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Director of the local Medicaid Office, Sandra King-Young and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa permanent residents as well as legal residents are not eligible under the Medicaid off island referral program to New Zealand, which is fully funded by the federal government. However, they are eligible for the Medicaid program if they are treated at the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released on his own recognizance (O.R.) earlier this year is now back in custody with bail set at $100 Sosoatu Tooala appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. During proceedings, Judge Elvis P. Patea noted that Tooala has made...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three men arrested last year on allegations that he gave high school students 3 marijuana cigarettes has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Lavea’i Otto was charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he was charged with one count of...
Tafuna High School sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Students, teachers and administrators at Tafuna High School, along with parents have raised serious concerns over the safety of the school campus after-hours following a second break-in this month, the third one this year. Three sets of parents told Samoa News this week...
[l-r] Commerce Department deputy director Uili Leauanae; DOC fishery development coordinator Tamatoa Tony Langkilde; and Marine and Wildlife Resources deputy director, Selaina Vaitautolu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the design for the government’s “Alia Tele - Super Alia” was completed about two years ago, the Commerce Department is still trying to secure funding to start building the prototype model. Each super alia is estimated to cost some $350,000, which lawmakers argue is...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson and ASG Budget Office director Catherine A. Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At a hearing last Friday, the Senate Public Safety Committee questioned two government officials on a pair of Senate bills — one which seeks to increase the law enforcement fees collected by the court, and one to amend current driver’s license fees. The committee,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 31-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joshua Filiga appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
Vice Speaker, Fetu Fetui Jr shaking hands with Rep. Sataua Dr. Mataese Samuelu during a fono session last year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vice Speaker, Fetu Fetui Jr has voiced his disappointment with the way KHJ Radio has carried out its news coverage for the House of Representatives. Fetu's comments were made this week during House announcements. He said he listens to the news on KHJ everyday and he's...
Ford 'Interceptors' parked in front of the Central Police Station in a 2017 file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Mar. 12 memo to directors, American Samoa Lt. Gov. Lemanu, who is also acting governor, explained the new vehicle acquisition policy, which provides exemptions to executive branch agencies. “No new vehicle purchase or lease may be executed without the responsible...
Sen. Tauaa S. Vaouli during a Samoa News interview
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Chemical castration is a frightening thought in an adult’s mind; but it is no comparison to a child's frightened, paralyzed young and immature mind while being sexually violated, abused or raped,” said Ipu Lefiti, a local victim's rights advocate. Lefiti was responding...

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