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Hawaii Island public safety officials are asking lower Puna residents to remain vigilant as scientists continue to track a lava flow that is within 2 miles of homes.

State disaster fund depleted

The state of Hawaii depleted its Major Disaster Fund in response to Tropical Storm Iselle, according to a Thursday letter sent by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to President Barack Obama seeking federal assistance.

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Hawaii Island public safety officials are asking lower Puna residents to remain vigilant as scientists continue to track a lava flow that is within 2 miles of homes.

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State

Gov. candidates talk economic development

KAPOLEI, Oahu — Hawaii can stimulate its economy and generate jobs without raising taxes, the state’s four gubernatorial candidates said during a forum Tuesday.

Domestic abuse law draws criticism

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Hawaii law that makes domestic violence a felony if it’s committed in the presence of children has been criticized as excessive and vague.

Features

When is a pineapple ready to pick?

A loha, Garden Guy — I have a white pineapple patch and it is producing many pineapples. I do not know how to tell when a white pineapple is ripe.

Community

How do volcanoes affect weather and climate?

Before tropical storm Iselle’s landfall on Aug. 7, conventional wisdom among many residents was that the Island of Hawaii is immune to hurricanes because its large volcanic mountains obstruct approaching storms, diverting them around the island.

Entertainment/People

Kahilu shows to be broadcast on HPR

Kahilu Theater in Waimea will present the first of three “Applause From The Kahilu” concerts Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert will showcase Hawaii Island artists and will be recorded for broadcast by Hawaii Public Radio.

Commentary

The making of a disaster

LONDON — Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the U.S. journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come.

Rap can help fight Ebola crisis

Efforts to control the outbreak of Ebola in Africa have gotten so desperate that public-health officials are turning into music producers. The “Ebola Rap,” now trending on Liberian radio, is performed by locally famous hip-hop singers and underwritten by the ministry of health and others, including UNICEF.

Nation

Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn’t cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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