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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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Honolulu police chief mailbox theft case dismissed

HONOLULU — The criminal case against a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief’s mailbox was dismissed Tuesday, about two weeks after the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and raised allegations about how the city’s police department handled the investigation.