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Federal grand jury convened in seafood price fixing probe


The US Justice Department confirmed that it has convened a federal grand jury to investigate possible violation of the federal antitrust law dealing with manufacturers of packaged seafood products and this includes canned tuna products. This was revealed through court documents filed recently.



There are more than 200 suspected cases of Zika virus in the territory, according to Department of Health’s Epidemiologist Scott Anesi who accompanied Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, when he declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after DOH laboratory test results came back with four confirmed Zika virus cases and among those is a pregnant woman.

Prominent local businessman passes away in Utah

Retired prominent former American Samoa businessman, Bill "Tedi" Tedreck passed away peacefully in St George, Utah at 3am this morning, Saturday February 13.

Bill and his wife created "Tedi of Samoa", built Fagotogo Square, ran the Country Club, and were active in American Samoa politics.

Bill, born and raised in Oklahoma, served in the US Army, then retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in the mid 1970s with a disability.

Bill and Apoua were innovators for providing high quality fashions at affordable prices in their stores in Fagotogo, Nuuuli, Tonga and Manua.

Police say actions justified in death of Sheldon Haleck


Three police officers with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) have asked the federal court to  “dismiss with prejudice” a civil lawsuit filed by relatives of an American Samoan man who died after being arrested by the officers.
The man, Sheldon Paul Haleck, is the son of American Samoa’s former police commissioner William Haleck, who along with Sheldon’s wife and other relatives are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Oct. 20 last year at the federal court in Honolulu.

Cabinet learns ASG’s starting wage is higher than mandated minimum

Other Cabinet news includes Flag Day preparations

It was a proud moment for the Lolo and Lemanu Administration when Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson announced the American Samoa Government’s new pay scale’s starting rate is higher than the new minimum wage set for American Samoa. During the cabinet meeting Le’i said ASG is now using a new pay scale, the last revision was back in 2003 however with the new one ASG has added 15 new steps.



Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after Department of Health laboratory test results from four samples sent off for evaluation were confirmed positive for the Zika virus — and among those is a pregnant woman.
This was revealed during a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the Department of Health Tafuna Clinic. Lemanu who’s Acting Governor called an emergency meeting with his cabinet where he called for a territorial clean up starting today (Friday), involving both departments and agencies.

Hormel recalls certain cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew


Hormel Foods Corporation, a Tucker, Ga. company is recalling approximately 450 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials such as a broken flashlight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this this week.

Aumua chairs Veterans hearing on home loans

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata chaired a House Veterans Affairs, Economic Opportunity Subcommittee hearing regarding the Veterans Administration’s (VA) Home Loan Program, which focused on how the program can be expanded and improved to provide greater access and opportunities for veterans to purchase a home.

Alleged sex crime victim under care of Child Services


Child Protective Services (CPS) has taken into its care a 12-year-old female, who’s alleged to be the victim in the sex case involving her stepfather that was dismissed recently by the High Court after being informed that the victim was leaving the island.
The victim walked into the police station with a family member, after concerns surfaced that the victim was living in the same house with her stepfather, who had since returned home after the case was dismissed. To protect the victim in this case, Samoa News is withholding the name of the stepfather.

Retirement Fund hearing canceled despite 8 thinking they voted to continue


Last week Senators were so outraged that Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie threatened to issue subpoenas when board members of the Government Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) failed to appear for a hearing they called following Samoa News reports on the “forensic audit” of the retirement fund. Now yesterday when the hearing finally took place, the hearing was postponed — with Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli citing an on-going investigation into the retirement fund.

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