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August 23, 2012
The Associated Press

Superintendent gets midlevel grade

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Board of Education says Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi "fully meets expectations."

It's her first evaluation since she was appointed to the position leading Hawaii's public schools in 2010.

During Matayoshi's tenure, Hawaii schoolchildren have improved their test scores but federal officials have threatened to take away Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top grant because of unsatisfactory progress on reforms.

Citing personnel confidentiality, board members won't say how they arrived at their rating.


Federal judge hears rail arguments

HONOLULU - The decision on a lawsuit challenging Honolulu's planned rail project now rests with a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

Judge A. Wallace Tashima heard several hours of arguments Tuesday in a packed federal courtroom in Honolulu on the environmental challenge.

It's not clear when he would make a decision.

At issue are claims that the city and federal government violated environmental law, including not studying alternatives to rail and not completing an archaeological survey of the entire route to determine whether there are any Native Hawaiian burials before the project was approved.


Whale carcass seen off Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii - Officials say the decomposing carcass of a whale is sitting in shallow water along a rocky shoreline in a residential area of the Big Island.

The fire department was alerted by someone onshore Wednesday of something large floating in the water about a mile off the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

A fire helicopter flew over and confirmed that it was a 40- to 50-foot-long whale carcass.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Wende Goo said the whale is now at the shoreline in Pahoa. The agency was to send people out to look at the animal Wednesday. She said the agency doesn't yet know what type of whale it is.



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