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September 19. 2013 11:21PM


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HARRISBURG


Bill would provide


vets free licenses


State Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, and and Scott Hutchinson, R-Oil City, have introduced legislation to help more disabled veterans receive free hunting and fishing licenses.


Baker, who serves as chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Hutchinson, who serves as a member of that committee, acted as soon as they learned that many disabled veterans who are considered “unemployable” under a federal rating system are being denied free hunting and fishing licenses, a benefit accorded to 100 percent disabled veterans under state law.


Senate Bills 1090 and 1091 clarify that a veteran who is deemed to be 100 percent disabled by the U.S. Veterans Administration due to unemployability will be able to receive a free hunting and fishing license in Pennsylvania.


AVOCA


Lions Club food


bank open Oct. 3


The Avoca Lions Club will hold a one-day food bank event 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in Bethel United Methodist Church, Avoca.


Those who need food assistance need only to show up to receive a mixed box of goods portioned based on family size.


The club needs volunteers starting at 1:30 p.m. to unload boxes of food.


SCRANTON


State AG stresses


no-texting message


In the Scranton school gymnasium filled with high school seniors, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Thursday reminded all drivers that texting while driving not only is against the law in Pennsylvania, it can be deadly.


The state’s top law enforcement officer joined students and educators, community leaders and officials from AT&T to drive home the message that texting can wait.


As part of the event, students were able to “drive” a specially outfitted texting-while-driving simulator in an actual vehicle, exposing them to the dangers of texting while driving. Kane herself took a spin in the vehicle.


The event was part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by four national wireless service providers, to urge people to share their commitment to never text and drive with others on Drive 4 Pledges Day. In Wilkes-Barre, the mayor and city council issued resolutions in support of Drive 4 Pledges Day. And the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission agreed to include “it can wait” messages on electronic signs along the toll road.


WASHINGTON


Bill would provide


hearing coverage


U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, and eight other congresspeople, introduced the Help Extend Auditory Relief (HEAR) Act.


According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one third of individuals over the age of 65, and nearly half of those over 85, report some degree of hearing loss. Within Pennsylvania, 1,601,000 residents report some degree of hearing loss, which represents 12.9 percent of the state population.


The HEAR Act would provide Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation services, including a comprehensive audiology assessment to determine if a hearing aid is appropriate. The bill would also extend Medicare coverage to hearing aids.


 


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