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An actual Rapiscan image. [photo: Rapiscan website]
The Rapiscan for cargo and vehicle inspection is not yet operational; this is according to the Chief of Customs, Moetulu’i Fuiava. Moetulu’i was responding to Samoa News questions following concerns raised by Rep Faimealelei Anthony Allen during the House regular session Tuesday — seeing that it...
The latest addition to the growing list of drug busts at the Fagatogo Post Office involves a female postal worker and Samoa News understands that federal investigators have been made aware of the case. No comment could be obtained from local Postmaster Tao Suani but Samoa News understands that...
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The Senate has approved the 17 standing committees for the new 35th Legislature, which is taking a two-week mid session recess at the close of business tomorrow, while lawmakers await submission by the Administration of proposed legislation and cabinet director appointments. SENATE STANDING...
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Because of the increase in crude oil prices and transportation costs, the new maximum allowable price (MAP) or wholesale price of all petroleum products sold in American Samoa will see a major increase in fuel cost for the MAP, which goes into effect this week, according to the ASG Office of...
Gov. Lolo has appointed Utu Abe Malae to head a task force to look at education reforms for ASDOE.  Utu who is also the Ex. Director of ASPA as well as the Chairman of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, is pictured in this file photo from Oct. 2016 offering special remarks during the official opening of the new bank. [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a seven-member task force, charged with providing recommendations pertaining to the future of public education in American Samoa, as the administration remains concerned with public high school graduates having to take remedial courses at the American Samoa...
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ASG’s $13.6 million MV Manu’atele vessel docking the morning of Jan. 4 at Pago Pago Harbor’s main dock, which was packed with government officials, leaders and members of the public. However, it appears that the vessel is having a minor problem. Port Administration Acting Director Taimalelagi Dr....
Long term criminal attorney and former Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase has returned to the Senate as their Legal Counsel, she’s pictured here with her husband, Tupulua “Bone” Ta’ase.  [Photo: JL]
Long time prosecutor MItzie Jessop-Ta’ase has resigned from the Attorney General’s office, and returns to the Fono as the Senate’s Legal Counsel, citing an opportunity and challenge “to grow” as too good to pass up. Jessop-Ta’ase was the Deputy AG and a criminal prosecutor, who managed more than 10...
Acting Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua in a Nov. 2016 file photo. [SN file photo]
Department of Health Acting Director Motusa Tuileama Nua has cleared the air that the "proposed contract" of $223,000 for DOH’s Independent financial consultant Uti Gebauer was a mistake that has been fixed with a proposed increase of $6,000 per month for an extension to one year, not the $12,000...
Michael Agasiva has been arrested again; this time he’s facing charges of burglary, sexual abuse, trespassing and third degree assault. Agasiva, who is being held on bail of $10,000, made his initial appearance in the District Court this week. According to the government’s case, the matter was...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Through various loan programs offered by the Development Bank of American Samoa for local businesses, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said more than $9 million has been injected back into the local economy over the last four years. The governor made the comments in his Comprehensive Report of the State...

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