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We got 2" last night…3-5" overnight and another 1-2" came down before 7am!
TUESDAY: Snow early mainly east then a partly cloudy day. High: 38
TUESDAY NIGHT:  mild and partly cloudy. LOW: 34
WEDNESDAY: Some light rain early. Mostly clear. High: 40

The 2014 tax season is off and running. 
As of Feb. 7, the IRS says it received 27.3 million returns, 2.5 percent more than at the same point last year. 
Refunds are up, too, with 19.5 million of those early returns are seeing money back, at an average of just more than $3,300, 
If you haven't finished your tax return yet, or you haven't started, choose a tax preparer wisely. Avoid those who claim they can get you a larger refund than another preparer, or who base their fee upon how big that refund is. 
The IRS says identity theft is an important issue they're battling, as scammers find new ways to swipe data and file fraudulent returns. Vigilance shouldn't end once you've filed and even received your refund. Documents that contain your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number should stay secure. 

 
One Broadview Heights woman is getting national attention for something even she's amazed she did. She lost so much weight she's recognized as one of the country's top success stories. 
For Jamie Johnston it's all about if I can do it, pretty much anyone else can, too. You can find the 31-year-old Broadview Heights woman running just about everyday or in the gym pumping iron. 
Johnston has collected a pile of running medals.  The real "awesome" with her is what running helped her do, lose 184 pounds. 
That would be enough to land her in a recent edition of "People" magazine.  
"It's crazy, really crazy. I couldn't believe it," said Johnston.    
It took her three years to go from 350 pounds at 5'5" to 166 pounds.  
"You're watching yourself and seeing yourself transform and it was kind of surreal," remembered Johnston after her first year.  
Overweight all her life, Johnston says she just accepted it. It ran in the family. 
"I'm originally from Wisconsin where beer and cheese curds are kind of the staple, you know."   

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