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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A passenger riding in the bed of a pickup truck arrested for holding an open beer bottle in his hand is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs and intent to distribute after police officers allegedly found a medium sized baggie containing a white...
Three members of the Department of Public Safety honor guard
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga signed a proclamation declaring May 10- 16 as Public Safety Week in American Samoa in celebration of the contributions of American Samoa’s police force of past, present and future to the security of our society and harmony in the...
ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG Treasury Department is releasing via the US mail service on Wednesday, May 13th all 2019 tax refunds for those who filed between Feb. 6th and Feb. 11th, totaling more than $1.68 million. The refunds are included in Batch number 9, according to ASG Treasurer...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Health Director Motusa Nua
Washington, D.C. — This past Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $406,084 in CARES Act funds to expand American Samoa’s COVID-19 testing capacity. This discretionary grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the Health and Human Services (HHS)...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s case against a bus driver accused of non compliance with the COVID-19 enforcement, which allows only 10 passengers at a time per bus was dismissed by District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea last week. Sega Sega appeared in court last Thursday for his bench...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) is trying to refinance its current bonds at the lower interest rates— taking advantage of the bond market at this time, says ASEDA board member Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, responding to Samoa News inquiries...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Brothers convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine were told by the court not to go near the area called “Le Filifili” while they are still in American Samoa. The brothers, Tulifau Iosefo Ilimaleota, 24, and Viane Tofamamao Ilimaleota, 32, were visiting their...
Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,553,194 CARES Act grant for coronavirus relief for American Samoa’s fishermen. The news is part of a national announcement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocating $300 million in fisheries assistance. Congress provided this funding...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released on bond awaiting the outcome of his matter in High Court where he’s charged with violating local drugs is now back in custody after he was arrested last week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Rintel I’atala appeared before Associate...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has awarded the local Eduction Department (ASDOE) more than $45.59 million under provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. American Samoa’s allocations cover two programs — over $38.32...

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