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The Conversation: Marking the Anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

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Economic recovery ahead of the inauguration; Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits; Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

Economic recovery ahead of the election
 

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz

Security is tight on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Tomorrow is also the opening day of the Hawaii state legislative session. We hear from the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee Donovan Dela Cruz about the possibility of further federal relief under the new presidential administation.
 
 

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Chair of the Hawaii State Senate Ways and Means Committee Donovan Dela Cruz

Reality Check with Civil Beat: State owes feds $700 million for unemployment benefits

The state took out a $700 million federal loan in order to pay unemployment benefits to residents during the pandemic. Hawaii businesses may have to foot the bill through unemployment taxes and other surcharges, but Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton says lawmakers are looking for other solutions.  Click here to read the full story at civilbeat.org.

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Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton

Marking the anniversary of the Hibiscus Drive Shooting

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A Pass in Review ceremony held for officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama in 2020.

 
One year ago, two Waikiki police officers were killed in a shooting on Hibiscus Drive. The gunman also attacked his landlady and a neighbor before setting a fire that destroyed and damaged seven homes. We look at the efforts around healing in the Hibiscus Drive neighborhood, and talk to Senator Karl Rhoads, Head of the Judiciary Committee, about Hawaii's firearm and mental health laws.

 

 

 

 

 

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Warren Daniel, Senator Karl Rhoads, Russell Freeman, Makenna Kinsler, Stephany Sofos

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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