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 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the charities debate in Harrisburg.
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Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the charities debate in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed constitutional amendment, backed by nonprofits, purports to give legislators increased power to decide who receives exemptions.


 Guests gathered for the VIP reception at Sprout Fund's Hothouse event.

Pittsburgh charities rethink the value of galas

Big charity galas may raise significant dollars for some organizations but some nonprofits shun them because of time and expense.



 A study by Carnegie Mellon University revealed that smartphone apps are asking for users personal information much more frequently than even researchers imagined. The screenshot above reflects one of the most extreme examples pulled from the study.

Most apps don't care about privacy, CMU study finds

It’s becoming clear that the actual price of a free smartphone app might be your identity, according to a recent study.



Benefits of health information exchanges still unclear

Are health information exchanges really saving money and improving patient health? Perhaps — but there’s not much evidence of that so far.



 BoXZY, which houses a 3-D printer, a computer-controlled router and a laser, was created by Justin Johnson, left, and his brother Joel at TechShop in Bakery Square.

Brothers' passion for 3-D printing inspires backers to invest

Joel and Justin Johnson have turned BoXZY into the most richly funded Kickstarter campaign in Pittsburgh.



 Even if you don’f follow the Pittsburgh Penguins, you can still ask about team captain Sidney Crosby’s performance at Consol Energy Center.

WorkZone: Use sports to get the ball rolling in business

Seattle broadcaster encourages even non-sports fans to “Talk Sporty” in the workplace to boost business networking opportunities.



Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Lawyers group says brokers can't be trusted

Brokers can legally recommend clients make investments that are in brokers’ best interests.


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Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed constitutional amendment, backed by nonprofits, purports to give legislators increased power to decide who receives exemptions.



Pittsburgh charities rethink the value of galas

Big charity galas may raise significant dollars for some organizations but some nonprofits shun them because of time and expense.


 

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U.S. oil rig decline smallest since December: Baker Hughes

With the decline this week, the oil rig count has fallen for a record 16th week in a row to the lowest level since 2011, Baker Hughes says.



New DEP rules for shallow oil and gas wells draw industry ire

The rules would affect both large-scale operations conducted by the newer shale industry and the traditional oil and gas drilling sector.


 

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WorkZone: Use sports to get the ball rolling in business

Seattle broadcaster encourages even non-sports fans to “Talk Sporty” in the workplace to boost business networking opportunities.


 


 

Business of Health


Benefits of health information exchanges still unclear

Are health information exchanges really saving money and improving patient health? Perhaps — but there’s not much evidence of that so far.



Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.


 



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Ford gives historic Shelby GT350 nameplate deal-changing updates

If you’re a fan of high performance vehicles, you’ll like the newest offering from the folks at Ford.



Honda charts new territory with reengineered, redesigned 2016 Pilot

It’s hard to make a good thing even better, but that’s exactly what Honda did when it rolled out its brand new Honda Pilot.


 

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