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State investigates PUC chairwoman's Kauai rental

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - State officials are accusing the chairwoman of the state's Public Utilities Commission of illegally building a bed and breakfast in a state conservation district and running it for more than 10 years.

The Garden Island reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1ixIevK ) that the commission's leader and former state lawmaker Hermina Morita has been ordered along with her husband to shut down their getaway spot on Kauai's north shore.

Morita's husband, Lance Laney, said he has shut down the bed and breakfast. But he declined to comment further to the newspaper.

A planner in the Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a draft of a report expected to be discussed this month that the investigation was started by an anonymous complaint in 2008.

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