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IRS: Hacking of Personal Information Affected More People Than Originally Thought PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - More taxpayers will be receiving letters from the IRS, notifying them that their personal tax information may have been accessed by computer hackers. This week the IRS said the new potential victims increased the number of affected taxpayers to 334,000.

“As it did in May, the IRS is moving aggressively to protect taxpayers whose account information may have been accessed,” accordingn to an IRS statement. “The IRS will begin mailing letters in the next few days to about 220,000 taxpayers where there were instances of possible or potential access to ‘Get Transcript’ taxpayer account information.”

According to the IRS, the hacking began last November. The agency publicly acknowledged the breach earlier this year.

For more information, visit federalnewsradio.com

 
Federal Income Guidelines Announced For Free and Reduced Lunch Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches in North Carolina public schools have been posted to the website of the Department of Public Instruction.

The rules are effective for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

The state agency news release says that applications for the meals are being made available to all households.

"For school officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals, an adult household member must sign the application," reads the release.

"Applications must include the names of all household members, the amount and source of income received by each household member, and the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. If the household member signing the application does not have a social security number, he/she must indicate that a social security number is not available. All applications for free and reduced price meal benefits are subject to verification of income at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

Additional information -- and the eligibility chart -- can be found at ncpublicschools.org.

 
FAA: Software Upgrade Glitch Likely Cause Of East Coast Flight Grounding Over Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 17 August 2015 05:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - We've all had it happen on our personal computers, and now the FAA says a glitch with a software upgrade could be the cause of the grounding of hundreds of flights on the East Coast Saturday.

Flights at North Carolina airports were among those impacted.

The FAA's Facebook page contained the following posting on Sunday.

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FAA air traffic has operated normally today. The FAA is continuing to work with airlines that may still be repositioning airplanes and crew members.

The FAA is focusing on a recent software upgrade at a high-altitude radar facility in Leesburg, VA as the possible source of yesterday's automation problems. The upgrade was designed to provide additional tools for controllers. The FAA has disabled the new features while the agency and its system contractor completes their assessment. There is no indication that the problem is related to any inherent problems with the En Route Automation Modernization system, which has had a greater than 99.99 availability rate since it was completed nationwide earlier this year.

 
Report: Rep. Pittinger's Business Dealings Subject Of FBI Inquiry PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The FBI is conducting an inquiry into the real estate firm operated by Rep. Robert Pittinger before he left the company to take his seat in Congress.

WCNC out of Charlotte reports the inquiry is underway and that Rep. Pittinger has confirmed it.

The company in question is Pittenger Land Investments.

Pittinger told the TV station he doesn't know why the FBI is looking into the business.

Pittinger, a Republican, took his seat in January 2013. He represents the 9th congressional district.

 
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