Early whale could mean tourism bump
HONOLULU - A humpback whale spotted in Hawaiian waters more than three months ahead of schedule for the mammals' annual winter migration could mean more tourism dollars for the state.
The state's tourism industry is already on pace to break records for visitor arrivals and spending this year. And Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary official Justin Viezbicke says the whales "help business here in Hawaii, for sure."
The apparently healthy juvenile humpback was spotted Thursday north of Kailua-Kona.
67 arrested in sweep of fugitives
HONOLULU - A three-day sweep by federal and local authorities has taken dozens of fugitives off the streets of the Big Island.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that 67 people were arrested last week by a task force made up of U.S. marshals, Hawaii County police officers and Hawaii state sheriffs.
Those arrested were wanted for a variety of crimes including drug offenses, sex offenses, robbery and probation violations.
Hawaii to settle autism lawsuit
HONOLULU - Attorneys say a $4.4 million settlement in a Hawaii autism lawsuit could have implications for children nationwide.
Hawaii is paying to settle a lawsuit filed in 2000 by a couple who say the state Department of Education failed to give their two daughters appropriate autism-specific services in the 1990s.
Attorneys said the suit could have far-reaching implications for other special-needs students who have not received educational services as federal law requires.