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Top Workplaces discover the 'secret' to a content workforce

Employee autonomy and recognition of performance were two attributes of many winners among this year's Top Workplaces.

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 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place.

Highmark offerings for ’15 use tiers, cost reductions

On the first day of the annual open enrollment period, Highmark made public its offerings for the 2015 post-UPMC era.

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Pittsburgh airport-area development exceeding expectations

In the last 24 months, Chaska and Continental Real Estate Companies have built three offices. On Wednesday, construction began on a fourth.

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FedEx Ground distribution center planned for Butler County

Jackson is close to approving construction on a 305,000-square-foot building near Interstate 79.

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 Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.

Truck deals boost U.S. auto sales in September

General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group led the industry with 19-percent sales increases over last September.

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 The 2014 Audi Q5 TDI doesn’t hint that it’s a diesel, besides a slight ticking at idle.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Aufi Q5 proves luxury and diesel can coexist

In the Q5, it’s less than perfect, but that’s not the engine’s fault.

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 A tea worker Chitramani Mahali holds her son as her ailing father in law tries to come out from the house in Bundapani, in the Indian northeastern estate of West Bengal.

Death, hunger stalk Indian tea-estate workers

Deprived of health care and food rations, former workers who had been scraping by on $1.50 per day were left with nothing.

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Business Briefs: Nextier, Farmers & Merchants banks complete merger

Also: Pittsburgh Corning plan approved by district court; Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia; General Mills plans to cut jobs.

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Fox Rothschild acquires Dallas firm

The move adds 18 lawyers to its roster and allows the firm to open its first Texas location, which is its 20th office nationwide.

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 Dancers Kelsey Batman & Alan Obuzor perform as part of the Texture Contemporary Ballet in May. An Arts Day of Giving, an 18-hour, online fundraising event, will take place Thursday to raise $2 million or more for about 150 nonprofit arts and cultural groups in Western Pennsylvania, including Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Pittsburgh arts advocates to highlight individual donations

Individuals can show support for the region’s arts and cultural groups through online contributions during Thursday’s Arts Day of Giving.

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 PNC Bank Corporate Headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh.

PNC increases market share in past year

The area’s biggest bank increased its share of retail deposits to 50.6 percent as of June 30, up from 49.9 percent a year earlier.

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Jobless numbers stagnant in Pittsburgh region

Unemployment remains steady in the Pittsburgh region even though employers reported cutting jobs.

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Skies darken for new airline PEOPLExpress

Three months after taking to the skies, PEOPLExpress has been grounded with both of its planes out of commission.

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 A view of the August Wilson Center in Downtown Pittsburgh

August Wilson deal will leave some creditors out of their pay

The deal brokered to save the August Wilson Center for African American Culture will leave some creditors empty-handed.

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Drug, device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

The government disclosed data Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

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What’s PayPal’s first solo move?

PayPal’s impending split from longtime partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors.

1 day ago


 Gerd Spitzer stands in his restaurant Tauro in Berlin. The 800-seat eatery caters to Berlin’s affluent Prenzlauer Berg district and when the evening crush starts, Mr. Spitzer needs all hands on deck, including the apprentices he’s relieved to have found after receiving no suitable applicants last year.

German employers struggle to find apprentices

Once, apprenticeships were regarded as a respectable start into working life for school leavers and a key pillar of Germany’s economy.

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Business Briefs: Cleveland manufacturer shuttering McKees Rocks plant

Also: Pittsburgh tuna company replacing retiring leader; China company acquires Scottdale transformer maker.

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Baker Hughes to disclose all fracking fluid components

The oilfield services company said it will not use the trade secret designation for its formula.

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Cone Midstream closes IPO

The master limited partnership was formed by Cecil-based Consol Energy and Noble Energy of Houston.

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 Miles of pipeline run throughout the Dominion Resources Cove Point LNG Import Terminal connecting storage tanks to an off shore pier.

Regulator gives final OK to Cove Point LNG project

The proposed liquefied natural gas, or LNG, export terminal would be the closest one to the Marcellus Shale region.

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 Karl Skutski, left,  and David Tobin, right,  both of the Tobin Group stand in the recording booth of client New Perspective Communication. They specialize in advising small business owners.

