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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea denied a motion by Assistant Public Defender Rob Stuart this week, to reduce Ron Evalu’s bond from $2,000 to $500, and to allow him to be housed at the LBJ Medical Center due to his heart condition. Evalu was one of two men arrested...
20-lb box of chicken leg quarters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The cost of basic food declined again in November by 0.7% after a 0.4% drop in October, according to the November 2019 Basic Food Index (BFI) report released this week by DOC, which surveyed seven major food outlets. Four food items - chicken legs, pork spare ribs, ice...
Congresswoman Amata with Admiral Phil Davidson,
Washington, D.C. — This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. This major annual legislation authorizes Pentagon operations, a pay increase for the troops, increased survivor benefits for military families, and...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups has issued a stay in enforcement of his Dec. 12th ruling which declared that persons born in American Samoa are US citizens by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Waddoups, with the federal court in Salt...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Under a new directive, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is requiring sponsors to have immigrants they sponsor, vaccinated as a condition to reside in the territory. And if the immigrant refuses, that individual will be deported. The governor also outlined, in the same directive...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man has been ordered to serve 80 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for a drug conviction. Sierra Isaia  appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse this week for sentencing. Prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney General Laura...
A trio of ASG personnel posing for a Samoa News photo at first day of fundraising
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The "Fesoasoani Alofa mo Samoa Fundraising" committee yesterday reiterated during its broadcast from the Suigaula o le Atuvasa Park in Utulei Beach that today, Friday, at 4pm. is when the event will officially close. There has been no official word from ASG, which is...
ASCC students portray the Three Wise Men meeting with King Herod
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just prior to the declaration of the Territory’s current State of Emergency, students taking Fine Arts classes at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) enlivened the holiday season with their stage production “Iesu le Mesia”, a celebration in the Samoan language of...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” declared US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups of the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a 69-page opinion issued yesterday. Under...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” said US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups of the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 69-page ruling issued Thursday, Dec. 12....

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