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Argosy University is located on the ground floor of the Haleck Building in Ottoville.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Argosy University students are not getting their stipend, under the student financial aid from the US Department of Education (USDOE), and the federal court appointed Receiver has requested a drawdown of $13 million from USDOE, according to the latest filings at the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Patea has given a second chance to a man for whom a bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court this past Wednesday. Viliamu Ueli is charged with public peace disturbance. His pretrial conference is set for March 15. At first, Judge Elvis P. Patea...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was charged following an altercation with his sister has pled guilty to third degree assault, as a class A misdemeanor. Hinelaia Niue appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Through his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Anna...
 Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department for nearly $1.75 million. This discretionary Pacific Basin Grant totaling $1,745,233 is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health...
Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer (left) shaking hands with Faimealelei A. F. Allen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A senior American Samoa government official has rejected claims from Samoa that most of the hard drugs found in Samoa are brought in from the territory. American Samoa’s Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer, told the Weekend Observer, that by Samoa pointing the finger to them...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline citizenship for any U.S. Nationals from American Samoa who choose to convert their status to U.S. citizenship. The bill would make their citizenship choice much more convenient and accessible in three...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia reiterated, yesterday morning, the High Court’s order for the government to provide the names of all witnesses to Thomas Siaumau’s defense team. Siaumau is accused of shooting at a police vehicle in December 2017. The case goes to trial in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea has found probable cause to bind the government's case against drug defendant Rintel I'atala to the High Court, where an arraignment is scheduled for this morning. I'atala is charged with one count each of illegal possession of marijuana and illegal...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is currently off island attending meetings in Honolulu and Washington D.C. Asked for some information regarding the Honolulu meetings, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira told Samoa News that “meetings held in Hawai’i...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — No discovery and the failure of the Immigration Office to confirm the status of a man charged with public peace disturbance has resulted in the government's case against Sooane Taafua being continued to today, Feb. 15 Taafua appeared in District Court yesterday morning...

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