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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination (PX) for an inmate serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and now charged in connection with the alleged shooting in Leone last month, which wounded and hospitalized a male ended yesterday morning, with District Court...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga
Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA — To determine the financial and economic impact of the next federally mandated minimum wage hike, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a 10-member Minimum Wage Assessment Working Group to provide a report for review. As previously reported by Samoa News, the next...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine after police stopped his vehicle and allegedly found a bag containing 8g of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia has admitted to the charges against him. Suilefaiga Toala appeared in High...
StarKist president and chief executive officer, Andrew Choe
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pittsurgh-based StarKist Co., the largest private employer in American Samoa, has voiced its support of the federal government’s proposed assessment of additional tax on Chinese-origin tuna and tuna products. StarKist’s support is outlined in a Sept. 6th letter from the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has not dismissed the claim in the legal battle between members of the Samoa Korean Baptist Church (SKBC) that was first filed in Jan. 2012. The matter pits members of the Board of Directors of the church, who are the plaintiffs in...
samoanews.com poll on the marriage age proposal that did not pass earlier this year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law, a Fono approved bill, which raises the marriage age for females from 14 to 18 years of age — which is the current marriage age of males, under the law. “This law will help protect our young women who are still growing and...
Interior Secretary Fofoga-o-Samoa Ryan Zinke presents Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga with a special medal
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has wrapped up his trip to the Pacific Islands where he began in Nauru as head of the U.S. delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and concluded with stops in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa,...
American Samoa Community College (ASCC) president Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato
Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Community College (ASCC) president Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato, has shared with lawmakers the financial challenges faced by the college, and recommended possible funding sources for a steady ASG subsidy, which is capped at $2 million for fiscal year 2019 —...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year old woman accused of trying to deliver a package containing methamphetamine into the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) waived her right to a preliminary examination (PX) and her case is now bound over to the High Court for arraignment. Ieniseni Mata’...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — The US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has granted an extension to American Samoa to comply with the federal REAL ID Act until Oct. 10, 2019, according to USDHS public online records, as of Sept. 5. It says that American Samoa has an extension for REAL ID...

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