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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.

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

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.

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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: