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The Conversation: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake; Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

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Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake

This morning, state lawmakers are hearing bills that are a result of people being turned away from stores like Walmart, as they sought shelter from a possible missile threat.

Into Music: Jumpin Jack Flash by Los Colognes

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Gregg Takayama

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Civil Beat Reality Check

A draft audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs reveals dysfunction and potential mismanagement of funding.

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Anita Hofschneider

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Reporter Check-in

HPR reporter Wayne Yoshioka has covered the missile alert story from the moment it happened, tracking the way officials have released information to the public. He looks at the incident, and the way we were told about it, as an inevitable result of the way the system was set up. 

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Wayne Yoshioka

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Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

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Ed Teixeira

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.
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