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EMS staff to start home visits

Specially trained EMS staff will go to patients' homes as part of a new program to help them manage their chronic illnesses. The program, due to begin this summer, will help patients in Pittsburgh and 36 neighboring communities who have chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease with a goal of reducing emergency room visits. The two-year, $600,000 project, is a joint partnership of University of Pittsburgh's Congress of Neighboring Communities, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Allegheny County EMS Council and the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania.

Huntington surpasses goal

Huntington Bank said it exceeded its three-year commitment made in 2010 to lend $4 billion to small businesses in six Midwest states, including in Western Pennsylvania where roughly 1,300 businesses received loans. Overall, nearly 25,000 businesses received loans over the three-year period, the Columbus, Ohio-based bank said.

Local gas price falls 2 cents

The cost of gasoline in Pittsburgh fell this week, dropping about 2 cents to hit an average price of $3.783 per gallon. The average price for a comparable gallon nationwide was $3.663, which is down less than a cent from last week, according to GasBuddy.com.

Vandergrift firm is sold

Serious Energy, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., announced it has sold its vinyl window operation in Vandergrift to a group of private investors, which includes SeriousWindow employees and Alpern High Performance Products. The new company will be known as Kensington High Performance Products. Serious Energy had purchased the window manufacturing company in 2009 after its former owner declared bankruptcy.

Popcorn warehouse reopens

The Allegheny County Health Department ordered the closure of the Pittsburgh Popcorn Warehouse on the South Side last week for operating without a health permit and for food safety violations. The facility was issued a permit after the violations were corrected and cleared to reopen Monday, a health department spokesman said. "We use this facility for warehousing and an office," Pittsburgh Popcorn owner Rob Day said.

Fab Universal sees Q4 profit

Fab Universal posted a net income of $2.3 million, or 11 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. That's up from the $7.8 million and $1.03 per share losses seen in 2011, the Shadyside-based digital entertainment distributor formerly known as Wizzard Software announced Monday. Revenues for the quarter were nearly $24 million, up from the $880,000 in 2011, an increase owing substantially to the acquisition of Digital Entertainment International, an Asia-based entertainment distributor. For the full year, Fab posted a net loss of $4 million, or 34 cents per share, compared to the loss of $9.9 million and $1.31 per share of last year. Full-year revenues were $27.5 million, up about 782 percent from last year. The company attributed the jump to the DEI acquisition, as well. The acquisition was made after the Chinese firm Fab bought Wizzard Software last year.

Homebuilder confidence falls

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, materials and workers. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday fell to 44 from 46 in February. Readings below 50 suggest negative sentiment about the housing market.

BK introduces turkey burger

Turkey burgers are officially big-time fast food. Miami-based Burger King is rolling out a turkey burger this week as part of its limited-time offers for spring. Burger King is the biggest fast-food chain to offer a turkey burger, but it's not the first. Sister chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's launched a trio of turkey burgers in late 2010.

Chrysler warns of fires

Chrysler is telling owners of about 2,500 Dodge Challenger muscle cars with V-6 engines not to drive them because a short in a wiring circuit can set them on fire. Owners also are being told not to park the cars in a garage or near a structure until the problem can be fixed. The cars are from the 2013 model year and have V-6 engines. They were made during the eight weeks that ended Jan. 24. The company is notifying owners and will provide loaner cars until repairs are made, at no cost to the owners.

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Mylan Inc. said it received regulatory approval for the generic version of Sunovion's Xopenex inhalation solution used to treat asthma. ... Struggling Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC said Monday that it will eliminate 1,600 jobs, mostly in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

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