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State awards grants to employer groups for workforce development

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Tuesday announced the award of six grants designed to strengthen local small businesses through training programs. The grants will be used as seed money to develop innovative education and training curricula in economic sectors identified by Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, the county workforce investment boards, employer organizations, industry and trade associations, and labor organizations.

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone in Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

Auditor ends review of HOVE water spigots

The county Department of Water Supply followed its regular policies and procedures in awarding spigot permits for commercial water haulers in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, the county’s legislative auditor told the Water Board in a recent letter.

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Federal-state partnership to expedite bridge work

Three Hawaii Island bridge projects are among 11 projects statewide to benefit from a partnership between the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highways Division. This partnership will supplement the state’s current project delivery process and get additional projects shovel-ready.

Kona police arrest 9 for drunken driving

Hawaii Island police arrested 15 motorists for suspected driving under the influence of an intoxicant during the week of July 14 through Sunday. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was younger than 21.

Gov. Perry to deploy Texas National Guard troops for border crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — Doing what President Barack Obama would not do, Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to augment a month-old state police surge on the Texas-Mexico border — and will bill the federal government for the estimated $12 million monthly tab.