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Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly

At debate, Allegheny Co. exec candidates go deep on issues

By: - April 19, 2023

It seems unlikely that the candidates’ answers will change many voters’ minds, but for several of those running, it may have been their first exposure to a larger audience of voters in Pittsburgh, the county seat

Pa. Rep. Deluzio presents federal funds for child care centers in Allegheny County

By: - April 12, 2023

'High quality childcare and early education can make a huge difference in the life of any kid,' Deluzio said.

After latest Norfolk Southern derailment, W. Pa lawmakers call for rail accountability

By: - April 11, 2023

'We stand together in solidarity today to call for stronger safety regulations for bomb trains,' U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, D-12th District, said.

Pa.’s physician-legislator Arvind Venkat talks gun control, medical debt relief and school funding

By: - April 2, 2023

(*This story was updated at 8:49 a.m. on Sunday, 4/2/2023 to correctly reflect that state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, is the first Indian-American elected to the state House.) Pennsylvania Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, is the first Indian-American elected to the state *House and an emergency room physician.  A Yale Medical School graduate, Venkat spoke with […]

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa. (Twitter).

Pa. U.S. Sen. John Fetterman out of hospital, back home in Braddock

By: - March 31, 2023

'I am so happy to be home. I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves,' Fetterman said.

‘We can never let up on this’: Pa. Rep. Lee talks assault weapons ban, gun violence reform

By: - March 31, 2023

U.S. Rep Summer Lee, D-12th District, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday night, imploring Republicans to “stop putting your politics over our children’s lives.”  Her remarks came the same day two Pittsburgh high schools were locked down for active shooter threats that turned out to be part of a larger hoax […]

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Pa. Sens. Fetterman, Casey and Ohio’s Brown introduce new rail safety legislation

By: - March 30, 2023

Democratic U.S. Sens. John Fetterman and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Sherrod Brown of Ohio have introduced new rail safety legislation, following last month’s derailment of a Norfolk Southern train near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. It’s the first piece of legislation Fetterman has introduced as a U.S. Senator.

Pa.’s Fetterman to return to U.S. Senate by April 17

By: - March 29, 2023

In recent weeks, Fetterman has issued several statements through his staff and joined Senate legislation, including a bill meant to prevent future train derailments such as the one last month in East Palestine, Ohio. 

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Calls to Pittsburgh-area high schools claiming ‘active shooter’ appear to be hoax

By: - March 29, 2023

Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic high schools in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood received the calls around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey speaks during a live-streamed 6/27/22 press conference

Pgh Mayor Gainey submits 26 city properties for tax-exempt status review

By: - March 28, 2023

City officials said that 10% of the property review was completed so far, with a goal of completing the review by next March.

Pa. Rep. Deluzio meets with nursing home workers who say they’re fighting a staffing crisis

By: - March 27, 2023

'Every family in Pennsylvania deserves to have safe, reliable care for folks who need it,' Deluzio, D-17th District, said.

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio, D-17th District (Capital-Star file).

Pa.’s Deluzio joins U.S. House’s bipartisan fentanyl prevention caucus

By: - March 24, 2023

Congress has to 'fight from all angles to keep this deadly drug out of our communities,' the western Pennsylvania lawmaker said.