We're tracking a pair of big developing stories this morning.
STARWOOD HOTEL STRIKE IN THE WORKS?
Around 6 this morning, the voting will start for hotel workers at 4 Starwood properties in Waikiki. Close to 17 hundred employees of the Sheraton Waikiki, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian and Princess Kaiulani will take a strike authorization vote. They've been working without a contract since June. The results are expected tonight around 6:30.
IMPACT OF POTENTIAL HOTEL STRIKE ON HAWAII
Howard Dicus will talk about the negotiations, history and possible impact on Hawaii tourism. Plus, look at a strike that did stop operations at another Waikiki hotel for 5 days, and the ongoing dispute with Hyatt workers that resulted in a demonstration in Waikiki and hundreds of arrests.
ACROSS THE AISLE: BUDGET BATTLE
This Friday is the deadline for Congress to reach a budget funding deal that would head off a government shutdown, or at least buy time for 2 more weeks. The House approved it yesterday. Today, it's the Senate's turn. Our political pundits will weigh in on the budget battle between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
DONALD TRUMP AND STAR JONES DISH ABOUT CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
First, Joan Rivers won. Then, it was Bret Michaels. Who will be the next Celebrity Apprentice? A colorful cast of 16 characters will try to impress the Donald when the new season starts Sunday. From La Toya Jackson to Gary Busey, Jose Canseco to Star Jones, even a Real Housewife of Atlanta and Playboy's Playmate of the Year. Can't wait to see the fireworks. We'll chat live with Donald Trump and Star Jones this morning at 5:40.
HAWAII'S HOMELESS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Ramsay Wharton shows us more of her exclusive look at Hawaii's homeless. This morning, the toll it takes on families and how they're trying to get off the streets into shelters.
AVENUE Q: PUPPETS FOR ADULTS
This is not your kid's puppet show. "Avenue Q" is here in Hawaii and we'll have a preview of the show. Don't worry, we'll make sure it's family friendly.
CHARLIE SHEEN OR MOAMMAR GADDAFI?
Say What? Test your rambling public figure knowledge. Billy V will reveal odd quotes and we'll guess who said it- Charlie Sheen or Moammar Gaddafi? That's coming up at 6:15.
TAIKO AND KARAOKE FESTIVAL
If you need a wake up call on this Wednesday, we have just the thing. Taiko Drums and Karaoke.
If Russ and Lyle call this week's pick a "Hall of Famer," you know it HAS to be good. They'll take us to Kahai Street Kitchen.
Oh, and did I mention it's Waffle Wednesday? Yes, our Severe Weather Center turns into our Severe Waffle Center for the day. Dan will pull double duty dishing out breakfast and our forecast. Hope he remembered the syrup this time!
See you on Sunrise!