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Updated at 2:50 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Latest episode of GovTube to be shown at 4 p.m.

The latest edition of "GovTube," an online program featuring members of the Lingle-Aiona administration, will be webcast at 4 pm. today on the governor's Web site at www.hawaii.gov/gov.

According to a news release from the governor's office, the show will highlight Lt. Gov. James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. and five members of the governor's Cabinet as they provide updates on the progress state government and its partners have been making to improve the quality of life in Hawai'i and what's planned ahead in areas such as tourism, transportation, and the protection of our natural resources.

In this edition of GovTube:

  • Aiona discusses the importance of a Constitutional Convention, as well as ongoing efforts to help Hawai'i's youth excel in meeting their education and career goals;

  • Director of Transportation's Brennon Morioka provides updates on efforts to ease traffic congestion through highway improvements, as well as investments to modernize airports and harbors statewide;

  • Director of Human Resources Development's Marie Laderta shares the latest on a four-day work week pilot project for state employees, as well as concerns over refusal of the leadership of the Hawai'i State Teachers Association to implement the random drug testing provision that was agreed to in the union's last contract;

  • State Adjutant General Major General Robert Lee focuses on the upcoming deployment of 1,700 Hawai'i Army National Guard soldiers to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and discusses what residents and visitors should know about vog;

  • Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert discusses outreach efforts by the state and the visitor industry to bolster Hawai'i's tourism market, including ongoing initiatives to expand and diversify this vital segment of the state's economy; and

  • Director of Land and Natural Resources Laura Thielen focuses on what the state is doing to fulfill its responsibility to protect and enhance Hawai'i's natural and cultural resources.