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Ex-soldier mulls murder-conviction appeal

HONOLULU — Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter’s killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction.

Copter crash cause coming

HONOLULU — The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release next week a probable cause for a 2011 Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard.

Company gets new name

HONOLULU — A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula.

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Oahu sewer fees to rise 4 percent

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu sewer fees are going up next month to pay for infrastructure upgrades and other costs. The city said the month base fee and usage charge will both increase 4 percent. The monthly base fee will rise to $65.76 while the usage charge will climb to $4.08.

Stowaway thought mother was dead

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A Somali immigrant who survived an arduous flight to Hawaii stowed away in a jet’s wheel well says he was trying to reach his mom, a refugee in Ethiopia who says her teenage son broke down in tears this week during their first call since his ordeal.