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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two men suspected to have burglarized a Tafuna store last month were arrested this week. Sooupu Kalapu and Vincent Agafili made their initial appearances in District Court this week. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell, while Assistant...
Department of Human and Social Services director, Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala shaking hands with lawmakers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Human and Social Services director, Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala testified Wednesday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee on his department’s fiscal year 2020 budget of $25.77 million — which is 100% federally funded. Responding to committee questions on...
ASG Medicaid Agency director, Sandra King-Young and the governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over $100 million remains in the balance of unspent federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) money for American Samoa and this entire amount will be returned to the federal government at the end of this month if it is not used, according to the American Samoa Medicaid Agency’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver accused of disturbing the peace inside a Pago Pago store is now being charged with drug possession after police searched his vehicle and found 2 small baggies containing marijuana. Vilima’a Togiaso, who is on probation for a stealing conviction...
Precious Ameperosa and her mother
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Alpha Epsilon Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) holds an induction ceremony during each Spring and Fall semester to welcome some of the “best and the brightest” academic achievers into...
A view of the pavilion on the Fagatogo malae and the paving around it
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police have removed a rock barrier erected as a protest over controversial paving done in front of the Fagatogo malae. Since a new pavilion was opened in the grounds of the malae the people of Fagatogo have been protesting over the paving of a large grassed area they...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives has passed the extension of Medicaid assistance as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government beyond the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2019. It is now going to the Senate. According to Congresswoman Aumua Amata, in a...
Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After making one amendment, the Fono Joint Budget Committee yesterday passed the final fiscal year 2020 budget, without inflating the initial total budget submission of $421.48 million. Both the Senate and House now go through the final process of approving the budget...
ASTCA chief executive officer, Lewis J. Wolman
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) sharing with two other ASG entities, revenues earned from the Hawaiki cable capacity sale, adds an additional burden on ASTCA to operate, according to the authority’s chief executive officer, Lewis Wolman, who noted...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black truck that was pulled over by police last week is facing drug charges, after police allegedly found a blue bag inside the vehicle containing small baggies of a white crystalline substance, along with drug paraphernalia. Filemu “PEACE” Valaau made...

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