Talk Radio Buzz: Tornado Outbreak; Tax Cheats Receive Stimulus Money?

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Another series of violent storms have brought EVEN MORE destruction to the south...

In Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas -- at least thirteen people are dead as a result of the storms... Texas was also hit...

This - just after Sunday's tornado which left the city of Joplin, MO COMPLETELY demolished...

The search continues there - for survivors... but time is of the essence...

"But they're not giving up hope. They were very - you know - adamant about that saying that last night during a press conference last night saying - you know - we are still looking for survivors, this is not a recovery effort - you know - we're still doing search and rescue."

Fox News Radio's Jennifer Keiper who's on the ground amidst the rubble in Joplin, speaking with Jamie at KFTK in St. Louis...

1,500 people are STILL unaccounted for.

"Officials are careful to point out - that this doesn't mean that they think they're dead - it means that these people have friends or loved ones who are concerned - they don't know where they were."

That was Keiper, dropping in to talk with Tony at WILS in Lansing, MI.

The tornado that hit Joplin... was the worst single tornado since the weather service started keeping track in 1950...

Residents there are limping back as best as they can...

Hope remains... amidst the rubble.

...buzzing right along...

Tax cheats - who owe money to the IRS... received stimulus money?

How does that work?

"Turns out - a study by the Government Accountability Office - found that 6% of the contractors and grantee's that they looked at who had received a total of 24 billion dollars of stimulus funds - actually owed in back taxes, 757 million dollars."

FOX News Political Analyst Jeff Birnbaum - speaking with Rich at WOKV in Jacksonville.

But as Federal Tax Practitioner, David Selig warns:

"These individuals have really done nothing wrong. The fact of the matter is - Uncle Sam can be a very slower payer. So you may be waiting on a check and all the while those tax bills are accruing."

...that's a serious amount of money.

And as a result of the study - 15 of those cases HAVE been sent to the IRS for a review -- cited by the GAO as potentially "abusive" or "criminal activity".

Federal law does not prohibit tax delinquents from getting government contracts or grants, though there are provisions that enable the government to withhold payments in some cases.

I'm Jessica Curtis - and that's your Talk Radio Buzz, from Fox News Radio.