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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An Allegheny County grand jury report released on Friday says the Pittsburgh Police command staff failed to properly conduct investigations following two officer-involved shootings, and stood by as Robert Swartzwelder, the president of Pittsburgh’s Fraternal Order of Police union, interfered with those investigations.

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JR Block, the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, made a rare public appearance on Wednesday.

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The Trump administration decided to roll back President Obama’s clean power plan in August. That plan was announced in 2015 and was called the “single most-important step” the United States had taken in fighting climate change.

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In the wake of the midterm election, Democrats are now looking ahead to 2019 when they will officially regain control in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pennsylvania Democrats will send nine representatives to Congress, up from their current five-member delegation. 90.5 WESA's Lucy Perkins sat down with Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle to talk about his legislative goals and what he thought about the election results.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is appealing a judge’s ruling that the company must follow the expired contract with union employees until a new one is agreed upon. 

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Democrat Conor Lamb has won the 17th Congressional District, earning his first full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Republican Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai and Democrat Emily Skopov sparred from the outset of their first and only debate on Thursday night.

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One of Pennsylvania’s most prominent Republican lawmakers is being challenged by a Democrat who has never held public office. Speaker of the House Mike Turzai has represented the 28th district north of Pittsburgh since 2001. But Democrats say the area has changed since then.

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At the foot of the Cathedral of Learning, a building known for its representation of nationalities from around the world, students gathered to call for unity and demand changes to gun policy in the United States.

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Thousands of Pittsburghers gathered at a vigil at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Sunday evening, to mourn and honor the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. An overflow crowd stood outside, in the rain, listening to the memorial over speakers.

 

 


 

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Democrats have a real chance of taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. But there are still plenty of areas where Republicans are favored, including Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional district.

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Pennsylvanians who have been convicted of drug-related offenses will no longer have their driver’s licenses suspended thanks to new legislation.

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Health care is one of the dividing issues between Guy Reschenthaler and Bibiana Boerio, the two candidates hoping to become the U.S. Representative in the new 14th Congressional district.

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Democratic Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and Republican businessman Jeff Bartos met at WPXI on Saturday for the first and only scheduled debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor.

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Republican Jeff Bartos and Democrat John Fetterman are scheduled to debate this weekend in Pittsburgh. The two candidates for lieutenant governor will participate in a debate Saturday which will air 7:30 p.m. on WPXI-TV.

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The outrage over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court returned to Pittsburgh on Thursday evening. Dozens of protesters gathered in Oakland to demand that Kavanaugh’s nomination be rescinded.

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The state Senate voted to protect domestic violence victims and strengthen Protection From Abuse orders on Wednesday. But there was opposition from some Western Pennsylvania legislators.

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Tom Hanks took the stage in at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening to try and get young Pennsylvanians excited about the upcoming election. And he urged the audience to bring a friend on Election Day.

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The Democrat running against State House Speaker Mike Turzai says the Republican isn’t taking domestic violence legislation seriously.

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State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler pitched his candidacy to voters in North Huntingdon on Tuesday. 

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A new plan to combat the opioid crisis was released this week by gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. The Republican discussed the plan on Thursday at an event outside Pittsburgh, and said that Gov. Tom Wolf has not done enough to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Bishop David Zubik asked clergy members in the Pittsburgh Diocese to participate in a Year of Repentance. The announcment came one month after a state grand jury report alleged widespread child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

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The political arm of Planned Parenthood plans to pour $2.5 million into Governor Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign. According to the Planned Parenthood PAC, that's the largest-ever investment the organization has spent in any state on a midterm race.

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If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he will create a conservative majority that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Such a ruling would severely limit access to abortion across the country.

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These days, many of the protesters you might see outside abortion clinics are there because of their religious beliefs.

 

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The emergency room at Magee-Women’s Hospital was a very different place 40 years ago than it is today.

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President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court begins his Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. If confirmed, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will tip the court to the right and make overturning Roe v. Wade a possibility.

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The Allegheny County jail is on lockdown after 11 employees were sickened by an unknown odor or substance. 

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A lot of money from two conservative political action committees will be spent in the 17th Congressional District between Labor Day and the November midterms.

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It’s move-in week at the University of Pittsburgh, and while college students settle into their dorm rooms, NextGen Pennsylvania wants to register them to vote.

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