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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The fate of another Administration bill is heading to being rejected by the Senate as several senators were not pleased that the proposed law was “incomplete” when submitted to the Fono. The latest bill would create a new law, which bans talking or texting while holding...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The three female off-duty police officers arrested on the weekend made their initial appearances in District Court this week. They are Alisha Lautoa, Deidre Tusani, and Susana Lin. Lin, who was the driver of the vehicle pulled over by police officers, is charged with...
House members attending yesterday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Joint Budget Committee has requested financial reports for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 from the Lemanu Administration on the total surplus accumulated for each previous fiscal years, how it was spent and if it was Fono approved, as well as if the Fono ever...
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Washington, D.C. — The United States and the Federated States of Micronesia have agreed on a plan to build a military base in the Pacific island nation. The Pacific Islands Times report the move is in line with the Pentagon's strategic ambition to increase its footprint in the Indo-Pacific region...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested last month on the allegation that they damaged a store in Nu’uuli and assaulted employees. When police searched one of the two men, illegal drugs were found in his pocket. Mealamu Paulino and Afato Lilo made their initial appearances in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce will not be partnering with the government-sponsored two-day Island Wide Job & Internship Fairs next month, as some businesses are complaining about ASG’s letter of solicitation for support of the fair sent out to them more than...
Amata with Senator Bob Dole
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took on the role of Ranking Member in Tuesday’s hearing of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee to examine the topic, “Aging in Place: Examining Veterans’ Access to Home and Community Based Services.” Members of Congress discussed...
3 Members of the ASG COVID-19 Task Force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — COVID-19 Task Force members who testified before the Fono House Health Committee this week had to answer some tough questions re a Samoa government official who did not go through pandemic protocols when he arrived from Samoa, as well as those people who got to return on...
Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu (left) and the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Tuimavave Tauapa’i Laupola
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several senators have serious reservations with the Administration’s bill, which seeks to amend local law by removing the requirement that the Territorial Auditor — who heads the ASG independent agency Territorial Audit Office — shall be a certified public accountant (...
Members of the ASG Coronavirus Task Force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Task Force would like to clarify a misnomer that the Task Force would be “re-opening the borders” between the mainland USA/Hawaii and American Samoa and a growing assumption that there will be no travel restrictions in the coming months. The discontinuation of the...

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