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Dr. Saipale Fuimaono; DoH  Epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa; Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua; Police Commissioner’s Le’i Sonny Thompson; Manu’a District Governor Laolagi V. Vaeao; Human and Social Services director Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala; and Education deputy director Philo Jennings.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With nine confirmed measles case in American Samoa, the Department of Health (DoH) have declared a measles “outbreak” in the territory, while all public schools will close starting Monday, Dec. 9th. The announcement was made Friday afternoon during a live broadcast — on...
Bus driver from Samoa, Lalomilo Raymond Tauve
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 43-year-old bus driver convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl was ordered by the court to immediately depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his 7-year probation sentence, upon release from custody after he serves 20 months...
 Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Medicaid funding update, assessment of the shipyard, more insurance money following Tropical Storm Gita, and relocation of the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) were among the issues Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga raised at Monday’s cabinet meeting. LOCAL MEDICAID...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second defendant arrested in connection with the Tutuila Warehouse burglary and theft case has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Michael Mikaele, who has been in custody since his arrest in August of this year, unable to post a $5,000 surety bon,...
“Fesoasoani mo Samoa Fundraising” Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $40,000 was donated by the community on Wednesday, the first day of the ASG-organized “Fesaosoani mo Samoa Fundraising”. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appealed directly to the private sector — in a letter — for their support to assist Samoa with the deadly...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Be cautious about the news being shared on personal profiles, such as Facebook — be suspicious of its origin,” the Department of Health’s Command Center epidemiologist Aifili Tufa, PhD replied, when Samoa News asked him about the latest report on Facebook that “it has...
Fonoifafo Seumanu administering am MMR shot to a child
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Effective immediately, children 0-4 years old and pregnant women traveling from countries affected by the measles outbreak will NOT be allowed to enter American Samoa. This is according to an updated announcement signed this week, December 4th, by Public Health director...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Kalolo Aleki Jr, who has been in the territory illegally for 3 years, appeared in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed cabinet members to employ returning college students assigned to their agencies under the administration’s Apprenticeship Program, which was implemented as an incentive so local students would return home to work after graduating...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man charged with a single count of second degree assault, a felony, waived his right to a preliminary examination yesterday morning in District Court. (To protect the identity of the victim, who is the defendant's wife, Samoa News is withholding the names of all...

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