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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer who allegedly assaulted another man for not moving his bus made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Filisi Keneti is remanded to custody without set bail, after the court was notified by Immigration that Keneti's ID expired in 2014...
ASG Treasurer, Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s surplus of more than $3 million at the close of fiscal year 2018 is “preliminary” as the independent audit is not yet completed, according to ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a in his testimony before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee last...
American Samoa Medicaid Agency Director Sandra King-Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Medicaid in American Samoa is very unique and not the same as the rest of the US because eligibility and claiming is based on US immigration law — which does not apply here,” according to local Medicaid Agency Director Sandra King-Young. King-Young was responding to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the men arrested after police raided a home in Tafuna last year in search of drugs and weapons has pled guilty. Talosaga Vaili, 42, was initially charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a felony punishable by...
US longline fleet based in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tautai-o-Samoa Longline & Fishing Association president, Christinna Lutu-Sanchez has told the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council the reasons behind the decision by the US longline fleet based in American Samoa, to decline participation in the...
Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An administration bill proposing an increase in the contribution of members of the American Samoa Government Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF) was submitted to the Fono last week by Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga. In his letter to Fono leaders, Lemanu said the...
Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie has shared with senators two updates: Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s health condition; and the construction of the new Fono building, for which a decision has been reached that will move the project forward. Gaoteote, who returned last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — All three cases against a man facing a total of 7 criminal charges are set for bench trial in May this year. Absalom David Fanene a.k.a. "Loma" appeared in District Court last Friday for a pretrial conference. He was represented by Public Defender Michael White while...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month and to celebrate, DOE Special Education (SPED) division heads and staff members at various public schools across the territory are hosting activities for their students. For Samoana High School, the SPED students were...
Pago Pago Rep. Vesiai Poyer Samuelu.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Issues regarding the off-island medical referral program, and the process of recruiting nurses for the LBJ Medical Center were raised by some lawmakers during the House Session last week. RECRUITING NURSES Rep. Vesiai Poyer Samuelu said a lot of complaints have been...

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