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Congresswoman Amata speaking on the floor of the House
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to inform her constituents that the U.S. Senate has passed a disaster relief bill containing Amata’s $18 million provision for nutrition assistance in American Samoa, and her request for a 100 percent match for Medicaid. Under the new compromise...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News was contacted early last Friday by a disgruntled nurse claiming that her colleagues were about to "walk out" because they were upset that their overtime hours were not included in their paychecks that were issued that day. Apparently the overtime hours for...
Le Fonuea eatery with closed sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last Thursday, government employees who work at the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building (EOB) in Utulei had to buy their morning coffee and lunch plates elsewhere, after Department of Health (DOH) inspectors closed off the Le Fonuea, a fast food establishment located...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jurors have spoken: Manu Lefatia is 'not guilty' of all three charges that were filed against him by the government. Lefatia was accused of taking police on a high speed chase back on Dec. 24, 2017. A jury of six — all females — were convinced by defense attorney...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court is taking under advisement a motion from the government to revoke bail for Alex Brown, a.k.a Aleki Palauni. Prosecutor Laura Garvey said the government feels Brown violated conditions of his release from a previous case filed last year. On Feb. 20th, Brown...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man from Samoa accused of violating the drug laws has pled guilty. Faasasao Mauga, who has been in custody since he was arrested last year, unable to post his $5,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last Friday for his Change of Plea hearing. Prosecuting...
Adog at a free spay neuter clinic sponsored by Coconut Muts
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Coconut Mutts received many grateful words and support from our island community at the end of 2018, for providing assistance via the Healthy Pets, Healthy Island initiative. Three hundred dogs and cats were sterilized, helping keep the pet population in check.   The non...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Samoa convicted of assaulting his neighbor by stabbing his back twice with a knife and punching him in the face multiple times is going to jail. Farani Falaula, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was recently before the District Court for a case that was ultimately dismissed per a motion from the government, is back in court — again. Tanielu Tuli made his initial appearance in District Court this past week. When his case was called, attorneys from both...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While all of the government's witnesses have testified that the driver of the red truck that took police on a high speed chase in late Dec. 2017 was Manu Lefatia, two defense witnesses told jurors that they played pool with Lefatia at his residence in Puapua from 5 pm...

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