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July 6, 2012
The Associated Press

Hirono, Case to debate July 26

HONOLULU - The two Democrats vying for their party's nomination for a U.S. Senate seat will have their final televised debate July 26.

Hawaii News Now reported Thursday that U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former Congressman Ed Case will take part in a 90-minute debate co-hosted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The debate will air on three Hawaii News Now stations: KHNL, KGMB and KFVE.

Hirono and Case are facing off in an Aug. 11 primary, with the winner likely to take on former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, in November.

The debate is the fifth between the Democratic contenders.


Rail contractor buys company

HONOLULU - The company with a key role in managing Honolulu's $5.26 billion rail project is now a subsidiary of the contractor that will design the first three stations.

HDR Engineering Inc. announced that it acquired InfraConsult LLC, a program manager for the project, for an undisclosed price. InfraConsult is an infrastructure management and advisory firm with offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Hawaii. It now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of HDR.

InfraConsult staff members have been essentially embedded within the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, sharing office space with city workers and overseeing contractors to make sure the project is properly designed and built, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.


Teen swept away during hike

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii - Rescuers are searching for a 15-year-old tourist who was swept out to sea while hiking on the Big Island.

The Coast Guard said that Tyler Madoff was hiking with a tour group along the shore near the Captain Cook monument in Kealakekua Bay on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard said the group stopped to rest in a tide pool when a set of waves swept Tyler away. Fire officials said a 14-year-old boy was also swept away, but he was picked up by a private boat and treated at Kona Hospital.

The Coast Guard searched through the night and the fire department resumed searching at daybreak with a helicopter, rescue boat and dive teams.

Tyler's father has asked local residents with personal boats to help with the search.



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