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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Port Administration has confirmed that two projects for the Airport Division have been awarded to US-based Woolpert, a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) company, which announced yesterday in a national news release that the company has been signed...
Centennial Building location of Retirement Fiund office
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Provisions of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly known as ERISA, “shall not apply” to the  ASG Employment Retirement Fund because it’s a government pension plan. This is according to a senior ASG official, who provided the unsolicited input,...
Solier standing in front of American flag.
Washington, DC —Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement: “A recent media report has caused some questions on that, but that report is incorrect. To my knowledge, the Pentagon has not changed their recruiting policy, and U.S. law hasn’t changed. Since I don’t speak for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year-old man who was convicted of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that she was the one who started the fight, which landed him a 3-night stay at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The defendant was initially charged...
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Salt Lake City, UTAH — The federal court imposing automatic US citizenship on persons born in American Samoa “violates fundamental principles of self-determination” as well as its “sovereignty and the importance of the fa’aSamoa,” according to the latest filing by the American Samoa Government and...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 56-year-old taxi driver from Fagaalu who is accused of assaulting a fellow taxi driver was arrested over the weekend. Faalemiga Valaau made his initial appearance in District Court this week where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. He is charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to provide additional financial help to the American Samoa Community College, the Administration is proposing a 3-cent excise tax increase on cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco products, according to the proposed law submitted by Gov. Lolo Matalasi...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination (PX) for an inmate serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and now charged in connection with the alleged shooting in Leone last month, which wounded and hospitalized a male ended yesterday morning, with District Court...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga
Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA — To determine the financial and economic impact of the next federally mandated minimum wage hike, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a 10-member Minimum Wage Assessment Working Group to provide a report for review. As previously reported by Samoa News, the next...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine after police stopped his vehicle and allegedly found a bag containing 8g of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia has admitted to the charges against him. Suilefaiga Toala appeared in High...

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