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                                The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate, seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She is an online charter investor and advocate who sees them as a valuable option for students.

States struggle to regulate online schools

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                                The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate, seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She is an online charter investor and advocate who sees them as a valuable option for students.
As enrollment in online charter schools explodes, states are struggling to keep up and to put in place regulations ensuring students get a real education and cyber schools get the right amount of funding. Read More

Pot dispensary can start making products

Maui Grown Therapies, one of the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries, said Wednesday it has gotten approval from the state Department of Health to manufacture cannabis products at its production center on Maui. Read More
Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

On the move

Shannon T. Feliciano has joined the firm’s Kapolei office. Feliciano has 10 years of residential real estate experience, including previously serving as a Realtor at Locations LLC. Read More

Rate adjustment would raise HECO bill by 60 cents

Hawaiian Electric Co. said it is awaiting approval by the state Public Utilities Commission for its annual “decoupling” rate adjustment that would raise a typical customer’s bill by 60 cents. Read More

Google offers peek at new services, gadgets

Google provided a look Wednesday at its latest digital services and gadgets, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps and services. Read More
 

Secure balloons to avoid outages, HECO cautions

Hawaiian Electric Co. is urging customers to hang on tight to metallic balloons and other celebration materials, after metallic streamers caused an outage Tuesday morning. Read More
Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
 
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                                The five biggest U.S. companies by equity market value — Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. — are up an average 24 percent in 2017, adding $500 billion to their share capitalization.

S&P index near record as tech stocks rally

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                                The five biggest U.S. companies by equity market value — Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. — are up an average 24 percent in 2017, adding $500 billion to their share capitalization.

Updated on  May 12, 2017 at 11:09 pm
The rally in mega-cap tech stocks is poised to close a final chapter in the history of the dot-com bubble. Read More
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                                The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in April.

Wholesale prices jumped in April

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                                The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in April.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm
Inflation at the wholesale level jumped in April by the largest amount in three months, fueled by rising prices of food and energy. Read More
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                                There will be workshops, technology exhibits and a networking mixer centered around businesses getting an edge using new technology at the Hawai‘i Convention Center today.

Hawaiian Telcom tech event set for today

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                                There will be workshops, technology exhibits and a networking mixer centered around businesses getting an edge using new technology at the Hawai‘i Convention Center today.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Hawaiian Telcom is hosting an event today for technology professionals at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Read More
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                                Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

Chipotle registers with state

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                                Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

Updated on  May 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Colorado-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has established corporate business registrations with the state, but the company will not say whether this means locations in the islands are likely. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines passenger traffic up 4.2%

Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday its passenger traffic rose 4.2 percent in April as it transported 904,048 passengers compared with 867,298 in the year-earlier period. Read More

Fed stands pat, signals hike ahead

The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year. Read More

Junior League to honor community volunteer

Gerry Ching, a community volunteer who helped raise more than $1 million for Catholic Charities, will be honored by the Junior League of Honolulu at a luncheon Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel. Read More

Rates might stand but Fed signals hikes ahead

With the U.S. economy on solid footing and unemployment at a near-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains in the midst of a campaign to gradually raise interest rates from ultralows. Read More

Biofuel sought for HECO plants

Hawaiian Electric Co. is seeking 3.1 million gallons of sustainably produced, renewable biofuel per year for three years to power biofuel-capable power plants on Oahu. Read More
Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Hawaiian expands L.A.-Kauai service

Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday it is expanding its seasonal summer flights between Los Angeles and Kauai to year-round starting May 26 due to consistently strong demand from Southern California. Read More

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