Molly Solomon

Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show, The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.

She is now the General Assignment reporter and covers a number of important topics including education, tourism, and food sustainability. A California native, Molly joined HPR after graduating from University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. At UC Santa Cruz, she volunteered at KZSC as well as the student newspaper, City on a Hill Press. When she's not reporting local news, Molly can usually be spotted riding her bike around Kaimuki or eating her way through Oahu's plethora of Japanese restaurants.

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Posters reading “It’s OK to be white” were posted at a community college campus in Vancouver, Washington. Clark College is holding a series of town halls this week to address the incident, which many at the school are calling offensive. 

Another Democrat has entered a crowded race to unseat Washington Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler. Thursday night Carolyn Long announced her bid for Congress at a launch party in Vancouver.

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Reject the oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver. That’s the message a Washington energy panel sent to Governor Jay Inslee. On Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to deny a recommendation for the proposed Vancouver Energy project.  

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A Washington energy council is scheduled to vote for or against a proposed oil-by-rail terminal at a special meeting in Olympia Tuesday.

The council’s recommendation on the terminal then goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who will have the final say on whether the project moves forward.

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A new law this year makes Washington State University the lead on future elk disease research.

Washington officials first discovered the bacteria in Cowlitz County in the late 90s. It’s since spread across southwest Washington with some confirmed cases as far north as Skagit County.

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Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver Commissioner. Initial results last night/Tuesday night show Orange had secured more than 64 percent of the vote. His win could spell the end of a massive oil terminal proposed at the port.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has warned that hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians would feel the impact if Congress succeeds in overhauling the nation’s tax law.

The GOP-led proposal would eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes. Inslee says this change would especially hit middle class families.

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On a recent Saturday morning, a dozen people crowded a small apartment in central Vancouver, Washington. They were filling up on bacon and eggs before a day of canvassing the neighborhood.

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Five major suspects in a massive poaching operation appeared in Skamania Superior Court on Thursday morning. Joseph Dills, William Haynes, Erik Martin, Eddy Dills and Bryan Tretiak have been charged with nearly 200 criminal counts related to illegal hunting and animal waste in southwest Washington and parts of Oregon.



The company Northwest Innovation Works is still hopeful that they can bring their $1.8 billion methanol plant to Kalama, Washington.

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington is blaming Republican leadership for putting a freeze on her bipartisan health care plan. That comes as the GOP have announced their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Democrat had been working on a bill to stabilize the insurance market with GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

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Starting next week, Cowlitz County jail will become the first corrections facility in the state of Washington to use body scanners on inmates.


Part of the new funding plan in Washington state is a regional bump in teacher salaries for districts with higher costs of living. But in Cowlitz County, that’s not the case because median home prices are too low.


For the seventh time, a decision on a controversial Vancouver oil terminal has been pushed back. The Washington state energy board now has until November 30 to make a recommendation to Governor Jay Inslee. But that’s not the only setback.

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Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is working with local craft breweries to streamline the business of beer making. The Republican from southwest Washington toured a Vancouver brewery this week and hosted a roundtable discussion.

An investigation into a recent passenger train derailment near Steilacoom, Washington, reveals speed and human error are to blame.

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.

Starting Monday, same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii. The state has long been a destination for weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new market for wedding tourism.

Wedding planner Keane Akao is showing off a secluded beach wedding site, one of several on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

"You can use the beach for pictures," he tells a couple, "and this is actually called Secret Beach."