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State briefs for May 17

Hirono discloses kidney cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono said Tuesday she is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer and has a favorable prognosis from her doctor in Washington.

The first-term Democrat promises to fight the disease “with the same determination I’ve fought for the people of Hawaii.” And in a separate email, Hirono said she will seek another term.

“And here’s what I also want you to know: I am, without question, running for re-election in 2018. The stakes are too high and our shared values are under attack like never before,” she said.

Hirono expects to have her right kidney removed as well as a lesion on one of her ribs. Hirono says her doctor expects her “to make a full recovery from these treatments.”

She served as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor from 1994-2002 and was a member of the House from 2006-12 when she was elected to the Senate.

Hirono says she will continue to work during her treatment. She cast a vote in the Senate late Tuesday as lawmakers considered a Transportation nominee.

Chimpanzee escapes from exhibit at Honolulu Zoo, again

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo is holding all its chimpanzees in their pen until staff can access the exhibit’s wall after a chimp named Puiwa escaped for the second time in three years.

Puiwa scaled a wall Sunday that separated eight chimps from aviaries before jumping off the wall into a holding area. The chimp could have gone into the aviary walkthrough with zoo visitors, but did not, city spokesman Andrew Pereira said.

Puiwa was recaptured within 10 minutes of leaving the exhibit.

“He was on the back wall of the exhibit outside of the security area, he was running around kind of scared,” said Jeremy Hanson, who was at the zoo with his family.

The animal keepers ushered the public away from the surrounding area until Puiwa had been put back into its pen.

“I think the zoo handled it professionally and they ushered everybody in, they stayed professional about it,” Hanson said.

Puiwa escaped from the exhibit in 2014 as well.


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