, the Hawai’i Health Connector, needs more money to stay in business next year.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers were briefed today on the extent of the funding deficit which is in the millions of dollars.     

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