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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Government Accountability Office officials are scheduled to be on island Oct. 17- 24 to assess the impact of the federally mandated wage on the “economic health” of American Samoa, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. To assist the GAO team, the governor has...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of burglarizing a Tafeta apartment a few months ago has been arrested and is now in custody, with bail set at $10K. Ululoloa Sioka made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday. He is charged with second degree burglary and stealing, both class...
A special lunch earlier this year at Carl's Jr  for the youngsters enrolled in the Aoelua Family Reading Program
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has proclaimed October as National Health Literacy Month, saying that “whereas cancer, precipitated or aggravated by lifestyle factors, accounts for the second leading cause of death in men and women in American Samoa, improving health...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s case against one of the defendants in the drug case filed after police executed a search warrant on the Siaumau family compound in Petesa was dismissed yesterday morning, after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to dismiss its...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The owner of a rental unit in the Tafuna area who was charged and convicted of assaulting his tenants — a man and his daughter — was sentenced to 12 months probation last week in District Court. Anapu Toleafoa was initially charged with second-degree assault, a class D...
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Washington, DC— Congresswoman Aumua Amata said that Chairman Mark Takano of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will plan on a trip to American Samoa as soon as possible to speak to the veterans, as this week’s visit was canceled due to changes in the schedule cause by Typhoon Hagibis in the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two men convicted of receiving stolen property from a Tafuna home were given light sentences last week. Atapana Ulisese and Matthew Pisopa were ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF, as a condition of their 5-year probation terms. Both men have been in custody since...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of giving marijuana to a minor to sell for him in the beginning of this year has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial — and trial is now set for March 2020. Opetaia Asuni appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. Assistant...
Wise Honest being towed by an off-island tugboat out of the harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Off island news outlets were abuzz yesterday afternoon, reporting that the Wise Honest — which has been docked in American Samoa waters since the earlier part of this year — had been sold for scrap metal and was being towed away from American Samoa. Samoa News contacted...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There was lots of commotion at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna this past weekend. Samoa News confirmed with a DPS source, that there is an ongoing investigation into a reported break-in at the TCF cafeteria. According to the source, inmates...

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