- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Good morning! Here are AP’s general news coverage plans for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Hawaii. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, please call Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia at 808-536-5510. As a reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are HST unless otherwise noted.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-HAWAII’S RISK

HONOLULU - Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she’s thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000 Hawaii residents - more than half the state’s population - who rely on a unique, longstanding system that has been jeopardized by the federal health care overhaul. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GOVERNOR-HAWAII-DEBATE

HONOLULU - Democratic candidates for governor are facing off in a debate hosted by AARP on Hawaii’s Big Island. By Cathy Bussewitz. UPCOMING: 400 words following debate, which begins at 10:30 a.m. HST.

NAVAL EXERCISES-AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Japan joins the U.S. and other countries storming a beach in Hawaii during the world’s largest maritime exercises. Japan has been buying amphibious landing craft and boosting its training for potential conflicts in or around small islands largely in response to China’s growing military might. By Audrey McAvoy. UPCOMING: About 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT ASSAULTED

HONOLULU - A Japanese man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a flight attendant during a flight to Honolulu is scheduled to be sentenced. Kenji Okamoto was flying first-class from Japan for his honeymoon when he got into a drunken altercation with flight attendants. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night Monday after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The upside? They’re in Hawaii. And every passenger is getting 1,000 New Zealand dollars ($850) in compensation. By Nick Perry. SENT: 317 words.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LAWSUIT

HILO, Hawaii - A Big Island man who pleaded guilty to pot distribution is suing federal probation officers for access to medical marijuana. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF: GUAM HOMICIDE, MAN DROWNS

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