State roundup for December 12
Sen. Dan Inouye still hospitalized
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Daniel Inouye remains under observation in a Washington-area hospital.
The senator’s office said Tuesday that the situation remains unchanged from Monday. Doctors are monitoring the 88-year-old Hawaii Democrat’s intake of oxygen and trying to regulate it.
Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, has long been a dominant force in Hawaii politics. He chairs the powerful Appropriations Committee and is the Senate’s president pro tempore, third in the presidential line of succession.
He is the country’s longest serving senator, now completing his 50th year in the chamber.
Extreme fire danger warning
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service says dry, gusty conditions in many areas of Hawaii pose an extreme fire danger.
The Weather Service early Tuesday issued a red flag warning for leeward areas of Hawaii, mostly areas on Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island. The warning was issued because of strong, gusty winds and drier than normal conditions. The warning was issued until 6 p.m.
Kauai trying to cut junk mail
LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The county of Kauai has a program aimed at cracking down on junk mail and saving landfill space.
The “Stop Unwanted Mail” program is intended to let residents stop getting mail they don’t want, including phone books, catalogs and credit card solicitations.
It is a partnership between the county and Catalog Choice Mail Preference Service. Residents who want to participate must register with Catalog Choice, which will contact the companies that send the offending mail and ask the companies to stop sending it.
The county says this is part of its overall effort to be more environmentally conscious.
Officials expect to be able to track how many trees were saved and how much solid waste was diverted from the landfill through the program.
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