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Rep. Andra Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A hearing called by the House Health Committee last week to address the issue of the shortage of nurses at the LB J Hospital revealed a move by the hospital to hire 20 registered nurses from the Philippines. LBJ is awaiting approval from the Governor and Lt. Governor...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man and his partner were arrested by police last month after drugs were discovered inside the vehicle and in their possession. Furthermore, the man is on probation for a drug conviction from last year. The man, Mark Falefatu and his partner Theresa Manuele made their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Before and after the plaintiff’s lawsuit was filed in 2021, there was no American Samoa statute, no American Samoa administrative rule or regulation or any policy that had the effect of law, which prohibited services dogs from being imported to American Samoa,” argued...
Keith Gebauer
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While American Samoa has already been allocated $10 million for broadband infrastructure under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, additional funds are expected later under a separate federal grant for infrastructure that includes broadband, and both...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 38-year-old man was arrested last month on the allegation that he stabbed a man with a kitchen knife after he punched him in the face. Then when he was being taken into custody, illegal drugs were found in his possession. And to top off his day, while he was being...
Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Second Regular Session of the 37th Legislature ended last Friday. However, a joint closing planned for last Friday did not take place, and each chamber had its own closing then a luncheon followed in the Senate Guest House. Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale...
Dr. Peka Lauvao (left) and Dr. Francine Amoa (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second COVID-19 test for all passengers who arrived on the Sept. 13th flight from Honolulu has come back negative and, meanwhile, they all remain in quarantine, according to Health Department officials during a news conference yesterday providing the latest update on...
Tafuna High School students and DOC personnel during Coast Weeks
Tafuna High School students, and Commerce Department (DOC) officials pose for a photo late last week following an educational tour of the Nu'uuli wetlands area, as part of Coast Weeks in the territory last week. [photo: DOC]
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department (DoH) will send the test sample from the local resident, who arrived on the Sept. 13th flight from Honolulu and tested COVID-19 positive, to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory “to determine the variant”, according to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of assaulting his niece with a metal pipe was ordered by the court to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders as a condition of his 5 years probation. Lomi Fuatia, who has been in custody since his arrest in August of last year unable to...

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