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The  Shipyard Authority, in a media release, announced on Jan. 14, that the Governor’s Office has authorized $1 million from CIP funds for the Shipyard’s phase-II of its Slipway Restoration Project (SRP), supporting continuous efforts to restore and elevate the 3,000 ton slipway’s operating...
While there is still no official word on when the new Fono building will break ground, a team from Paramount Builders — the local construction company that was awarded the contract to demolish the old Fono building late last year — was seen at the site yesterday, causing many to speculate that the...
Police are investigating how and why four inmates escaped Sunday night from the Territorial Correctional Facility in Tafuna. Police have already apprehended one of the four prisoners who escaped, but the search continues for the remaining three who are still at large. This is according to Police...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is proposing, through legislation introduced last week in the Fono,  to change how the excise tax is applied to imported beer, saying the current method “may be easily manipulated.” It is not a new proposal, as it was initially submitted as part of a larger legislation in...
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident involving a Talofa Airways aircraft last week at Pago Pago International Airport, for which Sen. Magalei Logovi’i has voiced concerns over the slow emergency response from the airport’s rescue crew. Responding to Samoa News...
The Department of Public Safety's main central station in Fagatogo will be getting a new look soon, as the entire second floor is being gutted to make way for a new, more modern facility, although efforts will be made to preserve the historic character and properties of the structure. The historic...
The new director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Kenneth Soala Tupua, during his Senate confirmation hearing last Thursday morning. Tupua was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous 14-0 vote. The House approved his nomination last Friday with a unanimous 16-0 vote. Tupua, who served in...
Four prisoners escaped Sunday night from the Territorial Correctional Facility, and as of late yesterday afternoon, one had been found, while three (3) were still at large, according to Police Commissioner Lei Sonny Thompson. Le’i did not say how or why the prisoners escaped, and did not identify...
This past weekend, Samoa News visited the LBJ Medical Center in Fagaalu and watched as some patients — several of them with IVs intact - were walking out of the Emergency Room, heading out to the section of the parking lot where emergency vehicles (ambulance) generally park when transporting a...
The Department of Health in American Samoa is being asked what measures it's taking to protect the territory from dengue fever. This followed five deaths in neighbouring Samoa from a dengue outbreak that began in October. On Friday, American Samoan senator Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua called for...

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