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The Conversation: Navy responds to Red Hill uproar; Advocates push for a sugar tax

Navy Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility
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U.S. Navy
(Jan. 26, 2018) A tunnel inside of the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)
  • Gov. David Ige and Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation call for for the suspension of operations at Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro addresses complaints from the community, Rear Adm. Blake Converse confirms the Navy has identified the source of the contamination, U.S. Rep. Ed Case criticizes the early handling of the crisis by both the Navy and the Department of Health, and Lt. Gov. Josh Green proposes a plan to move the oil stored in Red Hill above ground | Full Segment
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra says the delay in confirming petroleum-laced water has raised calls for a local testing site | Full Article
  • HPR reporter Casey Harlow speaks with veterans ahead of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor | Full Article
  • Amanda Fernandes, Policy and Advocacy Director at Hawai`i Public Health Institute, and Dr. Lynn Fujimoto, President of the Hawaii Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that it's time for a sugar tax in Hawaiʻi | Full Segment
Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Lillian Tsang is Senior Producer with The Conversation. She has been a part of the talk show team since TC first aired on February 14, 2011. Born and raised in Honolulu, she received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her art career melded with radio after her glass-blowing partner, Anthony Borgioli, introduced her to the college radio station, KTUH. Bitten by the broadcasting bug, Lillian went on to produce and host a her own show “Planet of Sound” for almost a decade. It was a fellow KTUH DJ who told her about a job opening at Hawaiʻi Public Radio as an overnight/weekend board operator. She's since transitioned to a full-time day job and happily part of the HPR ʻohana.
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