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Hawaii Island News, 27 August 2009

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“Hilda” has been downgraded to a tropical depression located about 360 miles south-southeast of Hilo.  Hilo has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph with higher gusts.  The depression is moving twoard the west-northwest at 13 mph.  A weather graphic is available on our station website by clicking on the hurricane tracker icon.  Hawaii County Civil Defense wil provide radio updates if necessary.

UH-Hilo executives are bracing for major pay cuts this week.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the UH-Hilo chancellor, deans, and program directorsfaceproposed wage cuts of 6 to 10 percent.  They are among 200 UH system personnel whose pay cuts would save two million dollars a year under a plan advanced by former UH President David McClain.  The UH Board of Rengents will discuss this issue at its meeting today on Oahu.

The Deputy Director of the state’s department of corrections tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that Kulani Correctional Facility inmate are being transferred to Oahu prisons in preparation for the closuing of Hawaii Island’s only prison.  Tommy Johnson says the majority of inmates are going to the Waiawa Facility becaue they are in need of substance abuse treatment.

The Kona Community Hospital has begun a new program to develop healt care leaders in the West Hawaii area.  The West Hawaii Healthcare Leadership Series is a twelve-month program that focuses on leadership and organizationals development, financial and quantitative analysis, and topics specific to the health care industry.  For details on how you or your business can get involved with this healthcare program, call Emily at the Kona Community Hospital.

A newly paved section of Highway 11 between Hilo and Keaau is being ripped up and replaced with new asphalt.  Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Mori tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the recent resurfacing work doesn’t meet state standards.  Testing showed that the density of the new pavement was at 89 percent of the state standard, just below the minimum of 92 percent required for acceptance.

A man suspected of picking up a woman in his car at Hilo’s Mooheau Bus Terminal and then trying to rape her in a Bayfront parking lot has been indicted by a Hilo grand jury.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, a bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Achuo Mweni of Hilo after his indictment of August 20th.

(AP).  Hawaii Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye plans to travel from Honolulu to Boston this weekend in the wake of the death of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.  The two served together as allies since they were both initially elected to the Senate in 1962.  With Kennedy’s death, Inouye becomes the second in Senate seniority.

(AP).  State tourism officials say a 1.3 percent increase in visitor arrivals in July marked the first monthly increase recorded since February 2009.  Nonetheless, visitor spending declined, because the 621,590 visitors who arrived by air spent less.

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