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ASPA WATERLINE UP AND RUNNING FOR WESTSIDE RESIDENTS
 
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga cut the ribbon during a special ceremony last Thursday, officially signifying the opening of the new water line that connects the residents of the farthest west side villages to the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) system.
 



UH among 4 finalists for Obama Presidential Library

The University of Hawaii is one of four finalists for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, it was announced Monday.

The Barack Obama Foundation said it has issued a request for proposal to the UH, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Columbia University in New York, all of which submitted their qualifications to host the future presidential library earlier this year.



Names of Top 6 acts for AS Best Dance Crew revealed

Two more shows until the finale
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Rock Solid 2 from Afao stole the show this past Thursday during the second round of the semi-finals for the American Samoa’s Best Dance Crew (ASBDC) competition, which will continue next Thursday, Sept. 18 with the “Top 6 Dance Off”.
 
 The eight-week program will culminate on Thursday, Sept. 25 with the grand finale: “The Top 4 Dance Off”.
 



Kruse hands down 7-year sentence in sexual assault case

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Chief Justice Michael Kruse has questioned the Attorney General’s office, asking if there are immigration laws banning minors from Samoa from entering the territory without their parents.
 
The question was posed after another sexual case involving a girl from Samoa landed before the High Court for sentencing. In the interest of protecting the victim’s identity in this matter Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant.
 



American Samoa to host travel event in New Zealand

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American Samoa Visitors Bureau is hopeful that a travel trade event set for Sept. 29 in Auckland, showcasing the territory as a destination will attract more visitors and interest from New Zealand, according to the Visitors Bureau eNewsletter.
 



US pilot missing in Western Pacific following crash

The US Navy is continuing to search for a missing pilot, after two of its jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean.

A spokesman says the F/A-18C Hornets were operating off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson when they came down.

The navy says one pilot was rescued and is receiving medical attention aboard the ship.

A search effort is underway to find the second.

The two jets, which cost $57m US dollars each, have not been recovered.

The crash occurred about 466 kilometers west of Wake Island, which is 3,700 kilometers west of Honolulu.



Fono News

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LAWMAKERS ALLOWANCE PASSED BY SENATE
 
In a unanimous vote of 12-0, the Senate on Thursday passed in final reading a Senate bill, which increases by $10,000 across the board, office allowance for all members of the Fono. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
 



Title not registered but issue beyond Samoa’s jurisdiction

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, re-confirmed yesterday that a matai title being used by a candidate in the New Zealand election is not registered in Samoa.

However, the C.E.O was also quick to point out that there is nothing Samoa can do about it.

The title in question is the Misa that’s been used by National Party candidate, Misa Fia Turner.



Aunu’u travelers stranded this week due to high surf

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While rocks and debris piled high on the main road in coastal villages on the east side of the territory this past Thursday, school children, government employees, and teachers at Aunu’u Elementary School were unable to travel back and forth from the island to the Auasi wharf because of dangerously strong waves.
 
High surf hindered sea travel as the small ‘alia that usually carries people back and forth to Aunu’u would have been tossed like a rag doll by the huge waves that crashed with a thunderous roar onto the seawall.
 



Sadie’s Hotels will pay back wagers to 89 employees

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) says locally based Dateline Industries Inc., dba Sadie’s Hotels, has agreed to pay $21,314 in back wages to 89 hotel and restaurant employees.
 



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