Hawaii State News, afternoon update, Saturday, 14 April 2018

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Just a reminder for racing fans.  Rain forced the cancellation of the Big Island Auto Club’s Saturady drag races at the Hilo Drag Strip.  The track will open Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. for the continuation of the racing program.  Adult admission is $5.00.  Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.  Food and refreshments will be available.

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Despite support, foam container ban bill fails to pass

Despite overwhelming support from environmental groups and eco-friendly businesses, lawmakers have tabled bills that would have banned foam containers and plastic straws statewide, citing concerns about hurting the local manufacturing industry. Senate Bill 2498 proposed banning the sale and use of polystyrene foam containers. The bill advanced through the state Senate but stalled after crossing o
TMT holding out for Mauna Kea but could still fly to the Canary Islands

With no permission to build anywhere as of yet, the developer of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope announced Friday it will delay its decision about where to construct its $1.4 billion next-generation observatory. Hawaii’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, is still the preferred site, but the Canary Islands remains a viable alternative, according to the TMT International Observatory Board of Governor
Conflict in Syria: U.S., Britain and France launch airstrikes targeting chemical weapons facilities

WASHINGTON >> The United States and European allies launched airstrikes early today against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Donald Trump sought to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people. Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated operation intended to show


Watchdog finds some VA care lag times

A new report into veterans’ access to health care in the Pacific found some delays relating to primary and mental health services and “sometimes lengthy” times for specialty care after referrals to non-Veterans Affairs providers. But the U.S. Government Accountability Office also emphasized that among the veterans’ medical records reviewed, most received primary and mental health care from the VA
Rent subsidy deal worries affected seniors

A state board Thursday approved rent subsidies for low-income seniors living in a former state-owned studio apartment building in Kakaako, but it’s a five-year deal instead of 15 years sought by Gov. David Ige. Residents in the 76-unit Na Lei Hulu Kupuna project have been worried about possible rent hikes for three years after the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that develo
A HECO-Navy solar farm near Pearl Harbor is ready for construction

Electricity on Oahu is poised to get a little bit cheaper by the end of the year as the result of 80,760 photovoltaic panels being readied for installation on Navy land next to Pearl Harbor. Hawaiian Electric Co., in partnership with the Navy, plans to kick off construction with a ground blessing Monday for a 20-megawatt solar farm that will pump electricity into Oahu’s grid at the lowest cost ye
World’s second-largest snail can be found in Hawaii

I had a computer glitch recently that forced me to reorganize my photos. But with that time-consuming work came a bonus: I found an astonishing picture I forgot I had. During our last snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, Craig found a snail eating a sea cucumber. It was an extraordinary scene. Finding a full-grown Triton’s trumpet is rare, and the poor sea cucumber the snail had in its grip
Man arrested after alleged robberies

A 52-year-old man, suspected of robbing a Makiki bank on Thursday, was arrested Friday morning after allegedly robbing the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union on Halekauwila Street, police said. Officers located Mitchum Pastor in the Ward area at about 9:10 a.m., roughly an hour after he allegedly robbed the credit union, and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Friday morning’s robbe
Storm flooding closes Kalanianaole Highway, thousands lose power

Heavy showers left thousands of Oahu residents in the dark and prompted the closure of Kalanianaole Highway on Friday evening. The National Weather Service reported a foot of standing water along the highway as of 8:42 p.m. with
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