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Bulk chicken leg quarters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Six food commodities — chicken legs, taro, ice cream, eggs, mayonnaise and butter — contributed to the decrease in the Basic Food Index (BFI), according to the Commerce Department, which released last week Friday, the February 2019 BFI, which covers the monthly survey of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In what has seem to be a common occurrence in recent weeks — people being released on their own recognizance or placed on probation one day, and arrested the next day or a few days later — Judge Elvis P. Patea is sending a clear message: follow the court's orders or go...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Western District Governor, leaders of Fofo, Alataua and Aitulagi counties and school principals and staff are working together to discuss what they can do to bring those responsible for the vandalism and break-ins at Tafuna and Leone High Schools — to answer for their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 37-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl has pled guilty. Ryan Alesana, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Public Defender Michael White while prosecuting the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man with two pending cases in High Court was arrested last week on allegations that he assaulted his 25-year-old cousin and stole his money. Elliott Siaumau Jr. is not new to the court system. He made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Labor has moved to rescind a 2016 final rule - after it was challenged in federal court - which called for a drastic $400 a week hike in the “special salary level” for salary workers — who are considered exempt ‘white collar’ employees in American...
Rose Atoll
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave a statement in the Committee on Natural Resources to make the case in Washington, D.C. that much-needed reforms are needed for the marine monuments on behalf of American Samoa. This full Committee Oversight Hearing was titled, Forgotten...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is recovering from surgery a week ago Wednesday at a Seattle hospital and he’s doing some physical exercises and resting with the First Lady, Cynthia Malala Moliga and other family members there. This is according to Lt. Gov. Lemanu Sialega...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — KGW8 TV in Portland, Oregon is reporting that one of the two Proud Boys members facing charges in that city for assault has apparently departed for American Samoa. The Proud Boys is a far-right  neo-fascist organization that admits only men as members and promotes...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has denied motions from Thomas Siaumau and his defense team, requesting the court to allow them to speak with members of the jury who delivered a unanimous guilty verdict last week. Siaumau was found guilty of shooting at a police vehicle...

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