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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl has pled guilty. John Malae, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Malae was initially charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse,...
Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As discussed at an earlier COVID Task Force meeting, ASG is planning a mass vaxx shut down of the territory in December, this would be similar to the campaign carried out in Samoa last month.  However, the shut down is facing a push back from the local bsiness community...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court, during the preliminary examination (PX) of 48-year-old Amiatu Taulafoga, accused of unlawful possession of drugs, held last week, has found probable cause to bind the case over to the High Court, despite strong opposition from the defense team, claiming that...
Students in the ASCC class PSY 150
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite the pandemic conditions, a number of classes at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have persevered with their service projects on behalf of the community during the current fall 2021 semester. Among these classes supporting community causes were three...
Airial view of LBJ hospital
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Members of the House and Senate health committees visited LBJ Medical Center last week followed by a briefing with hospital officials, during a question and answer session. The LBJ site visit was initiated by the House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Andra Samoa — and...
Taotasi Archie Soliai and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is welcoming a grant of $591,594 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for coral reef preservation efforts, and congratulating the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources. On Wednesday, NOAA announced...
Passengers boarding Hawaiian flight from PPG to HNL
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a flight advisory dated Nov. 9th, the local Hawaiian Airlines office announced changes for the arrival and departure times of the Nov. 18th flight, which was initially schedule to depart Honolulu at 4:30p.m. arriving in Pago Pago at 9:15p.m. According to the advisory...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of being “suspended”, an Executive Branch employee who fails to comply with a new regulation to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be placed on “leave”, according to Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga’s new COVID-19 Declaration, which also...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested by police pursuant to an arrest warrant on the allegation that he attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl at her residence. The man made his initial appearance in District Court last month. (Samoa News has chosen not to release the name of the defendant...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has returned to lawmakers a Fono approved bill — originating from the Senate — that hikes the contribution rate of employers and employees to the ASG Employees Retirement Fund — without his signature or approval of the measure, which was to help...

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