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What's News Today: December 29, 2015

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(WSLS 10) - A local college student begins competitions today in the World Finals Equestrian Competition. Sweet Briar College sophomore Makayla Benjamin was selected to represent Team USA in Germany. Competitions run through Friday.

Marcus Huffman will announce his intention today to run for Roanoke City Council, running as a Democrat. In a news release, the 30 year-old says he moved to Roanoke in 2008 after graduating from Virginia Tech. He works for the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

The end of the year is quickly approaching which means its almost tax season. The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting returns on January 19th. According to local tax Accountant David Kembel, there aren't a lot of changes this year, but a few prior deductions that were set to expire, are now permanent. Some of those deductions include the credit teachers can take for spending money for classroom expenses and the Child Tax credit will now stay at $1,000. The due date this year is April 18th, since the 15th is a holiday in Washington DC.