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Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health.

Source: Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/hawaii-dispensaries-not-yet-growing-medical-marijuana-plants).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 17:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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Now that all eight licensed Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to serve patients, there’s only one major roadblock preventing the opening of the facilities–permission to grow the plants.

According to AP reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the state doesn’t have “a software system to track the product from seed to sale.”  The federal government requires tracking software before any medical marijuana can be planted.  Hawaii Department of Health representative Keith Ridley says “the state is finalizing a contract for software…it’s very important that we get this software tracking system up and running as quickly as possible.”

Another sticky issue is the lack of laboratories to test medical marijuana products. So far, no labs have applied with the state to begin a testing program.  Ridley adds that  no medical marijuana can be sold from dispensaries until it’s tested by a certified laboratory.


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State making plans to advance aerospace industry | The State


Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers is calling for the state to become a leader in space exploration and has proposed developing a prototype lunar base in Hawaii.

Source: State making plans to advance aerospace industry | The State (http://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article 106348372.html).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 16:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press.

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Video game pioneer Henk Rogers envisions a prototype lunar base on Hawaii Island. The facility would use materials from Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to simulate building conditions on the moon.  Rogers says construction of a moon base facility will help Hawaii boost the aerospace industry which is planning for trips to the moon and planets such as Mars.  Rogers adds that the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is “tired of being the follower” and has the ability to make Hawaii a key player in space exploration.

Rogers believes project would help “work out all the technologies that are necessary”, including the launching of robots “to build the lunar facility.”

According to the video game pioneer, the only things lacking are money and the willpower to carry the project through.


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Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a permit to build a solar telescope on a Maui mountain.

Source: Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hawaii-supreme-court-affirms-maui-solar-telescope-permit).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

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According to the Associated Press, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the University of Hawaii “followed proper procedure for an environmental assessment” and denied a challenge by those claiming sacredness of Haleakala.

In 2015, eight people were were arrested for trying to stop construction vehicles headed for the telescope site.

Protesters were hoping that the Hawaii Supreme Court would make a ruling similar to the one that stopped the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  That project is now under a second contested case hearing in Hilo.

The Daniel K. Inouye solar telescope should be operational by 2019.


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Gurgling lava splashes up Hawaii volcano walls in rare video | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — As the high-definition camera pans across the surface of an active Hawaii volcano’s viscous summit lava lake, a large bubble of volcanic gas grows and bursts, dramatically spewing molten rock into the air and sending a massive ripple of lava outward across the crater.

Source: Gurgling lava splashes up Hawaii volcano walls in rare video | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/gurgling-lava-splashes-hawaii-volcano-walls-rare-video).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press.

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A new Kilauea Volcano video shot in high definition offers a rare close-up view of the volcano’s lava lake in stunning motion and color.  According to the USGS, the new state-of-the-art video was shot in 4K ultra high definition and gives a breathtaking view of Kilauea’s activity.

The high-tech video will be included in a larger documentary set for release in 2018.


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KHNL: APNewsBreak: California tightening rule on popular pesticide


By SCOTT SMITHAssociated press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation’s most productive ag

Source: KHNL: APNewsBreak: California tightening rule on popular pesticide (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331263/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=FzTDtWNB).

Accessed on 06 October 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Scott Smith (Associated Press).

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According to Associated Press reporter Scott Smith, California has imposed strict rules for the use of the popular pesticide Telone.  California farmers claim the new regulations will hamper their ability to fight agricultural pests and “could lead to higher food prices.”

Farmers inject Telone into the ground to kill pests before planting such crops as strawberries, carrots, and potatoes.  The pesticide dissipates before crops are planted and no residues are found in the crops. California regulators say fumes from the pesticide could cause respiratory problems.


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HDOT pulls out of plan to protect endangered seabirds | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The state Department of Transportation backed out of a habitat conservation plan aimed at protecting the state’s endangered and threatened seabirds on Kauai.

Source: HDOT pulls out of plan to protect endangered seabirds | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/HDOT pulls-out-of-plan-to-protect-endangered-birds).

Accessed on 04 October 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press.

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Programs to protect Kauai’s endangered Hawaiian petrels and Newell’s shearwaters have been delayed because the state Department of Transportation has pulled out of a plan to protect the endangered birds.

Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara told the Associated Press that “staff members were advised not to comment about the matter because of pending litigation.”

The original conservation plan was created out of concern for the birds’ safety from the group Hui Hoomalu I Ka Aina, which works “to protect cultural and natural resources, about the birds’ declining populations.” Recent studies have shown that transmission lines and bright lights have cause the birds “to crash down to land.”

In 2011, the Kauai Island Utility Coop and the Princeville Resort were ordered to make changes to reduce losses of the birds.  The state Department of Transportation was part of the plan, with its responsibility of solving light issues at the harbor and at the airport. Hui Hoomalu I Ka Aina vice president Makaala Kaaumoana told the AP that the “Kauai islandwide (conservation plan) can’t proceed without them.”


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Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Source: Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33285542/twitter-lies-and-videotape-trump-slams-beauty-queen).

Accessed 01 October 2016, 02:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporters:  Josh Lederman and Steve Peoples (Associated Press).

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the unusual habit of shooting himself in the foot every time he speaks before an audience.  This time, Mr. Trump may have gone too far.  The twitter storm ignited by Trump’s criticism of a former beauty queen’s lifestyle and sexual behavior has taken many of his supporters by surprise.  Even Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters are alarmed, saying this recent tirade in the blogosphere will further drive women away from his contentious candidacy–people Trump needs to win the election on 08 November 2016.

According to “The Washington Post” correspondent Dana Milbank, well respected Republicans, such as John Warner and former GOP President George H.W. bush, say they will abandon Donald Trump and vote for Hillary Clinton.  Even the conservative “Arizona Republic” newspaper endorsed Ms. Clinton.

At this point in the campaign, it may be too late for Mr. Trump to salvage a win in November.  Mr. Trump is his own worst enemy.


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