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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The LBJ hospital is advertising for a new Chief Financial Officer, which has been held by Reverend Rapi Emau Amosa for the last six years. In a brief interview with Samoa News over the phone, Rev. Amosa confirmed that he is still working at the hospital. “I am still...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of causing serious bodily harm to another man at the beginning of this year is now in custody after he was arrested during a traffic stop last month, in which they discovered illegal drugs inside the vehicle and on the defendant. It was during this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver and a passenger who were arrested and charged for violating local drug laws after police executed a search warrant on a taxi cab in Nu’uuli last year have entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joseph Maluilafitaga and Ben Toia appeared in court...
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Apia, SAMOA — Waiving the 30-day entry permit for Samoan citizens entering American Samoa is one of the matters before the Samoa Consul-General, Fata Brian Kaio. He told Radio Polynesia his first meeting with the American Samoa Governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, emphasized the fraternal relations...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Office of Public Information has publicly apologized to members of the public for their lapse in carrying out their duties, when the press conference with the COVID-19 Task Force was not streamed live as it normally is. Yesterday, Samoa News received calls from the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A popular lunch or snack food that often shows up in children’s lunch boxes is being recalled. The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga as part of his written testimony made last week to a Congressional committee included a request for additional federal funding for communications infrastructure as the COVID-19 pandemic and new economic realities have put more demands on the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Falanisisi Poumaleifanua is now in custody after being arrested last month on the allegation he assaulted a man with a knife. During his arrest, officers found illegal drugs in his possession. According to the government’s case, it was around 6:37 p.m on Mar. 21, 2022...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two men convicted of receiving stolen property from an Ottoville home were given light sentences two weeks ago. Ross Tavita and Alema Iasoni were ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF, as a condition of their 5-year probation terms. Both men have been in custody...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata worked with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to highlight National Safe Boating Week 2022 (May 21 – May 27) with a public safety and informational message.  “As Samoans, we love the ocean, and it is part of who we are,” said Congresswoman Aumua...

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