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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eight months into American Samoa’s borders closing due to a continuing Emergency Declaration by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, the stranded residents of the territory, under the banner of Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAAS), have been forced to open a...
Larry Sanitoa (L) and David Robinson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former local resident, David Robinson, who chaired the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce a number of terms, shared some insight on the issue of privatization when it comes to certain ASG semi autonomous agencies, after the issue came up at last month’s American Samoa...
TCF — Territorial Correctional Facility sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who spent 9 months in jail for touching a woman in a sexual manner is a free man now. Alfred Toke was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week, following his sentencing by the court. Toke was initially charged with attempted rape and...
William E. Spitzenberg (second from right) with other THS parents, teachers and supporters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tafuna High School’s Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) has submitted an official written request, accompanied by a petition with more than 1,500 signatures, to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to maintain the high school’s lower campus as space is needed for, among...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested during a public peace disturbance in the Tafuna area is now charged for violating local drug laws after police officers discovered illegal drugs in his possession. The government alleges that on Oct. 12th, 2020 around 9 p.m, the Tafuna Police Substation (...
Frances Jane Saelua Togia and her youngest son
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the police investigation into the incident where two men found dead at sea in Amouli more than three weeks ago is still up in the air and families of the two victims are still in the dark, the Attorney General’s Office has given the green light to conduct a full...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lawmakers return today, Monday, for an additional 15-day special session, extended by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga with the only issue on the agenda to revisit the final fiscal year 2021 budget, as the governor remains opposed to the $6.5 million in drastic cuts made by the...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The hike in the prices of ten food items resulted in a 0.9% increase in the September Basic Food Index (BFI) compared to August this year, according to the BFI report released this week following the monthly survey of selected seven major food outlets on island. The “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Social Security Administration (SSA) announced this week that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase by 1.3% in 2021. The 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two media releases received by Samoa News explain Medicaid’s second charter flight to Hawai’i, tentatively scheduled for Oct 23, 2020 — saying the flight is “due to the urgency of medical referrals that have been pending for several weeks.” In a media release dated,...

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