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 Beth Marcello, director of women's business development for PNC, at PNC's Fifth Avenue office, Downtown.

Poll shows female business owners plan to invest in technology

PNC survey finds women business owners aren’t likely to hire more workers in near term and could rely on technology to do more with less.

about 12 hours ago


 David Demeter sorts packages in July at the FedEx Express station in Nashville, Tenn. FedEx forecast that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments.

FedEx expects record holiday season shipments

FedEx Corp. promised shoppers on Wednesday that it’s ready for the frenzy set to commence the day after Thanksgiving.

about 13 hours ago


 Among the most central of disagreements is over a new, lost-cost, narrow-network Highmark insurance plan for seniors that excludes UPMC physicians and hospitals.

Highmark, UPMC, regulators spar in court

Representatives of Highmark and UPMC, and state regulators who brokered a deal between them, disagreed on many things Wednesday.

about 13 hours ago


Robotics vehicle firm files for Chapter 11

Seegrid files for Chapter 11 as battle over finances continues.

about 13 hours ago


 Jeep Grand Cherokee dark red SUV: In addition to the Ram 1500, Fiat Chrysler is installing the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It comprises about 10 percent of the vehicles built.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Diesel vehicles climb in cleanliness and popularity

Diesel still conjures up images among the American masses of large, loud, smelly vehicles belching dirty fumes.

about 13 hours ago


Business Briefs: University of Pittsburgh gets grant for nuclear safety

Also: Earnings; Consumer prices up in September; Germany's Lufthansa plans to sell IT division to IBM;

about 13 hours ago


PUC to explore possible changes to Act 129

The PUC will start investigating Phase III of Act 129, the state’s energy efficiency and conservation program.

31 minutes ago


Pennsylvania PUC board votes to unseal Lyft trip data

The trip data was provided to the PUC by Lyft while it was under a cease-and-desist order earlier this year, but not disclosed publicly.

about 2 hours ago


EQT earnings rise; sales price continue to slump

The oil and gas company has increased production in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian shales during the third quarter.

about 4 hours ago


 Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal and chairman of Yelp, talks with students at Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday.

PayPal founder: Cool 'girl nerds' could solve gender gap in STEM fields

Silicon Valley magnate Max Levchin visited Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday.

1 day ago


FedEx expecting record shipments this holiday season

The company projected shipping volumes to peak the first three Mondays of December, with Dec. 15 expected to be the busiest.

1 day ago


 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg.

Mylan revises terms of Abbott Labs deal

A government filing says Mylan will own a smaller piece of Abbott’s overseas generics business.

about 16 hours ago


 From left, Nigel Hearne, president of Chevron Appalachia, and Trip Oliver, also of Chevron, talk with the media following a news conference at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. The two were part of a panel announcing the Appalachia Partnership Initiative from the Chevron Corp.

Chevron makes $20 million investment to improve job training in region

The initiative will focus on boosting technical training in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

1 day ago


FNB, parent company of First National Bank, reports record third-quarter profits

The region’s third biggest retail bank said it earned $33.4 million, up 5 percent from $31.6 million in the same three months last year.

1 day ago


 John Manzetti

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse seeing quick returns with health care information technology

Organization’s health care information technology sector becomes its fastest-growing segment, thanks to an ability to make a quick profit.

1 day ago


Target offering free shipping on holiday items to pull shoppers from competitors

The Minneapolis-based chain said its free shipping offer starts today and will last through Dec. 20.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh Technology Council announces 2014 Tech 50 winners

NoWait, a firm known for its restaurant app, garnered the council’s Start-Up of the Year award. It was one of eight awardees.

1 day ago


Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

Google's music subscription service seeks to remain in tune with its listeners' shifting moods.

1 day ago


Business Briefs: PPG plant in China to begin production in 2015

Also:  ATI Earnings;, Jobs Report;  RE2:  Mylan; Staples Breach; Turner Networks-Dish; Kimberly Clark jobs, Naproxen recall.

1 day ago


 Passengers move through the security line at Pittsburgh International Airport in December.

Sun Air to offer commuter flights out of Pittsburgh International Airport

The Florida-based airline will be flying to Lancaster, Franklin and Bradford from the airport.

about 15 hours ago


Pitt researchers awarded a nearly $1-million grant for nuclear power safety research

Grant from the Department of Energy will support research into sensor network to monitor safety parameters.

about 23 hours ago


Pennsylvania DEP fines pipeline company more than $300,000 for violations

The violations occurred in Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan counties.

1 day ago


 Specialists Robert Tuccillo, left, and Frank Masiello are seen in this file photo working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month.

Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market

Even as stocks were plunging last week, strategists and professional investors were telling their clients that the volatility was no reason

1 day ago


 Larry Demas, a worker at the Westmoreland Supply Paint & Decorating Center in Ross, displays paint colors in this 2009 photo.

