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The US Department of Labor is appealing a federal judge’s decision, which blocked the federal agency’s final rule that was to go into effect yesterday, raising the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and American Samoa. The “special salary level” for salaried workers — who...
The federal court in Honolulu has scheduled an extradition hearing in January for an American citizen, wanted in Tonga for the murder of his wife, and the fugitive remains jailed in Honolulu following a detention hearing yesterday after it was postponed from Monday. Fifty-four year old Dean Jay...
FIRST PHASE OF SAMOA’S MULTIMILLION AIRPORT PROJECT OPENS Apia, SAMOA — “This upgrade is a milestone in developing tourism between China and Samoa,” said Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. The US31.7 million project built by the Shanghai Construction Company from China...
The US State Department has confirmed a newly signed Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with sixteen Pacific island nations is now in place for six year and signing of the document allows the continued operation of the US fleet in the region. Signed Dec. 3 (Saturday) in Nadi, Fiji, the State...
As part of the settlement agreement with the federal government, the local Department of Education (ASDOE) is being required to provide “notice and training” to all teaching and administrative staff regarding new ASDOE policies and procedures pertaining to students with disability attending public...
LINO PENITITO A young man convicted of stealing from his former employer have been sentenced by the High Court to serve 20 months in jail as one of the conditions of his 5-year probation. However, execution of the jail term is suspended for Lino Penitito, who was formerly employed with Tri Marine...
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the House passage of six veterans’ bills on Tuesday. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the House have passed these important Veterans’ bills before the end of the year, and I am proud to have voted to pass these...
The investigative arm of the US Congress has recommended two alternatives for raising the minimum wage in American Samoa to keep pace with the local cost of living and reach the federal minimum wage level. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) had already provided Congress with one...
American Samoa Power Authority is estimating it will collect around half a million dollars annually in additional revenue from the new rate increases that went into effect last week for waste water and solid waste services, says ASPA executive director Utu Abe Malae. As reported early this week in...
SIREN-TEST FOR DECEMBER AT 12NOON TODAY The local Department of Homeland Security / TEMCO Division reminds the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for December is set for 12 noon today. The monthly siren test is held on the first Friday of every month. ASDOL asks the public...

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