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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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Campaign activities will be prohibited from being conducted at least 600 feet from a polling station on election day, under a Senate bill introduced yesterday and sponsored by Sens. Magalei Logovi’i, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga, and Paepae I. Faiai. The same three senators are sponsoring another...
Pictured are some of the youngsters taking part in the ongoing camp activities.  
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As part of a yearly tradition for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Nuuuli II Ward is hosting its camp to prepare for the LDS conference scheduled to be held this Sunday. The camp will run throughout this week at the Lions Park area across from ANZ Bank, behind the newly...
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The Department of Port Administration is looking to host a public hearing to be held early next month, seeking public input on the “test rates” for Manu’a cargo, as  lawmakers from the island group - as well as residents - have complained about the rates, saying they are too high. “The rates put in...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i has voiced to ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea the government policy when it comes to reimbursing the public if they are overcharged; for example, the registration renewal of vehicles at the Office of Motor Vehicles that appears to have overcharged car owners for many years...

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