State reiterates call for everyone to stop vaping

A Big Island businessman whose stores sell vaping supplies said legitimate vape manufacturers and retailers are being scapegoated for a recent rash of lung injuries reportedly caused by the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products.

Ousted ambassador ‘shocked’ at Trump; he assails her anew

WASHINGTON — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning President Donald Trump promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”

No special tax class for vacation rentals

There will be no special property tax classification for short-term vacation rentals under recommendations proposed by a panel tasked with revamping the county property tax code, but some people currently getting tax breaks for agriculture could take a hit.

Ready for voting by mail?

Hawaii County Clerk Jon Henricks told state legislators Wednesday that the county will have a high-speed ballot sorting machine by February, which he said will give Hawaii Island elections workers “plenty of time” to prepare for the new voting-by-mail system that will be in place for the 2020 primary and general elections.

FEMA deadline expires

While the deadline to apply for a federal program providing individual assistance to Kilauea eruption victims has passed, other programs continue to provide support for those affected by last year’s disaster.

Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs

WASHINGTON — On Day One of extraordinary public impeachment hearings, the top American diplomat in Ukraine revealed new evidence that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about political “investigations” that he later demanded from Ukraine in exchange for military aid.

Honoring the legacies of those who served

The ranking full-time National Guard member on Hawaii Island told about 100 people during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday in Hilo that leaders have an obligation to honor with dignity the legacies of those who served, both living and dead.

HVO updates webcam network at Kilauea’s summit

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has updated its Kilauea webcam network, adding new cameras and decommissioning old ones that are no longer useful for monitoring purposes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.