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12 OYS: Woman claims she was scammed by tax adviser; no refund

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Updated: 03/12/2014 - She believes she is the victim of a tax return scam. After a News 12 viewer said she provided all of her personal information to a tax adviser. She is now unable to reach that person. Minnie Roper called On Your Side. What is unclear right now is if this tax advisor is legit. What is clear is that they may be using more than one name

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12 On Your Side: Meeting addresses concerns over care at Charlie Norwood VA hospital

Updated: 03/10/2014 - Veterans are weighing in on their concerns over inadequate health care at Charlie Norwood Veterans Hospital in Augusta. A town hall meeting is focusing on concerns over the quality of care at the facility following at least 3 deaths. A task force is beginning several days worth of findings from Charlie Norwood which will then be turned over to senior VA leaders and the White House.

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Contractor accused of insurance fraud; skips town leaving customer with mess

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Updated: 03/05/2014 - After her house was damaged by fire, a homeowner said she hired a contractor who made matters even worse. Looking for help she contacted On Your Side. Our investigation reveals that this contractor is no stranger to the legal system, nor to court judgments which is what this case is all about.

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12 OYS: Student loans tempting more to apply for dollars; not degrees

Updated: 03/04/2014 - A rise in online education is leading more potential students to apply for college. But a government reports says it is more about the dollars than the degrees. Unlike traditional lending, college loans are just about always guaranteed and with lower interest rates. But some are using federal student aid as a way to supplement their income.

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12 On Your Side: Filing taxes in a flash using smartphone application

Updated: 03/03/2014 - If you are dreading the thought of having to file your taxes, you are likely not alone. But with so many other things, there is an app for that. If you have a smartphone, and most of us do, you can download a tax filing application that pretty much does the work for you.

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12 OYS: St. Louis Original Hamburgers owner evicted; files bankruptcy

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Updated: 02/28/2014 - A local burger joint owner is out-of-business after being evicted. Gregory Glover, owner of St. Louis Original Hamburgers was already under fire by former employees who say he failed to pay them. Since setting up shop last April, court records show Glover never paid rent and now owes more than $40,000.

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12 On Your Side: Uncle Sam will let you claim ice storm damage on taxes

Updated: 02/26/2014 - Some of you may qualify for disaster relief with the IRS if you suffered ice storm-related damage. Everything from damaged property to spoiled food can be claimed on your income taxes even if you have already filed for 2013. But there are some steps you will need to follow first.

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12 OYS: "AT&T really failed it this time," veteran with heart condition says

Updated: 02/24/2014 - A military veteran is accusing AT&T of dropping the ball by failing to reconnect his landline service after it was damaged during this month's ice storm. He says without that connection he cannot monitor the pacemaker that keeps his heart pumping. Frustrated, he called On Your Side.

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12 On Your Side: $714 for one night stay at hotel during Augusta's ice storm?

Updated: 02/19/2014 - Last week's ice storm and power outages left many of you seeking shelter at local hotels. While that was great for business, one hotel owner is being accused of price gouging on rooms. But is it true? The price gouging calls may be true. On Your Side fielded calls about price gouging on everything from cigarettes and beer to generators. But when we started getting calls and email about this hotel we did some digging and found the problem.

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12 OYS: Property deed service sued in other states targets Georgia

Updated: 02/18/2014 - An out-of-state business may be cashing in on your hard earned money by doing something that you can do yourself for little to no cost. While it is not a scam, it is a property deed service that is charging folks nearly $65 for a document you can get for just a few dollars.

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12 On Your Side: What you need to know before filing that insurance claim

Updated: 02/17/2014 - To file or not to file. That may be the question for thousands of ice storm victims. But before you decide either way, it might depend on what kind of damage you have. While it is always a personal decision, insurance experts say the closer your deductible is to the actual amount of damage or loss, the less you should consider filing a claim.

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What food to keep or toss after power outages

Updated: 02/17/2014 - When the power goes out at your house the first thing you might think of is where's the flash light or the candles? But if you're in the dark for more than a few hours the problems can grow-- in the kitchen. News12's, is on your side with what you can keep and toss out of the fridge.

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12 On Your Side: $7,000 grant scam targets Augusta college student

Updated: 02/10/2014 - She was hoping to pay some of her college tuition with a free grant but instead of getting money, she gave up her hard earned cash instead. College is an expensive investment so free grant money was something Paula Grant said she could not pass up.

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12 OYS: Charges still mounting on TV repairman; cameras get look inside shop

Updated: 02/07/2014 - Local TV repairman Perry Bower, already facing larceny charges is now facing 5 more counts of theft by deception. Bower, owner of Electric Medic of Martinez is out on bond and now apparently out-of-business too. Friday afternoon we found the doors wide open as investigators and the property owner sorted through a mountain of TV's and returned a few to their rightful owners.

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12 On Your Side: Online tax filing vs. tax office filing

Updated: 02/20/2014 - Whether you file your taxes online or with a professional, it can be stressful. But what if you do it wrong? Uncle Sam could audit you. Tax experts say online filing can be great but if you have any doubts about going it alone get it done at a professional tax office.

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