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State allows judge appointment to proceed in telescope case

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The state is sticking with its decision to have a retired Hilo Circuit Court judge oversee the next contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope's land use permit after an attorney challenged their choice alleging there was a conflict of interest.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources announced Friday that there wasn't enough evidence to disqualify Riki May Amano, who was selected in April as hearings officer for the case.

Attorney Richard Wurdeman had questioned the selection because Amano and her husband pay for a membership at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. The center is connected to the University of Hawaii, which is the official TMT permit applicant.

Amano says her family membership expires May 24 and will not be renewed.

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