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New buses, mechanics added to fleet

Improvements to the county’s Hele-on bus system that were promised when fares were hiked in mid-2013 are finally taking shape, with new vehicles and more mechanics helping reduce downtime and late buses.

Kona couple, their business star in new HGTV show

From an early age, Tyler Dickinson has loved working with his hands. At age 13, he helped build custom wooden boats with his friends’ family. Two years later, he started working with his father in the construction industry. Before age 20, he had helped with more than 100 home renovations. He later studied construction management in college.

61K Hawaii consumers eligible for cramming refunds following T-Mobile settlement

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection announced Friday that Hawaii, 49 other states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA Inc. of $90 million in payments, and resolves allegations T-Mobile placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”

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Best cookbooks to buy this holiday season

Cookbooks come in as many shapes and sizes as cooks do. They also come in profusion. This year, we waded through hundreds of them to find 10 volumes that will appeal to everyone on your holiday gift list. Whether the intended recipient is a meat lover or a vegetarian, a beginning baker or an advanced canner, or even someone whose “cooking” is limited to brewing coffee, there’s a book for that. Here are my picks:

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.

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.

Westin Maui plans $55M in improvements

WAILUKU, Maui — The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is seeking a special management area permit and a shoreline setback variance as part of an estimated $55 million in master plan improvements that call for, among other things, a new four-level parking garage and more ballroom and spa space, according to a final environmental assessment.