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The mystery of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) general revenue bonds isn't such a mystery after all. You can read the complete bond text yourself on the Internet at https://emma.msrb.org/ER913011-ER713245-ER1114700.pdf But even that doesn't answer all of the questions...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse has given the government and defense attorneys a 2-month timeframe to come up with a thoughtful plan on what the court should do to finalize Joeita Fa’aaliga’s case. Fa’aaliga appeared before the High Court last Friday for a Deposition Hearing, pursuant to an order to...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says there are "several reasons" why he vetoed Fono approved legislation, which amends provisions of the current 5% miscellaneous tax. He further noted in his Oct. 30th letter to Fono leaders, after explaining why had vetoed the bill that “it may be necessary to adopt cost...
TERRITORY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CREDIT INCLUDED IN TAX BILL — Washington, D.C. – Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed news that the Chairman’s draft of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act released Thursday includes the American Samoa Economic Development Credit that she requested. “I am...
Paramount Builders has been awarded the contract for the "Pago Pago International Airport Apron Rehabilitation Phase II - Construction Project" to the tune of $9.8 million. But according to the Procurement Office, the award and subsequent execution of the contract is contingent on the submission of...
On the last night of the premier of Twinderella, Poe Mageo, director of the Dancing Fingers Learning Center presented a check of $2,500 to Leilani Tilo, who accepted the donation on behalf of the local American Red Cross. Before the curtain went up, Mageo asked all the young children in the...
OKERI POLEVIA — A woman who is accused of stealing merchandise worth over $1,000 from a store was arrested by police two weeks ago. Oketi Polevia is being charged with one count of stealing — a felony, punishable by not more than 7 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more that $5,000 or both....
An earthquake, which the US Geological Survey says occurred in the Tonga region but was close to the Samoan islands, prompted a “tsunami advisory” for American Samoa, as well as neighboring Samoa. The tremor, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 but later downgraded to 6.8, occurred around 10p.m...
An increase in port fees and wharfage charges went into effect on Oct. 30, which is when Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga signed into law legislation passed by the Fono. And two officials in the private sector expect that these new hikes will start affecting consumer goods either later this month or early...
Following a decision by the US Secretary of State, the Honolulu federal court last week ordered the release “immediately” of American citizen Dean Jay Fletcher who is wanted in Tonga for the alleged murder of his wife. As previously reported by Samoa News, Dean Jay Fletcher fled to American Samoa...

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