West Hawaii News, 21 August 2018

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Here are today’s top West Hawaii news stories from”West Hawaii Today” published in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

3 endangered Hawaiian plants get 11k acres of protected habitat

HONOLULU — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday announced it will protect 11,640 acres of critical habitat for three Hawaiian plants on the island of Hawaii. The species — Isodendrion pyrifolium (wahine noho kula), Bidens micrantha ssp. ctenophylla (kookoolau), and Mezoneuron kavaiense (uhiuhi) — are threatened by habitat loss, invasive species and the effects of introduced sheep and goats. The protected habitat is in North Kona and South Kohala. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for protection of the kookoolau in 2004.

Kauai man sentenced for illegally reentering US

HONOLULU — Navor Salas-Cruz, 45, a Mexican national residing on Kauai, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright Monday to 30 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States after being deported, and for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. As a result of his conviction, Salas-Cruz will be deported after he serves his prison term.

Murder trial begins for Sean Rutledge

HILO — The prosecutor in a Puna murder trial described the case as “a dispute between a mother and son that took a deadly turn,” while the defense counsel conceded his client was mentally disturbed but said the evidence will show he didn’t kill his mother.

Analysis: Hawaii missed out on federal reimbursements

HONOLULU — Hawaii has potentially missed out on tens of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements from claims related to teaching Medicaid-insured special education students, according to state officials and a review of federal data.

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Russ Roberts