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MINIMUM WAGE POSTER
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before 2a.m. yesterday local time, the US Department of Labor had already released the updated American Samoa Minimum Wage poster, that includes the new federally mandated 40-cents per hour hike in all 17 different industry classifications — effective Sept. 30. Federal...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following a decision by Samoa’s health authorities, inter-Samoa flights are temporarily suspended again, while the local resident who arrived on the Sept. 13th flight from Honolulu and tested positive of COVID-19 has been re-tested — under new protocols — and the result...
Keith Gebauer
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Infrastructure project proposals for funding under American Samoa’s share of the $479 million federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 will be required to comply with a provision of the statute addressing climate change, says ASG’s ARPA Oversight Office executive...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of violating local drug laws is going to jail. The court sentenced Faalata Toetasi to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of the 5 years probated sentence. Toetasi appeared in High Court last week for sentencing...
U.S. Capitol building
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed congressional action Thursday to ensure government funding as the new fiscal year starts, and prevent a temporary government shutdown. The Senate passed the legislation earlier in the day and the House of Representatives then quickly passed...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who attempted to assault his long time partner with a kitchen knife and later ran away from police in May of this year is now in custody charged in two separate cases. Mapusaga Faleti made his initial appearance in court last week. In the first case, Faleti is...
 Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During an emergency news conference last night, Health Department officials announced two more positive COVID-19 cases. They are fully vaccinated local residents who returned to the territory of the Sept. 27th  Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu. The two confirmed...
Crowds of people waiting for their Child Tax Credit payments in front of Lee Auditorium
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just after 7a.m yesterday, Samoa News observed a very long line from in front of the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium through the front of the Samoana High School gym yesterday with residents, waiting for the auditorium to open at 7:30a.m. for the distribution of Advance Child...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of burglarizing an apartment in the Ottoville area and stealing an iPhone, a laptop and a check is now in custody after police officers arrested him last month pursuant to an arrest warrant signed by the court. During his arrest, officers found a small...
Cong. Uifaatali Amata at her standup desk
Washington, D.C. —Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed today the announcement of a grant of $67,148 for the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security. The grant is part of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness program, which is awarded by the US Department of Transportation’s...

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