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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Day 2 of Sonny Tui's jury trial saw the first witness for the defense take the stand —± the defendant himself. The prosecution had called all four of its witnesses on the first day. Tui, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $40,000 surety bond, is...
ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A complaint by three American Samoans against ANZ Guam Inc., parent company of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank, is moving forward after a federal court in Guam denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed early last year. The six-page decision by US Chief Judge...
 (back row l-r): Chris Ausage, staff historian; Tish Peau, Historic Preservation Officer and executive director; and Lance Te'i, GIS specialist and historian tech. (front row l-r) Flo Aetonu, grant manager; former Historic Preservation Officer turned consultant, David Herdrich; and Epi Suafo'a-Taua'i, archaeological technician
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first ever Fautasi Heritage Symposium, set to be held next week at the Tauese P. F. Sunia Ocean Center is made possible through financial support from the Historic Preservation Fund, under the National Park Service. The three-day event is co-hosted by the National...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man who has a trio of pending cases — including one in the Family, Drug, and Alcohol (FDA) court — has been arrested once again. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. For this new matter, Apelu Pati is charged with one count of stealing,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) is forecasted to decrease this year through 2022, according to the 2019 American Samoa Economic Forecast (ASEF) report which also revealed that by some estimates, Tropical Storm Gita early last year “caused as much as $...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to cause head injuries to a neighbor has pled guilty. Fa’avae Tagaloa was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years in jail; but under a plea agreement with the...
Entrance to the main wharf at Fagatogo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News has been unable to confirm if a pricey work of art — assumed to be worth millions of dollars — was damaged during a mishap with heavy equipment owned and operated by Peter E. Reid Stevedoring at the main wharf in Fagatogo. Samoa News understands that a...
Utulei villagers are already on the clean up bandwagon
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s Island Wide Clean-Up Committee is calling on the business community for help in cleaning and beautifying their respective place of business as the territory prepares for the 2019 Flag Day — a one day celebration set for Apr. 17th at Veterans Memorial...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the trial of a man accused of bringing illegal drugs into the territory began yesterday in High Court. Sonny Tui, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $40,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful...
Retirement Office executive director I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia and Retirement Fund Board of Trustees chairman, Va’anatiu T. Iafeta
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following yesterday’s hearing, the Senate Retirement Committee is looking at making its own changes to an Administration bill, which seeks to amend current ASG Employees' Retirement Fund law. There are three major amendments outlined in the bill, which were the subject...

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