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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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Samoa News photo taken on Tuesday, June 27, shows a sign on one of the Fono doors pointing to “DANGER” ASBESTOS, Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard, KEEP OUT, AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY… as well as yellow tape noting caution, as it stops the public from entering the area. Fono employees told Samoa News...
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Motorists are happy to see the latest drop in the price of gasoline — about 9 cents per gallon — at the pump. The decrease is also welcomed by owners of vehicles that fill up with diesel fuel. The drop in fuel cost should be of some help for the ASG - with its fleet of more than 100 vehicles — as...
Aumua Amata with her friend, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AL), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. [courtesy photo]
M.A.S.I. ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY MIss American Samoa Incorporated (MASI) will be celebrating its silver jubilee later this year in September, to coincide with the 2017-2018 Miss American Samoa pageant set to be held on Sept. 15th. MASI president Simeafou Imo told Samoa News earlier...

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