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Rural hospitals get COVID-19 funds

More than $2.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds will be given to 10 rural Hawaii hospitals for COVID-19 response efforts.

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Planning Commission pushes for Parker School sidewalk

The Leeward Planning Commission wasn’t ready Thursday to give Parker School a pass on a sidewalk it promised in a lawsuit settlement and instead voted 5-0 to defer the issue for a month to give the applicant a chance to pursue a less costly option.

Volcano murder suspect pleads not guilty

A 32-year-old Volcano man accused of entering a neighbor’s property on April 26 and shooting the man to death pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Hilo Circuit Court.

Hawaii COVID-19 cases surge

The state Department of Health on Thursday reported 166 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, the largest daily case count since January.

UH: No vaccine mandate

Citing high vaccination rates among students and employees across its 10-campus system, the University of Hawaii will not enforce a vaccine mandate for students attending class in the fall.

Police seek leads on robbery suspect

Police are seeking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of a robbery that reportedly occurred Sunday near Shipman Beach on the Shipman Beach Trail in Keaau.

Brush fire 75% contained

A brushfire that began burning Tuesday through Ouli Gulch between Kohala Mountain Road and Kawaihae Road was about 75% contained by Wednesday morning, according to Hawaii County.

Judge warns Hawaii to follow safety rules in jails, prisons

HONOLULU — A judge ruled she won’t appoint a special master just yet to make sure Hawaii officials are keeping inmates safe from COVID-19, but said she is troubled by allegations in a lawsuit describing “egregious conditions” at prisons and jails that led to virus outbreaks at five of the state’s eight prisons and jails.

Group sues state to stop aquarium collecting

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups, Native Hawaiian fishermen and cultural practitioners, seeking to stop the resumption of commercial aquarium fish collection off the West Hawaii coast.

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Russ Roberts


Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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