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DOE director, Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the local Department of Education’s (ASDOE) fiscal year 2019 budget hearing last week, director. Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, gave lawmakers updates on some of the issues which usually attract a lot of public criticism before the start of a new school year. A shortage...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has continued the case of the former McConnell Dowell manager until Sept. 5, 2018, to give time for both sides to finalize the issue on the amount of restitution owed before the plea agreement is officially announced in open court. Fonotaga Jasmine Faanu...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Thursday unanimously approved in final reading a House bill, which raises the marriage age for females from 14-years old to 18 years of age — which is the current marriage age of males, under the law. Senators had rejected an identical House bill in March...
Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga T. Asuega
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Senate bill requiring drug testing of all government employees was approved by the Senate last Thursday, after senators removed from the bill’s original language the phrase that “elected officials” are also required to take the drug test. The Senate bill was introduced...
Former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from the government’s attorney, District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has granted the defense motion to set a bail amount for former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo, who had been ordered by the court to be held in custody with no bail after his...
HAWAIKI CABLE SYSTEM MAP
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the proposed amendments to provisions of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund law is a new section “authorizing investment” in the ASTCA-owned Hawaiki cable project, which includes the American Samoa branching unit that went live last month. The branching unit cost $...
American Samoa Election Office photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a proclamation dated Aug. 21, Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei officially declared that midterm election in the territory will be 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Election Office usually releases the sites of the designated polling...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established an ASG eight-member Chemical Review Task Force, which is given 90-days to submit a report with recommendations on steps the government should take to prevent the importation of illegal chemical and fertilizers to the territory...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an Aug 7 letter to Fono leaders, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga asked that lawmakers show some sensitivity and recognition to the workload of directors and demands placed on their time when they are called to committee hearings. Lolo also pointed out the lack of...
Aumua Amata with Senator John McCain.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement in honor of the heroic life of Senator John McCain: "I first met Senator McCain in 2000, when he made his initial run for President. Although American Samoa had Republican convention delegate votes beginning in...

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