Howzit Howard: American Airlines

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mechanics have rejected a proposed contract at American Airlines. The transport workers union says two thirds of its members voted no. The contract had raises but would have cut back medical benefits. A strike is possible after a 30-day cooling off period, though I assume both sides would rather settle.

Weeks ago we reported that Hawaii Biotech was selling its dengue fever vaccine to the pharmaceutical giant Merck. Bankruptcy court approvals are now done, and the price tag is face up... $3.1 million... enough to continue its other research.

Medical news from Maui - the state health planning agency has approved a plan for Kula Hospital to add 15 beds. The expansion could free up acute care beds at Maui Memorial.

The four-day Asia-pacific clean energy summit starts a week from today at the convention center. To give you an idea of global participation, Japanese and Mandarin translators want copies of presentations by tomorrow to work ahead on translating the technical terms.

Think Tech Hawaii's series of discussions called 'recovery and transforming' will be held today at the Plaza Club. Speakers will be as diverse as Big Island mayor Billy Kenoi and Bankoh's new CEO Peter Ho. I'll moderate one of the panels so I'll see you there.

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