It's a bit too soon for a new news update, but I figured I might as well post new progress in last few days here.
Habilain has done a ton more ASM hacking of in the last several days. DTE bugfix, DTE added to battle text routines, bugfix to dialogue hack (should be flawless now), and even got the Auto character's tech display to two columns. He's taking a small break right now since all this has overloaded him at the moment, but he'll be back soon to finish up the rest of the slightly more than small loose ends that remain in the hacking department.
I also did a tiny ASM hack last night to fix the "Throw item away" text.
Woot. I still can't believe how far along this is.