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Congresswoman Aumua Amata.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement celebrating Independence Day: “God bless you and your families on this Fourth of July! Our plans for this day might be a little different this year, but we can still celebrate our freedom and our country with the people...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Dept. of Transportation this week granted Hawaiian Airlines request to renew until Aug. 1, its Service Obligation exemption to suspend air services between Honolulu and Pago Pago. Hawaiian sought a continue exemption under provisions of the federal CARES Act,...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement. Alfred Taumaoe, 35, of Tafuna appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference but pled out instead. Taumaoe, a carpenter, was initially charged with...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lawmakers in American Samoa have confirmed they are receiving Covid-19 funding but that it will go towards finding suitable premises to work. The Senate President and Speaker of the House are getting cheques of $US20,000 and senators and representatives are receiving...
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Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed congressional action to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8, 2020, to help small businesses. On Wednesday, by unanimous consent, the House passed S. 4116, a bipartisan bill extending access to PPP for the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested on the allegation that he assaulted his wife. When police officers arrived at the couple’s home, the wife told police that she is suspicious that her husband is involved in something unusual, like “doing drugs”. He was later charged with one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted of stealing was released from custody, after the court determined that the 12 months he spent at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) to await sentencing, was enough punishment. Tasileti Aleluia, under a plea agreement with the government,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has officially extended for another 30-days his coronavirus emergency declaration, through the Sixth Amended Declaration, effective July 1. American Samoa — without a confirmed case — continues under the “Code Blue” threat-level. The amended...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a pending criminal case in District Court was arrested last month on the allegation that he burglarized a home in Vaitogi before he assaulted an intoxicated man who was walking on the road late at night. When questioned by police, the defendant, Arona Edward...
ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a statement this week, ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a informed those with little or no income that by filing an American Samoa tax return that “you MAY qualify to receive” an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), or stimulus check as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid...

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