Today’s Hawaii News 06/19/2019

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False reports of shooter at Honolulu airport lead to chaos, evacuation and delayed flights
The main terminal at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport was shut down Tuesday after false reports of an active shooter led to an evacuation of thousands of passengers, and flight delays and cancellations. Terminal 2 reopened shortly before 6 p.m. nearly four hours after the incident. The Transportation Security Administration said a laptop in a traveler’s carry-on luggage overheated at a security checkpoint, setting off the incident.Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. KHON2. KITV.Hawaii News Now.

Lawsuit puts blame on the state for high inmate suicide rate
A class action lawsuit alleges that Hawai‘i prisons and jails have the seventh highest suicide rate in the country. It says at least 26 inmates have committed suicide while incarcerated in Hawai‘i since 2010, and much of that was due to inadequate mental health services. Hawaii News Now.

UH gets $8.4M for cancer research
The National Cancer Institute has increased its support of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center by raising its funding for the program’s research on cancer in Hawai‘i and the Pacific through July 2022. In addition to cancer prevention and population-based research, the center provides access to clinical trials for Hawaii patients in collaboration with clinical partners Civil Beat. 

As Katherine Kealoha’s defense unfolds, she still considers testifying
Her attorneys called several witnesses Tuesday in an attempt to punch holes in the prosecution’s criminal conspiracy charges, but they faced tough cross-examination. Much of the anticipation Tuesday, however, revolved around whether Katherine Kealoha would testify in her own defense. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio. KHON2.
Fireworks in the courtroom when controversial witness takes the stand. Hawaii News Now.

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Rail authority must replace 15 canopy arms
The city will redesign and replace portions of 15 metal “canopy arms” that were erected at three rail stations after flaws were discovered in similar arms that were fabricated for the rail line, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

HART loses its last original board member
Damien Kim, chairman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board and its last original member, has announced he’ll step down this summer. Kim was appointed to the volunteer board by the City Council in 2011, when HART was formed, and his most recent term expires June 30. Civil Beat.

Worry over the city council’s vacation rental rules spreads to other businesses
Sean Davidson is a chef that helps cater events at vacation rentals. He worries the trickle down effect from tougher regulations on vacation rentals will for him turn feast to famine. Owners of illegal vacation rentals were too afraid to speak out after the city council passed two bills that toughen regulations, but predict dire consequences to the economy. Hawaii News Now.

Palolo Valley basin might be cut from Ala Wai flood project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers might eliminate a planned detention basin in the upper Pālolo Valley, part of the agency’s Ala Wai canal flood control project, to avoid condemning four private homes there. Civil Beat.

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