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Hilo Farmers Market fines exceed $200K

The county’s Public Works Building Division chief sent a letter last month to the owner-operator of Hilo Farmers Market notifying him that fines for noncompliance with building, zoning and fire codes have surpassed $200,000.

Study: Climate change increases hurricane threat

A new study by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology indicates that as the climate changes in the coming decades, the northward shift of hurricanes toward the Hawaiian Islands will increase chances of landfall, and storm surge will pose severe flood risks to population and infrastructure along coastlines and further inland.

Leilani insurance lawsuit hits court

A Hilo judge will decide whether certain defendants will be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by an elderly Leilani Estates couple who allege their insurer is acting in bad faith by not approving the claim they made after losing their home during the eruption of Kilauea volcano earlier this year.

Locked up longer than legal?

A former Hawaii Community Correctional Center inmate who claims he was locked up 20 days beyond his scheduled release date is suing the state Department of Public Safety and three DPS officials.