PPG turns to Westmoreland Supply sale to boost brand

PPG hopes to further grow its retail paint network in region with acquisition of Greensburg-based Westmoreland Supply’s 12 stores.

2 days ago


Unclaimed funds are there to be discovered

Assets International is among companies founded to help people discover unclaimed assets and transition to life with them.

2 days ago


 An animated neon Heinz ketchup bottle sign hangs atop the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Heinz tops customer satisfaction rankings as food companies struggle

Rising food prices hurt satisfaction scores, but the ketchup maker maintained its position at the top of the manufacturing rankings.

2 days ago


Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills.

2 days ago


Allegheny Technologies reports third-quarter loss

The Pittsburgh special metals producer said sales jumped 10 percent to $1.07 billion.

2 days ago


 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place as seen at sunset in February.

Highmark fights Pa. hearing over Community Blue plan

The Community Blue Medicare Advantage excludes members from in-network access to UPMC.

2 days ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Operating system installation has simplified.

Also, Apple and Google are moving to protect users’ data from law enforcement.

2 days ago


Business Workshop: Protect employees abroad

Businesses should consider insurance and political unrest when considering whether to send employees overseas.

2 days ago


Fannie, Freddie to accept lower down payment mortgages

The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.

2 days ago


AbbVie, Shire to end $52 billion inversion deal

AbbVie pulled its support for the deal in the wake of proposed changes to U.S. rules governing such transactions.

2 days ago


Business Briefs: Respironics parent company misses analyst projections

Also: EveryChild names new executive director; WTO rejects country-of-origin labels for meat; Grove City-based company lays off workers.

2 days ago


 Local foundations are expected to close on the purchase of the August Wilson Center by Oct. 31, thereby avoiding a sheriff sale scheduled for Nov. 3.

August Wilson Center begins a new era under new owners

The sale of the center, approved Tuesday, ends a long and acrimonious battle for control over the property while preserving the center.

1 day ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark as seen from Market Square.

Judge refuses Highmark's request to block hearing on health plan

State officials say the insurer violated this summer’s consent decree signed by Highmark and UPMC.

1 day ago


 Water pipelines being installed along gas lines by an Ohio firm, Integrity Kokosing. Several companies want to build pipelines to supply drillers with water for fracking.

Water pipelines mostly a pipe dream in the Marcellus

Despite their much-touted benefits, pipelines that carry water to replace trucks haven’t caught on in Marcellus fracking.

2 days ago


 A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. on Nov. 6, 2013.

What do falling oil prices mean for U.S. shale plays?

The effect of falling oil prices on U.S. shale producers remains to be seen — but an impact, if any, is going to be on a play-by-play basis

2 days ago


Energy firms challenge DEP's method to calculate fines

Energy companies argue that the DEP’s interpretation of the Clean Streams Law allows state regulators to pad fine totals.

2 days ago


 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant owned by FirstEnergy, in New Eagle in September 2013.

FirstEnergy threatens termination fee in breakup letter with customers

FirstEnergy Solutions is informing customers that it doesn’t want to renew contracts. But it will impose a fee if customers leave first.

2 days ago


FedEx Ground faces discrimination lawsuit

The Moon-based company has been hit with a lawsuit by the EEOC, which charges that the company failed to accommodate deaf workers.

2 days ago


 Democratic party candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, right and republican Governor Tom Corbett debate at the WTAE-TV studio in Wilkinsburg, Pa. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodney Johnson,WTAE-TV, Pool)

PowerSource Voice: Who would help entrepreneurs more, Wolf or Corbett?

Entrepreneurs, along with other voters, must soon decide whether they believe incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett or candidate Tom Wolf will better

1 day ago


 There’'s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics or  the organic dry cleaners down the street.

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods in the grocery aisles, but elsewhere in the store the rules are looser.

1 day ago


 A  "For Sale" sign is posted on a home in Monterey Park, Calif. last month.

US existing home sales rise in September

U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown.

1 day ago


 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

3 days ago


 An art and cultural center plans to move in to the "Big Red Barn" on McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon.

Old Rollier's barn in Mt. Lebanon to be remade into arts center

The site on McFarland Road will be known as The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, and will allow for the relocation of Koolkat Designs.

3 days ago


 Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years.

Not so fast cordcutters -- cable's not going anywhere

Don’t sound the death knell for cable companies yet.

1 day ago


Highmark seeks restraint order to block health plan hearing

The Wednesday hearing in Harrisburg is based on the state’s contention that the Highmark plan violates a state-brokered consent decree.

2 days ago


PPG to acquire Westmoreland Supply paint stores

Most of Westmoreland Supply’s 40-plus employees will likely work for PPG when the sale closes, PPG said.

3 days ago


Kids and Money: There’s no shying away from tough banking topics

I didn’t expect a recent column about a banking program for children to generate any big concerns.

1 day ago



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