UPDATE: Gov. Lingle: Furlough Fridays Are Over

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Finally, some good news for Hawaii children: Furlough Fridays are a thing of the past. They will not be back for the 2010 school year.

"The bottom line is that Furlough Fridays are over," announced Gov. Linda Lingle in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Applause and sighs of relief echoed through the chamber.

She said a group of determined parents motivated her to solve the problem before this school year ends Wednesday. May 14 was the last furlough day. A group of bankers, she said, were the catalyst for finding a solution, which she presented in four parts:

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