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Judge Blocks Army Drill in Hawaii

July 19, 2001|Associated Press

HONOLULU — A federal judge, siding with a native Hawaiian group, temporarily blocked the Army's planned live ammunition training in a remote valley.

A group called Malama Makua contends there is a serious potential for harm to endangered species and ancient Hawaiian cultural sites in the Makua Valley on the island of Oahu if the training, suspended since 1998, is allowed to resume.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the training pending an Oct. 29 hearing.

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