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Fund helps crash victims’ families

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Billionaire technology entrepreneur Larry Ellison’s management company for Lanai established a fund to provide financial assistance to the families of those killed or injured when a small plane crashed on the island in February.

Health exchange mulled

HONOLULU — Hawaii state Sen. David Ige said a crush of testimony on a bill to shore up the state’s troubled health exchange means lawmakers need more time to make a decision.

$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.