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  Gangs, crime, housing projects, East Los Angeles is a predominantly Latino area with a reputation.  The violent crime rate in East L.A. is double that of the rest of California, and crime in general runs almost three times the national average.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an East L.A. band that sings, with joy, about their roots in the community.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor delivered his second state of the state address to the legislature today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at the Capitol and files this report. 

Pacific Fire Exchange
Pacific Fire Exchange

Scientists with the University of Hawai‘i are mapping the human impact of wildfires in the islands.

Over the past decade, the state has experienced on average, more than 1,000 fires burning over 20,000 acres each year.  Relative to total land area, the percentage of Hawai‘i’s land that burned from 2005 to 2011 was roughly equivalent to a fire consuming the western United States.

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

    

We again have several morning planets to try and spot, plus we get more details on the exciting discovery of another potential planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.  

Governor David Ige
Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his State of the State address to the 2016 legislature, raising issues that ranged from government spending, affordable housing, homelessness, prisons, and our public hospitals. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

Speaker Souki, President Kouchi, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, county mayors and other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,

Good morning and aloha.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The future of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea remains uncertain. Construction has been halted on the project since protests began last April. And in December, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled the permit invalid, sending the matter back for a new contested case hearing.

zorori47 / Flickr
zorori47 / Flickr

At the start of the year, Hawai‘i became the first state in the country to raise the smoking age to 21. Reducing smoking has become a policy goal for governments around the world. That includes India—where progress is showing up in some unusual places. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The corporate earnings of India’s largest publicly-traded tobacco company have disappointed investors and cheered anti-smoking activists.  ITC Limited fell short of analysts’ expectations, saying the cigarette business in India remains under “severe pressure.”

The band Chicago have been playing in the islands for decades.

Kim / Flickr
Kim / Flickr

With a strengthening local economy, local nonprofits are embarking on ambitious capital campaigns for new facilities. But is there enough money to go around? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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