State roundup for October 7
Space industry to be discussed
HONOLULU (AP) — Space experts are gathering this week in Honolulu for a meeting on the future of Hawaii’s aerospace industry.
The Hawaii Aerospace Summit will bring together lawmakers, aerospace company officials, academics and military officers to discuss aviation and space research programs in the islands.
The executive director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems the industry has the potential to provide Hawaii with high-paying jobs.
Rob Kelso says officials hope to map a vision of the state’s aerospace industry that will help diversify Hawaii’s economic portfolio.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at the state Capitol in Honolulu on Tuesday.
It is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Information is available at http://aerospacehawaii.info/
Bill could ban sidewalk lying
HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill making it illegal to lie on city sidewalks.
Bill 59 would ban lying on a sidewalk on a tarp, towel, sheet, blanket, sleeping bag, bedding, chair, bench, tent floor or other material.
The measure introduced by Councilman Stanley Chang exempts the homeless, people with a medical condition or people engaged in “expressive activity.” However, homeless people would have to show proof they tried to obtain shelter.
Homeless advocate Michael Daly opposes the bill. Daly says the idea behind it seems to be harassment so that the homeless will go to shelters.
Not guilty plea in goat theft
HONOLULU (AP) — Two men accused of stealing goats from a Kahuku farm are pleading not guilty to livestock theft.
Authorities allege Shannon Chun and Sherwin Mitchell stole the goats last month. Some of the goats left behind had their mouths covered with duct tape, so they wouldn’t make any noise.
They are scheduled to go to trial in Circuit Court in December. The two men were freed after posting $11,000 bond.
Livestock theft is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The two were arrested last week Wednesday and charged with livestock theft two days later.
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