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A former StarKist Co., senior executive has pled guilty in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to fix the price of packaged seafood, such as canned tuna, sold in the US, according to court records and federal prosecutors. Stephen L. Hodge — who served as StarKist Co., senior vice president...
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MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULTING SISTER — A man accused of using the broken wooden handle of a hammer to assault his sister, who was carrying her infant child in her arms, has been sentenced to 15 days in jail, which is one of several conditions of a 24-month probation sentence. Nicholas Nauer appeared in...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has written to Chief Procurement Officer, Dr. Oreta M. Crichton, saying that all government purchases shall be “restricted to locally owned businesses” unless a local vendor cannot be found, then the bidding process is to open up to off island vendors. “Maximizing the...
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and her fellow colleagues in the House of Representatives welcomed over 400 winners of the Congressional Art Competition to Washington, D.C. on Thursday.  Ms. Nina Vergara of Pacific Horizons School won American Samoa’s competition this year with a piece...
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele says she is waiting for an “accurate” report from Hawaiian Airlines as to why the Wednesday night flight from Honolulu had to circle over Tutuila for a period of time before the flight actually landed at Pago Pago International Airport. In...
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This recent photo following heavy rain, shows huge pools of water — or a “lake” — at the secondary road fronting Holy Family Cemetery, Hope House, and other homes in Ottoville. When there is no rain the pool only shrinks a bit, but remains there, forming a stagnate body of water as part of the road...
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FA’ANENEFU HALL PLEADS DOWN TO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT A young mother of three, accused of stabbing a relative using a “sharp weapon,” has been sentenced to 2 years probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge, under a plea agreement with the government which was accepted by the court....
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The Statistics Division of the local Commerce Department released the American Samoa Revised Consumer Price Index — First Quarter of 2017 — on Tuesday, June 27, and it confirms what many residents have been feeling in their pockets as they purchase services and goods in the territory — a definite “...
An attorney with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has hinted to a federally established group that its work to define cultural fishing will have an impact on future issues pertaining to fisheries in American Samoa. One of the main issues on the agenda at last week’s three-day...
In this March 2017 file photo, [l-r] Matt Salo, executive director of National Association of Medicaid Directors, Brian Neale, Medicaid advisor to US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas E. Price, and Sandra King Young, Medicaid Director for American Samoa, ae pictured after a meeting in Washington where they discussed Medicaid issues for American Samoa and the territories. [photo: ASG]
The US Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has given the green light for the American Samoa Medicaid program to directly reimburse hospital providers in New Zealand and the US, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. Previously, off-island medical services could only be...

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