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August 18, 2013
The Associated Press

Schatz seeks students for intern program

HONOLULU - U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is looking for Hawaii high school seniors for an internship program.

The senator announced his internship program Thursday, calling it "Schatz Seniors."

Interns will work in Hawaii and should miss little class time. Activities will involve working with outreach staff on community visits with the senator.

Public, private, charter and home-schooled students from across the islands may apply. Schatz will select 15 interns.

He says he hopes the program provides hands-on learning about the U.S. Senate. He also hopes to encourage students to be leaders and advocates in their schools and communities.

Students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better and must have personal access to email.

Interns will be selected on factors including community involvement, life experiences and leadership.

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Army moves forward with training course

HILO - The U.S. Army is moving forward with a $29 million infantry training course at its Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the project will create jobs and provide training for troops.

The decision to move forward, recently revealed, does not affect the contested Makua Military Reservation on Oahu.

The newspaper reports that the formal decision document calls for construction of a new course for live-fire training with small arms, machine guns, mortars and rockets.

The 132,000-acre Pohakuloa training area includes a 51,000-acre artillery impact field. It's used by all branches of the U.S. military.

The existing battle course can't be expanded because it's next to an unexploded ordnance area.

Construction is expected to begin in 2014.

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Man fatally shot in self-defense - police

LIHUE - Kauai police have shot and killed a 21-year-old man who officers said had pointed a gun at them.

Police said in a statement that the officers were on patrol in Nawiliwili on Friday night when they encountered a group of young people in the jetty area. The officers saw the man in a parked car holding two firearms.

The statement said that when the officers told him to drop his weapons, the man threw one of his guns out of the car but held on to the other and pointed it toward the officers.

Police said the officers shot at the man in self-defense.

The condition of the man was not immediately released. The officers were placed on administrative leave as authorities investigate the shooting.

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Delegates pushing for same-sex marriage

HONOLULU - The state's four-member congressional delegation issued statements Friday urging Hawaii lawmakers to immediately pass a state measure for marriage equality.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono saying that same-sex couples "should not have to wait" for the civil right.

The push comes after June's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed legally married gay couples the right to federal tax and health care benefits.

Blake Oshiro, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said the governor is open to calling for a special session. Otherwise the vote would be in January.

Recent polls by Hawaii United for Marriage, the coalition of religious, business and labor groups, show support across the state.

Hawaii allows civil unions, but those do not qualify a couple for federal benefits.

 
 

 

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