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Kauai landfill could fuel vehicles

By Kathryn Mykleseth
Kauai County is looking to use methane gas generated by landfills to fuel buses and garbage trucks. Mayor Bernard Carvalho wants to build the island's first biogas collection system, and the Kauai County Council approved $5 million in funding for the county to begin construction.

Defrauding of elderly getting worse in Hawaii

By Dave Segal
Hilo resident Milnor Lum is 88 years old, articulate and has a sharp mind. But during a one-week span in late March, Lum said he felt like he was "losing my marbles" when he fell victim to a Jamaican sweepstakes scam that cost him $1,050 after receiving a phone call telling him he had won $3.5 million and a 2015 Mercedes-Benz.

Answers fleeting on Connector

By Kristen Consillio
Hawaii Health Connector board members answered few questions at a public meeting Friday concerning the future of the troubled health insurance exchange.

Cebu Pacific pursues Manila-Honolulu route

By Star-Advertiser staff
Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest discount carrier, plans to fly to Honolulu and Guam by the end of this year, according to news reports out of that country.

UH regents vote to end support of fossil fuel companies

By Kathryn Mykleseth
The University of Hawaii has vowed to break away from fossil fuels as the Board of Regents voted Thursday to stop investing in oil, gas and coal producers.

Hawaiian Airlines slapped with fines

By Dave Segal
Hawaiian Airlines has been fined $160,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for under-compensating passengers for late baggage and for deceiving customers on a credit card promotion.

Coco Palms Resort set to be demolished, revamped

By Associated Press Posted 07:16 a.m. HST, May 23, 2015
The long-shuttered Wailua resort made famous by Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii" is slated for demolition within the next 60 days.

West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

By Justin Pritchard Posted 11:09 a.m. HST, May 22, 2015
The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.

DuPont Pioneer closes Kekaha site

By Associated Press Posted 06:58 a.m. HST, May 22, 2015
Global seed company, DuPont Pioneer, has shut down its Kekaha facility and will lay off 34 workers.

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

By Yuri Kageyama Posted 08:40 p.m. HST, May 21, 2015
Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.

Major banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to criminal charges

By Ken Sweet & Eric Tucker Posted 12:50 p.m. HST, May 20, 2015
Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.
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