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Contents of bills gutted, replaced

HONOLULU — A series of bills lawmakers passed in the Hawaii Senate were drafted without giving the public the proper chance to weigh in, following a “gut-and-replace” maneuver scorned by government watchdog groups.

Bacon prices rise after virus kills pigs

MILWAUKEE — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

HMSA seeks increase

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Medical Service Association is asking the state to approve a 12.8 percent rate hike on its health insurance plans for most small business workers.

$12.1B budget advances in Senate

HONOLULU — Lawmakers in a key state Senate committee advanced their version of the state’s $12.1 billion budget Thursday, making tough choices for 2015 spending after the state’s revenue projections were less than expected.

‘Hula’ STD info app to keep name despite petition

HONOLULU (AP) — The founder of a sexually transmitted disease information app called “Hula” said he doesn’t plan to change the name despite an online petition asking him to do so. But he said he now understands why the term “getting lei’d” is culturally insensitive.

Oahu nene likely from the Big Isle

KAHUKU, Oahu — A federal biologist said Wednesday a pair of endangered Hawaiian geese that hatched goslings and settled on Oahu’s north shore were likely on their way back to Kauai from the Big Island when they stopped in Kahuku.