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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*UPDATE: University of Pittsburgh Police have released an update regarding the Tuesday incident described in this story. 

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On a street corner off Penn Avenue in East Liberty sits a large, unassuming gray building. It houses one of the most popular language learning programs of the digital age. You might recognize its logo: a green cartoon owl.

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A new report from the Anti-Defamation League shows similarities in the online activity of the men accused of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting. Both men frequently posted about "white genocide" on fringe websites, and announced their intentions to commit violence before their respective attacks.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

McGuffey Middle School in Claysville, Washington County is rolling out three Wi-Fi-enabled school buses to serve kids with long commutes who may not have internet access at home. This is the latest location of Google's Rolling Study Halls initiative, which is currently operating in 16 communities across the country.

Pennsylvania Internet News Service

Pennsylvania's new secretary of pardons said Monday he wants to streamline the pardon process and push for automatic record expungement for those pardoned. Brandon Flood has first hand experience with the commonwealth's pardons system.

Seth Weing / AP

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program has reached a milestone: more than 100,000 patients have been certified in the commonwealth since medical marijuana was legalized in 2016. Certification means the patient has registered for the medical marijuana program, has had physician approval for use and they've obtained their medical marijuana card. 

Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the future of Hays Woods at a community meeting Wednesday evening, as efforts are underway to turn the parcel into Pittsburgh's largest city park.

Hays Woods is about 650 acres, and runs along the Monongahela River between the South Side and Homestead. It's home to Pittsburgh's only nesting pair of bald eagles, as well as lots of trees and streams.

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About half of all southwestern Pennsylvanians say their primary source of local news is from TV stations, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. 

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According to a new report by the advocacy group PennEnvironment, schools in the commonwealth are not required to test for lead -- it's recommended, but schools can skirt around the issue by holding a public meeting on lead. If a school does test, it's not required to share those results with parents. 

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After rallying in support of the family of Antwon Rose Jr. in the Hill District on Saturday afternoon, a crowd of hundreds marched downtown, blocking streets and chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Who did this? The police did this!”

Keith Srakocic / AP

This is the first NCAA men's basketball tournament where Pennsylvanians can legally bet on games, and expectations have been surpassed at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. 

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Matt Michaux used to be a basketball coach at Fox Chapel High School. He said back then, he'd train with students before and after school. However, when he and his wife had a kid, that wasn't an option anymore. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Farmers markets across Pittsburgh will be back this spring, and the city plans to do more to encourage their growth.

Mark Baker / AP

Pittsburgh Police will be increasing patrols at area mosques and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh this weekend after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 worshippers dead. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Unemployment in the Pittsburgh region is at 3.8 percent, the lowest it's been since 1970 -- before the collapse of the steel industry. The latest numbers are for January, and reflect the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). 

Jim Cole / AP

Preliminary results show artificial intelligence developed by the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC can reduce false positive test results for lung cancer.

Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Starting this fall, people will be able to take courses in cybersecurity at the University of Pittsburgh without attending the school full-time. Instructors say the opportunity is to address a growing gap between available cybersecurity jobs and those qualified to fill them.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Millions of insects will make their way through Pittsburgh over the next five years under a renewed contract between the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the partnership, a team at the museum will study 6,000 insect traps per year, searching for unwanted and invasive species.

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After October's Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, $6.3 million were donated to a fund set up by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Most of that money will go to the families of the 11 people killed and to those seriously wounded in the attack. 

Krystal Biotech

A South Side biotech company is working to treat rare skin diseases by delivering gene therapy with a topical gel embedded with a modified version of the herpes virus.

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday that Wilkinsburg School District entered a bad agreement to collect delinquent taxes in 2013, increasing financial difficulties for the already cash-strapped district. DePasquale said the unsuccessful deal lost the district more than $1.2 million; he likened the situation to gambling with public money. 

Elise Amendola / AP

Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of Pennsylvania customers following high winds that roared through the commonwealth, knocking down trees and power lines.

PPL Electric reported more than 20,000 customers without power and said crews were responding to nearly 900 damaged sites. The company says hundreds of workers from other states will help with what it called "a multi-day restoration effort."

Gene J. Puskar / AP

A disagreement over allowing double-stack trains through the North Side and East End of Pittsburgh is growing heated.

Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport's terminal redesign plan was unveiled Wednesday, and is expected to be approved by the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors at a special noon meeting. 

Astrobotic

The people have spoken: a token from Kennywood Park will be sent to the moon's surface as part of Pittsburgh company Astrobotic's first lunar payload, scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Update: the Borough of Charleroi Water Authority lifted the boil water advisory on 2/16/19. 

The Borough of Charleroi Water Authority is warning residents of parts of Charleroi, Monessen and Speers to boil their water before drinking. 

Allyson Ruggieri / WESA

Pittsburgh is known for its historically ethnic neighborhoods – such as the Italians of Bloomfield, or the Polish of Polish Hill, but one area of downtown has an ethnic history that is less apparent.

MV+A Architects / Used with permission from LG Realty Advisors

Despite a rally and two hours of public comment Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved a development plan for the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty. The rally attendees and majority of public speakers were against the plan by LG Realty, urging the commission to only consider a plan that included affordable housing. 

Skycision

A Pittsburgh-based tech company is using drones and infrared technology to help diagnose diseases and pests in their crops before it's too late.

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Starting Friday, a library card will give people access to a catalogue of local music from local artists. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is launching STACKS, an online platform developed by tech company Rabble.

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