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Shipping company pleads guilty in molasses spill

HONOLULU — A shipping company pleaded guilty plea Friday to criminal charges from a 1,400-ton molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor that killed more than 26,000 fish and other marine life, but a federal judge said he wants to examine the legality of $600,000 in community service payments the company has agreed to pay.

Game bird season opens

The 2014-15 game bird season opens Saturday, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The fall game bird hunting season runs through Jan. 19, with legal hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays.

Election workers needed

There’s a “desperate” need for election workers, as Hawaii County finds itself short 67 volunteers for precincts in Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona and Ka‘u.

Hawaii health department confirms three new measles cases

The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed three cases of measles in the state, one on Maui and two on Kauai. The cases on the two islands are not related to each other and have separate travel histories, but all cases are unvaccinated young adults with recent travel either to the Philippines or Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Highway 11 in Ka‘u opens to one lane

Highway 11 at the 58 mile marker in Ka‘u opened to one lane of traffic early Saturday afternoon. Heavy rain from Hurricane Ana caused flooding to close the road at Kawa Flats early Saturday morning. Hawaii Island police said continuing intermittent heavy rain prevented them from estimating when both lanes would reopen.

Invasive beetle found at Diamond Head

One live adult coconut rhinoceros beetle has been found near the Diamond Head Lookout on Oahu’s south shore, where crews were checking survey traps. This is the first time that a coconut rhinoceros beetle has been found east of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 6-mile zone where the coconut rhinoceros beetle were initially found in December 2013, according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.