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 Mechanic Butch Bacvinskas converts a Yellow Cab MV1 to run on propane in the company's garage on Beaver Avenue.

Yellow Cab not happy with new mileage rule

The Pennsylvania PUC is imposing a new rule that allows taxis it regulates to be as old as 10 years, but limits mileage at 350,000.

about 8 hours ago


Comcast, NRG Energy end rewards program

The pilot offered entertainment perks to Comcast customers in the Pittsburgh area who switched their electric supplier.

about 8 hours ago


 The 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan gets a new look for the new year.

Scott Sturgis/Driver’s Seat: Redesigned Subaru Legacy is practically the perfect sedan

The 2.5i Limited is more fun than it first appears — and still practical.

about 8 hours ago


 FTC Commissioner Julie Brill speaks at Carnegie Mellon  University.

At Carnegie Mellon, FTC Commissioner urges protecting public

Julie Brill addressed a crowd of software engineers, data scientists and aspiring tech professionals during Data Privacy Day.

about 8 hours ago


Heinz wins Cedar Point contract; Uber CEO will not face subpoena; Judge OKs Alcoa settlement

Read more business news from AlphaLab, First Commonwealth Financial, TriState Capital Holdings, Universal Stainless, Black Box

about 8 hours ago


Meeting may shed light on future of Chartiers Avenue Bottom Dollar

Since the mid-January closing of Bottom Dollar, McKees Rocks leaders worry about “walkable” access to a supermarket.

about 8 hours ago


 Moira and Andrew Brennen of Highland Park. Mrs. Brennen said a Highmark representative told them her upcoming delivery would qualify for in-network rates only if one of the five UPMC obstetricians she saw in 2014 delivered the baby.

Patients struggle to sort out networks and affiliations in a post-UPMC-Highmark world

Moira Brennen’s due date is Saturday, and she still doesn’t know for sure if her delivery at Magee will be in-network or out-of-network.

1 day ago


U.S. Steel reports first profitable year since 2008

The Pittsburgh-based company cites savings from its Carnegie Way efficiency projects.

about 10 hours ago


 Demolition work on Station Square's east warehouse continues in late August.

Pittsburgh planning commission clears way for Station Square housing deal

City planning approved plans by Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises to build 300 apartments on the east side of the complex.

1 day ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with those attending an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast this morning in Harrisburg. He's urging passage of a anti-discrimination bill.

Gov. Wolf Wolf asks legislators to send him LGBT bills

In the last legislative session, a bill to add LGBT protections to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act attracted 90 House sponsors.

about 9 hours ago


 According to the survey, hip replacement variation in Pittsburgh was 32 percent (a range of $19,456 and $25,696).

Replacing knee, hips a bargain at Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

1 day ago


Black Box revenues increase, profits decrease in third quarter

Black Box president Michael McAndrew said the results show the company’s products and services remain strong and it will focus on profits.

about 20 hours ago


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection changes rules for oil and gas sludge at landfills

The state agency said it has been underestimating the radioactivity in frack fluid sludges for the past several years.

1 day ago


Obama calls for offshore oil and gas drilling on Atlantic coast

His administration’s politically fraught plan also imposed new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

1 day ago


 Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, speaks during a session of the LeWeb 2013 event in December 2013.

PUC petition to subpoena Uber boss Kalanick denied

The decision by two administrative law judges leaves open the chance that the PUC’s enforcement bureau could subpoena another Uber official.

about 16 hours ago


Universal Stainless income, sales up in fourth-quarter

Net income for the period totaled $1.7 million vs. a loss of $2.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

about 21 hours ago


 City Council voted unanimously to advance an ordinance creating a 42-acre specially planned district for redevelopment.

Pittsburgh gives preliminary approval for zoning at former Civic Arena redevelopment

Final approval by Pittsburgh City Council next week would allow the Penguins to move ahead with a $440 million project.

about 8 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests

Wolf plans to reinstate a moratorium on leasing new oil and gas wells in the state’s forests and parks, thus fulfilling a campaign pledge.

about 11 hours ago


BNY Mellon could face SEC charges; Ikea to open in Columbus; Lyft unveils glowstache

Read more business news from U.S. Steel, Wesbanco, ESB Bank, II-VI, S&T Bank, Philips, Uber

1 day ago


 “You’ve got people working Downtown moving to Lawrenceville because Lawrenceville is so convenient,” said Howard Hanna III, chairman and CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

High-end apartments dominate Pittsburgh region's real estate

Two of the hottest areas of the city for price appreciation and sales were Lawrenceville and East Liberty, said Howard Hanna’s CEO.

2 days ago


Details of US-India nuclear power deal still unknown

It’s unclear if the concerns of companies like Westinghouse Electric Co. have been completely relieved by an agreement announced on Sunday.

2 days ago


 Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Suit claims ‘Silencing Act’ restricting speech of Pa. inmates is unconstitutional

The law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an convict’s behavior may cause a state of “mental anguish.”

2 days ago


 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

2 days ago


First transgender discrimination case to challenge ADA’s constitutionality

A transgender woman fired from her job, filed a discrimination suit making claims under both the ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

1 day ago


 Swedish retail chain Ikea has announced that it will open a store in Columbus, Ohio in 2017.

