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House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale (left) and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fono leaders have informed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga that the Legislature is “not confident with your [revenue] projections” and have urged the governor to act on the final fiscal year 2021 budget bill now in his control. This message was outlined in a two-page Oct. 13th...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An employee of the LBJ Medical Hospital accused of illegally signing a parent/ guardianship consent form at the LBJ Hospital’s Surgical Clinic is being charged with one count of criminal fraud and one count of offering a false instrument for filling, both class C...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with an outstanding arrest warrant was taken into custody last month after police picked him up for a public peace disturbance (PPD) matter in Petesa in the Tafuna area. Asomaliu Opetaia, 31, who has a previous assault conviction from 2014, made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested a police report on recent incidents of suicide — which has been called a “pandemic” — while the Health Department is spearheading a territory-wide church service this coming Sunday, with the goal to get the message out that there...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Environmental concerns have become one of the many issues that have surfaced during this year’s gubernatorial race and teams have included in their publicized campaign platforms their priority on such an important subject. During the American Samoa Bar Association’s...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — More than 100 members of the Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa came out in droves, early Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, not only to pick up food from a Free Food Drive sponsored by the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center-Hawaii in partnership with the CCCAS Church, Gingerlei...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A lawsuit against the Chief Justice, F. Michael Kruse, “is a gigantic waste of judicial resource” and is a “text book example of frivolity and vexation,” according to the defense’s detailed response to Steven Jay Pincus Hueter’s complaint against the Chief Justice....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing two young female victims, then aged 7 and 15 — was recently arrested by police, after the initial report was made over a year ago. The defendant made his initial appearance in court two weeks ago. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After the High Court sentenced Agavale Ugapo two months ago to 28 months in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 7-year probation term for embezzlement, he once again appeared in District Court last week for a Probation Revocation hearing due...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “How would your administration increase basic government services to Manu’a?” was the second question posed to the three teams who attended last week’s second gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association at the American Samoa Community College...

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