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Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called a special session of the Fono to convene for ten-days to address two pressing issues to be submitted by the administration. Under the local constitution, the governor can call a special session of the Fono and the call letter should include the agenda of issues...
Meghan Tanuvasa is working on her master's degree through an online program with Abliene Christian University. During the day, she serves as a counselor at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tafuna. [photo: courtesy]
Meghan Tanuvasa is a student enrolled in Abilene Christian University's Master's of Conflict Management and Resolution online program. Currently, she is working as a counselor at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tafuna. "I admire her work and what she's doing as a counselor at the Juvenile...
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A man who was arrested during one of the three raids by detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit two weeks ago waived his right to a preliminary examination and his case is now bound over to the High Court. Cody Wood, who is still in custody unable to post a $200,000 bond, appeared before...
The smiling faces of some prisoners after their Samoan Day last year. Attorneys and DPS personnel have confirmed to Samoa News that prisoners are not getting enough to eat, and sleeping arrangements are of a low standard. [photo: AF]
Family members of several inmates who are serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) are lodging complaints against the American Samoa Government, specifically the Department of Public Safety (DPS), for failing to fulfill their obligation of feeding and taking care of inmates while...
Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae. [SN file photo]
Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Utu Abe Malae apologizes for the "substandard service to Aunu'u at this time" and says he is "looking for someone who can take care of Aunu'u and Manu'a, as the logistics challenge for Aunu'u is actually more difficult than that for...
In this scene from the ASCC-ACNR Land Grant film “Gestational Diabetes Screening - Mo Lou Lumana’i Manuia,” an American Samoan woman tries to find out about the disease named in the title. This film and another titled “The Placemat” were featured during a recent public screening at the College.  [courtesy photo]
The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Land Grant division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) recently held a special presentation titled “See the Change You Want to Be, and Be the Change You Want to See” which included the premiere screening of two new health awareness...
University of Guam president, Dr. Robert Underwood presenting Congresswoman Aumua Amata with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  [photo: courtesy]
3RD ANNUAL THANKSGIVING GOSPEL CONCERT TO BE HELD AT FALE LAUMEI — Tomorrow night at the Gov. Rex H. Lee Auditorium — fale laumei — the Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers will hold its 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Concert, featuring Gospel artists like Mose Katina, Suva Bohanak, and Toe Tootoo; and...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse  [SN file photo]
Chief Justice Michael Kruse had a special message for Assistant Attorney General, Woodrow Pengelly last week — the Court will dismiss the case against Danny Mika, without prejudice, if the government cannot move forward with a jury trial next month. Mika, who is charged with one count of unlawful...
ASG Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele [SN file photo]
The US House of Representatives approved last Thursday a major federal tax reform legislation, which includes a provision extending an economic development tax credit for US companies operating in American Samoa. Standing to benefit the most from the tax extender — an issue that territorial...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata. [courtesy photo]
On Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement welcoming the next legislative step forward regarding a tax policy priority for American Samoa’s economy. A key provision, extending the American Samoa Economic Development Credit, as requested by Congresswoman Amata, was included in major...

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