Trump executive pleads guilty in tax case, agrees to testify

NEW YORK — A top executive at former President Donald Trump’s family business pleaded guilty Thursday to evading taxes on a free apartment and other perks, striking a deal with prosecutors that could make him a star witness against the company at a trial this fall.

Hele-On awarded funds for zero-emissions fleet, capital improvements

The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency, in partnership with the state Department of Transportation, on Wednesday received from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration grant funds from the Buses and Bus Facilities and Low or No Emission grant program under President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

RFK Jr.’s anti-vaccine group kicked off Instagram, Facebook

Instagram and Facebook have suspended Children’s Health Defense for repeated violations of policies on COVID-19 misinformation. The nonprofit led by Robert Kennedy Jr. is regularly criticized by public health advocates for its misleading claims about vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic. Kennedy objected to his group being kicked off, but under Facebook and Instagram’s policies, anyone can be suspended indefinitely if they repeatedly spread potentially harmful misinformation. Kennedy himself remains active on Facebook, though he was kicked off Instagram last year. Both platforms are owned by parent company Meta. Instagram and Facebook suspended Children’s Health Defense this week after the anti-vaccine group led by Robert Kennedy Jr. repeatedly violated rules prohibiting misinformation about COVID-19.

Foes blast PGV plan

A public meeting about a plan to increase power production at Puna Geothermal Venture attracted nearly universal criticism from attendees Wednesday.

Officer honored for top-notch police work

By combining his keen communication and investigative skills with knowledge of crime trends in the community he serves, a South Kohala officer was able to quickly solve a Waikoloa burglary that resulted in the arrest of two people, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Federal study: New climate law to slice carbon pollution 40%

The first official federal calculations of the new spending package that President Biden signed this week show it will slice America’s carbon pollution by more than 1 billion tons by the end of the decade. Thursday’s Department of Energy calculations show emission reductions by 2030 will be about the same as the amount of greenhouse gases that U.S. homes produce each year. Overall, the analysis says the U.S. will reduce its emissions to about 40% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade. That still does not reach the national goal of cutting carbon pollution in half. Clean energy incentives in the new spending package signed this week by President Joe Biden will trim America’s emissions of heat-trapping gases by about 1.1 billion tons (1 billion metric tons) by 2030, a new Department of Energy analysis shows.

Biden bill to help millions escape higher health care costs

WASHINGTON — Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces.

Judge appears willing to unveil some of Mar-a-Lago affidavit

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to put forward proposed redactions as he committed to making public at least part of the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida.

A little tax relief for kupuna

Property taxes should take a slightly smaller bite from older property owners and those with lower-valued homes starting this time next year, thanks to a bill unanimously passed Wednesday by the County Council.

New art exhibit on display at VAC

The Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is hosting an exhibition of new works depicting images of hula and Hawaiian aumakua by David Maes Gallegos.