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Brush Fire, Water Main Break, Kirk Caldwell

We're following developing news out of Ewa Beach this morning- a brush fire and a water main break.

CREWS BATTLE BRUSH FIRE

Firefighters spent the night battling a brush fire that threatened homes off Fort Weaver Road. It broke out last night just before 10. Residents we spoke with say they were lucky because winds blew the flames away from their homes. Ramsay is live with the latest on Sunrise. 

WIND ADVISORIES

We're in for some higher gusts today. Dan says wind speeds will build between 15 to 30 mph today, with gusts up to 50. A wind advisory is in effect for all islands. There's a high wind warning for Big island summits.

ARSON INVESTIGATIONS

The Ewa Beach brush fire could become a criminal investigation. There were reports that two men were seen running away. If it turns out to be intentional, it would be the latest in a string of arsons. There's a search for an arsonist who set six separate fires at a small farm in Waialua early Tuesday morning.

WATER MAIN BREAK

Drivers in Ewa Beach should avoid Ihipehu Street this morning. One lane is closed while crews try to fix a water main break that's affecting 14 customers.

HSTA VOTE RESULTS

We're also making calls to get the results of yesterday's vote by the Teachers Union. Voting closed at midnight and a 'no' vote on the contract would effectively authorize the Union to strike. Teachers were voting on the same contract they rejected in January.

KIRK CALDWELL LIVE ON SUNRISE

Our run up to tonight's Honolulu Mayoral debate wraps up with Former City Managing Director Kirk Caldwell. He'll join us on Sunrise live at 7:50.

MAYORAL DEBATE TONIGHT AT 6:30

Don't forget you can watch the first live televised debate in the Mayor's race tonight at 6:30 on KGMB, KHNL and KFVE. We'll also stream the 90 minute debate live for you on HawaiiNewsNow.com. I'll serve as Moderator and we'll ask some of your questions to Peter Carlisle, Ben Cayetano, and Kirk Caldwell. Submit your questions to our Facebook page.

BIRTHER CONTROVERSY

An Arizona Sheriff is defending his decision to send a Deputy and another public official to Hawaii to obtain President Obama's birth certificate. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no idea why people are upset by the move. Department of Health officials reportedly sent the verified birth records requested by Arizona's Secretary of State to keep Barack Obama's name off the State's ballot in November. Arpaio's comments raised more questions. In response to a reporter's questions why any taxpayer dollars should be devoted to this investigation, he replied, "Because it's a crime that affects this area too. So, why are they concerned about one deputy?" He then said "I don't care about politics. I can get elected. I can get elected on pink underwear. You know it. I know it. I don't need this to be elected for the sixth time." Arpaio is the same Sheriff who made prison inmates don pink underwear.

PRO BOWL TALKS

NFL owners met in Atlanta yesterday and reportedly discussed next year's Pro Bowl, but made no decision about the game. A New Orleans newspaper reports New Orleans, site of the Super Bowl, is a leading contender for the Pro Bowl as well.

VOTE SHANE VICTORINO INTO ALL STAR GAME

Philadelphia Phillies Center fielder Shane Victorino needs your help to reach the All Star game for the third time. Go to our website for a link. You can vote through June 28th. Last year, we helped get him into the game, but an injury sidelined him.

It's a busy morning on Sunrise. Hope you can join us!

Aloha,

Tannya Joaquin

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