The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
GROUPS COULD LOSE TAX-FREE STATUS
Across the Fredericksburg area, hundreds of small nonprofit organizations help animals, athletes, adults with disabilities, preschoolers, the poor, the hungry and the homeless. These small groups, typically run by volunteers, focus more on their missions than on paperwork. Now, about 300 area nonprofits could find themselves paying taxes if they don't report to the Internal Revenue Service Oct. 15. (Fredericksburg.com)
CASA WORK CENTER MAY CLOSE
Casa of Maryland officials say a promised $250,000 grant from Prince George's County was a key component of funding for a workers center in Langley Park that helps the Latino population with employment, language classes and legal aid. But the money, which was expected in the summer, still has not arrived. And now, the group is worried about keeping the center open.
LEESBURG STUDENT KILLED IN HONDURAS
A Heritage High School student, who teachers and administrators say was a kind, pleasant young man, was gunned down last week in his native Honduras. Jimmy Gerardo Portillo Oliva, 18, had finished his sophomore year at Heritage before returning to Honduras to complete visa requirements so he could stay in the United States. According to news reports obtained from the Honduran publication, La Prensa, and translated via Google, on Sept. 24, Oliva and five friends were returning from buying food in Choloma when he was gunned down by four masked men. None of the assailants have been apprehended. (Loudoun Times)
SUPERMARKET ID THEFT
Customers of Aldi supermarkets in Maryland and Virginia could be victims of identity theft. Rigged machines were placed in stores in Northern Virginia and in many of the Maryland's 23 Aldi stores, officials said. The machines allowed criminals to swipe debit and credit card information from customers before the scam was discovered, officials said. Customers who believe they were victimized should contact their bank or payment card company and local police, officials said.
( Washington Examiner)
NEXT STOP... JANET NAPOLITANO
Now airing at a Metro subway station near you: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, voicing a new public awareness message designed to encourage vigilance among transit customers. The secretary's message began airing last month in the transit system's 85 subway stations as part of the Homeland Security Department's "If you see something, say something" public awareness campaign. The national effort includes new posters and public address announcements at the nation's airports and train, subway and bus stations and other locations. (Washington Post)