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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was apprehended by police after he allegedly tried to damage the door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road last month. During his arrest, cops discovered a glass pipe containing methamphetamine (meth) inside his pocket. Faalogo Arona made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man who is on probation for 12 months was arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor while he was intoxicated. Viliamu Ioane made his initial appearance two weeks ago. He is charged with 3rd degree assault, trespass, resisting...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just over half of American Samoa's population have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The government said about 37 percent of people completed their dual shots as of 22 March. American Samoans aged over 51 years and who were at a high risk of serious and/...
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New York, NEW YORK —  Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of American Samoa (Territory of) and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review discussion held on 24 March 2021 in...
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A press release published by Samoa News last Friday shows the written statement that Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga presented to a US House committee and mentioned a proposed $15 per hour federal minimum wage hike. The governor suggested that a special industry committee be establish for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Director for the Department of Agriculture (DoA), Solialealofiotagaloa Iosua Tasi Mutini is planning to present a proposal to Gov. Lemanu P. S Mauga to advise him on the need to build a slaughterhouse for pig farmers in the territory. This was revealed by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Ofu, Manu’a is now in custody after being arrested and charged for burning down his own home in Ofu while his daughter was inside the house. The man, Faleolosega Fetu appeared in District Court last week. He is charged with a single count of arson in the first...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, in a letter to other territorial governors is seeking their support for American Samoa’s stance on self-determination, which — according to opponents of the suit — is currently threatened by the US citizenship federal lawsuit,...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata called attention to Ranking Member Bruce Westerman’s public remarks of support regarding a new or modernized LBJ Tropical Medical Center for American Samoa. Ranking Member Westerman (R-Arkansas) has toured LBJ Medical Center with Congresswoman Amata...
Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu has appointed Divine Iuli Falaniko as the new registrar for the Office of the Territorial Registrar — which is part of the Department of Legal Affairs. Fainu’ulelei announced the appointment in a Mar. 26th media...

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