IRS is looking for taxpayers due refunds
Payback time: The Internal Revenue Service is on the hunt for 11,278 Florida taxpayers who are due refund checks worth a combined $19.7 million. The checks were returned to the IRS because of mailing address errors. IRS spokesman Mike Dobzinski said the average undelivered refund statewide is $1,747, up from last year's average of $1,538. "We'd like to get this money back to taxpayers as quickly as possible," Dobzinski said. "All we need is an updated address, and we can reissue the check." To see if you're one of the lucky 11,278, go to the IRS Web site, irs.gov, and click on "Where's My Refund." Taxpayers will need information from their 2009 tax returns to claim their refund. Another option is to call the agency toll-free at 1-800-829-1954 and follow instructions on how to update an address.
This shows the county, taxpayers due refunds and the average refund:
Source: Internal Revenue Service
School Board will discuss cell towers
Hillsborough School Board members want to talk about the controversial issue of placing cellular telephone towers near schools. The subject came up after three opponents of the practice, all parents, asked the board to stop delegating such decisions to school principals. "It is legally irresponsible to place responsibility in principals' hands, because they're not elected," said parent Lisa Williams, raising health concerns. Newly elected board member Stacy White said he wasn't happy delegating the decision, either. "I think it should be in the board's hands," he said. Officials said a workshop might not be scheduled until the New Year.
County, Tampa fail air testing for lead
Hillsborough County is among 16 areas nationwide to fall short of meeting federal air quality standards for lead. The Environmental Protection Agency gave both Tampa and Hillsborough a "nonattainment" designation based on 2007-09 air quality monitoring information. Officials will have to meet the lead standards by Dec. 31, 2015. The EPA finding is based on data collected by monitoring equipment that surrounds EnviroFocus Technologies, a lead recycling company. Hillsborough is the only area in Florida to make the EPA's list.
Comments get attention on site
Tampabay.com, the website of the St. Petersburg Times, is making changes this week to the way it presents comments on stories. Because not all readers wish to view comments, comments will not display automatically at the bottom of a story. Instead, readers will now need to click on a new page to view comments and/or share theirs. In addition, registered members will now be able to reply to comments in threaded discussions. Readers have asked for this feature, which should allow for more fluid dialogue between readers. The changes took effect Wednesday for stories and will launch on blogs today.
Gabrielle Rossman, one of the triplets injured when a neighbor's Jeep plowed into a yard in Hudson, left St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on Tuesday after recuperating. A photo caption Wednesday had the wrong hospital.