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New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world’s first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic’s spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

Police warn about IRS scams targeting Big Island residents

A Kailua-Kona man has reported to police he received a call on his cellphone from a man claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told the victim he owed back taxes and instructed him to go to a specific drug store and purchase four Western Union vouchers for $500 each and then provide the caller with the voucher numbers. He told the victim to stay on the line with him until he bought the vouchers.

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Speakers visit Honokaa High and demonstrate drones

Speakers from the Big Island Invasive Committee, Jimmy Parker, botanical survey technician, and Bryson Baring, field technician, recently spoke to several agriculture classes at Honokaa High School. The speakers explained what the committee does and demonstrated how drones are used in the conservation field.

Study ties dental drugs, heart infection risk

CHICAGO — Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.

Ag tax plan postponed

A $28 million program aimed at benefiting farmers will continue in its current state a little longer, despite fears some landowners are abusing the program at the expense of other taxpayers.