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JANUARY SIREN TESTING SET FOR 12NOON TODAY The local Department of Homeland Security reminds the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for the month of January will be conducted at 12noon today, Jan. 6. And this is the monthly siren test, which is held on the first Friday of...
In our front page photo in yesterday’s Samoa News issue we identified the MV Manu’atele crew as a group — with Gov. Lolo M. Moliga saying the crew — made up all of American Samoans — who sailed the vessel from Washington State to the Territory had set a great example of our being able to control...
Former Department of Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson has been appointed as designated Acting Police Commissioner, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s latest appointments released yesterday afternoon. Lolo had initially appointed in a Dec. 30 memo, former police commissioner...
StarKist Co., reminds cannery workers that production is still set to resume next week Monday at the StarKist Samoa facility in Atu’u and the company is still banking on a big turn out of workers to kick start production of the new year. StarKist Samoa took its three weeks end-of-the year shut down...
President of the local Alia Fisherman Association, Taloloa Howard Dunham voiced his concerns with a federal judge over the US government’s decision early last year, which reduced the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) in waters of American Samoa from 50 to 12 miles from shoreline. Dunham’s concerns...
The latest data from the Department of Health says the number of suspected Zika cases has increased slightly with one new confirmed case as American Samoa closes out the year 2016. According to DOH, as of Dec. 15, there were 1,026 Zika suspected case with 61 Zika case confirmed through laboratory...
The government’s new vessel MV Manu’atele sailed into Pago Pago Harbor after 8:30a.m undera cloudy morning with a little rain, and the main harbor was already packed with VIPS, guests and members of the public. The main dock was decorated the night before with a “Manu’atele” sign on the wall...
A marijuana shipment estimated to have a street value of $30- $40,000 was confiscated Tuesday afternoon at the Fagatogo Post Office after a young man in his early 20s came by to claim the parcel. The drugs, according to Samoa News sources, were stashed in four sandwich bags full of protein powder....
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...

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