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Cong. Aumua Amata with U.S. President Donald Trump
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is hopeful that US President Donald Trump’s “change in fiscal and economic policies” will re-energize American Samoa’s economic environment, which continues to face uncertainty with StarKist’s loss of the federal tax credit, coupled with another...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed Michael White as ASG Public Defender (PD). White was appointed as the interim PD earlier this year in May, a few days after former PD, Douglas Fiaui resigned from the post. In his letter to the Fono regarding White's appointment,...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was at last week’s cabinet meeting where Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed that the administration is working to identify possible new funding measures for submission to the Fono to help the American Samoa Community College and the LBJ Medical Center. Lolo told...
LBJ Hospital photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man in his thirties was admitted to the LBJ Hospital early Sunday morning after he sustained a gunshot wound from an incident that allegedly occurred in Leone village. A reliable source confirmed to Samoa News that there was a shooting in Leone and as a result, a young...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the Football Federation of American Samoa (FFAS) Women's National Soccer Team is scheduled to depart this morning to compete in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Women’s Championship in Fiji next week, the parents of several local players who were dropped...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The proposed new two-story Fono Building will be constructed by Paramount Builders with groundbreaking set for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The structure will be erected at the site of the old Fono Building, which was demolished last year. Only two companies placed bids for...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government's final budget proposal for the new fiscal year 2019 is just over $439 million, an increase of 11% from the current fiscal year, due to special events or activities planned for FY 2019, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his cover letter to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s mid-year 2018 population, is estimated at 59,600 — a loss of 700 persons compared to July 1, 2017, according to data release yesterday by the Commerce Department’s Statistical Division. Based on DOC data, Samoa News reported last year that the 2017 mid-...
Americsn Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Of the nine projects to be funded for fiscal year 2019 with Capital Improvement Project money from the federal government, one of the them is funding for the Hawaiki submarine cable. The American Samoa branching unit is owned and operated by the American Samoa...
Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua has informed senators that her office has always processed expenditures requested by the Senate, including Travel Authorization (TA) requests, but only held such requests following Tropical Cyclone...

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