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COURT GRANTS GOV’T CONTINUANCE ON WRIGHT’S MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL After granting the government’s motion for a continuance, the High Court re-scheduled for Nov. 4th a new hearing date for defendant Samuel Wright, who had requested to void the jury decision, which found him guilty, and to set a new...
With the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approving an incremental funding request for the construction of the new multi million-dollar-building in Tafuna for the American Samoa Power Authority operations center, the stop order for the construction work is scheduled to be lifted early...
A US couple that recently adopted a child from Samoa say a new proposed federal rule on international adoptions “may end our journey through Samoa and that of many other families.” The US State Department has proposed to amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to...
McDonald's American Samoa CEO Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo presented Rotarians of Pago Pago with a donation of $100K for the Pala Lagoon Swimming Center yesterday. This photo was taken at the swimming center, which is still under construction. Tautolo is on the far right of the ‘picture’ of...
One of the seven questions posed by ASCC Student Government Association (SGA), during the gubernatorial forum on Tuesday, was about the candidates’ platforms and why the public should vote for them. Attending the forum were the gubernatorial teams of Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga & Lt. Gov....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law legislation, which among other things imposes fees for the use of the X-ray scanners at American Samoa’s ports of entry. In accordance with the constitution, the bill becomes law 60 days after the end of the session in which it was passed, according to...
A large group of veterinary volunteers from the U.S. will be arriving in American Samoa the beginning of next week to work in cooperation with local non profit group, Alofa Mo Meaola (Love for Animals) and the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Clinic offering free spay/ neuter surgeries for...
Tao Liu  [File photo: SN]
Tao Liu, who was being held behind bars on a no bail status on 11 criminal charges, which included drugs and unlicensed firearm escaped the Territory Correctional Facility early Sunday morning and was re-captured Monday afternoon around 5 p.m., according to police sources.  There has been no formal...
A man who is accused of sexually abusing his biological daughter once a week throughout the month of August after he allegedly smoked ice was arrested over the weekend and made his initial appeared in District Court yesterday. To protect the victim, Samoa News is not identifying the defendant by...
POSSESSION OF DRUGS CASE NOW IN HIGH COURT The government’s case against two men charged with drug possession is now with the High Court and their next court appearance is next month. Defendants Wayne ‘Ueni’ Gasolo and Ioane Sakopo, aka Inky, were arrested last month at a vacant house which was...

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