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The now closed Fono building awaiting demolition. [SN file photo]
The Senate on Tuesday approved in final reading two bills, sponsored by Sens. Magalei Logovi’i, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga, and Paepae I. Faiai. Both bills now go to the House for consideration. One bill, supported by the Election Office, deals with campaign activities on Election Day; and the...
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G.H.C. Reid & Company has voiced its support of the Lolo Administration’s proposal to change how the government imposes the import tax on beer — based on volume, not on value. ASG officials told a House committee hearing this week, the proposed amendment is to standardize the imposition of the...
Pacific Islands Remote Marine National Monument  [Photo: Beth Pike, Marine Conservation Institute via Wikimedia]
A retired US based scientist has voiced her strong opposition to any reduction of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), which includes the entire Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. Ann Hobbs is among the more than 98,000 whose comments were released on the federal portal — www....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga believes the Trump Administration’s initiatives, such as the reconsideration of ocean monument expansions will benefit American Samoa. He said US President Donald Trump is committed to reducing the size of the federal government, and the same is being suggested for the...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is seeking to amend the provision of local law regarding vehicle fee registrations, which sets the annual fees according to the weight of the vehicle. The proposed amendment was introduced this week in the Fono with the Senate Transportation Committee set to hold a hearing...
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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, is moving forward with hearings on the administration’s new revenue measures, starting tomorrow, while the Senate is awaiting the official introduction of the fiscal year 2018 budget bill and when budget hearings will...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
The American Samoa Government’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget of more than $395 million is now with the Legislature, and the Lolo Administration has also submitted a FY 2018 Supplemental budget request that is to be funded with revenues collected from the Administration’s five revenue measures...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse  [SN file photo]
John Luao Iosefo, was sentenced last Friday to 20 months imprisonment, a condition of his 5-year probation term. Iosefo, 23, was a janitor at Fatu o Aiga when he pled guilty to first degree sexual abuse for having sexual intercourse with a minor. He was arrested in January 2015 and initially...
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A screenshot of a map from the US Geological Survey website shows a ‘gold’ star, in the Samoan Islands Region, where an earthquake occurred, located about 102 miles southwest of Pago Pago. Some residents on the western side of Tutuila reported that they felt the quake. According to the US...
A look at some of the USMC F-35B stealth fighters that were part of a fleet deployed to Iwakuni, Japan in the first operational overseas deployment for the jets that are dubbed — the most expensive plane in history. The side of the aircraft features the name of Leone HS graduate: SSGT Louis H. Uhrle, a US Marine mechanic who is part of the squadron that deployed to Japan. The name of his village — Leone — is featured on the plane, alongside "American Samoa".  [photo: screenshot of CNN news broadcast]
American Samoa's name is being flown high in the sky, thanks to the dedicated work of a Leone High School graduate who is proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Earlier this year, SSGT Louis H. Uhrle became one of America's elite, a member of the F-35B stealth fighter squadron...

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