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The Senate and House on Monday approved in third and final reading their respective versions of the fiscal year 2017 budget totaling $380.87 million. The two chambers now go through the process of approving each others budget version before sending one version to the governor for approval. There is...
Calling it a long overdue proposed law, the Senate yesterday approved in final reading its version of the administration bill, which overhauls local litter laws, under the Keep American Samoa Beautiful Act, which gives six government agencies enforcement authority and also empowers village mayors...
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Honolulu, HI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that five animal species from American Samoa warrant listing as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This final listing, which includes the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, mao, American Samoa population of the...
Two men charged with drug possession were arrested over the weekend at a vacant house which was unlawfully occupied by the owner’s male relative, who allegedly told young teenage girls they had to have sex in exchange for drugs and money, according to court documents. Defendants Wayne Gasolo and...
Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele says three or four recent suicide cases “have something to do with drugs” and claims that two locations or companies are the source supplier of illegal drugs. Save made the revelation during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting at the Agriculture Department conference...
As Bluesky Pacific Group owner Amper SA seeks to sell Bluesky to a Fijian company in lieu of an offer from a local investor group, Amper is also facing a lawsuit in Spain filed by its local minority shareholders. Amper and Fijian telecommunications company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH...
The Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already adopted a policy that forbids lending to directors or senior management of the government owned financial institution, at all, says Chairman of the Board Utu Abe Malae, adding that’s one step further than required by TBAS statute. Utu addressed...
Samoa News has learned that an investor group that includes local residents and Bluesky management made a competing bid to purchase the Bluesky Pacific Group last month, but that Bluesky’s present owner, Amper SA (Amper) decided to sell the company to a Fiji government controlled company instead....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law three administration bills including legislation that would increase the annual quota of foreigners to apply for permanent residency annually from “50” to “100”. In signing the bill into law, the governor informed the Fono leaders in a Sept. 15 letter...
TRIAL FOR LEONE SUBSTATION SHOOTERS CONTINUED TO DECEMBER The High Court has continued to December this year the trial of four men accused of shooting at the police substation in Leone in October 2014. This is to await the complete police report in the case, after one of the defense attorneys...

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