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 American Samoa government vessel the Manu'atele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa government vessel the Manu'atele is idle again because it doesn't have a licensed engineer. The US engineer who was one of the original crew members that brought the Manu'atele from Washington state where it was built , has left the territory....
(left to right) Jingjing Jiang, Elysha Samatua, Mark Espiritu and Jean Paula Eseo
Most of American Samoa’s high school graduates enjoy the privilege of qualifying for the Pell Grant, which covers most if not all of the cost of them earning a Bachelors degree in college. However, students born outside of the US and its territories often face a tremendous financial burden trying...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Fono employee was arrested — again — earlier this month on the allegation that he failed to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation sentence which was handed down by the High Court four years ago. Perenise Taala, who has been in custody since his arrest four...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested two former female Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) Incorporated cashiers this week on allegations that they allegedly stole thousands of dollars from their employer. Malia One and Inosiaolouaiga Pauga made their initial appearances in District Court this week. Their...
Admin building at American Samoa Community College
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Claiming that a private US-based university with a local campus offers much higher tuitions for a college degree, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging the American Samoa Community College and the Education Department to work with students to attend ASCC where the tuition...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter at their home on the west side of the island multiple times. James Fa’aleo was taken into custody on Monday, and he made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At last week's cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga introduced new heads of ASG offices under his administration. Among them are: Taliga Vaiolo, the new Territorial Energy Office director — replacing former director Ali’itama Sotoa, who left the directorship post a...
American Samoa and Guam pillars at National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata and other members of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs examined the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to implement new policies. Recent reports from the Office of the Inspector General revealed...
Tongan national, Paul Harman
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has denied a petition filed by private attorney Charles Alailima, asking the court to review Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s order to arrest and extradite his client, Paul Harman, to Washington state. Kruse said the court will issue something in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 28-year-old man for unlawful possession of illegal drugs and for trying to break into a store in Leone. James Sefo made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Anna Wells while...

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