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IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

Rep. Austin Scott talks brighter future for Robins

Rep. Austin Scott talks brighter future for Robins

Congressman Austin Scott made a trip to Warner Robins, Tuesday, to meet with community leaders and discuss plans for the largest workforce in the 8th district.

He also paid a visit to 13WMAZ, where he told Kenny Burgamy that he expects better things for Robins Air Force Base this year.

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.

Congress puts gender-neutral combat job standards into law

By Andrew Tilghman, Air Force Times

Pentagon official say they have no intention of creating special fitness standards for women who want to serve in combat jobs — but Congress wants to see that promise in law.

The 2014 defense authorization bill that is nearing completion includes a provision that will require the Pentagon to create a "gender-neutral occupational standard" for any combat jobs — infantry, armor, artillery and others — that are opened to women.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

STEM Teacher of the Year Announced

STEM Teacher of the Year Announced

Warner Robins, GA -- The Museum of Aviation’s National STEM Academy in Warner Robins, Georgia has selected Mrs. Jaime Punjabi, a third grade teacher at Hendersonville Elementary in Dekalb County, Georgia, as the Museum’s first 2013-2014 STEM Teacher of the Year.  Jaime Punjabi was nominated by the school’s principal, Dr. Rebecca Jackson.   Dr. Jackson said, “Mrs. Punjabi has built a classroom of trust.  Her third graders know that they can make a mistake or that their project doesn’t have to work the first time and that is okay.  She encourages her students to work up to their potential and holds everyone to the highest standards.  This translates to an enjoyment of STEM for her students.”

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

The Houston County chapter of the American Cancer society is participating in ACS CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study.)   According to their website, the purpose of CPS-3 is to "better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations."

It's open to anyone ages 30-69 who has never been diagnosed with cancer (exculding basil or squamous cell skin cancer.)  To particpate, schedule an enrollment appointment (you can do so here) At that appointment, you will sign an informed consent form, fill out a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, as well as give a small blood sample (taken by a certified phlebotomist.)