State roundup for March 26
Honolulu works to fix potholes
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has a big pothole problem on Oahu.
A recent survey found more than 200 city roads have failed. Others were deemed serious, very poor or poor.
East Oahu has the highest percentage of damaged roads on the island.
That area is represented by Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang.
Chang says he believes road repairs are the most urgent priority for the city.
City officials say rain is a contributing factor of potholes. Officials say age, vehicle weight and terrain lead to road cracks that let water penetrate the base, eventually causing soft spots and ultimately potholes.
Improved roads include Halema‘uma‘u Place, which was repaved, and various streets in the McCully area.
Hawaiian to buy 16 new planes
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines says it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to buy 16 new planes as part of a plan for expanded routes between the islands and the West Coast.
Hawaiian says the deal comes after the airline reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the new single-aisle A321neo planes.
The planes each seat about 190 passengers.
Plans call for the acquisition to take place between 2017 and 2020. The deal includes rights to nine additional planes.
The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.
Man dies after vehicle ejection
HONOLULU (AP) — Maui County police say a 19-year-old Lahaina man died after he was ejected from his vehicle on the Honoapiilani Highway.
Jared K.S. Alvarez was heading north near Olowalu early Sunday when his Jeep Grand Cherokee went onto the shoulder of the highway, veered back onto the road and crossed over the solid yellow lines.
The Jeep flipped over and struck a telephone pole.
According to police, Alvarez was thrown from the vehicle.
Police say Alvarez was not wearing a seat belt.
He died at the scene.
Maryland shark fin ban advances
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure banning the trade of shark fins in Maryland has cleared the House of Delegates.
The bill passed on a 115-17 vote Monday. The measure now goes to the Senate, where there is a similar bill pending.
Shark fins are used in traditional Chinese soup. Demand has led to the practice of slicing off the fins of a shark while it is still alive and discarding the wounded shark at sea.
California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington have enacted similar laws.
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