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Ufagafa Ray Tulafono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the Fono took a three-week mid-session recess at the close of business last Friday, both the Senate and House during their respective sessions, endorsed the governor’s nomination of Sala Dr. Sataua Mata’ese Samuelu as the new Agriculture Dept. director. Also last...
Terriorial Corectional Facility (TCF)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving a 20-year sentence for stealing, and also escaping from the TCF in January 2013 during which he assaulted a government employee, was sentenced by the High Court to an additional 5 years for escaping from confinement, again, last year. Pursuant to a plea...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “O ai gei kamaiki” — meaning — “who are these kids” who filed the lawsuit to impose automatic US citizenship on persons born in American Samoa , asked Sens. Tuiagamoa Tavai and Satele Galu Satele Sr. in Samoan during last Friday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing where...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old father of 6 accused of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement that he is guilty. Iosua Kilifi, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially charged with two...
ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the Treasury Department prepares to — again — offer a free tax filing assistance program for individuals with certain income levels, starting today, ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a reminds residents that it’s “illegal” for local taxpayers to file with the US...
American Samoa Visitors Bureau (ASVB) staffer, Eletino Tuiasosopo-Gurr, and local entertainer, Tui Letuli at the American Samoa booth during the first day of the two-day San Diego Travel and Adventure Trade Show at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA Jan. 18-19, 2020.
San Diego, CALIFORNIA — American Samoa Visitors Bureau (ASVB) staffer, Eletino Tuiasosopo-Gurr, and local entertainer, Tui Letuli at the American Samoa booth during the first day of the two-day San Diego Travel and Adventure Trade Show at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA Jan. 18-19...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Heavy Rain and gusty winds will continue to weaken already saturated and fatigued soil to generate and increased risk of landslides and mudslides across American Samoa this week. O timuga mamafa fa’apea ma savili malolosi o le a a’atupula’ia ai sologa ona o le susu o le...
The quadruplits born at LBJ hospital this past Friday.
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A local couple from Iliili welcomed four babies — quadruplets — to their already big family over the weekend. Samoa News confirmed with a source that the babies were born on Friday via a successful c-section and as of press time, it was unconfirmed if this is the first...
Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Territorial Correctional Facility inmate convicted of escape from confinement and shooting a man in Leone in August 2018 was sentenced last week to 15 years behind bars. Manu Lefatia, who has a long criminal record, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 55-year-old uncle with a metal pipe, and then damaging the elderly man's vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tautua Alesana, 25, was initially charged with second degree assault and first degree...

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