Kathleen J. Davis

General Assignment Reporter

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Kathleen J. Davis was born and raised in the great state of Michigan in a city just north of Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a degree in political science.

As General Assignment Reporter, Kathleen covers a little bit of everything. She also contributes to the Pittsburgh Tech Report and Good Question! series.

In her free time, Kathleen likes running and making a never-ending list of Pittsburgh’s hidden gems. She lives in Friendship with her feline companion Miguelito.

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Assault weapons and some types of ammunition and accessories would be banned in Pittsburgh under new legislation to be introduced to City Council Tuesday. A third bill in the package would temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if a family member or law enforcement deems the person to be a risk to themselves or others.

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Pittsburgh Police are investigating fliers found in Squirrel Hill this weekend that advertise a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The papers espoused racism, anti-Semitism and information on how to join the group.

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At a rally Friday morning, transit activists called on the Allegheny County Port Authority board to change policies that they say hurt low-income riders. A letter was delivered to the Authority's board with 2,500 signatures asking for free transfers, no penalty on cash fares and fare capping.

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World leaders are gathered in Poland this month to talk about how to fight climate change. The United States is not there in any formal sense. But among the attendees is Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

While the Trump administration isn't prioritizing environmental protection, some cities, including Pittsburgh, are trying to pick up the slack. 

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In Pittsburgh's proposed 2019 Capital Budget, financial support to the Urban Redevelopment Authority would drop by more than $5 million dollars from this year, leaving the proposed total budget at $4.6 million. The line item slashed most dramatically is Economic Development and Housing, which would go from $5.3 million to $1.1 million.

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Experts gathered in Pittsburgh Friday said the country could be on the precipice of a new AIDS epidemic.

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The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is expansive — a person could spend hours walking the different exhibitions. But what's on display is only a small portion of what's in the museum's possession.

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Pittsburgh's bike sharing system Healthy Ride opened its 100th station in the city Thursday, at the corner of Penn Avenue and Winebiddle Street in Garfield.

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Starting Jan. 1, glass and some plastics will no longer be accepted in recycling bins in 22 South Hills communities, including Moon Township, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. This is because a new Waste Management contract will go into effect, and the company is trying to move away from recycling glass.

Erica Deyarmin-Young, a public affairs coordinator with Waste Management, said processing glass is time consuming and expensive for the company.

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For a parent or guardian, having a child get on the wrong school bus or end up at the wrong stop can be a nightmare. But local company Keeping Your Kids Safe is giving parents peace of mind that their child is in the right place.

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The Black Cat Market in Lawrenceville opened at the end of August, the passion project of owners Olivia Ciotoli and Indigo Baloch. 

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Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones is touting a sprinkler system with helping contain a fire at a senior living high rise and saving lives.

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On Thanksgiving, families across Pittsburgh will come together to share a meal and celebrate. But for children whose parents are incarcerated, the holidays can be an especially difficult time, said Tia Staples, co-owner of 7 Senses Catering and Event Services.

Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf ceremonially signed House Bill 2060 into law Wednesday, tightening rules that determine when and how a convicted domestic abuser can turn in their firearms. According to the Governor’s office, Wolf had actually already signed the bill October 12 “due to the urgency of enacting the legislation.”

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Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.


University of Pittsburgh scientists are working with NASA to conduct research 240 miles above Earth – on the International Space Station. 

One of the six projects will look at how microgravity affects the fabrication of magnesium alloy, a versatile material used in a variety of applications inculding electronics, medical devices, aircraft and motorcycles.


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In a very tight race for the 38th state Senate district, Democrat Lindsey Williams declared victory, as her Republican opponent Jeremy Shaffer conceded on social media.

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People flooded the Cathedral of Learning lawn Monday for a rally against hate. The event, organized by University of Pittsburgh students and faculty, was a reaction to last week's deadly shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue.

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About 150 Google employees and contractors walked out of the company's Pittsburgh office today in protest of the tech giant's alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct accusations.

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HIAS, the refugee resettlement agency targeted by alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, will change how they monitor threats on social media, according to Mark Hetfield, the agency's president and CEO.

Bowers singled out HIAS on social media site Gab before the attack, accusing the agency of bringing "invaders" to the United States. Founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS resettles refugees screened by the government in the U.S. They expanded their program to people of other faiths in the early 2000s. 

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San Francisco-based company Affirm has announced Pittsburgh will be the location of its second flagship office.

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The bodies of the 11 victims of Saturday's Tree of Life synagogue shooting have been released to their families, according to the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. 

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Aqua America has regularly backed dozens of Pennsylvania political candidates financially since 2005. The company has spent $153,750 on contributions to state and local candidates this year alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Last week, the company announced it would purchase Peoples Gas for $4.3 billion.

Both companies have been eyeing the struggling Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and have expressed interest in providing water to the city.

Scott Roller / Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

By 2030, the city of Pittsburgh wants more residents to easily access to places to walk, bike and enjoy nature. The goal is for every resident to be a 10-minute walk from a green space, and parks are just one part of that, said Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin.

Peoples Natural Gas

Aqua America Inc., a Bryn Mawr, Pa. headquarted water utility company, has announced it will buy Peoples Gas and its subsidiaries in a $4.3 billion all-cash deal. 

According to a press release, the resulting company will serve one million water utility customer connections and more than 740,000 gas customer connections.

As part of the deal, Aqua will assume about $1.3 billion of Peoples' debt.


Researchers all over the world, including some here in Pittsburgh, are working on building a detailed, three-dimensional map of cells in the human body for a National Institutes of Health project.

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The annual orionid meteor shower will be at its peak Sunday and Monday, giving Pittsburghers a fabulous view of space debris streaking across the night sky.

Orionids get their name from the constellation Orion, which is where the meteors appear to come from. However, it's a bit of a misnomer. According to Mike Hennessy, an educator at the Carnegie Science Center, the meteors actually come from Halley's Comet.

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More options for high school graduation requirements are coming to Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf says he will sign a bill into law that will do away with the standardized Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement for students.

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Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote on legislation Tuesday that would require building owners to install sprinkler systems in all high rise buildings 75 feet or taller. Since the 1980s, all new high rises in the city have been required to have sprinklers, though it's unclear how many older buildings are without them.

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Lawrenceville United and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape held a workshop earlier this month for Pittsburghers to learn how to intervene if they see an incident of sexual harassment or violence.