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House leadership urged to give territories full voting privileges in Committee of the Whole

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As the leadership of the Republican controlled U.S House drafts rules and policies for the new Congress which convenes next month, a House Democratic leader has urged the Republican leadership to extend voting privileges to congressional delegates from the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to vote in the Committee of the Whole.
 



Man gets 16 years in jail for 14 burglaries

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A man who committed 14 burglaries involving six stores, a church, two restaurants and five homes was sentenced to 16 years in jail.
 



Robinson returns to CoC board chairman seat

Sees better days ahead for local economy
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With a multi million investment in a new cannery plus economic initiatives pushed by the Lolo Administration, the Chamber of Commerce board is banking on a better economy for American Samoa in the new year, says David Robinson, the Chamber’s new board chairman.
 
The private sector has been concerned with the lack of new major investments which create more jobs in American Samoa, while Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is working on moving forward several initiatives to boost the territory’s sluggish economy and create more jobs.
 



Amata responds to Rep. Hoyer's request: she prefers to work behind the scenes

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, the Democratic Whip, has requested the Republican leadership to extend voting privileges to congressional delegates from the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to vote in the Committee of the Whole.
 
In response to Samoa News inquires, Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata issued yesterday the following press statement:
 



TAOA STAFF HEARS WHAT SENIORS WANT FROM “THEIR” ASG AGENCY

Still not satisfied with cooked food program vs vouchers
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More than 30 seniors attended last Friday’s public hearing called by the Territorial Administration on Aging to gather input for the TAOA Senior Community Service Employee Program (SCSEP) State Plan modification for fiscal years 2012-2015.
 
In particular, TAOA wanted opinions and comments from the public, especially seniors on improvements or changes for the SCSEP plan modification.
 



ASG still waiting for $1.2 million stuck in Vietnam

Vietnam not reponsible for illegal wire transfer
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The governments of the United States and Vietnam have completed their separate investigations into the $1.2 million, which was illegally wire-transferred from one of the ASG accounts at Bank of Hawai’i nearly three years ago, and it has been confirmed that Vietnam did not perpetrate the illegal act.
 
Out-going Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, who has been working with federal and Vietnamese officials on the matter following a request by the former Togiola Administration more than two years ago, says this is the result of both investigations.
 



1/2 Million in back wages owed to local workers

One company deducting employees’ pay for their company uniforms
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The presence of federal labor investigators in the territory looking into violations of labor laws has resulted in an unusually high number of local businesses being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor compared to past years, when it was very seldom that any member of the private sector faced penalties for such violations.
 



Mose Apelu ordered to depart territory after serving his sentence

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Chief Justice Michael Kruse ordered a copy of the sentencing and judgment for Mose Apelu from Samoa, sent to the Chief Immigration Officer and the Chairman of the Immigration board as the defendant was previously sentenced to leave the territory in 2011 however was he arrested again this year.
 



DOH issues awareness precaution for holiday season

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With holiday celebrations in full swing heading into Christmas next week, Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua reminds the community to take necessary health precautions when gathering with families and friends and keep in mind that the territory is in the flu season as well as experiencing the presence of Chikungunya.
 



Insular Area renewable energy needs included in fed bill

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President Barack Obama signed Tuesday a federal measure, which includes provisions calling on the Interior Department to develop an action plan to address the renewable energy needs of insular areas and U.S. freely associated states.
 
Energy provisions for territories and freely associated states originated from the U.S. House as a stand-alone bill but was later included in the larger  “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015” in the U.S. Senate where it was approved.
 



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