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Air pollution monitors placed around lava flow

The Hawaii State Department of Health has installed three temporary particulate monitors to measure and inform residents on the Big Island of the air quality levels from the lava flow from Kilauea volcano. Two monitors are currently located in Pahoa and one in Leilani Estates.

New council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

Two to stand trial on meth trafficking charges

A Big Island man and woman will stand trial on charges of meth trafficking, among other drug offenses, after being arrested last week allegedly in possession of more than a pound of illegal narcotics at Kona International Airport.

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Monday expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year

U.S. Postal Service officials expect Monday to be the busiest mailing day of the year, with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages expected to be processed nationwide. The Postal Service expects to process and deliver approximately 12.7 billion pieces of mail and 470 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Furlough inmate returned to jail

Big Island extended furlough inmate Tasha Gardner was returned to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Friday, according to the state Department of Public Safety. She was arrested by Hawaii County Police Department officers on Tuesday.