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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the ASG Treasury announcing this week the release later this month of the first payment for the Advance Child Tax Credit funded by federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 - some taxpayers are asking “who is a qualifying child” for this federal benefit....
Acting Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale (left) and Motusa Tuileama Nua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A local resident who returned to American Samoa when commercial air service between Honolulu and Pago Pago re-opened on Sept. 13th has tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first local case, but American Samoa remains under Code-Blue threat level, meaning COVID-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Customs K9 agent Benny died unexpectedly on Aug 31st after his handler left him in a hot government vehicle for hours. On that morning, Benny and his handler - the K9 unit supervisor — were working at the airport. Later that afternoon at around 3pm, when it was feeding...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines’ former head of corporate security is accusing the company in a lawsuit of covering up a litany of wrongdoing, including plane safety issues, multiple sexual assaults by pilots and cybersecurity failures. The plaintiff, Thomas Aiu, was hired by Hawaiian Airlines...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old father of six accused of abusing his 11-year-old son before he turned around and allegedly assaulted his neighbor who reported the child abuse incident to police is now also facing drug charges. During his arrest, police discovered illegal drugs in the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man has been convicted of violating the local drug laws. Loiata Ologa appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. The defendant, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 bond was initially charged with one court of unlawful...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The latest information released by the U.S Labor Department re-confirms that the next federally mandated wage hike of 40-cents per hour for all industry categories in American Samoa becomes effective on Sept. 30th this year. And this is in accordance with federal law,...
ARPA Oversight Office executive director, Keith Gebauer
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s more than $400 million allocation under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is held at a U.S-based bank due to US Treasury requirements for the banking institution, while the territory is awaiting a final decision by the US Treasury on...
Associate Justice Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Get a job to pay your fine and don’t come back to court again. Don’t go to the house again and stay away from bad people.” This was the strong message from Associate Justice Fiti Sunia to a 19-year-old man who appeared before the High Court yesterday for sentencing...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Monday evening, 260 travelers, including Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, arrived at approximately 9:15 PM marking the first official commercial flight to American Samoa since Hawaiian Air flights were suspended over a year and a half ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With...

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