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Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata said that the House has passed an extension of level federal government spending that includes an extra month for American Samoa’s 100 percent federal Medicaid match rate, now extended another 30 days through December 20, 2019. This is the second...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Government witnesses, over the last two days of the Mosese Lomu jury trial, have pointed to actions that were not routine as part of what happened on the night where inmate Manu Lefatia allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and shot a man in...
Sisgn at entrance to Pago Pago International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Arriving passengers may expect a slight delay with getting their bags upon arrival due to upgrades being carried out on the baggage carousel at the Pago Pago International Airport, which is now providing free wifi for traveling passengers. BAGGAGE AREA In a Nov. 19th...
 Sandra King Young
Washington, D.C. — Right now, there are dozens of patients — U.S. citizens — in New Zealand hospitals who are fighting the clock. They have only a few weeks to recover and get home to the tiny island of American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific. "We have a cancer patient that is coming...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stabbing another man with a knife last week is now in custody after he was arrested by police. Auau Papalii made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell, while Assistant Public...
A team from the local Dept. of Health - stationed at the Pago Pago International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A resident or non-resident of American Samoa who is 63-years old or older entering or departing to/ from Samoa or other places where there is a measles outbreak, are “immune” to measles and not required to provide proof of immunization shots. This is according to the...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three House Representatives filed their opposition motion to the Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa last week in response to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority’s (ASEDA) motion to dismiss a complaint by the three over the use of proceeds of...
ASTCA building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASTCA services were not affected by ASPA’s November 17 power outage. Unfortunately, customers without battery back-up or generators were unable to use their land-line (dial-tone) telephones and broadband internet. Mobile customers were not affected, except in the village...
Fishing vessel Jeanette on fire at the dock in Pago Pago harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “probable cause” of the fire and sinking of the fishing vessel Jeanette last December was — among other things — “inadequate crew training”, according to a Nov. 8th federal investigation report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), publicly released...
Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a former Police Watch Commander at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) charged in connection with the shooting that occurred in Leone last year involving an inmate who allegedly escaped from...

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