Consulting firm finds niche advising small business owners

Business succession plans can be hard to develop — and harder still for PR firms, which hold intangible, difficult-to-price assets.

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UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

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FERC gives final approval to Cove Point LNG project

Federal regulators approved Monday night plans for the closest proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal to the Marcellus Shale.

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 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

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Law schools adapt to 'new normal'

Pittsburgh’s law schools are holding fast to tried-and-true approaches, as others look at creative ways to increase enrollment.

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Affordable car coverage still elusive, advocates say

Too many people with good driving records in low-to-moderate-income households can’t find affordable car insurance.

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Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Solid state drives taking the spotlight

Also: credit holds; the Oscar for Best Picture with a Drone?; I do it Microsoft way; the annoyance game; and testing the iPhone 6.

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Leaders of midsized law firms look to reduce overhead

For midsized law firms, daily life is marked by constantly balancing between keeping an active practice and managing strategic operations.

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  Stanley J. Parker

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/30/2014

People on the move.

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Business Workshop: Recruitment or raiding?

A decision by an FINRA panel should remind companies that hiring multiple employees from a competitor may lead to a “raiding” lawsuit.

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 Safety regulators are looking into allegations that Toyota Corollas from the 2006-to-2010 model years can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds.

Business Briefs: UPMC Health Plan chief receives top Athena award

Also: Board member appointed West Penn Multi-List head; unintended acceleration in Toyota Corollas eyed.

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Pittsburgh region's unemployment rate remains steady in August

The unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region has remained steady for three months now.

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 StarKist employs about 100 people in its Pittsburgh offices on the North Shore.

StarKist CEO Lee retiring

Sam Hwi Lee has been in the post since November 2012 and on the board since 2008.

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 A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. coal train makes a scheduled run from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada to Seattle in March.

Coal competing with oil and gas for space on rail

Crude oil and frack sand are fast-growing darlings of the nation’s largest railroads.

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 Dominion Resources Cove Point LNG Import Terminal in Lusby, Maryland. The facility is one of several in the U.S. seeking approval to export liquefied natural gas overseas.

Advocacy group seeks faster approval for LNG exports

A pro-export organization is making its way to Pennsylvania, fighting for a streamlined approval process

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 Wind turbines are used to produce electricity near Somerset, Somerset County. Pennsylvania lawmakers have commissioned a report on the impact of wind farms in the state.

State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania

Report is expected to include farms’ impact on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid.

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 Steven Kovacik, owner of Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, stands in front of the photovoltaic power generators installed at the Carrie Furnaces by his company.

Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters brings solar lighting to Carrie Furnaces

On a sunny afternoon in Rankin, Steven Kovacik shined his flashlight down the long tunnel that once served as an active blast furnace. He

1 day ago


Having a plan when the lights go out

New vice president of operations for Duquesne Light discusses safety, workforce

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FirstEnergy to cut retiree health insurance subsidy

FirstEnergy Corp. is eliminating a health care subsidy for retirees beginning Jan. 1, affecting 8,500 former employees.

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Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

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Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

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ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed 5 percent over the past year to a new high of $4.35 per transaction.

3 days ago


Aquion Energy in Lawrenceville raises $25M

The battery maker started manufacturing in March at the former Sony plant in Westmoreland County.

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Nova Chemicals inks deal as anchor shipper for UTOPIA project

Project to ship ethane from Ohio to Canada moves forward.

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 Range Resources' Carter Impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County.

Pennsylvania DEP admits drilling probe error in Range inquiry

The state might have used incomplete, inaccurate data to decide whether chemicals leaking from a shale wastewater site contaminated a well.

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 IC Light's Pirates cans are popular sellers at The Beer Market on the North Side.

Iron City beer plays ball with Pittsburgh's sports teams

After years on the sidelines, Iron City is finding success again by tapping into the city’s sports teams.

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Work Zone: Getting a handle on billable hours

A new service aims to help firms more accurately track time employees spend of varying tasks.

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Thai-Japanese duo angling for another Marcellus ethane cracker

PTT Global Chemical and Marubeni Corp. are looking at Washington County and two other sites for possible ethane cracker project.

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 What a scan shows on BuyPartisan

BuyPartisan app ensures that purchases are politically correct

Scan a product’s bar code with this smartphone app -- and up pops a record of campaign contributions made by the company.

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