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Bus driver, Lalomilo Taume
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A case of another bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. It was the victim’s 20-year-old brother who alerted police about the alleged incident and as a result, the suspect was arrested. Lalomilo Raymond Taume, 42...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s estimated gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by more than 5% in 2017, according to data released more than a week ago by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Department of Commerce. “Tuna canning industry exports declined significantly,”...
 Aumua Amata Radewagen with local Republicans
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Republican Party of American Samoa has unanimously endorsed Aumua Amata Radewagen in her bid for another term in Congress. The territory's incumbent representative announced she would stand for re-election earlier this month. Aumua is the first American Samoan woman...
coral reef
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has been awarded funding for the study of coral reefs in the waters off Ofu and Olosega islands in Manu’a, says Marine and Wildlife director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, at last week’s cabinet meeting, where he gave an update presentation following the 40th...
Old U.S. Navy Bake Shop
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa governor says the historic building that used to be the old Navy Bake House, was beyond saving and needed to be demolished. The building, which had stood for more than 90 years, was bulldozed last week. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga said a new fire...
TCF sign and entrance
  The three inmates accused of escape from confinement in July of this year while serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) have been charged by the government. Andrew Peters, Jason Muasau and Vatia Tugaga appeared in District Court last week for their initial appearances. They...
United States Army Reserve Center - American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Army Reserve will hold a two-day community forum on Sept. 12 and 13 at the Army Reserve Center in Tafuna to explain and address public concerns on the Army Reserve’s plan to install in Tafuna a Modular Small Arms Range (MSAR) facility. The Sept. 12 forum is from...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Human Resources director, Eseneiaso Liu says her office is waiting for government attorneys to provide information on the fees to be imposed for every payroll deduction transaction, before payroll deductions are officially reinstated. Liu was responding to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service has approved American Samoa’s Marine Conservation Plan (MCP), which was submitted early last month by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. The latest FMCP, which NMFS says satisfies the requirements of the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act, is...
Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At last week’s Fono Joint Budget hearings, Tualauta Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata again suggested that the government look at installing parking meters for the parking lot at the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei. Fonoti raised the issue during the budget...

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