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No disputes occurred yesterday when the 18-member Senate took the oath of office in the ceremony, which was presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, that started just after 11a.m. Additionally, Sen. Gaoteote Tofau Palaie was re-elected Senate President for the next four years. As reported by...
The House of Representatives has unanimously re-elected Rep. Savali Talavou Ale as Speaker of the House for the next two years. As previously reported by Samoa News, in a meeting last month of returning and newly-elect faipule, all endorsed Savali to, again, be the House leader. At the start of...
TEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY OVER 3-DAY WEEKEND Only ten individuals were taken into custody over the three-day New Year’s Day weekend and they all made their initial appearance yesterday in District Court, where the majority of them were released on their own recognizance, and are to appear again in...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House of Representatives convened the start of the 115th Congress after being sworn in yesterday afternoon by House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI), who was also re-elected by House Members to continue his post as Speaker of the House.  “I could not be...
Speaking in Samoan during his inauguration address, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga laid out the administration’s “five critical priorities” in the next four years, while Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga gave a summary of the priorities in English. The priorities are similar to issues Lolo shared...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has issued a public invitation to the people of American Samoa to attend a brief ceremony today, for the arrival of the government’s multi million dollar MV Manu’atele, which will service not only the Manu’a island group but in the future other neighboring Pacific islands...
After word broke on Friday that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga had named Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean as acting police commissioner, pending official nomination and confirmation by the Fono, former police commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele says he didn’t apply for a second term in the job. Gov. Lolo made the...
A former Moanalua High School receiver has died after being shot in the head at the Ala Moana Center parking lot on Christmas night. An unresponsive Stevie Feliciano, 20, died Wednesday at Queen’s Medical Center after being on life support following the shooting incident that occurred on the fifth...
FREDERICK CRICHTON A man, in his early 20s, accused of assaulting a homeowner with a rock, pled not guilty last Friday in High Court where he was arraigned on two felony counts of first degree assault and burglary first degree following an incident on the evening of Nov. 12, 2016 in Ili’ili....
With the fishing industry in crisis both here and around the Pacific, American Samoa’s leaders are opposing expansion of Marine Monuments saying it takes away fishing grounds from U.S. flagged purse seiners, while ASG is firmly opposed to expansion of the LVPA to provide more fishing options to...

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