Shooting threat causes alarm

KEALAKEKUA — Despite increased police presence at three Hawaii Island high schools amid potential school shooting threats, some students at Konawaena High felt it was an average day on campus Wednesday.

Council puts GET on life support

HILO — Foreseeing the almost certain death of a bill raising the general excise tax, the County Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put it on life support, at least temporarily.

Kim weighs in on missile alert review

HILO — Mayor Harry Kim, who was part of the state’s team that reviewed last month’s false missile alert, doesn’t think Hawaii needs to spend money to fix the problem.

Ballot initiative requires more public input prior to raises

HILO — A charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot adding more transparency to how top county officials get raises took its first step forward Tuesday when the County Council Finance Committee voted 9-0 to advance the measure to the first of three council votes.

Report: State unprepared to handle missile threat alert

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn’t effective, said a report released Tuesday.