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Malemo Tausaga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Treasurer Malemo Tausaga, in a brief statement yesterday afternoon, announced that the seventh batch of tax refunds — of more than $740,00 — is scheduled for release today, Friday, Apr. 9th “Remainder of taxpayers who filed on Feb. 3, 2021 and numerous filers on Feb...
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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service reminds eligible residents of the U.S. territories that if they receive unemployment compensation payments that are otherwise subject to U.S. income tax, they may be eligible to exclude up to $10,200 per person of unemployment compensation from U.S. income...
Congresswoman Amata and Congresswoman Rice
Washington, D.C. — Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata joined Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) in introducing two bipartisan reform bills to strengthen oversight and accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act would provide...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 52-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Ottoville last month is scheduled to appear in Court next week for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court two weeks ago that there is a possibility additional charges would be filed against...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has accepted the plea agreement between the government and Joseph Olataga, who is accused of stabbing a man with a knife during a drinking session earlier last year. Olataga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $20,000 cash bond appeared...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga (left) and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the third stimulus check of $1,400 per qualified tax payer to be released “soon”, in which a family of ten is estimated to get $14,000. Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, urged the territory’s workforce not to quit their jobs, but save that money for rain days...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s aunt  and her husband filed complaints against him late last year. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify the man due to the...
COVID-19 TASK FORCE MEMBERS AT FONO
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In it’s latest health advisory, the Health Department confirmed that the second drive-thru for COVID-19 vaccinations is this Saturday, Apr. 10th at the parking lot of the Pago Pago International Airport. All those who received their first dose during the first drive-thru...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement. Fiatamalii Tumau, 35, of Tafuna appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference but pled out instead. Tumau, a carpenter, was initially charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines says that it was pleased with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) determination that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically without testing or needing to quarantine. “We are hopeful the state of Hawai‘i will update...

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