Hawaii Island News, evening edition, 09 Jan 2019

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Tarballs found in sands at Spencer Beach Park in South Kohala.
A handful of black splotches caught the attention of beachgoers last week and sparked a state Department of Health investigation. On Thursday, Hawaii County filed a complaint with DOH about a potential oil spill affecting Spencer Beach Park in South Kohala after the presence of tar was identified amid its sands. West Hawaii Today.

Legislative priorities announced
Squatters, homeless, vacation rentals, taxes and an emergency relief package in the wake of last year’s volcanic eruption top the priority list Mayor Harry Kim is presenting to the state Legislature this year. Kim presented his wish list Tuesday to the County Council Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development. West Hawaii Today.

County taxes going up
The Big Island just got a little more expensive, with 2019 ringing in something new, a first-of-its-kind tax that’s expected to cost consumers here $25 million a year. Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher. Civil Beat.

Suit against Big Island Dairy settled
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Big Island Dairy that alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The suit was filed in 2017 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu by citizen group Kupale Ookala and the Center for Food Safety and was scheduled to go to trial this month. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. 

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Russ Roberts