MOROCCO — In the words of principal, Mrs. Hankins, “Lake Village is a place where things happen and where people want to be.” Principal Hankins selected 4th grade student, Cash Kosinski, as the Student Spotlight for February because he stands up for others, does what is right even when it’s …

BROOK — For a long time now, the property located at 416 W. Cummings Street has been problematic, according to the Brook Town Council. Town attorney, Jacob Ahler, has been trying to locate the registered agent of the Limited Liability Company (LLC) on the property deed. His research ended in…

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DEMOTTE — A DeMotte woman was cited Thursday morning after she ran into the front of the Family Dollar store in DeMotte. Thelma Prohosky, 54, of DeMotte, said her snow-covered foot slid off th…

EAST CHICAGO — Each athlete, once sectionals arrive, knows one thing that is always absolute—today could be that last time. The journey to sectionals is filled with hard work, determination, injury, recovery, and dedication. Tournament time brings together athletes across the state all with …

The first time I met Forrest Wood was in 1973. Ranger boats was a tiny, but growing boat building business located in Flippin, Arkansas. When we met, Wood was at the same table with Ray Scott the founder of the Bass Angler’s Sportsman Society. B.A.S.S. was only six years old and there was no…

Last week I described three ways travellers can get out on the ocean to have a saltwater fishing experience. This week, I’m dialing in on the most affordable method, and for a Midwesterner, perhaps the most unique.

For many Midwestern anglers, fishing either comes to an end in the winter, it switches to ice fishing, or it becomes a road trip. There are plenty of places snowbelt citizens “flock” to (thus the nickname — snowbirds) where above freezing, usually balmy, temperatures are the norm — even in t…

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and in Indiana. On Thursday, February 20, advocates from the Indiana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will meet with lawmakers to urge their support of: SB 208, which would strengthen the ability of the Department of Insurance to enforce mental health parity laws; SB 246, which would require schools to enter into formal agreements with community mental health providers or centers to provide services to students; and SB 273, which would establish the Indiana Behavioral Health Commission. Advocates will also be urging lawmakers to reconsider legislation that would weaken suicide prevention training requirements for Indiana educators.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeOmic, the creator of the LIFE mobile apps and the Precision Health Cloud (PHC) platform in use at major medical and cancer centers, today announced Ed Simcox as its new chief strategy officer. Ed joins the precision medicine startup from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the largest civilian government agency in the world where he served as chief technology officer and acting chief information officer.

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Every direct employee of a company should receive a W-2 form in January. The W-2 is the base document that defines your tax obligations, so it is important that you review and understand yours. However, some people are confused by some of the form's numbers — for example, why the wage listed on a W-2 form does not always match their salary — and simply fill in the information from each box into their tax forms without giving it a thorough review to verify that the information is correct.

Employers can and do make mistakes on W-2s, and these errors can cost you money as well as time and effort to correct downstream tax ramifications. Let's take a look at the W-2 form in a bit more detail.

Understanding Your W-2 Tax Forms

First, verify the pertinent baseline information in the spaces labeled with letters, namely your Social Security number and both addresses (yours and your employer's). Assuming that's correct, look at the block of eight boxes in the uppe...

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Congratulations! You have just been handed your first little bundle of joy in the hospital and have embarked on the long journey of parenthood. It is a trip full of joyful experiences that make the corresponding aggravations worthwhile, and it comes with many benefits — some of which are tax-related. You can look forward to taking advantage of these child-related deductions and benefits.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – Designed to help lower income taxpayers, the EITC is a tax credit that is scaled along with income and the number of dependents claimed. See IRS Publication 596, "Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)" for details on qualifications and the scaling criteria. T...

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Congratulations! You have just been handed your first little bundle of joy in the hospital and have embarked on the long journey of parenthood. It is a trip full of joyful experiences that make the corresponding aggravations worthwhile, and it comes with many benefits — some of which are tax-related. You can look forward to taking advantage of these child-related deductions and benefits.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – Designed to help lower income taxpayers, the EITC is a tax credit that is scaled along with income and the number of dependents claimed. See IRS Publication 596, "Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)" for details on qualifications and the scaling criteria. T...

