Start your morning with coffee beer!UPDATED 8:54 AM HST Jul 08, 2013Video Transcript
Beat goes beyond the headlines of the NSA leaker case to examine the scope of Hawaii's intelligence community. Plus... how's this for a combo Beer Coffee. But when do you drink it? Morning or night. Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT-DOT-COM reporter, Sara Lin SNOWDEN -- Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker turned fugitive, brought a lot of unwanted attention to the state's intelligence community. So what's going on here anyway? Determining the true scope of Hawaii's intelligence community is actually really difficult. Here's what we know: The DOD is the largest economic driver in the state after tourism. A 2011 study put the number at about $6.5 billion a year spent in Hawaii, but it could be more... And actually tracking how many defense contractors there are here, especially when it comes to private contractors working under subcontract for other defense companiesis ugh. Even the sta n't say for sure. One i's is certain -- 's a owing industry d local universities e responding with ealized programs to help their graduates get bs. UH West Oahu and nolulu Community llege just announced an nformation security" degree program that vs things like cking, cyber defense andspionage. Link live midnight: tp://www.civilbeat. com/artics/19456/ ARTS UCATION -- Are Hawaii's kids being shortchanged when it comes to arts education in our public schools? Exposing kids to an arts education has been proven to boost self confidence and academic performance. But recent federal testing requirements have shifted attention to core academic subjects like math, science and reading. Arts education appears to have fallen by the wayside. Arts don't get any mention in the DOE's 7year strategic plan. Nonprofits and other groups, the East West Center even, have tried to fill in the gaps through volunteer arts programs - but schools dont' always accept the help. Advocates say that there needs to be a more dedicated effort from state officials to support arts education and not just leave it up to nonprofits or individual teachers to squeeze it in. Live at Midnight: http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/19452/ COFFEE BEER -- Talk about an interesting idea for raising money for tsunami victims. Two Japanese drink makers - a coffee maker and a beer brewer - are teaming up to develop "Coffee Beer," hoping that the combo of 2 of the worlds most popular drinks will be a moneymaker. Both drink makers are based in towns in northern Japan that were hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Proceeds from the sales of the new drink will be used for ongoing rebuilding efforts in those towns. Link: http://hawaii.news.bl ogs.civilbeat.com/post 4703594799/new-coffe e-beer-sales-to-suppor japans- tsunami-t 2 C1 You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.