Friday, July 24, 2009

Submarines, trains and weinermobiles top news

A state with a warrior tradition yesterday welcomed a 21st- century combatant to its shores: the Virginia-class submarine USS Hawai'i.

The state welcomes the USS Hawaii, the first "Virginia-class" attack submarine to be stationed in the Pacific. This vessel is part of the Department of Defense's strategy to address growing threat in the region.

The family of Navy Lt. Shane Allen made a special, last-minute trip to Pearl Harbor to greet him as he and the rest of the crew of the USS Hawaii arrived at their new home port.

The Union Public Workers Unions and Gov. Linda Lingle's administration went to the state Labor Relations Board on Thursday over the threat of layoffs and ongoing labor negotiations.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile's recent O'ahu visit did not cut the mustard with the Outdoor Circle.

Honolulu's planned elevated commuter rail project likely will come in at close to the budgeted price and within five months of the anticipated completion date, according to a report by project oversight consultant Jacobs Engineering.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents got some good financial news yesterday, learning that researchers brought in $414 million last year and that the UH Foundation raised more than $336 million after its recently concluded six-year Centennial Campaign.

A major California lettuce grower has recalled about 22,000 cartons of romaine lettuce over concerns that the product may be tainted with salmonella.

Drivers must wait several more months for a new mile-long roadway that will trim minutes off the commute between Wailuku and Kahului.

Heavy summer rains led to flash flood warnings Thursday, soaking anything outdoors and twice closing the Hanalei Bridge.

After almost three hours of discussion Wednesday, the Hawaii County Council tentatively agreed to turn the clock back to its June 16 meeting where it voted to reorganize leadership positions.

Despite the economic downturn, Hilo's fledgling residency program to bring doctors to the Big Island is moving ahead -- its survival due to an outpouring of donations from the community.