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Petition urging state Legislature to exempt medical services from the state excise tax finds support.

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GET petition effort finds support

A petition urging the state Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax, or GET, has collected more than 1,100 signatures, according to Joe Kent, vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Flu, RSV cases on the rise

Virus season hit Hawaii early this year, with cases of flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, increasing in October and November.

Kaloko property in ‘zoning limbo’ gets another chance

A 21-acre Kaloko Drive parcel that had been approved for rezoning 24 years ago got a new lease on life recently, when the Leeward Planning Commission agreed to a five-year time extension for the new owners to complete the conditions of the rezoning.

Battling ROD from above

Drones with claws and chainsaws are flying over Big Island forests, thanks to the invention of a University of Hawaii professor.

‘We are doing our best’

The Hawaii County Police Commission met Thursday to address the selection of a new chief, but the panel isn’t any closer to choosing the new head of the island’s law enforcement following Paul Ferriera’s retirement on Sept. 1.

HPD officers undergo crisis training

About 20 Hawaii Police Department officers underwent a 40-hour training program in Hilo this past week aimed at de-escalating the potential for danger in encounters with people experiencing mental health or addiction problems.

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Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net)