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Walk-in voting starts today

Absentee walk-in voting for the 2014 primary election begins today and runs through Thursday, Aug. 7, at four locations on the Big Island.

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State

Maui GMO initiative to appear on ballot

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Maui County voters will cast ballots in November on a proposal to impose a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms.

Features

Community

Bamboo Society discusses bamboo construction

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Bamboo Society is having its meeting and membership drive Aug. 3 at the home of president Jacqui Marlin in Hawaiian Acres. Special guest speaker is architect Anna O’conner, who will speak about bamboo building construction with Guadua and other superior bamboos. The meeting will start with a potluck lunch at noon with program and tour to follow. The address is 16-1113 Moho Road. The public is invited. For more information, call Jacqui at 966-5080 or 781-960-5305.

Entertainment/People

Actor, role paired for quarter-century

LOS ANGELES — British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills.

Commentary

Possible deal in border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.

Nation

Tentative deal reached on VA reform

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

WASHINGTON — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

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