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DOH director Motusa Tuileama Nua with Congresswoman Aumua Amata in a Samoa News file photo.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public Works is drawing up a blueprint for a new government quarantine facility as part of American Samoa’s response and preparedness for any viruses and other diseases that spread rapidly, such as measles and the new coronavirus. Speaking at a cabinet briefing on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving a 30-year sentence at the TCF was ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months for escaping from confinement. David Fo’a appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week for sentencing. He was initially charged in two separate cases: one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer who is serving a 28-month jail term at the TCF was in High Court last week for a probation review hearing. Sefo Mika, 32, entered American Samoa on a 30-day visitor's permit in 2017. He was in the territory illegally for over 4 months before he was arrested...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has one more laboratory confirmed measles case after a sample sent to the Hawaii state lab for testing came back positive last week.  The latest case brings the total to 16 laboratory confirmed measles cases in Am Samoa. Meanwhile, the Health Department is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 69-year-old great uncle from Faleniu was arrested last week on the allegation that he raped his 11-year-old niece inside their home at the beginning of the year. [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following recommendations by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and other ASG officials, the Health Department issued a revised travel advisory dated last Friday - and “effective immediately” - to hopefully lessen confusion from previous advisories. DoH also added what it calls “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a passionate plea during oral arguments before a federal appeals court, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale contends that the Deeds of Cession “covers more than just ‘alia fishing. It covers and protects culture. The culture of the American Samoa people.”...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 43-year-old man from Ottoville was arrested Wednesday night on the allegation that he assaulted his wife while he was under the influence. The wife was present with noticeable bruises on her right eye when her husband made his initial appearance in District Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Taavili Iakopo appeared in High Court earlier this month for sentencing. He has been in custody since his arrest in February...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Current satellite imagery show a line of enhanced low-level clouds extending north through south of the territory, especially over Manu`a; this indicates higher shower activity over the Manu`a islands, according to the NWS Pago Pago website. Latest 18Z Pacific Streamline...

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