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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through an executive order issued Tuesday this week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga transferred operational and logistical control of the Governor’s Rule Reform Panel to the Legal Affairs Department, under the Attorney General’s Office. The five-member Panel was first...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year old man convicted of assaulting a man at the Fagatogo Market while intoxicated in February of this year was ordered by court not to set foot in the market during the period of his 12-month probation. Welly Tapeni was initially charged with 3rd degree assault,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman convicted of stealing a cell phone from a store was sentenced to two years probation subject to several conditions including paying $1,000 to the court and $185 restitution for the cell phone she stole. Elsie Meredith, 28, appeared before Associate Justice...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department (DoH) has identified hotels for quarantine in Honolulu as well as medical partners to assist with COVID-19 testing for travelers if there is a repatriation flight to bring home American Samoa residents stranded off island. This is according to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has instructed his executive director Iulogologo Joseph Pereira and Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase to draft policy that would provide benefits — including retirement — to all government contract workers, no matter the length of the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A lawsuit was filed last week against Faumuina John Faumuina, his nephew, James Faumuina and two local construction companies for the alleged illegal dumping of solid waste and construction materials at the confluence of the Malaeimi stream and the Nu'uuli streams on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man was charged last week in District Court after he allegedly stabbed a man at a friend’s house. The victim sustained wounds on his right arm and left shoulder and was admitted to the surgical ward. During his initial appearance in court, Alefosio Mikaele...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Thirty-two year old Marquis Leauma was a passenger in a car that crashed on the east side of Tutuila early Sunday morning, Sept. 13. The police commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson declined comment Wednesday, and a police official declined to give information about the crash...
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Washington, D.C. — Thursday, September 17, 2020 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed Committee action late last week and progress on a number of Veterans’ bills, including several she has cosponsored. Congresswoman Amata took part in this hearing remotely on September 10th, in which the Committee...
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HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, meeting virtually this week, recommended actions the Federal Government could take to promote seafood competitiveness and economic growth and to provide regulatory relief to support economic recovery for the offshore fisheries of...

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