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Congresswoman Aumua Amata  [SN file photo]
Washington, D.C. — At a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Tuesday, Mar. 28, Congresswoman Aumua Amata called for more local input into federal environmental decision-making. “American Samoa is the jewel of the U.S. in the Pacific,” began Amata. “...
[l-r] Matt Salo, executive director of National Association of Medicaid Directors, Brian Neale, Medicaid advisor to US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas E. Price, and Sandra King Young, Medicaid Director for American Samoa, after a meeting this week in Washington to discuss Medicaid issues for American Samoa and the territories. [photo: ASG]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, through his Medicaid Director, Sandra King-Young, this week in Washington delivered a briefing to Brian Neale, Medicaid Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price. Neale is expected to be appointed the new top Medicaid official for the Trump...
Nurse Marvin prepares the dialysis machine for a patient at the Dialysis clinic. Obesity & diabetes is the most prevalent of non-communicable diseases in the Territory and LBJ is asking patients to be pro-active — keep your appointments and live healthy.  [photo: Ese Malala]
Families of 20 deceased obese/ diabetic patients were advised last year to build their own coffins because there were no ‘standard’ coffins that would fit the deceased as he/ she weighed more than 300 pounds, a mortician at the LBJ Hospital told Samoa News this week. Such is the final indignity...
Former Chief of Customs, Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava [SN file photo]
Chief of Customs, Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava has taken up another position within Treasury Department and no longer heads the Customs Division, according to a Mar. 28 memo from ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a. As of late yesterday afternoon, the search continues for a new Chief of Customs and no...
For American Samoa workers: No you didn’t get an increment raise, and no the 2% wage tax has not been repealed, and yes — you are paying it back, if it wasn’t deducted. With the roll out of a new ASG computer system, the 2% wage tax was not deducted from payroll checks for some American Samoa...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
During Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale provided some details of what occurred behind the scenes at the Attorney General’s Office that later led to American Samoa successfully arguing in federal court to overturn a federal decision on the Large Vessel Protected Area...
During the QUEST session offered over the spring break, ASCC students Saelia Holmgren (foreground) and Claudia Thompson work together to measure the amount of relief in the reef, a metric known as rugosity.  [Courtesy Photo]
Have you ever wondered how reef and fishery health are measured? Students in the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science Program learned many of the standard methods used by scientists to measure marine health over spring break. As part of the MSC 280, Marine Science Special Projects...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson told a House committee that the approved fiscal year 2017 budget to cover “inmate food” at the Territorial Correctional Facility is “not even sufficient” to provide three daily meals a day, seven days a week, for the entire year. Currently, the inmate...
Amata with Secretary Ross after their discussion.  [Courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata appealed to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday about the importance of removing the prohibition of American fisherman to fish in the waters of the National Marine Monuments.  “My conversation with Secretary Ross was about the...
New land leases inside the Pago Pago International Airport compound are subject to review by the Federal Aviation Administration, with three new leases expected to add more than $140,000 a year to the ASG coffers. However, Rep. Kitara Vaeau claims that the FAA “has no business” when it comes to...

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