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Photo of LBJ Hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center collected just over $30.14 million in “operating revenue” in the first 6 months of fiscal year 2019, compared to expenditures of over $37.76 million for the same period, according to LBJ’s second quarter performance report for FY 2019 submitted to the...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Aleki Siologa appeared in court this week for a change of plea hearing. He was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana); however,...
StarKist Tuna can with dolphin safe labeling
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “StarKist tuna, however, is not dolphin-safe. Nor is it sustainably sourced. Defendants’ dolphin-safe representations are false, misleading, and/or deceptive,” according to the plaintiffs in their amended 91-page “class action complaint” against StarKist and its owner,...
CMS Administrator Seema Verma with Congresswoman Amata
Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the continuing rapid progress for a bipartisan health bill, introduced just last week, that would provide tens of million in funding for Medicaid in American Samoa. Congresswoman Amata participated in bipartisan development of this bill and is...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoa is not a place where you rape and run. Our laws are… to protect our community and our young children, and when you violate the safety of the members of this community protected by these laws, you have to pay.” This was the message from Associate Justice...
 (l-r) students Chole Tuaua and Darius Shimasaki-Vaofanua and ASCC HOSA Coordinator Monica Afalava.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At the 2019 HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) held last month in Orlando, Florida, American Samoa HOSA achieved special recognition for having the second-highest membership gain (61%) of all states, territories and countries in 2018-2019. American Samoa HOSA...
Cans of StarKist Light Chunk Tuna
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — As a California court mulls how much to fine US tuna canner StarKist & Co for engaging in price-fixing, the company claims it can't sell its $155 million stake in a South Korean bottle maker to help it pay a penalty that could stretch to $100m. StarKist, which is...
Dept. of Public Safety building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Of the total 1,020 calls that the Department of Public Safety responded to during the second quarter of 2019 — for the period covering Jan 1- Mar. 31 — 700 of them were for criminal matters, according to the DPS 2nd second performance report for FY 2019, submitted to the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver is being held on $30,000 bail on allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl from Ottoville. Reupena Vaega is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 24-year-old man who was convicted of breaking into a house and stealing several items including clothes and shoes has been sentenced by District Court Judge Elvis P Patea to 120 days in jail as a condition of a 2-year probation term. Asalele Suatia, who was released...

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