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“DIABETES AWARENESS” EVENT KICKS OFF TODAY AT UTULEI The Dept. of Health along with its partners, both government and non-government organizations, are inviting the public to attend today’s “Diabetes Awareness” event set to kick off at 9a.m. under the theme, “Healthy eating leads to healthy living...
A federal judge in Texas has blocked a US Department of Labor rule set to go into effect Dec. 1 that raises the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and the judge’s ruling may also apply to American Samoa. Companies in the U.S have praised the court’s decision following a...
The US Army Corps of Engineers has been requested to “consider remediation assistance” to American Samoa during construction of the wastewater project in the village of Aua, to off set costs associated with soil contamination caused by the US Navy, which operated a fuel farm in Aua during World War...
Apia, SAMOA — A man who sexually assaulted his wife’s 10-year-old niece has been sentenced to 22 months in jail. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News has opted to withhold the name of the defendant in this case that was before the court earlier this week. The uncle was charged with one...
Acting Director Department of Agriculture, Peter Gurr said there was no reason to conduct testing to determine if illegal chemical were being used on the farms. He said farmers simply need to follow the compliance requirements, as Food Safety is the Department’s priority. The Acting Director was...
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s Poe Mageo, and Tamari Mulitalo Cheung were among those who made the top five who submitted their short stories in the Pacific Islands category for the annual Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition. Held last week at the Samoa Observer main office in Vaitele,...
The federal court in Honolulu has set for next week a detention hearing for an American man wanted by Tongan authorities for the murder of his wife and both the government and defense have been asked to file briefings on the issue of extradition, which is being sought by the Kingdom of Tonga for...
The solar array in Ta'u. [photo: SolarCity]
SolarCity, the company Tesla officially acquired on Monday, is powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power. SolarCity developed a microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity — enough to power nearly 100% of the island, according to a SolarCity blog...
Tomorrow, American Samoa joins the rest of the United States and Americans around the world to celebrate Thanksgiving Day — a federal and public holiday — celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Like the rest of the nation, many local residents will mark Thanksgiving with prayers and...
A police report of last Friday’s traffic accident where a 25-year-old died after being hit on the main road in Pago Pago allegedly by the back section of a container trailer truck, recommends the case be closed with no charges filed against the driver, according to senior police officers. The man...

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