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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, examining ways to strengthen health care in the U.S. territories. This follows a similar hearing in the House Committee on Natural Resources committee held on May...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has ordered the court marshal to find out whether statements by the Public Defender’s Office regarding the whereabouts of Sonny “Mu” Kelemete are true. If not, Kruse said, the court will issue a bench warrant for Kelemete, for failure to...
The Fono building site
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A New Zealand company has begun drilling in preparation for pile driving that United States authorities require for the construction of American Samoa's new Legislature. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that is because the new building will be located in a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former employee of Pacific Store Services, accused of stealing over $1,000 from his employer 2 years ago, has admitted to the criminal charge against him. Manuele Taulapapa, 27, was initially charged in two separate criminal cases. He was charged with stealing and...
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Pago Pago, AMAERICAN SAMOA — A man, who is serving probation for a 2014 conviction for assaulting a Korean woman in connection with a robbery in Kokoland in 2013, re-appeared in court yesterday morning for a probation revocation hearing on the allegation that he violated conditions of probation....
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. The discretionary grant of $588,815 was awarded to the American Samoa Department of Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Certain fees will increase for immigration services, including the Certificate of Identify fee, which will double from $50 to $100 — but at the same time, it will be valid for one-year instead of six months, under proposed amendments by the Attorney General’s Office to...
Fill dirt washed out of ditch in Kokoland
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This recent photo taken by Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa shows a large ditch along the side of the road entering the Kokoland area, next to the CCCAS Ierusalema Fou Church. This is an area of the road that was dug by Paramount Builders Inc., which was contracted by the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Co., which operates StarKist Samoa in the territory, has lent support to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposed rule that would expand the definition of "variety”, saying “it would provide small format retailers with greater flexibility to stock healthy,...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has admitted to the charge against him. Luluga Onosa’i, a 35-year-old taxi driver from Samoa, pled out last week. Onosa’i was initially charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a...

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