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American Samoa Power Authority Executive Director Utu Abe Malae has confirmed layoffs are planned for early next year for the government’s semi autonomous agency, which he says has accumulated too much accounts payable over the years. While the total number of employees to be laid off was not...
Trial of the four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago has been reaffirmed to get underway next week Tuesday, after the High Court dismissed several motions including those pertaining to “missing pages” and information “erased” on a police report of the shooting,...
As part of the settlement agreement with the federal government, the local Department of Education (ASDOE) has agreed to put in place by the summer of next year “student remedies” by ensuring that all students with disabilities attending public school, receive among other things, free appropriate...
AMERICAN SAMOA MARKS ‘WORLD AIDS DAY’ On World Aids Day, tomorrow, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging residents of American Samoa to take part in prevention activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS as a global challenge, and to join the global effort...
MUSU FAILAUGA A woman, who went to the Tafuna police substation to discuss an incident and ended up being charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, will be sentenced in January after the court accepted the plea agreement between the defendant and the government. In exchange to...
Washington, DC — The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has awarded a grant of $2,143,469 to American Samoa Dept. of Education (ASDOE) in supplemental funding for the American Samoa Head Start Program.  “I am glad that the ACF continues to supply funding for this critical program,”...
Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava, during her Siva Samoa in Savaii earlier this week. Antonina and all the other contestants visited Savaii as part of their pre-pageant activities.  (Miss Pacific Islands Photo: Su’a Hessed Ieremia)
Apia, SAMOA — Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava is putting everything into her preparations for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant with the main goal of bringing the title home to American Samoa.   Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels...
The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System wave buoy off Aunu’u that was recently tampered with. It’s the only wave buoy in the Samoan waters.  [photo: Kimball Milikan/via Samoa News]
Two weeks ago, the PacIOOS wave buoy was intentionally tampered with before it broke free from its mooring. The buoy will be out of the water and out of commission until replacement parts arrive on island, NOAA’s National Weather Service Office in Pago Pago said in a media release this week. Tepora...
The American Samoa Power Authority has implemented the second increment in its rate increase, and it went into effect on Nov. 21, 2016. It covers only wastewater and solid waste services, according to an ASPA notice, which also notes that there are no changes scheduled for electric and water rates...
The US Department of Labor is “considering all of our legal options” after a federal judge blocked a USDOJ final rule set into effect Dec. 1 that raises the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and American Samoa. Last week Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant...

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