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Some faipule are hopeful that the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) will be able to provide some sort of federal funding to help with the lack of financial resources faced by the Office of Public Defender, which is 100% funded by local revenues. And during a House Judicial Committee hearing...
Hawaiian Airlines’ decision to assign seats at the airport on its Pago Pago flights was the most efficient way to manage weight distribution for the Boeing 767 aircraft following a six-month survey this year that found that aircraft cabin weight was much heavier than projected, says airline...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale appears to be getting what he requested from a federal court in California for Native Hawaiian Holding Corporation (NHHC) official, Quin Ngoc Rudin — to “punish him to the fullest extend of the law.” U.S District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar has sentenced Rudin to...
The ASG Shipyard Service Authority now has five newly certified “deep-sea divers”, who will not only contribute to their trade but also towards a new and long term vision of the shipyard to establish a “salvage-response” team for stranded and shipwrecked vessels in territorial waters, according to...
A federal court judge has granted final approval of a multi million dollar settlement in a lawsuit filed in February 2013 by a California resident against StarKist Co., which owns StarKist Samoa cannery in American Samoa. As previously reported by Samoa News, it was July last year that U.S....
The Department of Public Safety has yet to complete their investigation into the death of an infant over the weekend, who was allegedly run over by a vehicle that was backing up, this is according to the DPS Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele. Responding to Samoa News queries, Save said no criminal...
COURT GRANTS GOV’T CONTINUANCE ON WRIGHT’S MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL After granting the government’s motion for a continuance, the High Court re-scheduled for Nov. 4th a new hearing date for defendant Samuel Wright, who had requested to void the jury decision, which found him guilty, and to set a new...
With the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approving an incremental funding request for the construction of the new multi million-dollar-building in Tafuna for the American Samoa Power Authority operations center, the stop order for the construction work is scheduled to be lifted early...
A US couple that recently adopted a child from Samoa say a new proposed federal rule on international adoptions “may end our journey through Samoa and that of many other families.” The US State Department has proposed to amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to...
McDonald's American Samoa CEO Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo presented Rotarians of Pago Pago with a donation of $100K for the Pala Lagoon Swimming Center yesterday. This photo was taken at the swimming center, which is still under construction. Tautolo is on the far right of the ‘picture’ of...

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