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Briefs November 18, 2010

| November 18, 2010 8:00 PM

IRS seeks to deliver returned refunds

COEUR d'ALENE - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 408 Idaho taxpayers who are due refund checks worth $497,737, after those checks were returned as undeliverable. The refund checks, averaging $1,220, can be claimed as soon as taxpayers update their addresses with the IRS.

Nationwide, 111,893 taxpayers had about $164 million in refunds returned to the IRS. The average national undelivered refund is $1,471.

Refund checks are mailed to a taxpayer's address on his/her tax return. A refund check is normally returned as undeliverable when a taxpayer moves without updating his or her address with either the U.S. Postal Service or the IRS.

Taxpayers can update their addresses with the IRS on the "Where's My Refund?" website feature. If accessing the Internet is not possible, taxpayers can call (800) 829-1954 and receive instructions on how to update their mailing information.

Warming center to open this weekend

COEUR d'ALENE - The St Vincent de Paul Warming Center, 117 E. Walnut, will be open Saturday and Sunday and all future nights where the temperature or wind-chill is at 20 degrees or below.

During the evening, guests will have access to warm food, clothing, bathing facilities, sleeping bags and blankets. When opened, the shelter will be in addition to St Vincent de Paul's regular homeless shelters.

"We are pleased to offer this necessary service to help some of the most vulnerable people during harsh weather. In planning for the harsh weather we must consider the homeless and their safety," said Jeff Conroy, St. Vincent's executive director.

Emphasis patrols set to start Friday

Law enforcement agencies throughout Kootenai County will hold impaired driving emphasis patrols from Friday through Nov. 30.

Statistics through both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers show that alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in America.

On average, every 40 minutes in the United States someone is killed by a impaired driver. Each year, roughly 500,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at PF Legion

POST FALLS - There will be a free Thanksgiving meal for those in need on Saturday at the Post Falls American Legion, 1138 E. Poleline Ave., from 3-7 p.m.

The meal includes turkey, ham and all the trimmings.

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