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As the holidays approach, Social Security has good tidings to share with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries: they will receive a 5.8 percent increase in benefit payments beginning with the January payments.

The 5.8 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that over 50 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2009. Increased payments to more than 7 million SSI beneficiaries will begin Dec. 31.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits increase automatically each year based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), from the third quarter of the prior year to the corresponding period of the current year. This 5.8 percent increase is the largest since 1982.

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Fans of ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” are familiar with the cry, “Move that bus!” and the tears of joy and gratitude that often follow as the finished home is unveiled to the deserving homeowners.

The reveal of an “Extreme Roof-Over” on her home may not have been a production of epic proportions, but for Oregon homeowner Sheri Ulinski, the feelings of joy and gratitude were something she’ll never forget.

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The calendar says Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but for the Allgier family, 2008 has already brought many reasons to be grateful and count their blessings.

Press readers may remember the story about Teresa Allgier, of Elmore, who gave birth to twins in October 2007 after having been diagnosed with breast cancer. The surprise news of her pregnancy came in February as she was in the operating room being prepped for a mastectomy.

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Giving money to people along road

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