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HNN Wednesday: Sen. Akaka announces retirement, Hawaii reacts

Aloha, I hope this e-mail finds you well. Here are some of the stories we're working on for Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30. 

SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA WILL NOT RUN IN 2012

Just announced this afternoon, longtime Hawaii Congressman, Daniel Akaka, says he will not run for re-election in 2012. Akaka had previously said he planned to run for re-election, but had not been actively raising money. We'll have complete coverage tonight on Hawaii News Now.

MORE ATTENTION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Supporters of a bill at the state legislature want some action. Today they paid a visit to lawmakers regarding a bill that involves the growing issue of human trafficking. What does it mean for the state and why has it apparently been shelved for this legislative session. Does the bill call for unwanted spending on enforcement and in this austere economy, are lawmakers struggling to approve any measure that will cost taxpayers? Our Jim Mendoza has the story.

LOCAL 5 MEMBERS DECIDE STRIKE OR NO STRIKE

Union members of Local 5 vote on whether or not to authorize a strike. Some 2200 union members would walk if a strike is given the green light and the union decides to stop working affecting The Sheraton Waikiki, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian and Princess Kaiulani Hotels. Workers at these hotels has been without a contract since June. The strike vote results will be released tonight. We'll have a live report from Waikiki with Brooks Baehr at 5

MORE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM WAIMANALO PUPPY FARM

We have more "exclusive" video from former employees of the Waimanalo puppy farm. The former employees are coming out about the horrific conditions at the farm, dating back years. Also, we hear from the woman who made the barking dog complaint that prompted the animal seizure. Our Tim Sakahara has been hot on this story all week and will have a full report at 5.

THE "SWEET SPOTS" ACCORDING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

The HTA went over what to expect for the rest of 2011. David Uchiyama, the vice-president of Brand Management for the agency, says momentum is great and told industry insiders where they should focus on for the rest of the year. We'll share that with you tonight at 5:30.

It's been a busy day, so I hope you'll join Stephanie Lum and me for these stories and more tonight on Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30.

See you then!

Aloha,

Shawn Ching

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