Lucy Perkins

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Lucy Perkins is a reporter/producer for 90.5 WESA’s Government and Accountability team. Before joining the 90.5 WESA newsroom, Lucy was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also helped produce the Hidden Brain podcast and NPR’s 2016 election night special coverage. Lucy joined NPR as a Kroc fellow after interning with Michigan Radio. Lucy is a proud Midwesterner, from the tip of Michigan’s pinky finger.

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U.S. troops in Afghanistan had several Thanksgiving visitors last week, including President Trump and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-17). Lamb traveled to military bases abroad as part of a Congressional delegation which included members of the House Veterans’ Affairs committee, to meet with leadership and deployed troops.

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Democrats in Washington County plan to ramp up criticism of what they call a lack of access to their Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, starting with a Tuesday-afternoon protest at his Washington County district office.

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The U.S. Department of Justice charged 19 individuals associated with the local gang “Hustlas Don't Sleep” with drug trafficking Monday. The gang primarily operated in McKeesport, Turtle Creek, Wilkinsburg and Monroeville and sold fentanyl, crack cocaine, heroin and other substances in Allegheny County.

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Several Western Pennsylvania veterans, including two military lawyers, are running for Congress next year. Two of them have publically backed President Trump’s controversial decision to pardon three members of the military who have been convicted or accused of war crimes — despite concerns that this may weaken military discipline and morale. 

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Newsroom staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will begin a byline strike Wednesday, removing their names from articles, in protest of what they deem a hostile work environment created by newspaper leadership.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey believes that presidents should not be allowed to unilaterally ban fracking -- and in the wake of Democratic promises to do just that, recently introduced a Senate resolution emphasizing that point.

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The union representing employees in the circulation and delivery division at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked a federal judge on Wednesday to issue a temporary restraining order to halt layoffs in the department. In court filings, Teamsters Local Union No. 211 says the publishing company is denying work and health benefits to dozens of laid-off union employees, which is a violation of the union contract.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said Carnegie Mellon University is leading the way in automated transportation research on a visit to Pittsburgh Thursday, citing $8.4 million Department of Transportation grants the university received in conjunction with PennDOT.

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President Trump promised that his tariffs on imported steel would revitalize U.S. steel producers, but the policy has had the opposite effect for some mills in Western Pennsylvania. In the steel town of Farrell, for example, workers at NLMK USA are living through drastic work reductions.

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The U.S. House voted on a resolution Thursday that formally begins an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, and western Pennsylvania congressmen -- like those almost everywhere else in the country -- voted along party lines.

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Republican Sean Parnell announced his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-17) on Fox News Wednesday, criticizing the Democrat’s voting record and pledging to better represent constituents.

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North Side residents will vote for a new Pittsburgh City Council representative next week. But while outgoing District 1 councilor Darlene Harris frequently butted heads with the Peduto administration, the three candidates on the ballot offer voters three very different choices when it comes to the kind of relationship their representative will have with the mayor.

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Eleven candles were lit at a vigil in Pittsburgh Sunday evening to remember the 11 Jewish worshipers who were killed a year ago at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooting was the worst anti-Semitic attack on American soil in U.S. history.

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Abortion-rights supporters and opponents rarely share feelings on much of anything. But both sides were claiming victory — at least for the moment — after a federal appeals court tweaked a Pittsburgh ordinance that limits abortion protests outside women’s health clinics.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has asked Pennsylvania and other states to voluntarily turn over driver’s license information, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to compile citizenship status and other detailed data about people living in the country. But the state has not indicated whether it will comply.

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Western Pennsylvania Congressional incumbents have outraised their opponents in the most recent fundraising period, according to campaign filings released by the Federal Election Commission this week.

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Trump administration officials came to western Pennsylvania to hail the revitalization of the steel industry on Thursday. But they declined to cite local examples of where exactly that reinvestment has created new jobs.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said President Trump should immediately rethink his decision over the weekend to pull American forces out of northern Syria. The White House announced the shift in policy Sunday, saying that “United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.” Going forward, the statement read, Turkey will move ahead with “long-planned” operations in the region.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto followed through Friday on a pledge to address global problems like poverty, gender equality and clean energy. He said the city will adopt goals set by the United Nations and apply them to Pittsburgh.

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Less than 24 hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey declared his support for the investigation.

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This is the second part of a three-part WESA series on public libraries. Find the first segment here and the last here

In late May, a sign was taped to the door of the 93-year-old Leechburg Public Library. Bold black print notified the Armstrong County community that the independent library would close permanently that night.

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Dozens of protesters gathered at the Brighton Road Exxon gas station on the North Side Monday morning to demand justice for two black women, after they were assaulted there Friday night.

But another day of protest seemed in store by day's end, when District Attorney Stephen Zappala's office announced that three men accused of being involved in the altercation were being charged with misdemeanor offenses -- charges far less serious than protesters had sought.

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Protesters gathered outside U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, hoping their presence would push the Republican and his Senate colleagues to take up election security measures.

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Union leaders at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are getting a better sense of how many people will be laid off once the newspaper’s shortened printing schedule takes effect at the end of the month.

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U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler had one question for House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was among a bipartisan group of mayors who met in Washington, D.C. on Monday to discuss gun control. Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors met with White House domestic policy advisors to press the Trump administration on the issue. Specifically, the group wants universal background check legislation signed into law. 

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Members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community discussed domestic terrorism with Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday. U.S. Representatives on the Committee on Homeland Security came to Pittsburgh as part of a series of meetings with communities affected by mass shootings.

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A majority of House Democrats support beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

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Dozens of women attended a Women for Trump event in Allison Park Thursday evening, to show their support for the president, and one another, ahead of next year’s election.

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