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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman, Sen. Magalei Logovi’i (left) with Senate legal counsel, Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase during yesterday’s committee discussion on two revenue bills from the governor.  [photo: FS]
The Senate has agreed to hike the current 5% miscellaneous excise tax, instead of gradually repealing it — as proposed by the Lolo Administration — as well as repeal the 2% wage tax, which is paid by wage earners only. The Senate has also approved in second reading its version of the fiscal year...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata  [SN file photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome a $125,000 grant destined for American Samoa from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as part of the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. “These are welcome federal funds for youth education and...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale shaking hands with senators earlier this week. The AG has clarified that the Immigration Office no longer has the authority to issue entry permits for any foreigners, even citizens of Samoa. See story for details.  [photo: FS]
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has provided more details, such as examples of permitted and prohibited activities, under the new entry requirements for citizens of 38 countries listed on the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program (EPWP). Talauega stresses that the Immigration Office no...
DPS Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson supports a Senate bill that mandates a minimum 5-year imprisonment for drug possession and distribution. See story for details.  [photo: AF]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has voiced his support of a Senate bill, which mandates a minimum five-year imprisonment for anyone convicted of delivering, dispensing, distributing, possession with intent to deliver, dispense or distribute, produce or manufacture a controlled substance. Le...
Samoan comedian Tofiga [image from You Tube]
If the news on the world front has become a little hard to bear, take heart. There’s a bright spot here in the Territory, and it involves none other than our Special Olympics athletes. Tafaimamao Tua Tupuola, chairwoman of Special Olympics Amerika Samoa (SOAS) Board spoke to Samoa News recently...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
To combat the influx of illegal immigrants to the territory, “bringing with them illegal drugs”, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed local law enforcement officials to set up immigration entry policies, under which only the Attorney General or his designee will have the sole authority to issue...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Although the Legislature’s fiscal year 2018 budget has not gone through the Fono Joint Budget Committee review, the House has moved forward with the passage of the governments’ final 2018 financial plan of $395.2 million - a 4% hike from the approved FY 2017 budget. The House version of the FY 2018...
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele smiling as she shakes hands with senators following a Senate committee hearing yesterday morning on an administration bill seeking to hike port fees and charges. See story for details.  [photo: FS]
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele says the US Coast Guard has allowed port to use just one tugboat at the Port of Pago Pago, with the understanding that the department is getting a new tugboat before the end of the year. Taimalelagi made the comment during yesterday’s...
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District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has dismissed the latest drug case against a man from Pago Pago after the court was unable to find probable cause and sufficient evidence to bind the case over to High Court for arraignment. Sio Godinet Jr. was in custody since his arrest on Tuesday, Sept. 5th -...
Groundbreaking: Leaders from the American Samoa Government and the Fono along with Anthony Bernardo of AVM Bernardo Engineering during a groundbreaking ceremony for a food processing plant across from Public Works in Tafuna, in January 2016.  [SN file photo]
The Phillipines-based company looking to establish a multi-food processing plant in American Samoa, with an investment of more than $100 million, is moving forward on its own with phase 1 of the project, slated to start construction next month, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele....

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