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Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean wants to know if American Samoa is getting any share of the multi-million-dollar proposed settlement agreement between StarKist Co., and the US Department of Justice, over the cannery’s violation of federal environmental laws in Pago Pago Harbor.  USDOJ is currently...
The Senate has reduced the excise tax for imported non-carbonated sugary drinks and hiked the current 5% miscellaneous excise tax. The changes are included in the Senate version of an Administration bill, which seeks to amend several provisions of local excise taxes. The measure was approved during...
STOP SEX WORK   Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticized plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living...
Bruckner Chase, Uila o le Sami, who swam from Aunu’u to Pago Pago in 2011 is back on island as part of a National Weather Service Ocean Today expedition to create an educational film series on beach and ocean safety that will focus on the unique hazards around the island. This innovative project...
Training to arm local police officers kicked off yesterday morning at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in Tafuna, under the supervision of Ernest Haleck, who arrived last week from Honolulu, HI. Haleck is the lead instructor in Firearms and Tactics for the National Tactical Officers Association (...
Concerned that ASG employees, who become “victims of a director’s failure” to manage his or her agency’s finances, resulting in non-issuance of payroll checks, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has laid down a specific policy to ensure that every employee gets a paycheck. ASG gets paid every two weeks — on...
Six individuals, including the current House chief clerk, have been determined by Chief Election Officer, Uiagalelei Dr. Uiagalelei Lealofi as eligible candidates for next month’s special election for House of Representative District No. 5, Sua No. 1 -  which is comprised of Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto,...
PUBLIC AWARENESS OF TRAFFIC LAWS With the increase in public complaints regarding police citing motorists for alleged violations of local traffic laws, Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai has suggested that the Department of Public Safety conduct public awareness programs — involving state run KVZK-TV — to...
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Families and friends of the fire crew from American Samoa gathered at the airport last Friday to say farewell to their loved ones. A crew of 13 firefighters departed last Friday for the second time this year to fight wildfires in California. They will be joined by...
A police officer was arrested at the DPS main central station in Fagatogo and taken into custody at the Tafuna Correctional Facility (TCF) Friday. His initial appearance in the District Court is scheduled for today. As of press time, it was unclear what Police Officer (PSO) Fa'auma Malo is being...

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