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Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale [SN file photo]
The director of Port Administration does not make the final decision on future hikes for  port fees and charges but instead, such matters go through public hearings, in accordance with provision of the Administrative Procedures Act. This is according to testimony by Attorney General Talauega...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga [SN file photo]
The US Department of Education (USDOE) has approved the local Department of Education’s Consolidated Grant of more than $24 million, which is the largest federal funding source for ASDOE. The grant money is used to pay for various expenses, including teachers. During the ASDOE fiscal year 2018...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale testified last Friday before a Senate committee on an administration bill, which amends the local sex offender registry statute. See story for details.  [photo: FS]
There are more than 100 sex offenders already registered under the American Samoa sex offender registry, and Sen. Muagututi’a M. Tauoa is suggesting that convicted sex offenders’ photos be made widely available to the general public, for their shameful criminal acts toward their victims, especially...
Reps. Toeaina Faufano Autele and Veevalu Meauta L. Mageo.  [photo: AF]
Manu’a Faipule, Rep. Toeaina Faufano Autele is calling the Administration bill to propose a 1% alternative minimum business tax (AMBT), a “real business and economic development killer.” Toeaina, an educator by profession, said the Tax Office has the right to audit businesses who are suspected of...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
FONO CONFIRMS THREE NEW ASEDA BOARD MEMBERS The Fono has officially confirmed the governor’s nomination of three new board members for the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, which Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said plays a vital role in the government’s attempt to expedite improvement of...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson's message to those involved in illegal activities: "We will come to you." See story for full details.  [photo: AF]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson says cops are not trying to interfere with the work of Customs officers stationed at the Pago Pago International Airport, and there seems to be some confusion on what’s happening at the airport. “There is nothing that can stop police officers from being...
[l-r] Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai; House Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi; and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Sen Magalei Logovi’i, at the conclusion of the Fono joint budget committee hearing last Friday, which is co-chaired by Vailiuama and Magalei.  [photo: FS]
The Fono leaders plan to - again - communicate to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, its long-standing practice that only cabinet directors, including presidents and CEOs of authorities, are to testify during budget hearings. This followed last Thursday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearings, for which...
Samoa is raising the permit fees for US nationals from American Samoa entering Samoa. Beginning Oct. 9, the fee for a 14 day permit will double to $20. For expedited service the fee will be $30. A multiple entry for 12 months will cost $150. For people who overstay their permits, a new fee of $80,...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga [SN file photo]
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga said a school bus assigned to transport students to Manulele Tausala Elementary School on Tuesday broke down en route to the school, but a bus was available and did pick up students after school. Matagi-Tofiga’s response to Samoa News questions, comes after...
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This past Wednesday, local business Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) presented a generous monetary donation that officially made them the Gold Sponsor for this year's Miss American Samoa pageant, set to be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei) in Utulei next Saturday, with six young beauties...

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