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Mon, Nov. 26th: Back Taxes

Air date 11/26/12

1 - Over 150-thousand notices have been received by taxpayers, courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. It's part of the department's effort to collect nearly 400-million dollars in delinquent taxes. Kathy Waterbury is a spokesperson for the Department of Revenue. She tells MPB's Ezra Wall the late taxes have accumulated over a long period of time.

2 - This week, the Southern Education Desk is taking a focused look at turnaround schools - failing schools that have managed to turn things around and succeed.  The goal is to find out what goes into successfully turning around failing schools. Why do some schools make it and others don't?  The first report in our series comes from Georgia. Three years ago, a group of the lowest-performing schools in the state began receiving millions of dollars in federal money to fund an ambitious attempt to improve dramatically. With the schools now in their final school year receiving that money, the Southern Education Desk's Maura Walz reports on one school's progress.

3 - Everyday Technology - Ashley and Kevin discuss gift ideas for the technologyically-inclined loved one. Several sites are recommended, which are listed below:

· – Sells custom and limited edition vinyl stickers for phones, laptops, and tablets.

· – Sells the Visible Green charger with light-up cables and chargers that enter standby mode when the device has finished charging.

· – Sells the Lark, a silent alarm clock controlled by your smartphone.

4 - Online holiday spending is set to increase seventeen percent this year. That's according to the online marketing research firm, E-Marketer. With that in mind, Chris Burford has some ONLINE holiday spending advice on this Cyber Monday. Chris is the Financial Education Specialist for CredAbility, and the co-host of Money Talks here on MPB Think Radio. He tells MPB's Ezra Wall the rules for online spending are not very different from the rest of the holiday budget.

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