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Slain Dededo mother laid to rest
Slain Dededo mother laid to rest

Fifty-three-year-old Sumittra Lairopi is being remembered by loved ones as a woman who was always able to bring out a smile in others, no matter their mood. Lairopi’s sister-in-law Vicky Pena said, “Believe me, I always get mad but when it com

Malesso' library to reopen next week after shut down for several months
Malesso' library to reopen next week after shut down for several months

The Malesso’ Public Library has been shut down since Typhoon Mawar. Now, nearly nine months later, they're set to reopen their doors next week. It's long awaited news for southern patrons, especially the Merizo Martyrs Memorial School community. The

Matsuki Hirayama
CNMI lawmakers grill Casino Commission on future of Garapan casino
CNMI lawmakers grill Casino Commission on future of Garapan casino

The Northern Marianas went all-in on its gamble with Imperial Pacific International’s (IPI) exclusive casino license. Now it seems it’s not just luck running out, but also patience from House and Senate lawmakers who grilled the Commonwealth C

Thomas Manglona
Audit reveals weaknesses in Tourism Assistance program
Audit reveals weaknesses in Tourism Assistance program

The Guam Visitors Bureau’s (GVB) Tourism Assistance program is being scrutinized by the Office of Public Accountability (OPA). The public auditor today releasing its performance audit of the GVB program stood up to immediately aid small tourism-rela

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Guam partners with Palau officials to expand tourism
Guam partners with Palau officials to expand tourism

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) paid a visit to the President of the Republic of Palau as well as the Australian ambassador to Palau in Koror last Thursday. The visit was intended to strengthen ties with Pala

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No jail time for Chinese national who snuck into Guam by boat
No jail time for Chinese national who snuck into Guam by boat

A Chinese national who admitted to sneaking into Guam by boat from the CNMI will not be spending any additional time in the Department of Corrections (DOC) prison. Thirty-eight-year-old Fujun Zhai pleaded guilty to failure to obtain required clearance, fa

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More than $823,000 in child support funding remains unclaimed
More than $823,000 in child support funding remains unclaimed

More than $823,000 in unclaimed, canceled and returned child support checks continue to sit in a bank account. Efforts have been underway in recent months to find the custodial parents to get them the money for the children but multiple issues including e

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Bill signed extending energy credit program
Bill signed extending energy credit program

Another round of relief on your power bills has been made official. Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio signed Bill 208 into law. The measure implements a fifth round of the Prugraman Ayuda Para I Taotao-ta Energy Credit Program. A $100 monthly credit will be

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Senators scrutinize hospital finances, planned capital improvements
Senators scrutinize hospital finances, planned capital improvements

Appropriations Chairman Joe San Agustin called in top Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) officials for an oversight hearing on the hospital's finances. Early on in his exchange with GMH Chief Financial Officer Yuka Hechanova, it became clear that federal medica

Nestor Licanto
Former Guam resident admits to promoting prostitution of female teens
Former Guam resident admits to promoting prostitution of female teens

Former Guam resident, 54-year old Kenneth Tenorio, now residing in National City, California was recently sentenced to 106 months in federal court for transporting two female teens from San Diego to Phoenix, Arizona and Texas, for the purpose of prostitut

Joan Aguon Charfauros
Security officers complete defensive tactics training as part of a Task Force initiative
Security officers complete defensive tactics training as part of a Task Force initiative

In line with the Korean Consulate's promise of making the island safe to the family of a South Korean tourist who was shot and killed in Tumon in early January. Control concepts, handcuffing, counter striking, restraint systems, weapons, and equipment tra

Joan Aguon Charfauros
Education board set to approve GDOE's Fiscal Year 2025 budget
Education board set to approve GDOE's Fiscal Year 2025 budget

The Guam Education Board (GEB) is slated to look over and approve the Guam Department of Education’s (GDOE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget, one that has been due to the legislature since the end of January. GEB Vice-Chair Angel Sablan told KUAM the bo

Destiny Cruz
Former CNMI Gov. Torres challenges penal summons
Former CNMI Gov. Torres challenges penal summons

Former NMI Governor Ralph Torres appeared in Superior Court in Saipan Monday morning. In this case, Torres faces one count of contempt and one count of misconduct in public office for failing to appear in compliance with a legislative subpoena while he wa

Thomas Manglona
Alleged child rapist arrested, second suspect at-large
Alleged child rapist arrested, second suspect at-large

