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State roundup for October 2

Hawaii personal income rises

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says Hawaii residents made more money in the second quarter of 2013.

The bureau says personal income in the state grew by 1.1 percent after declining by .9 percent in the first quarter. Personal income nationally increased 1 percent.

Hawaii’s increase was the 11th largest in the nation.

Income from dividends, interest and rent grew by 2.5 percent.

The bureau says transfer receipts, which includes government payments such as Medicare and food stamps, rose by 1.2 percent.

Wages and salaries increased by .8 percent.

The figures are not adjusted for inflation.

The bureau says personal income declined in the first quarter in part because of a 2 percent increase in payroll taxes that took effect Jan. 1.

Boa constrictor found, run over

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture says an Oahu motorist ran over and killed a boa constrictor on Pali Highway last week.

The department said Monday the driver ran over the snake in the Honolulu-bound lanes near the entrance to Nuuanu Reservoir on Sept. 22. He took it to a relative’s home and called authorities the next day.

Inspectors went to the area but didn’t find evidence of other snakes.

The department is reminding the public snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii.

It’s urging those who spot illegal animals, or who know of people possessing illegal animals, to call the state’s pest hotline.

Snakes are not native to Hawaii and could devastate the ecosystem if they were to become established in the islands.

Grant supports reef research

HONOLULU (AP) — The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is donating more than $24,000 to the University of Hawaii for coral reef research in Palau.

The University of Hawaii Foundation said Monday the money will pay for lab work and disseminating management recommendations.

The research uses the latest population genetics methods to understand how reefs recover from catastrophic disturbances such as mass bleaching events.

The results will provide guidance in the design of Marine Protected Areas in Micronesia and around the world.

Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology Director Jo-Ann Leong said Monday the grant will provide essential support to better understand coral reefs around Palau.

The Nature Conservancy and the Palau International Coral Reef Center are partners of the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide Project.


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