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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black truck that was pulled over by police last week is facing drug charges, after police allegedly found a blue bag inside the vehicle containing small baggies of a white crystalline substance, along with drug paraphernalia. Filemu “PEACE” Valaau made...
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Washington, D.C. — American Samoa Medicaid issues are being deliberated on at high levels and impacting Continuing Resolution (CR) negotiations in Congress —and this is historical — according to Sandra King Young, Medicaid Director, American Samoa Medicaid State Agency. Trade mitigation assistance ...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 27-year-old man from Petesa has been arrested on the allegations that he burglarized a home in Fogagogo and a store in Petesa earlier this year. Michael Mapu made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General...
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Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, Sept. 12th, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee 
approved the FY 2020 defense appropriations bill. The bill now goes to the full senate for consideration, and is expected to be signed into law in the next few months. The bill contains the following language for...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — So how did Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga fund the $100,000 for ASG’s donation to the Manu Samoa rugby team during their fundraising event held at Utulei beach in July this year? The answer was made clear and confirmed yesterday during the Fono Joint Budget hearing for the...
Front of a fake $100-bill circulating in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just last week, Samoa News published a photo and caption of a counterfeit $5-bill that was used to purchase a barbecue plate at a fundraising event on the west side. The particular bill had scribblings on both sides of the bill, over the serial numbers. Yesterday, Samoa...
A C-130 on the tarmac and an MV-22 Osprey military plane overhead at Pago Pago International Airport
Pictured at the tarmac late Tuesday morning at the Pago Pago International Airport is one of the two military C-130 aircraft, while flying overhead is one of the four MV-22 Osprey military planes — here for the first time — which made a refueling stop in the territory, arriving in American Samoa...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is sponsoring legislation, which seeks to amend current law on the Closing of Registration for Matai titles, calling for a three-month temporary moratorium to allow families to register valid matai titles and to allow for more than one person to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Malaeimi who was arrested and charged for burglarizing his relative’s home and store is now facing additional charges of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Absalom “Loma” Tufuga made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Prosecuting the case...
ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato and Board of Higher Education vice chair, Monsignor Viane Etuale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government is allocating only $1 million in general fund subsidy to the FY 2020 proposed budget of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and its president, Dr. Rosevonne Pato contends that this is not sufficient, saying the subsidy has continued...

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