We're monitoring the latest out of Japan, talking to Top Chef Alan Wong, along with the host of the reality show by that same name, and checking out an impaired driving challenge.
JAPAN NUCLEAR CRISIS
The severity level of the nuclear crisis at Japan's crippled Fukushima plant has been lifted from a 5 to a 7. That's the highest level, on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. We'll have the latest this morning on Sunrise.
RAIL CONTRACT APPEAL: SORE LOSERS OR LEGITIMATE GRIPE?
Two contractors who lost out on a lucrative deal to build Oahu's rail are crying foul. Howard Dicus explains their beef at 5:07.
A CASE FOR CASE?
Now that Ed Case has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, pollsters are pitching possible match ups and in one of the first, Case has the lead. He's the front runner in a hypothetical race of big named Democrats, Mufi Hannemann, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa. The poll also shows Case beating potential Republican candidate Linda Lingle in a general election faceoff. But, our political analyst and Case himself say there's 14 months to go and polls mean nothing as this point.
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HAWAII'S WORLD FAMOUS CHEFS TALK FOOD SECURITY
Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi and Peter Merriman. The who's who of Hawaii's world renowned Regional Cuisine are joining forces for a food forum at Leeward Community College. The President's favorite local chef, Alan Wong, will drop by our Sunrise kitchen at 6:45.
IMPAIRED DRIVING CHALLENGE
We hear reports all the time about the dangers of distracted driving. Today, our Ramsay Wharton and local students will be put to the test- the driving test. They'll get to see firsthand how they're affected by goggles that distort their vision and other distractions such as cell phones.
Think of it as Hawaii's "Amazing Race." Only the challenges aren't as extreme. Go on a scavenger hunt at Ward Centers shopping center to raise money for Hospice Hawaii. If you know the answer to this clue, this could be for you. Which internationally renowned chain is named after a character from Moby Dick?
TOP CHEF'S PADMA LAKSHMI
We caught up with the beautiful host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi living large in New York City. Join us as 7:50 to find out why she's literally perched two stories above Time Squares.
Have you ever heard of a naked egg before? Taizo and Dr. V will unveil their latest experiment to explain at 5:45.
See you on Sunrise,