State roundup for October 29


Ceremony for new JPAC leader

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu (AP) — A new leader will take over at the Hawaii-based military command that searches for and identifies Americans from past conflicts.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague will assume command of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command on Wednesday. He’ll take over from Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

McKeague will be the first Air Force general officer to command JPAC. Most recently he served as an assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard issues.

Court upholds fine for Marcos

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal appeals court is upholding a $354 million fine against the widow and son of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday agreed with a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling against Imelda Marcos and Ferdinand “Bonbong” Marcos, Jr.

Judge Manuel Real imposed the fine after determining they violated a court order to freeze their assets so they could pay thousands of Marcos human rights abuse victims. The victims had won a class action lawsuit against the Marcos estate.

Only a fraction of the $2 billion a federal jury in Honolulu awarded the victims in 1995 has been collected. Attorney Sherry Broder said Friday lawyers will continue to pursue damages courts awarded to victims and their surviving family members.

State teacher of the year named

HONOLULU (AP) — Kailua Intermediate School teacher Karen Kutsunai is the state teacher of the year for 2013.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and schools Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe announced the award at a ceremony on Friday. The Department of Education says Kutsunai remembers a saying by a former principal before she enters her classroom.

The principal would say “I control the weather in my classroom. What kind of weather shall we have today?”

The department says Kutsunai creates an environment where students shine, aren’t afraid of making mistakes, and learn and grow from their experiences. She’s been a teacher at Kailua Intermediate since 1999.

Kihei downtown project advances

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Plans are moving head for a $72 million complex in downtown Kihei.

Developers in San Francisco are planning to build a four-story, 150-room hotel as well as a movie theater, restaurants, shops, businesses and medical offices. Krausz Companies says it is seeking land use entitlement approvals for the 27-acre project.

If the project goes as planned, it should be completed in the summer of 2015.

 

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