One man is under arrest and another is on the run after being accused of raping and abusing a young girl known to them. Thirty-four-year-old Kason Andon is charged with first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Court documents state Andon allegedly

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Guam delegate discusses Typhoon Mawar Reconstruction Act with FEMA leader
Guam delegate discusses Typhoon Mawar Reconstruction Act with FEMA leader

H.R. 6478, the Typhoon Mawar Reconstruction Act, was among the items discussed during a recent meeting between Guam delegate Jim Moylan and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. The two met in the nation's capital last Friday. The act would provide the FEMA

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Tamuning shooting victim to be laid to rest
Tamuning shooting victim to be laid to rest

Loved ones will say their final goodbyes to 53-year-old Sumittra Lairopi on Tuesday. Services for the Dededo mother will take place at the Our Lady of Peace Memorial Gardens in Yona. As KUAM reported, Lairopi was having dinner on Valentine's Day at the Th

Julianne Hernandez
Charges could be dropped against three murder defendants
Charges could be dropped against three murder defendants

Criminal charges could be dismissed against three of the men accused in a deadly stabbing in Dededo. Co-defendants Alison Joe, Cyrus Mathias, Dero Itsy, L-son Joe, and Samson Shapucy appeared before Judge Vernon Perez in Superior Court today. The five men

Julianne Hernandez
Governor and First Gentleman attend White House Gala event
Governor and First Gentleman attend White House Gala event

Governor Leon Guerrero and First Gentleman Jeff Cook were guests of the White House during a dinner to close out the National Governor's Conference Winter meeting. They even posed for selfies with President Joe Biden. CNMI Governor Arnold Palacios also at

Nestor Licanto
Defense Commissary Agency makes effort to reduce waste on island, single-use bags no longer issued at commissaries
Defense Commissary Agency makes effort to reduce waste on island, single-use bags no longer issued at commissaries

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) announced an effort to reduce waste on Guam by no longer issuing single-use shopping bags starting in March. In accordance with Title 10 GCA Chapter 54B, dated Jan. 1, 2019, and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency

Kobe Onedera
Third cruise ship of the year arrives in Guam
Third cruise ship of the year arrives in Guam

The Port Authority of Guam welcomed the MS Artania as its the third passenger vessel to stop by our shores this year. Holding 1,031 passengers and 511 crew, the MS Artania anchored down for a day to allow the passengers time to enjoy and explore Guam&rsqu

Kobe Onedera
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Guam hosts exhibition on beliefs of Islam
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Guam hosts exhibition on beliefs of Islam

This past weekend the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Guam hosted an exhibition, showcasing the beliefs, the practices and the principles of Islam. Imam Khaled Khan is the group's leader and happily shares the word with all, telling KUAM News, "Islam is a u

Jason Salas
Ceremony for peace held at South Pacific Memorial Park in Yigo
Ceremony for peace held at South Pacific Memorial Park in Yigo

Leaders from the military, government, clergy and humanitarian communities from Guam, the United States and Japan took part in the 13th Peace Memorial Ceremony in Yigo at the South Pacific Memorial Park. This was the first time the solemn event was held i

Jason Salas
Department of Corrections K-9 unit program makes progress
Department of Corrections K-9 unit program makes progress

Funding spent on training and two new K9 officers, but the K9 program at the Department of Corrections still has yet to fully take off. That could change soon. A new handler is being eyed to help get things going. K9 correctional officer Saba works with i

Julianne Hernandez
A look inside the second largest latte village in the Marianas
A look inside the second largest latte village in the Marianas

The Mochong Ancient Latte Village is described as the best preserved and the second-largest latte village in the Marianas. KUAM News visited the site with Antonelli Rosario who works with the Rota Historic Preservation Office. Antonelli Rosario with the R

Thomas Manglona
New flights create direct link between Guam and Tokyo’s city center
New flights create direct link between Guam and Tokyo’s city center

United Airlines is launching daily nonstop flights between Guam and Tokyo Haneda International Airport scheduled to begin May 1. Flights will operate year-round and create a more direct link between Guam and Japan's capital, given Haneda airport's proximi

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Legal ties strengthened with Guam-Korea Mock Trial friendship tournament
Legal ties strengthened with Guam-Korea Mock Trial friendship tournament

Lawyers in the making took to the courts last Saturday in a high school Mock Trial competition between Guam and Korea. The matches were held in the Honorable Maria T. Cenzon’s courtroom and had Okkodo High School and Father Duenas Memorial School up

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