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The Conversation: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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Consumer Alerts from Federal IRS; Milken Educator Award Winner; Net Neutrality Executive Order; Honolulu Wastewater Study and Cesspool Conversion; 

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Consumer Alerts and Scam Tips from Federal IRS

The recent hacks of Equifax and other large data breaches are cause for concern as we get into tax time. Taxpayers are being urged to file early if you can, particularly if your data has been compromised in any way, as there have been cases where thieves have used identity theft to collect your tax return before you even know it.

Intro Music: Wona by Mumford and Sons, Baaba Maal, the Very Best & Beatenberg

Outro Music: Swampedelic Pop by Dr. Dog

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Brian Payne

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Ken Kang is Aiea High School’s Technology Coordinator and this year’s Hawaii winner of the Milken Educator Award.

Milken Educator Award Winner: Aiea High School teacher, Ken Kang

Ken Kang didn’t set out to be a teacher, but when he got his first opportunity to interact with students, inspiring them and being inspired in turn, he knew he had found a lifelong career path.  He’s Aiea High School’s Technology Coordinator and this year’s Hawaii winner of the Milken Educator Award.

Intro Music: Sophisticated Cissy by The Meters

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Ken Kang

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Net Neutrality Executive Order

You may remember that back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules. Governor Ige has signed an Executive Order that requires all Internet Service Providers that do business with the State of Hawaii to adhere to net neutrality principles.

Outro Music: Happy Pop by Elizabeth and the Catapult

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Burt Lum

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Demand for the City and County of Honolulu’s Handi-Van Service is the highest per capita in the nation  -- and its cost to riders among the lowest.    That $2 cost has stayed the same for 17 years, but the city is running into heated opposition to its efforts to raise fares.

Outro Music: Fighter by Erin Costelo

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Marcel Honore

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Honolulu Wastewater Study and Cesspool Conversion

State lawmakers are hearing a bill today that appropriates money to study sewage in our nearshore waters. Hawaii has some 90 thousand cesspools across the state. Kahaluu on Oahu and Maui are some areas of particular concern.

Outro Music: The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala

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Lori Kahikina

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UHM Hanai Family Project

A pilot program at UH Manoa aims to ease the transition into college by drawing on a cherished Hawaii tradition. The Hanai Family Project pairs students coming to the university from the U.S. mainland or off-island with volunteer faculty or staff members.

Intro Music: Darling by Real Estate

Outro Music: Pohai Ke Aloha by Bryan Tolentino & Herb Ohta Jr.  

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Debora Halpert

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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