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Building site for the new Fono building
Pago Pago, AMRICAN SAMOA — During their respective sessions yesterday, both the Senate and House approved the necessary measure allowing the Fono to take another mid-session recess, which will be the third COVID-19 related recess. The Fono reconvened last week Monday after its second recess due to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa is seeking more than 20,000 coronavirus test kits from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the community-based virus testing, in which 20% of the population would be tested, says Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Samoan Federation of America contends that American Samoa leaders’ concerns raised over the impact of birthright citizenship for people born in American Samoa “are misplaced”, arguing that the US Constitution provides an individual’s right to be a US citizen and is “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old male who has a pending criminal case in District Court was arrested by police last week on the allegation that he assaulted a 65-year-old paralyzed man and challenged several people to a fight. When questioned by police, the defendant, Esau Lefiti said that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A police officer has been charged with disturbing the public peace (PPD) after he allegedly shouted threats and the Samoan War Cry (faaumuumu) at the Bowling Alley two months ago. Patrick Tuvale made his initial appearance in court last month where he was scheduled to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Overall, the weather pattern this week over the territory will be more active compared to last week. We will monitor the movement and placement of a trough as it moves towards American Samoa throughout the week, which may give us heavy rain at times. Breezy conditions...
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced last week that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man who was picked up pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, on the allegation that he unlawfully entered the home of another family and stole several items including a big fine mat, clothes, power tools and a laptop, is now charged with unlawful...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata joined Rep. TJ Cox (D-California), who led the effort, and Dean of the House Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) in a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging the SBA to continue making improvements to the Paycheck...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 25-year-old male convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) two months ago was ordered by the court not to operate any moving vehicle in the territory for the 6 months of his probation. Malo Ulua’i, who never applied for a driver’s license appeared in...

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