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Washington, D.C. — Monday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed a grant of over $400,000 for American Samoa’s Head Start program through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS). Specifically, the discretionary grant of $400,891 is directed to the American Samoa Department of...
DHR director Lynn Pulou- Alaimalo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an Apr. 12th decision, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Marie A. Alailima reversed the firing of the 17-year career service employee — Irene Uhrle-Annipale — at the Department of Human Resources, whose director Lynn Pulou- Alaimalo, terminated her last month. Annipale...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first round of the third federally-funded Economic Impact Payment (EIP) — or stimulus checks — which is $1,400 per qualified tax payer — is expected to be released next week, the first week of May. Responding to Samoa News inquiries, Maryann Olo with the ASG Tax...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Labor ((USDOL) has opened an investigation into an industrial incident that claimed the lives of two men at the main dock of the Port of Pago Pago two weeks ago, says a federal labor official, who was responding to Samoa News inquiries. The probe is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of assaulting his wife, who was sentenced by the High Court to 5 years probation, is now in custody after being arrested by police last week and accused of child abuse of his 3-year-old nephew. The man, Tino Tapuaiaalupe made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Kokoland accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna and taking off with several items has admitted to the allegations against him. Tala’ave Aviata, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court...
Sign in at vaccine site this past Friday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A “Vaccine Station” sign indicates one of the areas were the COVID-19 vaccination doses were given out last Friday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium vaccination site. Everyone inside the auditorium was required to wear a face mask. Residents are told — among other things...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs entering the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and prisoners having access to drugs has been an ongoing problem in the territory for many years now. Despite building a wall around the facility, inmates are testing positive for methamphetamine and marijuana,...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Filipo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Filipo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...
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Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday Facebook launched a public education campaign to help people in Samoa learn how to identify and combat health misinformation.  The campaign, which will run for the next five weeks in Samoa includes graphics and videos that will run in English and Samoan, and...

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