Aloha! Here are some of the stories we're working on for Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30 on this Tuesday.
COUNCIL ON REVENUES FORECAST BLEAK
Late this afternoon, the state's Council on Revenues held a special meeting to review and analyze its current revenue forecast for the remainder of the year. Initially, it had met right before the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Since then, visitor numbers from Japan have dropped and that may alter the Council's earlier projections. Its forecast gives lawmakers guidance on how to draft the state's budget. In other words, what we can afford to spend. Jim Mendoza will have that story tonight at 5.
ANOTHER LEGAL ATTACK PENDING ON CITY'S RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT?
Opponents of the City's billion dollar rail transit project have hired an attorney with a national reputation when it comes to environmental law, the next legal battle ground for the controversial project. Also, Ben Cayetano, criticizes Mayor Peter Carlisle over the project. The former Hawaii Governor is also one of the named plaintiffs in the case, which has yet to be filed. The story, tonight at 5.
ZOO ACCREDITATION HANGS IN BALANCE
Time is ticking for the Honolulu Zoo. In nine months, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will pay a visit to the zoo to review its progress toward qualifying for accreditation. Brooks Baehr will tell us what needs to be done to secure the AZA's seal of approval, tonight at 5:30.
I hope you'll join Stephanie Lum and me for these stories and more on Hawaii News Now at 5 and 5:30. See you then!