LIHUE — Hawaii is leading the nation in the effort to serve farm-fresh food in school lunches, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Farm to School Network.

DNC approves delegate plan

HONOLULU — For the first time, Hawaii Democrats will be engaging in a new way to select the state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention next July in Milwaukee.

State lawmakers set vaping-awareness meeting

HONOLULU — The state House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce and the state Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee will hold an informational briefing on the youth vaping epidemic at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in room 309 at the State Capitol.

Gabbard may skip Democratic debate

HONOLULU — Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she may skip next week’s debate in Ohio.

County fires deputy attorney

LIHUE — A deputy county attorney was fired earlier this month and says she may sue the county for retaliation and workplace discrimination.

Schatz joins push to protect Amazon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) led a group of 13 senators in writing a pair of letters to corporate signatories to the New York Declaration on Forests, calling for the major companies and financial firms to wield their influence to combat the ongoing fires and runaway deforestation in the Amazon.

Council votes ‘no’ to pension overtime cap

LIHUE — A bill that would have placed a cap on the amount of overtime considered to be “compensation” for pension retirement benefits, won’t be included in the 2020 Hawaii State Association of Counties Legislative Package.

Rezoning the South Shore

LIHUE — A bill to be discussed at today’s county council meeting is essentially restoring the zoning of specific areas on the South Shore back to what it was before. Sounds confusing, and it is.

Council to address ‘pension spiking’

LIHUE — A bill for an act for possible inclusion in the 2020 Hawaii State Association of Counties Legislative Package, proposed by councilmembers Mason Chock and Council Vice Chair Ross Kagawa, is attempting to address pension reform.

Code in congressional contest

LIHUE — If you’re a middle or high school student in Hawaii, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is looking for you to help represent the state in a nationwide coding competition.

Boating amendments proposed

LIHUE — Approximately two dozen people showed up to the public hearing about proposed amendments pertaining to the rules and regulations governing boating activities at county beach parks on Tuesday morning.

Abandoned vehicles costing taxpayers

LIHUE —Broken down, picked apart vehicles left on the side of the road and other inconspicuous places around the island are an epidemic. Trouble is, it’s hard to track down the owners of abandoned or derelict vehicles because, more often than not, the drivers of the cars never transferred ownership.

Property tax bill goes to mayor

LIHUE — Families that have lived on their properties for generations but whose names are not on title are one step closer to applying for the same tax exemptions other owner-occupants enjoy.