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District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia has denied a defense motion to quash the arrest warrant issued last month for the arrest of US citizen Dean J. Fletcher, who is wanted by authorities in Tonga for the alleged murder of his wife onboard the couple’s boat in Tonga’s waters. With the court’s action...
Defendants in the Large Vessel Protect Area (LVPA) lawsuit have also asked the federal court in Honolulu for a summary judgment, saying that the plaintiff — the Territory of American Samoa, through the Governor’s Office — has not met its burden to establish standing and thus the court is without...
The late Jacobsen L. Laumoli of Leone and Vailoa who was fatally shot in Independence, Missouri on October 30, 2016.  (Courtesy Photo)
A son of American Samoa was fatally shot in Independence Missouri, on October 30, 2016 and it’s left the family of Angela and Leiseau Vaitoelau Laumoli of Leone and Vailoa heartbroken. Jacobsen Laumoli who was 27-years-old and lived in Kansas City, Missouri was shot and killed and to date the...
Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, left, and Amata Radewagen of American Samoa. (courtesy photo via Saipan Tribune)
When the smoke clears on Nov. 9, two political figures of Samoan ancestry could find themselves in a position to play a central role in reshaping their respective political parties, no matter who wins or loses the presidential election. A victorious Donald Trump will not change overnight to become...
BINGHAM SUIAUNOA After spending a week at the Territorial Correctional Facility, inmate Bingham Suiaunoa was released Tuesday per order of the court to await sentencing on Nov. 15t after he pled guilty early this week to a misdemeanor count of public peace disturbance. Suiaunoa was initially...
American Samoa Power Authority is getting a $30,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) Program. The grant for American Samoa and 39 other states was announced Tuesday by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a...
Four complaints regarding the treatment by the local Education Department (ASDOE) of students with special needs filed and investigated by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were recently addressed when the USDOE issued its findings and conclusions for these cases. (...
A US Department of Education investigation has found that the local Education Department (ASDOE) failed to provide for students with disabilities attending Matafao Elementary School with one week of educational programs while their resource room was being repaired, according to a USDOE’s Office of...
Reduce petroleum use by land-based vehicles and explore the use of electronic vehicles, is one of the four renewable energy strategies outlined in the updated 2016 report of the American Samoa Energy Plan, released in September by the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee, established some six...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (fourth from left) was joined yesterday by local leaders in breaking ground for the shipyard’s $1 million project, which includes the construction of a two-story building at the shipyard’s site in Satala. Making land available for a StarKist cannery freezer is also cited by the Shipyard Authority as one of the reasons for the new building.  [photo: AF]
The ASG Shipyard Service Authority yesterday broke ground for a $1 million project, which includes the construction of a two-story building, as well as major improvements to the 3,000-ton slipway for large vessels and the 1,000-ton slipway for small vessels. Funded with proceeds from the American...

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