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A young man from American Samoa was chosen to greet Pope Francis when the pontiff arrived at a pre-synod youth gathering in Rome this week. Paul Collins was not the original delegate from the Oceania region picked to travel to Rome. A last minute withdrawal by the Cook Islands youth delegate meant...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pre-registration for residents who were affected by Tropical Storm Gita is set to be completed tomorrow, while the government has released the list of more villages to register for federal disaster assistance at the Disaster Recovery Center, which is operated jointly by...
  by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senate legal counsel Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase says a proposed law to raise the marriage age of females from 14 to 18, “aligns” with other current laws, such as the criminal code and the age of a person who can vote in American...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Despite the impending uncertainties of reaching a consensus, ASG’s Budget Office and its director Catherine D. Saelua have presented a positive picture of local spending for the first three months of FY 2018 (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2017). “Thankfully, Congress has averted...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A stated component of the Vision of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is for the institution to have “an active impact in the development of the educational, social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and environmental well-being of American Samoa...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata strongly defended American Samoa’s federal funding needs on Tuesday, questioning the Interior Department’s 2019 reduced budget request for insular operations funding in the territory, and instead suggested an offsetting increase that includes recognition...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In response to a request from Manu'a Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr., that the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) should have a spring break so teachers can get time off from work, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale told lawmakers during yesterday's session...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines will waive change fees and fare differences “for our guests” in Pago Pago, whose Spring break plans were impacted by Tropical Storm Gita last month, said airline spokesperson Ann Botticelli. More than a week ago, Samoa News received calls from local...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Taken into custody last Thursday night by police, was a mother of three from Fagaima, for allegedly assaulting her drunken husband, who had come home and wanted to cause trouble with her. The 41-year-old woman made her initial appearance in District Court last Friday on...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some lawmakers don't support the decision by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to allow deputy directors to appear during House hearings to answer questions from faipule, as directors who are being requested to appear are the ones with key roles in the government’s partnership...

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