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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The hike in the prices of ten food items resulted in a 0.9% increase in the September Basic Food Index (BFI) compared to August this year, according to the BFI report released this week following the monthly survey of selected seven major food outlets on island. The “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Social Security Administration (SSA) announced this week that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase by 1.3% in 2021. The 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two media releases received by Samoa News explain Medicaid’s second charter flight to Hawai’i, tentatively scheduled for Oct 23, 2020 — saying the flight is “due to the urgency of medical referrals that have been pending for several weeks.” In a media release dated,...
Participants in Friday's protest
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite bad weather on Friday morning, Oct. 16th, students and others along with teachers, parents and former Tafuna High School students participated in the “Peaceful Protest” organized by the Tafuna High School Alumni group calling on the governor and government to...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the conclusion of last week Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told executive branch directors that there are still workers getting paid below the new $12,000 salary threshold and he wants it increased to $12,000 annually. Lolo identified the...
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Of the 16,343 electors on the voter roll for the Nov. 3rd, general election, the highest number of registered voters are in District 15- Tualauta, according to data provided by the Election Office after the Oct. 5th closing date of registration. Tualauta’s registered 3,525 voters comprises Tafuna...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black pick-up truck pulled over by police officers last month for failure to stop at a stop sign is now charged with violating local drug laws. The pick-up almost collided with another vehicle. Peniata Lokeni, a.k.a Pen Lokeni, a 40-year old male from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has accepted the plea agreement between the government and Joshua Valoaga, who is accused of stabbing a man with a knife during a drinking session earlier last year. Valoaga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $20,000 cash bond appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 13-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s parents filed their complaints against him with the police last month. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-old man who was released by the court two months ago on his own recognizance under the condition that he remain law abiding and stay alcohol and drug free, is now facing felony drug charges after he was re-arrested last week for alleged possession of marijuana...

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