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State roundup for February 6

Union, airline reach agreement

HONOLULU (AP) — A flight attendants union says it has agreed with Allegiant Air on attendants for routes between Honolulu and other cities.

Transport Workers Union Local 577 said Tuesday that the agreement covers flights between Boise, Idaho, Phoenix and Spokane, Wash.

The union says Allegiant originally wanted to use part-time flight attendants to cover the routes, but changed its mind and is now hiring attendants based in Honolulu to fly the new routes as well as existing routes to California and elsewhere.

Hawaii law requires companies to provide health benefits for employees who work more than 20 hours each week.

Fixtures stolen from bathrooms

HONOLULU (AP) — Thieves are stealing bathroom fixtures from Ewa Beach schools.

Repairs are under way after someone made off with toilet flushers, sink drainage pipes, metal floor plates and other bathroom fixtures.

Bruce Iverson with Reynolds Recycling says the fixtures were probably stolen to sell as scrap metal.

The first theft took place about two weeks ago at the Ilima Intermediate school.

On Friday, two restrooms at the adjacent Campbell High School were targeted.

Police are investigating and say they have one or two suspects.

Kauai drownings spark warning

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Twice as many people have drowned on Kauai so far this year compared to all of last year.

And, that has the Kauai Fire Department chief issuing a cautionary message, especially to tourists.

Chief Robert Westerman said Monday at a Fire Commission meeting that all the victims this year have been tourists. He says baby boomers are aging but still very active, and sometimes long trail hikes and ocean currents are more than they can handle.

Westerman says Kauai can continue to pursue its education program to get out its message in an effort to reduce the number of people who drown.

Complex named after Inouye

HONOLULU (AP) — A new federal complex on Oahu is being named after the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Inouye’s office said in a statement Tuesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Regional Center will be renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center.

It’s the first structure to be named after the senator since he died in December at the age of 88.

Inouye shied away from having his name put on buildings or other things during his lifetime. An Army medical building and a University of Hawaii scholarship are some exceptions.

The local offices of the National Weather Service and National Marine Fisheries Service are among those who will move into the $330 million complex in Pearl Harbor. The center is scheduled to open in December.


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