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This Week in Review: Tourism boom, Pro Bowl, Edwards trial


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» The state's tax revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year dipped by $110 million Tuesday, prompting the government to look for ways to cut spending plans.

» A wind-driven brush fire scorched more than 350 acres Tuesday and Wednesday on a hill between Kalaheo High School and H-3 freeway in Kailua, prompting closure of the freeway for several hours.

» The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu in 2013, the National Football League announced Wednesday. The game's future had been in doubt because of lackluster play.

» State workplace-safety regulators said Tuesday that the builder of a zip line course near Hilo failed to ensure the stability of a tower that fell in September 2011, killing a worker and injuring another.

» Circuit Judge Karen Ahn ruled Thursday that restaurant security video of a fatal shooting involving a State Department special agent in a Waikiki McDonald's will remain sealed for now, saying its release could harm chances for a fair trial.

» Hawaii set an April record for visitor arrivals and spending, pumping $1.17 billion into the state's economy last month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday.

» Allegiant Air said Tuesday it will begin service from Monterey, Calif., to Honolulu on Nov. 16.

» Maui police charged a 31-year-old Wailuku man and his girlfriend with second-degree murder after the man's 4-year-old son died of blunt-force trauma injuries Wednesday.

» Thousands of Oahu residents and others observed Memorial Day at veterans events at Punchbowl cemetery, the state veterans cemetery and other sites, and at the lantern floating event off Magic Island.

Mainland

» The jury in the federal campaign finance case against former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said Thursday that it had found him not guilty on one of the six counts against him, and the judge declared a mistrial on the others.

» A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court in Boston ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

» A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related, according to top government officials.

World

» Increasingly frustrated by the unending violence in Syria, senior diplomats Thursday raised the specter of civil war and pressed Russia and China to back international action against Syrian President Bashar Assad before a broadening conflict draws neighboring countries into a regional war.

» The number of Afghan civilians killed has dropped 36 percent so far this year compared with last, the United Nations said Wednesday, the first time the death toll has declined through multiple months since the global organization started keeping track.

THIS WEEK

Local

>> Tuesday: The state Board of Education will discuss school bus service, a charter school advisory committee and other items, 1:30 p.m., 1390 Miller St., room 404.
>> Wednesday: The City Council will discuss property tax rates for 2013, rail authority budget and other items, 10 a.m., Council chamber.
>> Friday: The state Land Use Commission will discuss D.R. Horton’s Ho‘opili residential project, 9 a.m., 235 S. Beretania St., room 204.

Mainland

>> Tuesday: A Senate panel will hold a hearing on the conduct of prosecutors in the corruption trial of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.
>> Tuesday: Wisconsin’s Republican governor faces a recall election after a bargaining rights debate.
>> Tuesday: Jury selection begins in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
>> Friday: President Barack Obama meets with his Philippine counterpart, Benigno Aquino III.






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