Exchange sees more sign-ups

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Health Connector has signed up about 3,500 people for health insurance during the past month, an improvement from last year when just 275 people signed up for coverage in the first month of the troubled health exchange taking enrollments.

New council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

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Arrest made in Minit Stop robbery

Police arrested one suspect in the Tuesday robbery of a convenience store near the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo and are seeking another.

Hapuna drowning victim identified

Police identified the body recovered from an underwater cavern system Wednesday near Hapuna Beach as 13-year-old Gwyneth Agustin Borromeo, also known as Jayson Borromeo, of Waikoloa.

Holiday traffic changes on Kapiolani

In observance of Christmas activities at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kapiolani Street.

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Maui fishing rules to be explained

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — State Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers will be at the Maui Mall this weekend to tell people about new fishing rules that took effect last month.

Hawaii telecom exec indicted

HONOLULU (AP) — The president of a Hawaii telecommunications company has been indicted on charges of diverting $4 million of the corporation’s money for personal expenses over the course of a decade.

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Community

Waiakea High student wins essay contest

At a ceremony Oct. 23, winners of a Hawaii State Bar Association’s high school essay contest were honored. The event, hosted in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom, was sponsored by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and the HSBA as part of national Pro Bono Week.

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Commentary

Marco Rubio’s fury about Cuba shift

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party’s point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama’s move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe.

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