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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is seeking to amend the provision of local law regarding vehicle fee registrations, which sets the annual fees according to the weight of the vehicle. The proposed amendment was introduced this week in the Fono with the Senate Transportation Committee set to hold a hearing...
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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, is moving forward with hearings on the administration’s new revenue measures, starting tomorrow, while the Senate is awaiting the official introduction of the fiscal year 2018 budget bill and when budget hearings will...
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The American Samoa Government’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget of more than $395 million is now with the Legislature, and the Lolo Administration has also submitted a FY 2018 Supplemental budget request that is to be funded with revenues collected from the Administration’s five revenue measures...
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John Luao Iosefo, was sentenced last Friday to 20 months imprisonment, a condition of his 5-year probation term. Iosefo, 23, was a janitor at Fatu o Aiga when he pled guilty to first degree sexual abuse for having sexual intercourse with a minor. He was arrested in January 2015 and initially...
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A screenshot of a map from the US Geological Survey website shows a ‘gold’ star, in the Samoan Islands Region, where an earthquake occurred, located about 102 miles southwest of Pago Pago. Some residents on the western side of Tutuila reported that they felt the quake. According to the US...
A look at some of the USMC F-35B stealth fighters that were part of a fleet deployed to Iwakuni, Japan in the first operational overseas deployment for the jets that are dubbed — the most expensive plane in history. The side of the aircraft features the name of Leone HS graduate: SSGT Louis H. Uhrle, a US Marine mechanic who is part of the squadron that deployed to Japan. The name of his village — Leone — is featured on the plane, alongside "American Samoa".  [photo: screenshot of CNN news broadcast]
American Samoa's name is being flown high in the sky, thanks to the dedicated work of a Leone High School graduate who is proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Earlier this year, SSGT Louis H. Uhrle became one of America's elite, a member of the F-35B stealth fighter squadron...
Fire Chief O'Brien and his crew, along with officials from the School Lunch Program, following a presentation by the Fire Dept. last Thursday during the week-long food safety training workshop for all SLP cooks and food handlers. See story for full details.   [Courtesy photo]
Only 157 of the 174 cooks and food handlers of the School Lunch Program (SLP) were HACCP certified last week, following a week long training that was held at the Samoana High School cafeteria. While having a valid health card used to be the critical component in securing a job in the school...
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If enacted into law, all American Samoa Government employees, including contract workers, elected officials and political appointees will be subject to alcohol and drug testing.  And applicants seeking a job in government will also be subject to drug testing before being considered for the job,...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed that all purchases by American Samoa Government entities regarding telecommunication needs should only be with the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority, not its “competitor”. The governor’ s directive was outlined in an Aug. 15 memo, titled “Support of...
This year’s Workforce Appreciation Day, an initiative started four years ago when the Lolo Administration took office in January 2013, is set for next Friday, Sept. 1 — ahead of the Sept. 4 Labor Day holiday. The committee charged with overseeing the event gave a presentation during the recent...

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