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School bus spewing white smoke
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Talk about a health and safety hazard… Smoke coming from school buses is a common occurrence in the territory. Residents have long complained about the health hazards associated with the smoke, not to mention the problems it causes for motorists and pedestrians. This DOE...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the November 2020 general election only 10 months away, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reminds cabinet members and ASG leaders to “give our people the chance” to decide on their own, American Samoa’s next leaders and not influence them — especially ASG employees. “Don’t...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Turns out, a man accused of stabbing his uncle with a knife has an active arrest warrant for a sex case from two years ago. Viane Tagaiilima, who is in custody on a ‘no bail’ status, made his initial appearance in court last week. He is charged in two separate cases. In...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration is confident “in the future strength of our economy” due to — among other things — strong private sector business recovery, establishment of new  technology-based companies, and additional jobs created by StarKist, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On the night of Dec. 28, 2019, two cops observed John Tagai Jr., 20, spill a bag of Bongos on the ground after he and another male were pulled over at the Sobriety Checkpoint for an open container in the vehicle. Tagai Jr was the passenger. (Samoa News is withholding the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After a follow-up site visit by the Dept of Health’s Environmental Health Services Division this past Monday, confirming that all is in good order, Dept. of Human and Social Services (DHSS) director Muavaefaatasi John E. Suisala announced that Hope House Child Care...
Grace Uso (left) and her teacher, Eden Brown
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grace Uso, a student at Tafuna HS and her teacher, Ms. Eden Brown, make up one of only 16 student-teacher teams from across the United States selected to participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. The...
a team from the local Dept. of Health is stationed at the Pago Pago International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has told cabinet members not to give up easily on enforcing current policies and regulations implemented for entry permits - due to the measles outbreak - for travelers from Samoa. Speaking at Sunday’s cabinet briefing on the measles update,...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was stopped for speeding, found not to have a driver’s license, and when apprehended, allegedly punched and kicked a cop and resisted arrest, had further bad luck when the vehicle he was driving was searched and illegal drugs, a firearm, live ammunition, and...
Dignataries (including Gov. Lolo) at the opening of Third Regular Session of the 36th Legislature
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Preliminary operating figures” at the close of FY 2019 - which ended Sept. 30, 2019 - is estimated to have an “operating surplus” of more than $700K, increasing ASG’s funding balance for that fiscal year. This is according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s State of the...

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