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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — The Department of Human Resources has completed a review and adjustment salary threshold for employees with 25+ years of service, as well as a compensation policy for 4 other executive branch departments. This is according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s State of the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for an assault conviction from last year was arrested this week on the allegation that he assaulted his aunty’s boyfriend. Ikenasio Tomasi is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) is exploring options to either reuse and/ or recycle used oil on island or dispose of it off island, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who added that the ASEPA has been working on plans to remove hazardous waste...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year-old man who is on probation was sentenced to 165 days at the TCF for resisting arrest. According to court records, Iakopo Talalelei put up a struggle when officers tried to handcuff him. He appeared in court last week for sentencing. When given the chance to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has submitted proposed legislation which seeks to amend the current 2% wage tax law and establish by law, the Governor’s Healthcare Professional Succession Initiative. In the cover letter last week to Fono leaders, the governor pointed out that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — All foreign travelers, except for Samoa passport holders, wanting to enter American Samoa are now required to come through the Hawai’i route, under Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s Jan. 29th, “continued and expanded” State of Emergency declaration, issued last month due to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa convicted of sexual abusing a 15-year-old girl has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders as a condition of his 5-year probation. Oneone Tuala, 35, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $35,000 surety...
Robert Nusz and Lawrence Montgomery
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just over $1 billion in total sales was generated in 2017 from the more than 500 business establishments in American Samoa surveyed for the 2017 Economic Census, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2017 Economic Census for the Island...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down last year, has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence — which is 20 months. Kaleti Faavae appeared in court last Friday for a disposition hearing where he apologized and begged for...
Aumua Amata and Rep. Don Young
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata hailed Committee passage of a bipartisan bill to strengthen the future of fishing. She is an original cosponsor of the bill and was pleased to vote for it on Wednesday in the Natural Resources Committee, where it passed by unanimous consent. The bill...

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