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House Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr., seems to believe the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) is not doing enough to get more federal funding to help the Department of Public Safety, which is faced with a shortage of police officers and financial resources. Fetui’s reaction came Wednesday during...
With a new adult male inmate building completed and dedicated, Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele plans to use the old building, currently housing the general adult male population, for “training in trade” for Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) inmates. NEW INMATE BUILDING The new $3.11...
Local ‘alia fishermen were invited to take part in the Coastweeks Fun Beach Day, held last week sat the Su’igaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei, hosted by the Department of Commerce (DOC). The excited fishermen started setting up before 6 a.m. but by then, anxious customers were already waiting...
Through a Sept. 27 general memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed an eight-member task force to review Health Department nurses’ salary reclassifications, following a proposal by the department’s nurses. The governor appointed his special assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira to “...
LOLO ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED FOR FORMER ISRAEL LEADER PEREGov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered flags in American Samoa to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel. Peres died early this week at the age of 93 after...
Two local businessmen have filed separate complaints with the US Transportation Department over Hawaiian Airlines’ new policy in which passengers can no longer pre-select seats via the airline’s website or kiosk in its Pago Pago flights. Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News on...
The US Department of Transportation has granted approval of a joint application filed in July by US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline...
Seven new police officers to be recruited for the Department of Public Safety, and whose salaries are funded by a federal grant, will be serving as community officers at schools, says Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) director Keith Gebauer during a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday...
The caseload currently handled by the Public Defender’s Office has decreased compared to the past case load, and Public Defender Douglas Fiaui believes the reason for the drop in cases is that the Attorney General’s Office is charging people on what “they can prove.” It was revealed during a recent...
In making a permanent program that provides communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind, the US Federal Communication Commission has also extended the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to residents of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of...

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