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Director of the American Samoa Medicaid Office, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young denies allegations that she is after Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s seat and says the ‘rumor’ has become a distraction, veering the focus away from more critical issues like Medicaid. In response to Samoa News inquiries over...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata on Monday welcomed an FCC waiver, which she directly requested from both former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and then Chairman Ajit Pai on behalf of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA), giving ASTCA the licensing to continue efforts to...
Another overstayer appeared for sentencing before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last Friday. Loimata Mika, 28, traveled to American Samoa on a 7-day permit and according to his statement to the court, he was here to look for a job. Chief Justice Kruse during sentencing mentioned that the court was...
PARENTS URGING SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF BULLYING — The new school year begins later this month and teachers are taking part in workshops and training sessions aimed at helping them address several critical issues that may arise while school is in session. One of the increasing...
Besides usual summer camp activities such as fishing or hiking, about 20 students spent six weeks analyzing plot, character, theme, and setting of Twinderella, a musical based on a book by Charlie Lovett and set to lyrics and music by Bill Francouer.  The program started in June 12, and ended on...
While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has already proposed recommendations to the Immigration Board on additional steps to be taken in the vetting process for foreigners entering the territory, Immigration Board chairwoman Fanene Edda Wyberski told Samoa News that the Board is taking the matter very...
The new Litter Law of American Samoa called Keep American Samoa Beautiful Act or merely KASB Act, authorizes certain government agencies and departments to issue litter citations. Government agencies and departments include AS-EPA, ASPA, DMWR, DOH, DPS, Parks and Recreation, and Samoan Affairs. As...
The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) launched its electronic top up (eTopUp) service for pre-pay mobile customers, which replaces the ASTCA scratch cards with automatic electronic transfer, using the latest mobile phone technology. The eTopUp is now available at over 130 store...
ADOPT-A-SCHOOL Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga's Adopt-a-School initiative is still in full effect, with government departments and agencies visiting their designated 'adopted schools' to start major clean-up efforts in preparation for the new school year which starts later this month. The Governor's...
Local attorney David Vargas has confirmed that he has been appointed by the High Court as Independent Prosecutor (IP), but declined to reveal details. The IP appointment came to light last month during a Samoa News interview with Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, who said that his office has...

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