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Renovations and upgrades to public schools, as well as funding for the off island medical referral program administered by LBJ Medical Center, are some of the handful of projects being identified to receive “special allocations” from all revenues ASG collects from the proposed 7% retail sales tax....
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While the government is working on ways to reduce spending to ensure that ASG doesn’t overspend at the end of the current fiscal year 2017, a report distributed to House members earlier this week shows an estimated cost of more than $30,000 for the construction of “temporary dressing rooms” for the...
Amata and Chairman Calvert on the House floor during a colloquy, seated is Amata’s Legislative Director and veteran Casey Brinck. [courtesy photo]
Washington, DC  —  The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep. Ken Calvert of California has approved the FY 2018 bill, which includes a recommendation for American Samoa Government Operations to be raised to $23,002,222, an increase of $250,...
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Local Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Veavea didn’t mince words when he told a House committee hearing on Tuesday about the wide spread problem of illegal drugs in American Samoa that has been uncovered since the special division of ASDHS began its investigation. He...
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The Fono is taking a four-week mid session recess at the close of business tomorrow, Friday, while lawmakers await the final fiscal year 2018 budget, which is a priority measure for the Legislature. The budget has to pass the Fono and be signed by the governor before midnight Sept. 30, 2017 — as...
Five ASCC students recently returned from a BUILD EXITO orientation held at Portland State University. BUILD EXITO is a program funded by the National Insitute of Health to encourage students to enter the biomedical, science and engineering professions.  Front row (l-r): Dr. Toetu Faaleva, PSU professor and director of the McNair Scholars Program, Vinesa Faaogea, Olivia Atiano'e, ASCC Health & Human Services instructor Mr. Derek Helsham, and Makerusa Porotesano, Program Coordinator of the Pacific Islander,
Five American Samoa Community College (ASCC) students returned recently from Portland State University (PSU), where they attended a six-day orientation for BUILD EXITO, a program designed to support undergraduate students interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical, behavioral and...
Allegations surrounding a sexual relationship between a public high school teacher and a student, who is alleged to have tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease (STD), was the focus of a Senate Education Committee hearing on Tuesday. Committee vice chairman Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai...
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A woman accused of receiving nearly two pounds of crystal meth, which authorities estimate to have a street value of about $90,000, through the US Post Office, allegedly told police that she purchased the illegal drugs from an off island person, to be sold in the territory, as a fast way to make...
US based American Tunaboat Association (ATA) has argued that the 2014 expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument  (PRIMNM) by President Obama “had a particularly detrimental impact on the U.S. fishermen...and on the economy and prosperity of the American Samoa”, whose economy...
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During separate committee hearings in both the Senate and House, Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson confirmed to lawmakers that there is a problem with the equipment used to process driver's licenses and this is the reason why only receipts are being issued. Early last week, some lawmakers...

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