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Three Vehicles Catch Fire at Douglas Anderson School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One driver tried to get away from another vehicle on fire, but didn't make it in time, ending up with a burned car.

According to John Bracey with Jacksonville Fire Rescue, one driver pulled into a parking space at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts this morning, got out and walked away.

A driver parked in an adjacent spot noticed the vehicle was on fire, and tried to get out of the way.

That car also caught fire, as did a third vehicle nearby.

The fire department put out the fires and treated the driver who tried to get away for smoke inhalation, but there were no injuries.

Bracey said one car was destroyed, one was heavily damaged and the third sustained light damage.

The fires were not in a student parking lot at the school.

Bishop Kenny Lockdown Lifted; JSO was Searching in Area

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bishop Kenny High School is no longer on lockdown.

Shelia Marovich, director of development at Kenny, said it was asked by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office earlier this afternoon to go under lockdown because of an incident in an adjacent neighborhood.

Officers were searching for someone, but did not offer details.

The school was to remain under lockdown until it was cleared by JSO. The campus was secure and everyone is safe, said Marovich.

Bishop Kenny alerted parents of the lockdown and when the lockdown was lifted by robocall.

Community Steps Up to Help Abused Dog, Permanent Home Still Needed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An abused dog is closer to a permanent home tonight, thanks to First Coast News viewers who have stepped in to help.

The dog has been saved from drowning and now, from euthanasia.

Cheryl Tveras was driving home from work last week in San Marco when she noticed a dog limping on the side of the road. When she tried to corner him to take him to the vet, the dog panicked and jumped into the St. Johns River.

"The fact that he was alive was amazing because he was treading water for about a half hour and it was freezing," Tveras recalled.

After a group of men rescued the dog from the river, Cheryl received more heartbreaking news from Animal Control.

"She said, 'Cheryl he wasn't hit by a car, he was hit by a person,'" Tveras said. "'And with a shovel.'"

New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status

New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status
The IRS unveiled a new smartphone app Monday that will allow taxpayers to check the status of their tax refunds and get other information about their tax returns.

Report Ranks Jacksonville High for Food Stamp Participation

A new report tracking access to SNAP/Food Stamps in 22 large urban areas finds high rates of participation among eligible low-income people in two Florida cities, according to Florida Impact. In 2008, SNAP/Food Stamps reached 86 percent of eligible people in Jacksonville (Duval County), and 91 percent in Miami (Miami-Dade).

Jacksonville Suns Announce 2011 Manager and Field Staff

Coming off Back-2-Back Southern League Championships in 2009 and 2010, the Jacksonville Suns have announced that Andrew Barkett will join the Florida Marlins organization to manage the Suns in 2011. Returning to the Suns are Hitting Coach Corey Hart and Pitching Coach John Duffy along with Athletic Trainer Dustin Luepker.

TurboTax Unveils Mobile App to File Taxes on Smartphone

You can make a restaurant reservation, check your bank balance, and shop online with your smartphone, and now you may be able to do your taxes, too.

Today, Intuit's TurboTax will release SnapTax, a new mobile application that allows taxpayers who file a 1040EZ to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes on their smartphones. Customers can download the app for free, but will have to pay $14.99 to file their tax returns.

The app uses optical character recognition technology to fill out users' tax returns. Once users take a picture of their W-2s with their smartphones, the app will automatically transfer information to the relevant lines on Form 1040EZ. After customers answer a few questions, they'll have an opportunity to check the return for accuracy before they file.

Like traditional tax preparation software, the app will display the amount of the refund. The process should take 15 to 30 minutes, says Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax.