EPA orders county to fix wastewater pipe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Hawaii County to repair the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ocean outfall pipe. The pipe is leaking treated wastewater close to shore, posing a potential risk to the marine environment and public health, EPA officials said.

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Man charged for Puna burglary

A Puna man has been charged with burglary under a state law that provides for enhanced sentencing for certain crimes committed during a state of emergency.

Statewide unemployment declines slightly

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in July.

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Judge grants TRO in panhandling suit

A federal judge has granted a homeless man’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents Hawaii County from enforcing its panhandling laws when he is soliciting money from passersby.

Spraying probed after schools evacuated

Students are back in class at Honokaa schools, where some 1,000 people were evacuated Thursday after fumes from a mixture of pesticides sent more than two dozen people to area health centers.

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