The GMO battle heats up even moreUPDATED 8:48 AM HST Sep 25, 2013Video Transcript
fire in the GMO fight. And the local fallout from the budget debate in Washington could effect our kids. Those are just some of the stories in this morning's edition of Civil Beat. Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT-DOT-COM reporter, Chad Blair. Gotta give the Governor credit for trying to ease the debate over GMOs... But what he said is getting both jeers and cheers. 1. Gov. Neil Abercrombie sought to pacify the 1. Gov. Neil Abercrombie sought to pacify the raging debate over GMOs and pesticide use on Kauai this week by saying the state will increase regulations over pesticide use. But instead, the governor's sudden insertion into the fight over biotech on the Garden Island has inflamed GMO opponents more than pacified them. Supporters of a far reaching Kauai County Council bill that seeks to address health and environmental concerns about GMOs and pesticides have gone so far as to suggest that the governor's announcement on Monday was orchestrated to derail the county effort. Meanwhile, a trade group for the biotech companies has applauded the governor's actions. Here's the link to the story -- http://www.civilb eat.c om/articles/1998 6/ Time is ticking on a possible government shutdown. And that could mean some serious cutbacks for Hawaii education. 2. As Congress wages a political war with itself in the 11th hour of 2. As Congress wages a political war with itself in the 11th hour of federal budget deliberations, officials involved in all levels of Hawaii education say they're bracing themselves for severe funding cutbacks or delays to important grants. The DOE's federal funding for the 2013 fiscal year is being cut by an estimated $4.2 million total. The impact of sequestration, according to an official, isn't as severe as originally anticipated. But the congressional budget gridlock is likely to result in more public education cuts, especially at the K-12 level. Here's the link to the story -- http://www.civilb eat.c om/articles/1998 4/ And I thought this was a bit of a surprise. Honolulu is a top destination on Halloween! 4. Honolulu is a top travel destination for singles -- on Halloween! That's according to MissTravel.com, a website for travel dating. It polled 13,928 singles who are traveling during the weekend of Halloween and discovered that 2,103 singles will be going to Honolulu to "get their share of tricks and treats." We were third: New Orleans and Seattle were No. 1 and 2, with Miami and Las Vegas at No. 4 and 5. "Halloween is a time to go outside of one's comfort zone by acquiring a different persona, so many singles often travel to different cities to meet new people," says MissTravel's founder. "Costumes not only disguise the wearer, but also serve as a point of conversation. Both of these factors help singles interact more often and more boldly." Here's the link to the story -- http://honolulu.p i cs.government.b lo. lbeat.com/post/ 62074 3854/honolulu -top-tr el-destination-for-s gs-on u can find the complete ory we just discussed You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.