More companies end ties with NRA as pressure mounts

NEW YORK — Three more companies said Friday they had ended discount programs with the National Rifle Association, as U.S. corporations take a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry after the latest school massacre.

After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s governor announced plans Friday to put more armed guards in schools and to make it harder for young adults and some with mental illness to buy guns, responding to days of intense lobbying from survivors of last week’s shooting at a Florida high school.

Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don’t

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told conservatives Friday that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence in schools, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers and suggesting they would be more likely to protect students than a security guard who “doesn’t love the children.”

AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

WASHINGTON — Chester Trahan’s grandchildren are working, so he’s feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country’s overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump.

Police seek leads on stolen state backhoe

Police are asking the public for information related to the theft late last year of a backhoe belonging to the state Highways Division from the northbound shoulder of Volcano Highway (Route 11) near the 18-mile marker in Glenwood.

College basketball: In spirited showing, Vulcans down Chaminade

As penultimate performances go, UH-Hilo’s men’s basketball team put on quite a show.
The Vulcans put an emphatic end to a six-game losing streak Thursday night, beating Chaminade 94-86 at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Relying primarily on the contributions of just seven players, Randan Berinobis was all over the court with 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
“That was as gutty a performance as this team has ever had,” coach GE Coleman said in a release. “It would have been easy to fold up shop after all this group has been through this month and all season (injuries), but they stepped up and played at a very high emotional level against a very good Chaminade team.”

Town hall meeting set

State Sen. Lorraine Inouye will host a talk-story town hall meeting on the legislative session Monday in Waimea.

New HR director vows to restore trust

Coming off a critical audit that ended with the sudden resignation of the former Human Resources director, the county Merit Appeals Board and the newly appointed director put re-establishing trust at the top of the agenda.

County prepares to start hauling trash to Kona

In about another month, Hawaii County’s Department of Environmental Management expects delivery of the first three trucks and trailers it will use to haul rubbish across the island following closure of the Hilo landfill.

Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America’s public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

Protesters ousted from sacred site where Elvis filmed movie

State sheriffs on Thursday removed protesters from the ruins of a Hawaii hotel where they have been squatting since last year in an attempt to block redevelopment of land where Hawaiian chiefs once lived and where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the movie “Blue Hawaii.”

Obituaries for February 23

Barbara Jean Alapai, 70, of Kahaluu, Kona, died Feb. 2 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a housekeeper at the former Kona Surf Hotel and housewife. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kealakekua. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Ralph Alapai of Kahaluu; sons, John (Phyllis) Alapai of Waimea, Kekio (Harmony) Alapai of Keaau and William (Laverne) Alapai of Kealakekua; daughter, Courtney Alapai of Kahaluu; hanai son, Leroy Funk of Louisville, Ky.; brothers, William (Lydia) Mitchell of Kealakekua and George (Sharon) Smith of Oahu; hanai brother, Levi (Bernice) Mitchell of Puuanahulu; sister, Laverne Mitchell Bolosan of Oahu; hanai sisters, Momi (William) Hooper and Mary Tarpley of Puuanahulu; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; hanai grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.