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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A male passenger arrested for consuming alcohol inside an aiga bus last week is now charged with violating local drug laws when police allegedly found drugs in his possession. St. Augustine Aga made his initial appearance in Court last week. He is represented by...
Tafa Tupuola and her lovely mother (left), then Senator Tom Harkin, Congresswoman Amata and Norma Lagafuaina Smith
Washington, D.C. — Last week Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a grant for American Samoa Community College for the American Samoa No Wrong Door Initiative, an assessment of long term care, services and access factors in light of COVID-19. This $300,000 grant is from the Health and Human Services...
Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints as they boarded a Delta Air Lines charter flight
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With American Samoa’s borders closed for about two-months now due to the coronavirus pandemic declaration, questions have been raised as to why ASG can’t charter a flight to uplift stranded local residents in the US to bring them home and that same flight could take...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has outlined what he calls “identifiers” that should trigger an executive decision to enforce ASG’s Drug and Alcohol Policy, based on the local Alcohol & Drug Testing Employee law that became effective Jan. 6, 2020. Under the law, the Human...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has been under police surveillance for quite some time is finally in custody after police allegedly discovered drugs in his possession during a traffic stop last month. According to the government, Pele Finau has been considered by police as a Person of...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi has declared the current school year 2019/2020 officially closed and for local Education Department (ASDOE) and the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to come up with plan of the delivery of education for students in the new school year. Both...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Dozens of Pacific Islander students plan to join a virtual commencement ceremony next week honoring graduates from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Ian Tapu, a law student at the University of Hawaii, said he organized the first-of-its-kind event on May 29 in partnership with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man involved in the case where 2 males were charged and convicted of assaulting another man during a drinking session a few years ago was arrested last week on drug charges. Ropati Talaese made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He later waived his...
EMS Week Thank You
Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following EMS Week message of support for Emergency Medical Technicians and Responders: “Thank you to our Emergency Medical Service professionals. Your work truly saves lives. When a loved one is in need, and you are called, your...
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 WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech this week applauded the U.S. Department of Education for the financial support provided to the U.S. territories and freely associated states (FAS) to prevent, prepare for, and...

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