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Lawmakers attempt to stop SPED changes over objections from DOE director

joy@samoanews.com

The move by the House Education Committee, led by Chairman Vaetasi Tu’umolimoli  Moliga, asking Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last Friday to stop DOE from decentralizing SPED, is not sitting well with Department of Education Director, Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau.
 



Super Bowl will be broadcast live on KVZK-TV

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As the local NBC affiliate, the government operated KVZK-TV will broadcast live on Ch: 5 this Sunday’s Super Bowl 49 game, with kickoff set for 12:30p.m (local time) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
 
Broadcasting the NFL's Big Game on KVZK “makes it possible for our people in Manu'a to view the game and also for families who do not have access to cable TV,” said Office of Public Information director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde.
 



Update: Flash flood warning downgraded to a watch

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The flash flood warning for American Samoa has expired and the National Weather Service in Pago Pago has issued a  flash flood watch for American Samoa originally through Friday night and now extended into Saturday.

The active monsoon trough will continue to remain nearly   stationary bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms over the Samoan islands through Saturday morning.

Wet soil conditions from recent rain showers will enhance the potential for flash flooding.



1602 prosecutors call Kruse couple "shameless”

Jail time and full restitution recommended for both defendants
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Federal prosecutors says John Emil Kruse and his wife Elaine “shamelessly stole hundreds of thousands of federal dollars” awarded to them under the Section 1602 Program for their personal and business use and that the couple’s crimes “are marked by dishonesty, corruption and greed,” according to the U.S. Justice Department’s 23-page Sentencing Memorandum filed Tuesday at the federal court in Washington D.C.

 

The Kruses are set to enter pleas of guilty and be sentenced thereafter during a status hearing set for Feb. 5.



FAA audit claims ASG illegally seized airport land

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A federal audit of the airport land use found that the American Samoa Government didn’t comply with requirements in provisions of federal grants when more than 300 acres of land, initially dedicated for the airport, were transferred to other ASG agencies without Federal Aviation Administration approval.
 



Weather Update: Heavy rainfall through Friday

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The National Weather Service Pago Pago is predicting heavy rainfall, isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds through Friday.

An active monsoonal trough, which now sits between Tutuila and Manu’a will trigger scattered to frequent showers, isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds especially over coastal waters.

 



$600K study says we’re stuck with Hawaiian Airlines

fili@samoanews.com

While the American Samoa Government has improved its relationship with Hawaiian Airlines, an air transport marketing study recommends, among other things, that ASG continue dialogue with the Honolulu-based carrier.
 
The study also revealed that two U.S. airlines have responded favorably to the possibility of providing air service to and from American Samoa, but none want to seriously consider launching such service any time soon.
 



DOE decentralizes SPED in effort to correct problems

joy@samoanews.com

A review by five Special Education professionals from the Hawai’i Department of Education, which cited lack of accountability and major non compliance in the services provided for local SPED children, has led the Department of Education director Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau to decentralize SPED — reassigning SPED leadership to specific high school districts “to better serve” their students.
 



Molia se ali’i faifeau fa’ao ’olima i se tamaititi tauaso

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O le aso Gafua na te’a nei na taofia fa’apagota ai e leoleo i le toese i Tafuna se alii faifeau, ona o tu’uaiga i lona fa’ao’olima lea i se tamaititi tauaso sa savali i luga o le auala i le afiafi o le aso lava lea, e pei ona taua i fa’amaumauga a le fa’amasinoga.
 



ASG’s CPO faces sentencing in federal 1602 case

Defense says no pre-meditated misuse, asks for no jail time
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A local couple, the first recipients to face federal charges under the federally-funded Section 1602 low income housing program, said they were “faced with growing financial pressures” including debts owed for another business operated by the couple, which caused them to use the federal funds as a “short-term loan”, according to the Sentencing Memorandums filed yesterday by the defense at the federal court in Washington D.C.
 



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