Daily Archive: September 20, 2012

Metro

Fitzgerald Announces Kane Regional Centers & CCAC To Issue Voter Photo IDs

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was joined today by Dennis Biondo, Director of the John J. Kane Regional Centers, and Dr. Alex Johnson, President of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), in an announcement that the Kane Regional Centers and CCAC will begin to issue photo identification for the purpose of voting.“I firmly believe that anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so. That is what we are doing today,” said Fitzgerald. “Through our Kane Regional Centers and CCAC, we are going to provide the ability for people to get the photo identification that they need to cast their ballot this November.”

National

Roberts thanks viewers on day of marrow transplant

NEW YORK (AP)—Robin Roberts has thanked her viewers for their support as she faces a bone marrow transplant.The “Good Morning America” co-anchor sent a video message taped from her New York hospital bed for airing on the program Thursday, which is the day she’s set to have the transplant. SENDS THANKS— This Aug. 20, 2012 file photo released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts during a broadcast of “Good Morning America,” in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik, file)

Metro

Veterans’ disability claims stymied by bureaucratic backlog

by Bill Heltzel Special to the Courier from PublicSource PITTSBURGH–For more than two years, former Marine gunnery sergeant Matt Hannan has waited for a ruling on whether he is entitled to disability payments for PTSD. The 35-year-old New Kensington resident said he filed the claim with the Veterans Benefits Administration before he was medically discharged in 2010, following 15 years of service and two tours of duty in Iraq. MATT HANNAN(Public Source Photo/Martha Rial) “Everytime I try to get an answer, I get no answer,” he said.