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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.
HONOLULU — A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack died Monday at age 97.
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.
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.
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.
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HILO — Even with a $4 million hit from Puna property tax revenues swallowed by the lava flow, the County Council is about to approve a bill effectively setting the annual budget at a historic high, thanks to a general excise tax surcharge.
WAILUKU — A former Maui police officer has been sentenced to four months in prison and three years of probation for witness tampering.
WAILUKU — Maui officials are expecting better results on cracking down on illegal vacation rentals with the help of a Colorado-based company hired to root out noncompliant properties.
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.