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October 26, 2013
The Associated Press

Child center planned for NOAA building

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - The new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island is getting a child care center.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command said Wednesday that it awarded a San Diego joint venture an $11.3 million contract for the facility's construction.

NOAA is funding the center, which will be able to accommodate up to 122 children.

It will be at NOAA's new Daniel K Inouye Regional Center, where over 600 NOAA employees will eventually be working.

Inouye Regional Center site manager Steve Gallagher said NOAA is working with the Navy to share open spaces at the facility with Defense Department families.


Pedestrian killed by colliding vehicles

HONOLULU - A woman standing on an Aiea street corner was struck and killed by a car that collided with a pickup and left the road.

Honolulu police say the small sedan Wednesday morning struck the woman at Moanalua Road and Kaonohi Street.

Honolulu police traffic Lt. Bobby Towne said the crash caused the vehicles to veer right and strike the woman.

The 77-year-old man driving the sedan was not immediately aware that he had hit a pedestrian.

Hawaii News Now reported that the woman was pushed into thick bushes and plants and was not immediately discovered.

Friends of the woman say she lived in a high-rise building at the intersection and walked to a bus stop every morning to ride to work.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.


State officials track sperm whale carcass

HONOLULU - Federal and state of Hawaii authorities are tracking the carcass of a sperm whale floating off Oahu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the 30- to 40-foot carcass is 4 to 5 miles off the windward side of the island.

Fishermen on Wednesday night first spotted the carcass.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said it will deal with the carcass and is asking the public to report sightings to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hotline at 888-256-9840.

Sightings also can be reported to the Coast Guard Channel 16.

Marine mammal officials say towing a floating carcass away from the islands is easier and less expensive than removal from a beach.



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