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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her with a machete was arrested by police and charged with assault involving domestic violence. However, when the defendant was apprehended, cops discovered illegal drugs in his possession. (Samoa News has...
Site of the yet to be constructed new two-story Fono building in Fagatogo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This Samoa News photo taken yesterday morning, shows the status of the yet to be constructed new two-story Fono building in Fagatogo. This large area is usually filled with water, during times of heavy rain. It remains unclear as to when actual construction work on the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the actions of a new administration, that will be closely watched by the public, is the selection of cabinet members and criteria that will be used for the process. “What criteria would you use to select members of your cabinet, particularly for key roles?” was one...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Sept. 18th, 2020, a man who identified himself as Viali Anesone called the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) and requested police assistance at his home in Fogagogo. Four police officers answered the call.  During their conversation, the officers tried to calm down the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Development Bank of American Samoa, in a press release, has announced a one-time 50% waiver for its ASG student loan recipients for a limited amount of time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASG student loan program has been in existence for a long time, and is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is pleased to announce that Governor David Ige of Hawaii is granting passengers from American Samoa, a COVID-free jurisdiction, a waiver for a full quarantine exemption. This means that passengers on the Monday medical charter will not need...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the House has approved, with two amendments, its version of the Administration’s temporary funding gap appropriation bill for the government, the Senate is holding another discussion on the measure tomorrow, with a government witness. The bill provides consolidated...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two important changes have been announced from the Office of the Governor, American Samoa Medicaid Agency. Updates over the next few days on check-in time, etc. will be released as the information comes available. FIRST Due to unforeseen circumstances, the medical...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On the night of Sept. 21, 2020, two police officers observed Ameki Talalelei throwing a black plastic bag out of a vehicle, in which he was riding, in front of an Asian store in Faleniu. Police picked up the black plastic bag that Talalelei threw out and found a small...
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Washington, D.C. — More than 3.5 million people live in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, but—by design—they don’t have much political power when it comes to national politics. They hold presidential primaries and...

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