Judge invalidates county GMO law

Oversight of genetically modified crops in Hawaii remains the state’s kuleana, a federal judge ruled Wednesday when invalidating Hawaii County’s law restricting the use of transgenic plants.

Consumers mull options

WASHINGTON — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Volume declines

A strong flow of recovery and reconstruction supplies through Hilo Harbor kept Young Brothers shipping totals on the rise at that port, even as other maritime entry points around the neighbor islands saw cargo volume slip 2.1 percent in the third quarter.

Cesspool plan murky

Responding to public opposition, the state Department of Health dramatically watered down its proposed rules phasing out cesspools, but it’s unknown if Gov. Neil Abercrombie will sign the package before he leaves office Monday.

Hospitals face more pain

“Catastrophic cuts to services” are on the horizon if legislators don’t provide more funding this year, says the head of East Hawaii’s public health care system.

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Rail construction to partially close H1 lanes

HONOLULU (AP) — Construction of a guideway overpass for the Honolulu rail transit system will require partial closures on the H-1 freeway over about a year starting after the Thanksgiving weekend, officials said.

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Hilo Aglow fellowship is Saturday

Hilo Aglow welcomes the public to its November Fellowship from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Haili Church, 211 Haili St. Members will share insights and experiences from the National Aglow Conference that was hosted Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in New Mexico.

Bringing children ‘Christmas Joy’

“Christmas Joy” was the name of the game as parishioners from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles prepared boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project that helps young children in countries ravaged by war, famine, poverty or disease experience some of the joy of the holiday season. Pictured, from left, are Martha Reber, Diane Cockett, Dora Kraul, Elizabeth Bell, Allenette Stender, Penny Chu, BJ Saito, Keala Palea and Sandi Nakagawa.

Buddhist Federation sets Bodhi Day Service

The Big Island Buddhist Federation will host a Bodhi Day Service in celebration of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, the awakened one, formally known as Prince Siddharta Gautama.

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U.S. is on the cyberwar offensive

With revelations that critical infrastructure in the U.S. has been under sustained attack, likely perpetrated by Russia, it’s easy to forget that we’re not merely a victim amid the waves of repeated cyberattacks.

Obama has his Rumsfeld moment

WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush.

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