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(left-right) Elliott Siaumau Jr, Thomas Siaumau, Pati Lepou, Gabriel Tinae
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s case against four inmates at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) accused of escaping from confinement last month has been bound over to High Court, — for arraignment this morning — after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Speaking at last week’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said he told the visiting four-member team from the US Government Accountability Office, that “we cannot enforce” the next federally mandated minimum wage hike for American Samoa. The GAO team spent at...
Pacific Young Leaders group with Congresswoman Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed young business and government leaders from the Pacific during their visit to Capitol Hill. The group is in the United States through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. “Our Pacific friendships are important to the...
Leota Wanda Alofa, with her children Georgina and Fitzgerald
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Yesterday morning, Paramount Builders and Manumalo Academy donated a combined total of $9,447.96 to assist the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Cardiology Team who arrived in the territory this past Monday evening to conduct week-long screenings and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government alleges in its criminal case against Chief Immigration Officer (CIO) Peseta Dennis Fuimaono that it was the good work of two Immigration officers (IO) at the wharf, that prevented the victims (a couple that was sponsored by the Governor’s Chief of Staff...
Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga (2nd from right) and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele (far right), along with officials and employees of various government departments and agencies.  Seated (right) is HC Afoa Moega Lutu, whose children and family members are among those spearheading efforts to bring awareness to Alzheimers.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A special Alzheimers Awareness ‘wave' yesterday morning at the Suigaula Ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei drew a big crowd of supporters, including Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga (2nd from right) and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Unless Congress acts before December 31, to pass federal legislation to provide additional Medicaid funding to American Samoa come January 2020, Medicaid will temporarily suspend certain services for patients (except reimbursements to LBJ Hospital). Medicaid added new...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants earlier this year in June, in Iliili and Tafuna, has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alesana Ta’avili, who is out on a $5,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Besides GHC Reid & Co. Ltd., four other local companies submitted written comments to the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce regarding the impact of minimum wage hikes in American Samoa. The comments were submitted by the Chamber to the US Government Accountability...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Fagaalu who was convicted of driving with a permanently suspended license is going to jail. Adam Faalemiga, who has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 9, 2019, unable to post a $5,000 bond, appeared in court last week where he was sentenced...

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