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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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12 OYS: VA hospital wristbands may be exposing vets to identity theft

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Updated: 02/05/2014 - Identity theft is the last thing that should be on your mind during a hospital stay. But a local veteran says he is worried that his personal identity may have been compromised during a short stay at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta.

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12 OYS: Common cold medicine being abused by local teens, says health professional

Updated: 02/04/2014 - It is called Triple C, Skittles and even Red Devils. They are street names for a popular over the counter drug that some teenagers are abusing. The drug is called Coricidin Cough and Cold in the purple box. Taken as prescribed it can relieve cold symptoms but when abused it can cause brain damage and even death.

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12 OYS: Augusta VA tight-lipped about possible 4th death at facility

Updated: 02/03/2014 - News 12 continues its investigation into deaths at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Hospital. We have obtained documentation confirming another death. But the Charlie Norwood facility is being tight-lipped about whether it occured there or not.

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12 On Your Side: Dog abandoned in bitter cold in Augusta park

Updated: 01/28/2014 - Extreme weather can be deadly for pets but the frigid temperatures did not stop someone from leaving a dog to possibly die in the cold at an Augusta park. A News 12 tv crew was diverted from a story on protecting pets from the cold after it discovered the abandoned and frightened dog alone with no owner.

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12 On Your Side: Renters insurance should be on your winter storm checklist

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Updated: 01/27/2014 - With the threat of bad weather how protected are you from damage to your property?Everything from downed trees to frozen pipes that rupture flooding your home or apartment. can be a reality. Experts are urging folks who do not have renters insurance to get it now. You can secure a policy with just a quick phone call.

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