Bills would tighten tax loopholes

Three of five bills aimed at reducing loopholes and making property tax collections more fair have survived their first reading at the County Council and will be considered a final time when the council meets early next month.

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Hawaii schools short on money for lunches, buses

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education says it needs $19 million in emergency funding from the state Legislature to cover shortfalls in its school lunch and bus transportation programs.

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Senate committee endorses Masunaga for judge

The state Senate Judiciary Committee gave its unanimous approval Wednesday to the confirmation of Margaret Masunaga as a district judge in Kona, despite a negative rating by the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Comment sought on hunting rules package

Big Island hunters will have more opportunities to bag feral pigs, goats and sheep under a package of changes to hunting rules set to go before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday.

Sports

Soccer: Ronaldo scores 70th as Real beats Liverpool 3-0

PARIS — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.

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Students explore fire safety

The children of the Kealakehe Elementary PACT Head Start Preschool will kicked off fire safety month with a visit from the Kailua-Kona Engine No. 7. Captain Mike and his crew discussed safety strategies, displayed their tools, and modeled their protective gear. The children all had a chance to shoot water from a hose and sit in the fire engine.

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