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The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) have launched a joint investigation into the issuance of fake ID cards used by Asians to travel. Because of this, changes have been made, like setting aside just one day out of the week - Wednesday - for the...
Samoa News has learned that the American Samoa Government has filed their ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) to join the Tui Samoa cable. This was reported by the Samoa Observer. The Observer reported that the cost may have gone up, given that they did not sign on when...
ASG Shipyard Authority chief executive Moefa’auo Bill Emmsley and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele, who is also a member of the shipyard board, gave different explanations to a Senate committee this week regarding repairs of ASG tugboats and the purchase of a second one....
The Senate Rules Committee wants to hear from the public, on Friday, their views and opinions on a proposed amendment to the Constitution which gives the Legislature the authority to override the governor’s veto of legislation that’s been approved by the Fono. Meanwhile, a Conference Committee of...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the healthcare needs of American Samoan veterans in a Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee hearing to examine up to ten health-related bills that are under early consideration in the Committee, including draft legislation to improve the VA’s Health...
The preliminary examination hearing for DPS officer Fa'auma Malo, who was arrested last week, is scheduled for this morning in the District Court. Malo, who made his initial appearance Monday before Judge Fiti Sunia, is being held at TCF until he pays a $5,000 surety bond. Malo is charged with one...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean wants to know if American Samoa is getting any share of the multi-million-dollar proposed settlement agreement between StarKist Co., and the US Department of Justice, over the cannery’s violation of federal environmental laws in Pago Pago Harbor.  USDOJ is currently...
The Senate has reduced the excise tax for imported non-carbonated sugary drinks and hiked the current 5% miscellaneous excise tax. The changes are included in the Senate version of an Administration bill, which seeks to amend several provisions of local excise taxes. The measure was approved during...
STOP SEX WORK   Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticized plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living...
Bruckner Chase, Uila o le Sami, who swam from Aunu’u to Pago Pago in 2011 is back on island as part of a National Weather Service Ocean Today expedition to create an educational film series on beach and ocean safety that will focus on the unique hazards around the island. This innovative project...

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