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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Good afternoon. Here are the top Hawaii stories at 1:00 p.m. HST. If you have questions about stories, please call Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia at 808-536-5510. Our email is aphonolulu(at)ap.org. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns also are available from the Service Desk (800-838-4616).

TOP STORIES:

HAWAII UTILITIES

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers and consumer advocates are pushing for Hawaii's public utilities corporation to be more committed to consumers and renewable energy. By Anita Hofschneider.

EARNS-HAWAIIAN AIRLINES

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines lost $3.4 million in the fourth quarter after recording nearly $12 million in interest expenses and nearly $9 million in losses on fuel derivatives, the Honolulu company said Tuesday. The airline's parent, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., said revenue totaled nearly $493 million during the three months that ended Dec. 31. By Oskar Garcia.

PALAMANUI COLLEGE

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The company that submitted the low bid to build a new community college in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island withdrew from the project, creating an $8 million funding gap, officials say. Big Island legislators sent a letter to University of Hawaii President MRC Greenwood expressing their concerns about the Hawaii Community College at Palamanui project, according to West Hawaii Today.

SPORTS:

NOTRE DAME-KELLY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o didn't show any signs of being affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS title game, but his play indicates it may have taken a toll, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday. "Hindsight is 20-20. I didn't think going into the game he was affected by it. But he didn't play his best. Alabama had something to do with that, clearly. But I really don't know," Kelly said. By Tom Coyne.

AP Photos NY150, NY156.

HAWAII INTEREST:

ALIENATION LAWSUITS

PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota state senator had hoped a sensational trial that aired details of a prosecutor's romance would help him in his decade-long quest to get rid of a state law that allows people to seek financial damages from someone for stealing a spouse.

But the senator's effort suffered a major setback Tuesday, when a legislative committee voted to keep the law, which its supporters argue helps protect marriage by deterring attempts to seduce married people. By Chet Brokaw.

ALSO:

— HEALTH EXCHANGE-CONTRACT — Hawaii awards $53M contract for health exchange.

— MOTORCYCLIST KILLED — Motorcyclist killed on Big Island.

— BOULDERS DISLODGED — Kalihi Valley home damaged by 2 tumbling boulders.

— GAS LEAK — Gas leak secured near university campus.

— PALMYRA-RATS — Harmful rats eliminated at remote Palmyra Atoll.

— TSUTSUI-TRADE MISSION — HI leader to lead trade mission to Philippines.

— GAMBLING SENTENCE — Oahu residents sentenced for running gambling ring.

The AP-Honolulu

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