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The Conversation: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills

Following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, there is a lot of attention on school safety. The number of gun incidents in Hawaii schools has actually dropped. Last year there were 21 incidents all involving air guns.

Intro Music: Campfire by Dinka

Outro Music: Overseas - Radio Mix by A.Squared

Dan Carlson

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Big Island Solar Update

Hawaii’s people use solar energy more, on a per capita basis than the people of any other state. Now that battery storage technology is advancing, it makes more sense than ever.

Outro Music: Fires Glow by Lack of Afro

Marco Manglesdorf

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Honolulu’s Police Department has operated under a cloud for years. The investigation of its recently ousted chief drags on, and charges of misconduct continue to accumulate.   The new chief is taking bold steps to renew public faith in the department, and is drawing support from unlikely quarters.

Outro Music: Pleasure Intellect by Glove

Nick Grube


Department of Defense Report on False Missile Alert

Governor David Ige held a news conference on Brigadier General Kenneth Hara’s report on the missile alert false alarm and the broader issue of emergency preparedness. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim joined the governor and General Hara at the conference.

David Ige, Kenneth Hara, Harry Kim

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
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