Hawaii names leader for agency that sent false missile alert

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is appointing a retired Navy captain to lead an overhaul of the state Emergency Management Agency after an employee mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack.

The state Department of Defense says Thomas Travis is the agency’s administrator effective Friday.

The false missile alert sent to cellphones and airwaves in January triggered widespread panic and led to the ouster of the agency’s senior leadership. The governor has ordered a...

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