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Lobbyists’ contributions OK, state campaign panel decides

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission last week dismissed a complaint alleging that state Sen. Rosalyn Baker received contributions that were over the limit from a prominent Honolulu lobbying firm in the last election period. Read more

Hawaii Baptist students win journalism title

For the second straight year, Hawaii Baptist Academy’s student journalists took home top honors at the annual Hawaii High School Journalism Awards held Wednesday at the Pagoda Hotel Ballrooms. Read more

Psychologists closer to prescribing drugs

Advocates for legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe powerful medications argue the change is badly needed because there are too few psychiatrists on the neighbor islands. Read more

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State plans to settle lawsuit over an attack inside prison

The state plans to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit against the Department of Public Safety for an attack at Halawa Correctional Facility during which the assailants gained access to an inmate’s living area. Read more

Measures accenting risks of sepsis win support

Resolutions advancing in both the state House and Senate aim to step up awareness about sepsis, or blood poisoning, which can touch off a life-threatening condition. Read more

Kupuna power flows at the Capitol

Several hundred seniors converged at the state Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday morning for the fourth annual Kupuna Power Day, a mix of entertainment and educational activities. Read more

Advocates seek support to enforce victims’ rights

A week before an important legislative deadline, proponents of a Hawaii “Victims’ Bill of Rights” gathered at the state Capitol on Friday to encourage lawmakers to pass a measure that would spell out the rights of crime victims in the state Constitution. Read more

Ban on smoking in car with youths advances

The state House Transportation Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit smoking in a motor vehicle when a minor is present. Read more

2013 language dispute costs taxpayers $50,000

The state will pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation for failing to offer the driver’s license test in Chuukese and Marshallese. Read more

Cellphone restrictions on pedestrians advance

The state House Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow police to issue tickets to pedestrians for using mobile electronic devices, including cellphones, while crossing a street. Read more

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