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The Conversation: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

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Ridesharing Companies face cap on Surge Pricing; Lava Flow threatens Big Island Agriculture; Late Entry into Hawaii Congressional Race; Counting the Cost of Newspapers in Decline; Celebrating Children’s Literature

City Council weighs in on Ridesharing Price Surges

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The Honolulu City Council will hear a bill that would impose additional regulations on Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft. Council Chair Ernie Martin has pushed the bill forward. Among other things, it would limit so-called surge pricing, where higher prices are charged during peak demand.

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City Council Hears Ridesharing Bill

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Lava Flow takes toll on Big Island Agriculture

More than 2500 acres on the Big Island are in Papaya production - the majority is in the Kapoho area, which is now being affected by lava from Kilauea volcano. We talked to Scott Enright the director of the State Agriculture Department about the potential losses of an industry that is tied to hundreds of jobs.

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Case enters Race

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The game of musical chairs in the quest for public office continues, with the abrupt departure of Clayton Hee from the Governor’s race and the late entry of Ed Case into the Democratic Congressional primary. Civil Beat’s Nathan Eagle reports on the newly altered competitive landscape in today’s Reality Check from Civil Beat.

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Figuring the Cost of Newspapers in Decline

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The small-town newspaper is becoming a relic in American life, and when a local paper goes, much is lost with it.  The loss goes beyond the importance of a free press to our way of life; it actually costs us money, according to a new study Contributing Editor Neal Milner cites in today’s edition of the Long View.

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Celebrating Children’s Literature in Hawaii

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Children’s literature reaches its audience at a critical time; kids who learn to love reading continue to do so throughout their lives. Some of the great literary works of the past were written for children, and today’s writers look to continue the tradition. Their craft is being celebrated at this weekend’s Nineteenth Biennial Children's Literature Hawai'i Conference -- and its director, Caryn Lesuma, is with us in our studio.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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