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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A passenger in a black truck in which investigators allegedly found a bag containing a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drugs. Laulala Ifopo, nick named “Branch” made his initial appearance in...
Catherine Aigamaua-Saelua (left) along with Dr. Roxanne Sua’ava Salave’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Saole Representative Titiali’i Kitara Vaiau has questioned the reason why some Departments within the American Samoa Government have two or more deputy directors. This is the same issue raised by several faipule during an earlier House hearing, and was raised again by...
Amata and James P. McGovern
Washington, D.C. — Uifa’atali Amata spoke Tuesday before the House Committee on Rules in a roundtable on food security to explain American Samoa’s needs regarding food and nutrition. The roundtable was titled, Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger in U.S. Territories, and its purpose was to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Retirement Committee, chaired by Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, will hold a hearing next week Tuesday on two Senate bills dealing with the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF). The first, seeks to change the composition of members of the...
Some members of the COVID-19 task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The COVID-19 Task Force has determined that travelers from Samoa will no longer need to be quarantined for 3 days — but must undergo a 24-hour surveillance period with health officials in American Samoa before being discharged. In a press release issued this week the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old father of four who lost his mother while he was in custody for violating local drug laws tearfully begged the court to release him to care for his young children and rebuild his family. His 69-year-old mother was the person who was caring for his children...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Millions of dollars in COVID money in the hands of local residents boosted purchase power and was among the contributing factors in the increase in the American Samoa Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the second-quarter of calendar year 2021 —  the period April to June,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who spent 45 days behind bars for disturbing the peace in Nuuuli a few months ago was released from confinement last week, after the Court sentenced him to time served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The government claims that on the night of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a media statement this week, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) reminds the public that a deposit account needs to be maintained at the ASG owned financial institution in order to cash any check. “This requirement helps to protect the check holder from...
Catherine Aigamaua-Saelua (left) along with Dr. Roxanne Sua’ava Salave’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Members of the House Budget Committee stated during a hearing on Tuesday morning that they fully support the pay raises for teachers. However, the time and the process is not right and that is why the committee members are concerned over the action the Administration has...

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