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Following a decision by the U.S. Secretary of State, the Honolulu federal court has born ordered to release “immediately” from US custody, an American citizen wanted in Tonga  for the alleged murder of his wife. As previously reported by Samoa News, Dean Jay Fletcher fled to American Samoa in his...
Her name is Clarence Rachel Recto Villanueva but to family and friends, she's just “Clare.” The petite 20-year-old, a 2015 graduate of Samoana High School, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants Ariel and Gemma Villanueva who have lived in Fagatogo for more than a decade. Currently, Clare is...
Collection of non-perishable food items for the Love Thy Neighbor efforts to assist the nearly 2,000 StarKist Samoa employees who will be without paychecks for 5 weeks was scheduled to end last Saturday but because of the overwhelming feedback, the food drive deadline has been extended to this...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved a rise in wharf charges but vetoed hiking the excise tax. They're among revenue bills sent to the fono for approval in the last session. The governor signed into law bills increasing wharf and dock charges and establishing a one percent alternative minimum...
FIALUPE LUTU OFFICIAL WINNER OF SPECIAL ELECTION — Chief election officer, Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has declared candidate, Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu as the “official winner” of the Oct. 24th Special Election for  House of Representatives District #5, Sua #1 — comprising Fagaitua, Amaua,...
The total FY 2018 budget for the Office of Public Information (KVZK-TV) is $1,901,500 of which $1,263,00 is local, while $638,500 is under the CBP grant. Samoa News obtained a copy of the final budget for the Office of Public Information after many in the public, as well as the Attorney General...
American Samoa Power Authority CEO, Utu Abe Malae told government leaders during a cabinet meeting last week, that he doesn’t want American Samoa to face the same financial problems Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are facing right now. And to make sure the territory doesn't duplicate those...
Beginning Monday, October 30th, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa began transitioning its debit card program. As part of the overall strategy of the bank, a new debit card program will begin. Because of this, current debit cards will no longer be effective in either a point of sale device, or...
The regular routine for dozens of local residents who receive dialysis treatments at the LBJ Medical Center was disrupted momentarily last week, after chlorine was found in the reverse osmosis unit. However, reports that dialysis patients had to fly to neighboring Samoa to receive treatments,...
Gov. Lolo M. Moliga told Directors during last week’s Cabinet meeting that the main reason why there are a lot of problems the government is still facing right now, is because some directors are not following the law, while others are not doing their duties as leaders. Lolo said he just found out...

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