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MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY / DEC. 11
                                An SM-3 Block IIA defensive missile fired from the Aegis Ashore facility on Kauai scores a hit against an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in a test.
Hawaii in line to get ICBM interceptors

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Hawaii is on track within about a year to receive interceptor missiles for North Korean threats — a declaration that marks a dramatic change in the state’s defensive posture. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Hawaii virus funding request grows to $10.5M

Key state senators Thursday added to Gov. David Ige’s $7.215 million funding request to prepare Hawaii for a potential outbreak of the new coronavirus, bringing the total amount to $10.568 million. Read more

COURTESY DEBBIE AND ERIC PAGAN
                                Debbie and Eric Pagan of Ewa Beach have been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base since Feb. 16. A chain link fence was put up around the building they are being housed in, providing a communal yard for everyone quarantined. Debbie Pagan estimated a lap within the fence to be about a third of a mile.
Quarantined isle couples say workers are ‘over-protected’

Two couples from Hawaii being quarantined at a military base in California for the new coronavirus say workers who give them their meals or take their temperature never touch them directly and always wear gloves, a face mask and a long face shield — making them “over-protected.” Read more

COURTESY KAUAI COUNTY POLICE
                                Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun.
Kauai councilman indicted for drug trafficking

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday alleges Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun is the leader of a drug trafficking ring that operates in and out of the state prison system. Read more

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Environmental, solar.
Council committee moves out Energy Code bill

Oahu builders will have to make a certain number of parking stalls ready for electric vehicle charging and install solar hot water heaters in new residences under a major energy conservation bill poised for a final vote of the Honolulu City Council next month. Read more

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard held a news conference Wednesday outside the state Capitol urging lawmakers to pass key gun regulation bills as first responders, House Speaker Scott K. Saiki and other legislators stood behind Ballard in support of of the bills.
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard pushes for new gun limits

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard made a public pitch on Wednesday for proposals to ban rifle magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and for new restrictions on the sale of ammunition in advance of key floor votes scheduled for today on a package of firearms bills. Read more

Honolulu Festival moving forward

The Honolulu Festival Foundation canceled Wednesday’s launch event, but said there are no plans to cancel the annual festival that draws people from across the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

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