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  • Local Man Accused Of Diverting Mason County River

    riverbedThe state attorney general's office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit. William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor… Read More +

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  • Tacoma Mailman Pleads Not Guilty To Harassment

    mailmanA Tacoma mailman has pleaded not guilty to charges he harassed and groped women on his route. The News Tribune reports bail was set at $35,000 during an arraignment Thursday in Pierce County Court for Robert Joseph Taitano. He was arrested… Read More +

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  • Seattle Picks Up 2015 Option On Iwakuma

    Iwakumajune10The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

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Tax Tip: Should You Take the Standard Deduction or Itemize?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_454941d242.jpgjrwasserman/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Internal Revenue Service allows a married couple, filing jointly, $12,200 as a standard deduction for their 2013 tax return. But is that the best option for you and your spouse? Tax expert Kevin McCormally with Kiplinger's says taking the standard deduction makes sense for many. "I think most people who claim the standard deduction are doing the right thing. It gives them more benefit than if they itemize and it's certainly simpler," he tells ABC News Radio.

 

But if you're paying a lot of mortgage interest, health costs or some other deductible items, tax account Janice Hayman says it might be best to itemize.

"You should absolutely see if you can. I think if people took the time to collect certain receipts from charities for goods donated, those alone are something that could get you over the edge and allow you to itemize," she says.

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