Tax Benefits Of Having Dependents

Top 7 Tax Deductions And Credits That People Forget

Top 9 Audit Red Flags

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For Valentine's Day, we hope you bought a thoughtful gift for your significant other. It's the thought that counts, of course, but let us give you a tip or two: women like jewelry. And, when it comes to fine jewelry, you should give thought to insurance.

Fortunately, your family's everyday jewelry is probably covered by standard homeowner's or renter's insurance (at current market value less any deductible), assuming you carry such insurance. However, if you have valuable or very sentimental pieces of jewelry, the coverage may be lacking.

How can you tell whether your coverage is adequate? The following steps can help you reach the best decision.

  • Inventory and Appraisal – You cannot figure out if your coverage is sufficient if you do not assess what you have. You need a list of items and their current value for any insurance claim, as well as for a police report in case of theft.

    Create a spreadsheet with each piece l...

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By Andrea Woroch

Every year, countless people throughout the country dream up personal finance-related New Year's Resolutions. Most of the goals are centered around saving more money, whether it's by earning more or spending less. Some folks have trips they want to take or projects they need to cross off their to-do list, while others just want the security of bolstering their savings accounts. Regardless of the goal, most people fail because they overlook the most critical step in achieving their objective - a well thought out plan. Below are seven detailed adjustments that will actually help you reach your financial target and lead a more financially responsible 2020.

1. Track your spending.

It's easy to blow your budget when you have no idea where your money is going. Tracking how you spend allows you to identify where you need to cut back — hello, Target! — which makes it easier to limit unnecessary purchases. Remember, you can't change what y...

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Discussing mental health has become less taboo in modern culture than it used to be before, and that openness is now also crossing over into the workplace. However, many organizations still seem to be falling behind on this trend. From unrealistic, demanding deadlines to heavy workloads and long hours to even shifting performance priorities, there’s often never a shortage of stress at work.

On Jan. 14, Community Health published story titled "No More Body Shaming" that contained quotes from a source who levied unfounded allegations of impropriety against White Rock Montessori school in Dallas. Allegations that White Rock Montessori condoned or allowed instances of body shaming against students, and is now retaliating against the children of parents who raise such issues with the school, are unsubstantiated and solely the opinion of the source quoted in the story. Community Health apologizes to White Rock Montessori for any harm that has come to its reputation and its business as a respected educational institute as a result of the statements contained in the story.

It’s tax season once again, and stress levels are high. While you are plunging away those numbers and stressing about refunds and payments to the IRS, there are ways you can keep those anxieties under control.

“Every risk factor you can imagine was on this student’s Internet posting,” recalls Lisa Cull, senior program coordinator for Glenn County Behavioral Health.

As families come face to face with medical requirements every school year, the country is feeling the effects of a vaccine resistance movement that’s been decades in the making. In a climate of fake news and ever-growing misinformation that is spread online, it can be hard to decipher the false information from the truth. That’s why Facebook is taking a stand.

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus outbreak is prompting fears of drug shortages in the United States because of how deeply the pharmaceutical supply chain relies on China. For lawmakers who were already working on bills to address shortages and bring more drug manufacturing back to the U.S., the epidemic is helping them prove their point. No drug manufacturers had notified the Food and Drug ...

SEATTLE - In the latest of a string of quality control issues, Boeing discovered debris that mechanics left inside the wing fuel tanks of several undelivered 737 Maxes during the aircraft assembly process. Boeing has ordered inspections of all the undelivered Maxes, about 400 of which are stored at various locations. Regarding the additional 385 Maxes that were delivered to customers but have ...

WASHINGTON - This is not the gracious welcome billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg - who has poured towering piles of cash into liberal causes and candidates for more than a decade - has come to expect from prominent Democrats. No, the former New York mayor's debut in the top tier of the presidential race has turned brutal. His rapid rise in the polls has brought Bloomberg a spot on the Democratic ...

Sprint filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that three other telecommunications companies stole patents and trade secrets from the Overland Park-based company. The lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court, names as defendants Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable, and two former Sprint employees. Court documents allege the two former employees disclosed trade ...