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August 18, 2012
The Associated Press

HSTA board to consider mediation on contract

HONOLULU - Board members of the union representing Hawaii's public school teachers will consider whether to take the governor up on his proposal to have a federal mediator help resolve a contract dispute.

Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe says the board will meet Monday to decide how to proceed with Gov. Neil Abecrombie's proposal. In a letter to Okabe this week, Abercrombie proposes using a federal mediator to help achieve a collective bargaining agreement.

Teachers are currently working under a last, best and final offer after their contract expired in June last year. In May, they voted to ratify a contract that they previously rejected. But Abercrombie says it's no longer valid and needs to be updated.

The union had previously proposed binding arbitration to make a decision.


Hirono, Lingle set first debate in Senate contest

HONOLULU - U.S. Senate candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle have set their first debate as they contend for Hawaii's open seat.

The contenders to replace retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka will appear together at a Sept. 6 lunch forum hosted by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will be moderated by Dan Boylan, who writes a column for MidWeek and is a retired history professor at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

Chamber officials say topics will include the U.S. economy, jobs, real estate, foreign policy and health care.

Hirono is Hawaii's representative for the state's 2nd Congressional District. Lingle was governor of Hawaii for eight years until 2010.

The debate marks the first time that the candidates will appear together since the general election matchup was set.


Police seek inmate who escaped on Big Island

HILO - Police say a man wanted for escaping from a Big Island correctional facility was spotted in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaii County police say Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar escaped from the Hale Nani work-release program in Panaewa on Tuesday.

Although he's not considered dangerous, police warned the public against approaching him.

He's described as about 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds with blue eyes and short reddish-brown hair. He has a tattoo along his entire right arm.


Navy recovers anchor lost during Oahu exercises

PEARL HARBOR - The Navy has revealed that more than 8,000 pounds of anchor, chain and heavy rope went crashing into the seafloor near the Pearl Harbor entrance during recent Rim of the Pacific exercises.

The Navy said one of the mooring lines holding the anchor parted when the line was cut due to chafing.

Officials say no coral was damaged when the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Navajo lost its anchor during training July 28. Navy Region Hawaii said it's unusual for a Navy ship to lose an anchor.

Divers helped the Navajo haul up the chain and anchor.


Woman, 88, is 14th Oahu pedestrian killed in 2012

HONOLULU - An 88-year-old woman is dead after a car hit her in Honolulu.

Police say Martha Miura was not in a crosswalk when she was hit Thursday in front of Kuakini Medical Center.

She's the 14th pedestrian killed on Oahu streets so far this year. For all of 2011, there were 17 pedestrian deaths.

Neither speed nor alcohol is suspected in the crash.



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