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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An alleged misunderstanding over the sale of a vehicle between first cousins has landed two men in court, both charged with public peace disturbance. Faasalafa Tuivaiti of Iliili and Faafetai Malagamalii of Malaeloa made their initial appearances in District Court this...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After amendments, the Senate approved Tuesday its version of an administration bill that seeks to establish by law the Money Services Business Regulatory Act, which would regulate money transfer businesses in American Samoa. During a committee hearing last week, there...
American Samoa Election Office photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei says candidates seeking public office are asked in a questionnaire whether they have been convicted of a crime, and voters can challenge the eligibility of a candidate. Uiagalelei was responding to Samoa News questions after...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate has expedited approval of an administration bill, which allows Justices of the High Court to preside in District Court. The measure, which was introduced last Wednesday and approved by the Senate this past Tuesday, now goes to the House, where its version is...
Zebediah Mamea and Renee Dunson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Manumalo Academy sixth graders Renee Dunson and Zebediah Mamea took home First Place Thursday, in the "Group Exhibit" category for the Elementary portion of the 2019 Island-Wide History Day competition, hosted at the Church of Jesus Christ Stake Center in Ottoville. This...
The spring 2019 recipients of the ASCC Presidential Merit and Saili le Atamai in-house scholarships are (l-r) Shiting Huang, Shiqi Huang, Elisapeta Sagote and Mark Espiritu.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — High school graduates of American Samoan ancestry automatically qualify for the Pell Grant, which covers most if not all of the cost of them earning a bachelors degree in college. However, students born outside of the US and its territories often face a tremendous...
Teens representing the Chinese Association of American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Teens representing the Chinese Association of American Samoa were at the Veterans Memorial Stadium this past Wednesday, practicing one of the dances they performed during the 2019 Flag Day festivities, that kicked off at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei...
The 9th Mission Support Command Soldiers selected to be Modular Small Arms Range Certified Range Operators
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Army Reserve Soldiers of American Samoa will soon train at the first indoor rifle range in the Army Reserve, a Modular Small Arms Range scheduled for a grand opening the end of April. “The sons and daughters of American Samoa serving in the Armed Forces will have the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man facing "several matters" including a current criminal case, a criminal summons, an outstanding bench warrant (for failing to appear on an Order to Show Cause in 2016), and outstanding fines of $150 is remanded to custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility (...
SG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just in time for Flag Day and Easter, tax refund checks — for those who qualify — will be released today; but only the locally funded ones, it does not include the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), which is funded by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Many taxpayers...

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