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HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter.
A wide-ranging storm that buried parts of the Midwest weakened as it moved east but still managed to carpet lawns and fields in a fresh layer of white. Many schools opened late or closed early, and hundreds of flights were canceled.
The cold temperatures and miserable mixture of snow and rain had people longing for more agreeable weather.
"I'm ready for flip flops," said Jessica Cunitz, 24 of Westchester County, N.Y., who stopped at a gas station along Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania to fill her overheating car with antifreeze. "It's supposed to be spring."
HAWAII NEWS MINUTE
FIREFIGHTERS PULL SWIMMER FROM SURF
PUNA, Hawaii (AP) — Firefighters pulled a swimmer from the surf on the southeast side of the Big Island. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a Hawaii County search-and-rescue team responded when friends of a 37-year-old man said he got into trouble while swimming at Orr's Beach in Puna.
Friends said they tried to rescue the man, but he went under and they lost him. The search-and-rescue divers found the man underwater about 10 yards offshore shortly after arriving at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
TEACHERS UNION REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
HONOLULU (AP) — After more than two years of contract talks, Hawaii's teacher's union has reached a tentative agreement with the state.
Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe said in a statement yesterday that under the four-year deal teachers will receive annual pay raises of about 3 percent and will have a say in statewide decisions about educator evaluation.
The deal is still subject to a vote from the union's roughly 13,500 teachers. Okabe says he's hopeful they'll approve the contract.
PLAN TO DEVELOP SCHOOL LANDS
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee plans to hear a slew of proposals this week, including a much-debated one to raise state revenue by developing school lands. The committee also plans to discuss increasing film industry tax credits and Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed innovation initiative.
Several committees this week will be occupied with dozens of resolutions on issues ranging from land to education to health care. One resolution suggests creating a task force to study the potential economic and social effects if same-sex marriage were legalized in Hawaii.
PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL GETS BOOST
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie's preschool proposal will likely be getting a boost from the state Senate Ways and Means Committee. Committee Chairman David Ige said Friday that the committee plans to fund the program.
He said senators are still debating exactly how much to set aside. Abercrombie has said the new preschool program is his top priority. But the state House budget draft didn't include any funding for the proposal. The House budget version also removed funding for more than 900 vacant positions in state departments.