Lava threat downgraded

With the threat level from Kilauea volcano downgraded Wednesday, Hawaii County will consider scaling back its lava flow updates and overflights that have been a nearly daily occurrence for the past six months, said Civil Defense chief Darryl Oliveira.

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Downgrade could impact disaster relief

While the June 27 lava flow is not dead, the downgrading of the threat from Kilauea volcano Wednesday could provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a closing date for the disaster.

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State

$28M debt plan pulled from health exchange bill

HONOLULU — A legislative committee has approved a bill related to Hawaii’s health exchange, but it removed a key part of the proposal that would allow the exchange to issue $28 million in debt financing.

Features

Johnson to perform at Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles will host a free performance by University of Hawaii at Hilo professor of drama and chairwoman of the Performing Arts Department Jackie Pualani Johnson at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 1407 Kapiolani St. in Hilo.

Five organic fruits and vegetables that might really be worth the price

(AP) Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But there are certain produce items for which “buying organic is a must,” according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the non-profit long-known for its product reviews.

Community

Island quilter’s work in semifinals

Ocean View quilter Ric Stark was selected as a semifinalist for the 2015 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek show April 22-25 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky.

Entertainment/People

Schwarzenegger’s back for high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES — As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — are back this summer for another go in “Terminator: Genisys,” and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own — the publicity kind.

Commentary

Get used to Obama’s swagger

WASHINGTON — Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it.

Australia must act fast to rescue its economy

Few central bankers in modern history have had a better run than Australia’s Glenn Stevens. He steered his country around the global financial crisis, drove its currency to record highs and extended its recession-free run past the two-decade mark.

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