Ikea to open store in Columbus, Ohio

The Ikea store in Columbus would be the retail chain’s second store in Ohio.

1 day ago


 Kathryn L. Harrison

People on the Move: 1/27/2015

Promotions, hirings and awards in the Pittsburgh legal community

2 days ago


Business Workshop: New visa agreement improves travel between U.S. and China

Agreement extends validity of U.S. and Chinese non-immigrant, multiple-entry visas to 10 years for tourists and business travelers.

2 days ago


Tech company II-VI sees second-quarter profit increase

Profits were boosted by $7.1 million because the company finalized payments for acquisitions made during the previous fiscal year.

2 days ago


 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

1 day ago


U.S. Steel posts strong fourth quarter

The earnings, which amounted to $1.83 per share, topped Wall Street estimates.

1 day ago


Allegheny County Council committee recommends tax break for developer in Bakery Square

The committee on economic development and housing recommended a resolution that would give Walnut Capital a 10-year tax break.

1 day ago




Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Microsoft’s HoloLens is ‘magical’

The HoloLens system is a pair of glasses that allows users to see 3-D objects over and spatially integrated with reality.

2 days ago


Less drilling, more dealing

Oil and gas experts predict an uptick in mergers and acquisitions this year as oil and gas prices stay low.

2 days ago


 A barge carrying kerosene is offloaded at the Guttman Energy terminal along the Monongahela River in Charleroi

Guttman Group sees natural fit in shale gas, electricity

Since the advent of Marcellus Shale drilling, Guttman Energy, Inc. has found itself a major supplier of natural gas and power.

2 days ago


PUC weighs costs of regulating competitive suppliers

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission weighs how to handle the fallout of electricity, gas price spikes during last year’s harsh winter

2 days ago


 East Liberty-based Identified Technologies created an automated drone and docking system for gathering data at industrial sites, especially shale gas operations.

Drones may change search process for gas field hazards

Pennsylvania start-ups and researchers see drones as a tool for the oil and gas sector, but unclear federal regulations are an obstacle.

2 days ago


 C. Denise Johnson, center, asks questions of Clayco Realty Group developers during Monday's meeting.

Parking, retail concerns raised over Civic Arena site development

Hill District residents viewed the plans for the new U.S. Steel headquarters Monday, giving it mostly favorable reviews.

2 days ago


 Average gas prices in Pittsburgh have dropped 38.5 cents per gallon — or 14 percent — from one month ago.

Pittsburgh gas prices continue to tumble; seasonal increase in sight

The precipitous price decline that American drivers have enjoyed could slow as soon as next month, an analyst said

2 days ago


 A working adjustable crescent wrench built in a 3D printer from a computer drawing in the manufacturing lab at Butler Community College.

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: 3-D printing advances open up frontier of legal fights

Technology that makes it easy to make something designed by someone else could lead to battles over intellectual property rights.

4 days ago


 GoldenEar Demo Room at 2015 CES.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: For better playback, think long term

When considering new audio equipment, best to think long-term investment than short-term savings.

4 days ago


 Josh Cascone, 23, prays during Bible study at In the Blood Tattoo and Piercing, the South Side headquarters of The End Ministries, an emergent ministry that offers hospitality to those who are disenchanted with mainstream churches.

Workzone: Tattoos are losing their taboo

There was a time when sporting a tattoo meant “you’re either a sailor, in the circus or fresh out of prison.”  Not anymore.

4 days ago


 Westinghouse CEO Danny Roderick

Westinghouse needs break in India nuclear stalemate

As Obama’s foreign trip nears, the Cranberry-based company waits for a resolution to issues keeping it from building plants in Gujarat.

4 days ago


Business calendar: 1/25/2015

Business events, seminars and meetings this week.

4 days ago


PG's Top Work Places 2015: Nominations are open now

The Post-Gazette is once again teaming up with WorkplaceDynamics to determine the region’s Top Workplaces.

4 days ago


 Bradley Eagan

People on the Move: 1/25/2015

Bradley Eagan, Mick Rizzo, Dr. Matthew C. Chakan, Kristina Bush, Paul J. Juliano and Marisa C. Bartley

4 days ago


Elder Law: Intra-family loans can spell trouble for elderly, children alike

Transactions among family member done on nothing more than a handshake can have unintended consequences.

4 days ago


 Highmark and UPMC - shopping options for Pittsburgh insurance customers.

Pittsburgh insurance customers like Obamacare and the price wars for their business

Pittsburgh shoppers are happy with their plans — and happy to change plans if, say, UPMC has a better price than Highmark.

4 days ago


 Scott Baker of 5 Generation Bakers shows off a rack of Jenny Lee cinnamon bread fresh from the oven. The company brought the Jenny Lee brand name out of retirement a few years ago and now sells the bread in stores across 20 states.

5 Generation Bakers finds sweet success with taste of Jenny Lee

The McKees Rocks bakery revived the Jenny Lee brand, after the company’s first iteration closed in 2010 following a devastating fire.

4 days ago


Office Coach: Tell boss his behavior’s bad for business

Hot-tempered owners are like spoiled brats. Because they don’t report to anyone.

4 days ago



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