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12 OYS: Lawmakers scold Augusta VA for possibly violating religious freedoms

Updated: 03/21/2014 - Some lawmakers are lashing out at Augusta VA Hospital officials just months after they restricted some Christmas carolers from singing certain songs inside the facility. They are accusing the hospital of obstructing and censoring volunteers and possibly violating basic constitutional rights.

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12 On Your Side: Beware of fake credit card settlement check scam

Updated: 03/20/2014 - If you've ever owned a credit card chances are you have been part of some class action settlement. And that often means recieving a small refund check. But before you cash in there are some things you should know to avoid potential scams.

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12 OYS: Skittles candy purchase ends with teacher accused of simple battery on student

Updated: 03/19/2014 - For a second straight week, A Ricmond County teacher is being accused of simple battery on a student. Police said this incident started over a bag of candy. School administration saids the student was purchasing the candy from the teacher's lounge vending machine and said the teacher clearly "over-reacted."

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12 OYS: Teacher cuts students clothes with scissors, says joke went too far

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Updated: 03/17/2014 - When school starts back Monday, one Richmond County teacher will not be in the classroom. Instead middle school teacher Thurston Williams is on leave, charged with simple battery against a student. The Tutt Middle School math teacher said what he did was meant as a joke. But the boy's mom is not laughing. The mother of the 12-year-old does not want this teacher on leave, she wants him arrested and out of the classroom.

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12 OYS: Charlie Norwood VA official resigns; remains on payroll, says source

Updated: 03/12/2014 - A new revelation is coming out of Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Hospital. It comes in the midst of an ongoing Congressional investigation into 3 deaths at the facility due to what has been called a lack of proper medical care. News 12 has confirmed that after being threatened with disciplinary action following those deaths a top official stepped down but is still getting paid.

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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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