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Alexarae Tarrant, Aialani Foster, Leiama Fano, Maturi Leilua and Jocelyn Lemisio
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center announced yesterday that it’s proud to recognize the pharmacy for their most recent achievement.  In late December of 2019, five pharmacy employees (pictured) challenged the U.S. National Certification exam for pharmacy technicians and they ALL PASSED...
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Majority in Puerto Rico want equality through statehood, so far American Samoa’s priority is autonomy ~ Guam, Northern Marianas and U.S. Virgins Islands seem dazed and confused somewhere in between ~ */ In the 1990’s, the local territorial government of Guam lobbied Congress to grant island...
Richard deSaulles
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has granted a motion filed by private attorney Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei for an order to extend the time his client, Richard deSaulles, can reside off island for medical treatment. Prosecuting the case on behalf of the government is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In his State of the Territory Address, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga provided for the Fono a summary update on the progress of local telecommunications development in the territory, saying “positive effect was experienced” in FY 2019, after the July 2019 launch of the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former Customs agent, Teni Luamanu, accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Luamanu, who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court this week for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. He was represented by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. has “denied” a petition by locally-based Manu’a Inc., dba Manua’s Discount Store, to review the “final order” issued more than a year ago by the US Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission. The ongoing legal dispute...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old stepdaughter over a period of 4 months will serve 7 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of all parties...
V.P. Pence, commissioners and cabinet members
WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 27, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to members of President Donald J. Trump’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the White House in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Key Administration officials speaking...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An American Samoa Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting employee is in custody following the raid of a government facility last week. KHJ News reports it is the first time police have raided a government building for drugs. Methamphatine is said to have been distributed from...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With a spike in the number of confirmed “coronavirus” cases around the world, including neighboring Australia, and rising “concerns” globally, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed certain government agencies to “develop appropriate policy” to combat the spread of the...

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