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Citing ‘no concrete evidence’ High Court dismisses school lunch case

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It’s unclear if the Attorney General’s office will re-file its criminal case against Atapana Aumua, a supervisor for DOE’s School Lunch Program, who was criminally charged with stealing goods from the School Lunch Program warehouse and using the items for a family fa’alavelave.

During a preliminary examination (PX) hearing last week Friday, Acting Associate Justice, Elvis Pila Patea dismissed all charges against Atapana following testimonies given at the hearing.



Governor seeks ways to avoid further USDOL citations

Wants better control of payroll system through both DHR and Treasury input
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is awaiting results of discussions between Treasury and Human Resources departments on the existing payroll infrastructure, in order to determine the best solution to avoid a recurrence of citations by the U.S. Department of Labor, says the governor's executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira.
 



Four men say they were arrested without cause

Claim they are victims of human trafficking
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Four Indonesians claiming they are victims of Human Trafficking are petitioning the Trial Division of the High Court to compel Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Deputy AG Mitzie Jessop, who acted on behalf of the American Samoa Government, to explain why Muhammad Iqbal Heralti, Hermanto (no last name), Ade Rasta and Anton Sunato were arrested without cause.
 



2014- 15 high school football season about to take off — Aug 27

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The most popular sport played in our high school division — “Football” — is right around the corner, and Samoa News will start off the big bang this year with our individual team promos, our Pre-huddles, which will start in tomorrow’s issue, up to the scheduled season opener — set to kick off on Aug. 27, next week Wednesday, with two high caliber matches opening this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association football league.
 



Community Briefs

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COMMUNITY BANK STILL WAITING FOR FED APPROVAL
 
Locally owned Community Bank of American Samoa (IO) is unable to advise at this time as to when federal regulatory approval will be granted on its application pending at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to open its doors in the territory.
 



Samoa police confirm crash claimed one life

Police have confirmed the death of a 44-year-old male from Salepoua’e Sale’imoa

According to Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, the man died in a car accident in Tuana’i last week.

“The deceased was heading to Sale’imoa on early Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle,” Fauono said.

“(He then) crashed into a rock fence next to the Methodist Church at Tuana’i.”

Reports say a local villager took the driver to hospital, but it was too late and he did not survive.



Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Assoc. joins those opposing Obama proposal

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Local longline and fishing boat owners have joined the chorus of individuals and organizations who are strongly urging President Barack Obama to reconsider his proposal to expand a major ocean conservation area in the Pacific, because of the impact it will have on the fishing and tuna canning industry in American Samoa.
 



Hanipale Malae enters guilty plea in Ofu sex case

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The Ofu man,who sponsored two house girls from Samoa to work for him and his family, admits to having sex with the 15-year-old girl and the 20-year-old girl without their consent.
 
Hanipale Malae, 57, charged in two separates criminal cases which are related admitted to his actions in open court last week Friday. The plea deal offer between the Attorney General’s office and the defense was initially sealed when it was called before Acting Associate Justice Elvis Pila Patea, however on Friday, the plea deal was unsealed.
 



Over 500 cases of Chik virus confirmed

Senate wants answers from DOH
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As the confirmed number of Chikungunya cases reached 501 on Tutuila, there has been a call in the Senate for the Health Department to get help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while ongoing clean up efforts are being carried out to eliminate breeding grounds of the mosquito which carries the “chik virus”, which has no cure but is not fatal.
 



Governor leads Cabinet meeting for the first time in months

“Adopt a School” initiative re-emphasized
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“We have a Fono that spends 70 million of public funds, yet they have no real authority.  I support the resolution to override the governor’s veto,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, voicing his support for the move to amend the constitution and allow the Legislature authority to override the governor’s veto.
 
This was his personal opinion announced during his first cabinet meeting since his return to the island from his long absence due to his medical checkups.
 



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