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Proposed cesspool rules create a stink

A draft plan by the state Department of Health is raising a stink among local real estate agents and builders who say proposed rules requiring that septic tank systems replace cesspools could add $10,000 to the price of a new home and make buying and selling existing homes less affordable.

President declares disaster for Hawaii

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Iselle during the period of Aug. 7-9.