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Kim Lyons

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

Jessica Conard of East Palestine has become a reluctant community advocate

By: - March 23, 2023

'We've been robbed of our peace of mind. And we're in this position now because Norfolk Southern puts profits over people and they've caused this environmental disaster,' she said.

Aerial view of the train derailment wreckage in East Palestine. (Screenshot from NTSB B-roll recorded Feb. 5, 2023)

Pa.’s Deluzio teams with N.Y. lawmaker on railroad safety bill

By: - March 22, 2023

The proposal is companion legislation to a bill now before the U.S. Senate.

W.Pa pols tout federal investment in pollution monitoring

By: - March 16, 2023

'Our region has been grappling with the consequences of air pollution for a long time,' Pittsburgh City Councilmember Erika Strassburger said.

As Pa.’s Fetterman nears return to Senate, voters have stayed supportive

By: - March 15, 2023

From Arlen Specter to Tom Wolf, Keystone State residents have stuck by pols contending with illness.

Aerial view of the train derailment wreckage in East Palestine. (Screenshot from NTSB B-roll recorded Feb. 5, 2023)

Pa. Health Dept. extends health resource center near derailment site

By: - March 10, 2023

The center will be open March 13 to March 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 16.

Pointing to ‘lived expertise,’ Pa. Rep. Lee speaks out on the need for student loan forgiveness

By: - March 10, 2023

'[E]very decision I make is shaped by the obscene amount of student debt I carry," Lee, D-12th District, said this week.

With the boss away, running Fetterman’s office takes a village of coordinated staff

By: - March 6, 2023

As the Pennsylvania Democrat seeks treatment for depression, staff in D.C. and Pa. are stepping up.

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Allegheny Co. Dems split the difference on 2023 primary endorsements

By: - March 6, 2023

In a break from the committee’s typically traditional picks, several progressive candidates got the nod.

Summer Time: W.Pa. progressive Rep. Summer Lee is ready to take on tough fights in Congress

By: - March 5, 2023

'It's easier to be bold, and to be courageous when you don’t have to do it alone,' Lee said.

Aerial view of the train derailment wreckage in East Palestine. (Screenshot from NTSB B-roll recorded Feb. 5, 2023)

Pa.’s Casey, Fetterman join bill aimed at preventing future train derailments

By: - March 1, 2023

U.S.  Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman of Pennsylvania joined a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introducing new legislation aimed at preventing future freight train derailments like the one last month in East Palestine, Ohio. 

Aerial view of the train derailment wreckage in East Palestine. (Screenshot from NTSB B-roll recorded Feb. 5, 2023)

Pa.’s Deluzio, California’s Khanna look to beef up regs for toxic trains

By: - March 1, 2023

The DERAIL Act would also require railroads to take safety precautions, including slower speeds, newer rail cars, better braking equipment and required reporting when carrying hazardous materials across the country.

At ceremonial swearing-in, Pa. Rep. Deluzio says he’ll be ‘a fighter for western Pa.’

By: - February 23, 2023

PITTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio D-17th District, held a ceremonial swearing-in his district on Thursday, telling a gathering at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters hall in Carnegie that he was committed to bringing union jobs back to the area.  “We need to attack, head on, the raw corporate power that is […]