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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man with several bench warrants including a huge amount of traffic fines owed to the court was arrested last week on allegations of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Philip Onofia made his initial appearance in District Court this week. Onofia is charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first Covid-19 test sent from American Samoa has returned negative. The sample was tested at the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta and was from a female resident who had travelled to New Zealand. The territory's Health Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua, welcomed the...
 Samoa Airways Twin Otter at American Samoa's Tafuna International Airport.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa government owned Samoa Airways has stationed one of its Twin-Otter aircraft in American Samoa to ensure continued air service to the Manu’a island group during the time frame when Samoa’s borders are closed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Samoa Airways operates...
A Crew from the School Lunch Program, sitting at the table yesterday morning at Manulele Tausala Elementary School compound
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Crew from the School Lunch Program is making it possible for students to receive their lunches despite schools being closed during the outbreak of the coronavirus. At Monday’s cabinet meeting, Education deputy director Fa’auifono Vaitautolu said that the US Department...
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Washington, D.C. — On Thursday U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $858,924 in Technical Assistance Program (TAP) emergency grant funding to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) to procure GeneXpert...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The federal government is providing assistance to American Samoa, under US President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first shipment of personal protective equipment is due to arrive on island soon. This is according to US Federal...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea, during the preliminary examination (PX) of 28-year-old Vine Tiumalu, accused of unlawful possession of drugs, held last week, has found probable cause to bind the case over to the High Court, despite strong opposition from the defense...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — From the side of the main road at Mapusaga on Wednesday afternoon is this Samoa News photo showing the American Samoa Community College gymnasium, which — at the time — was one of two ASG quarantine facilities housing local residents stranded in Samoa and uplifted early...
 left, Senator John Thune is 2nd in leadership (Majority Whip), the others also worked on this bill in the Senate Appropriations and Finance Committees.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is explaining numerous areas of assistance in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), S. 3548, including personal stimulus checks and unemployment funds, passed by the Senate early Thursday for consideration by the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a metal tool to assault another man has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 or both; and two misdemeanor...

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