Amid controversy and arrests, construction of giant telescope on Mauna Kea halted for a week

April 8, 2015 7:20 AM

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HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

"They have responded to my request and on behalf of the president of the University and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have agreed to a time out on the project, and there will be no construction activities this week," Ige said at a news conference Tuesday.

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