Watch KITV's midday webcastPublished 11:00 AM HST Oct 08, 2013Video Transcript
Thanks for watching KITV4 News Online , I'm Lara Yamada. While budget talks continue , Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa says she is recalling her furloughed staff this morning. Both her D-C and Honolulu offices will be in operation. No word from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard , Senator Mazie Hirono , or SENATOR Brian Schatz on if they will be recalling their staff. Some local financial institutions are reaching out to federal employees affected by the shutdown. Bank of Hawaii and Hawaii State Federal Credit Union have both launched financial assistance programs. Some of the perks include deferring payments for 3 to 6 months -- or the end of the shutdown... ...waiving late fees, a special one-thousand dollar loan program, as well as free financial check ups. Contact your financial institution for more information. The government shutdown is also causing the Veterans Affairs Benefits Offices to close -- until further notice. On Maui and Hilo ... Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors will be furloughed. Starting TODAY, Offices in Honolulu and Guam will be closed. However, the V-A Pacific Islands Health Care System... and other clinics and Vet centers will remain open for medical care and counseling. A group of 13 soldiers from an Army Aviation unit in the Hawaii Army National Guard are set to deploy to Afghanistan TODAY. A deployment ceremony will be held at Wheeler Army Airfield. The unit has been previously deployed to Africa in 2008 and to Colombia four years later. It operates a C-26 aircraft that supports various missions including inter-island transportation. KITV has joined other media organizations across the state in asking the state Supreme Court to release transcripts of closed portions of the recent Christopher Deedy murder trial. In late August Circuit Judge Karen Ahn declared a mistrial after a jury said it could not reach a verdict. Deedy was charged with murder in the shooting death of Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonalds in November of 2011. Throughout the trial including the last day Judge Ahn held bench conferences out of earshot of reporters-- and at one point cleared the media and the public from the courtroom. She later sealed the transcripts of those conferences. Civil Beat-dot-com filed a brief asking for release of the transcripts-- The brief also asked the court to affirm the public's right to attend a court hearing and be given the opportunity to object to proceedings that are closed. Kauai's county council is preparing to hear public testimony concerning genetically modified organisms -- as the council prepares for a FINAL vote on a GMO bill TODAY. During a public hearing July 31st, as many as 2-THOUSAND people crowded around the Kauai Veterans Center. Since then, interest in Bill 2491 has NOT died down. An amended version of the bill requires disclosure of GMO crops -- as well as notification by any company using or buying five pounds or 15 gallons of restricted-use pesticides. 6:08 -6:23 "WE CONSIDER IT TO BE UNNECESSARY. PRIMARILY BECAUSE WE THINK THAT THE STATE HAS BOTH THE RESOURCES AND TRAINED STAFF TO REALLY ENFORCE AND IMPLEMENT STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS." NOT included in the amended bill.... is a moratorium on GMO crops... until an environmental impact study is done. The U-S Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken , packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California. The USDA says that strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state. The Salmonella outbreak has spread to 18 states. The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632. Cooking chicken to 165- degrees kills the Salmonella bacteria. Managers of Honolulu's controversial rail transit are holding a community meeting today. HART is hosting a meeting to discuss the latest designs for stations in Pearl City and Aiea. The meeting will be held at 6-30 this evening at Pearl Ridge Elementary School. Hawaii's top aerospace leaders are gathering for a conference at the state capitol TODAY-- Lawmakers, aerospace companies, and the military will discuss aviation and space research programs. Officials from the Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development says the aerospace industry in Hawaii has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar industry. Cam Tran has your island weather forecast. Thank you for watching KITV 4 News Online. We're constantly updating the website so look for new stories later today, and on KITV 4 News at 5, 6 and 10.