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Judge grants more time to Heinz Field negotiations

A judge is giving the Steelers and their landlord more time to huddle in an effort to finalize a deal to cover the cost of adding 3,000 seats at Heinz Field. At the request of the team, Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph James has postponed a trial that was scheduled to start Monday until May 19. In a motion requesting the postponement, PSSI Stadium LLC, a Steelers affiliate, said many of the issues surrounding the proposed $30 million expansion have been resolved, adding that it was "optimistic" that a deal could be reached. The Steelers and the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority have been embroiled in a dispute over who will pay how much to add the seats to the south end zone.

Netherlands Koppers plant on chopping block amid woes

Koppers Holdings said it will shut down a tar plant in Uithoorn, Netherlands, because of sluggish market conditions in Europe. The facility employs about 60 workers. Downtown-based Koppers expects the plant to be closed by the middle of the year and said it will transfer production to other facilities it owns in Europe. The company said it will take pre-tax charges of 25 million euros ($34 million) through the end of 2014 to cover severance, demolition and other costs.

Choking concerns spur pacifier holder recall

Playtex is recalling 1.4 million pacifier holders because of concern that a small child could choke if a part of the clip broke off. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the clips -- used to connect a pacifier to clothing, diaper bags or strollers -- can crack and a small part can break off. Consumers should contact Playtex Products Inc. toll free for a refund at 1-888-220-2075 or online at

New regulations proposed for child car seats

Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing.

Target cuts health coverage for part-time workers

Target Corp. says it will no longer be offering health care coverage for its part-time workers, citing new options now available through health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Texas manufacturer acquired by RTI for $23M in cash

Moon-based RTI International Metals announced late Wednesday that it has acquired Directed Manufacturing of Austin, Texas, for $23 million in cash. Directed Manufacturing focuses on additive manufacturing and 3-D printing.

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