BIG TEST FOR HAWAII SCHOOLS
Even though some schools including the University of Hawaii are in Spring Break today, the State's education system faces a tough test today. Four federal officials are scheduled to arrive to scrutinize progress on reform with 75 million dollars in Race to the Top funds at stake. A report released yesterday says Hawaii is not meeting expectations and our nation's Secretary of Education was reportedly "surprised and upset" when Hawaii was selected as a winner. Ramsay Wharton will have more on what's jeopardizing the State's funding, including a lack of contract between the State and the teachers union.
EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN
Another strong earthquake rattled Northern Japan overnight, but this time there's no tsunami threat, major damage or injuries. The 6.3 quake hit just off the coast of Honshu.
CHARGES FOR DRIVER IN DEADLY MAUI CRASH?
No charges yet for the man behind the wheel in a car crash that killed his five passengers on Maui's Kula Highway. Libert Fiji Galivere is still being treated at the hospital. He was the only survivor after a head on crash. Police think he was driving drunk when he lost control of his speeding car.
MISSING POLICE REPORTS
100-thousand police reports are missing from HPD's computerized records system. A police spokesperson says any officer who failed to submit a report could face punishment including suspension. See Keoki Kerr's exclusive investigation here.
WEATHER NOW: SUNNY, BUT BREEZY
Expect sunny skies for the most part today, with some breezes.
NO BREAK FROM TRAFFIC
UH is out on Spring Break through Friday, but private schools return today so we'll keep you posted on hot spots on Sunrise.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR DR. MAX BOTTICELLI
Happening today, a memorial will be held for Dr. Max Botticelli. The well known CEO of University Health Alliance died at the hospital last week after experiencing chest pains. The celebration of life will be held at the Mid-Pac Country Club from 3-5 pm. His family is asking donations to the UH foundation in lieu of flowers.
GREAT CHEFS FIGHT HUNGER
Plus, you can feel good about eating out by helping the Hawaii Foodbank. We'll head up into our Sunrise Kitchen to talk with two of the participating restaurants, Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Grove Kailua.
See you on Sunrise!