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Participants in Friday's protest
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite bad weather on Friday morning, Oct. 16th, students and others along with teachers, parents and former Tafuna High School students participated in the “Peaceful Protest” organized by the Tafuna High School Alumni group calling on the governor and government to...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the conclusion of last week Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told executive branch directors that there are still workers getting paid below the new $12,000 salary threshold and he wants it increased to $12,000 annually. Lolo identified the...
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Of the 16,343 electors on the voter roll for the Nov. 3rd, general election, the highest number of registered voters are in District 15- Tualauta, according to data provided by the Election Office after the Oct. 5th closing date of registration. Tualauta’s registered 3,525 voters comprises Tafuna...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black pick-up truck pulled over by police officers last month for failure to stop at a stop sign is now charged with violating local drug laws. The pick-up almost collided with another vehicle. Peniata Lokeni, a.k.a Pen Lokeni, a 40-year old male from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has accepted the plea agreement between the government and Joshua Valoaga, who is accused of stabbing a man with a knife during a drinking session earlier last year. Valoaga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $20,000 cash bond appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 13-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s parents filed their complaints against him with the police last month. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-old man who was released by the court two months ago on his own recognizance under the condition that he remain law abiding and stay alcohol and drug free, is now facing felony drug charges after he was re-arrested last week for alleged possession of marijuana...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tafuna High School Alumni Association has organized this morning starting around 6a.m. in front of McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, the “Alumni Peaceful Protest for our Lower Campus”. And it’s to “send a message to our Governor and those in charge that the biggest...
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WASHINGTON — American Samoa Government is receiving $4,667,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ American Samoa Operations program, as the initial amount to be paid in FY 2021.This funding provides critical support to the hospital, the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga on Thursday approved LBJ and Medicaid’s request for a second medical charter to transport LBJ approved referral patients to the US. The medical charter is a one-way charter taking only patients and their escorts from American Samoa to Hawaii...

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