Business briefs: Allegheny Health Network adds Monroeville services

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The Allegheny Health Network has announced two additions to its services in Monroeville with the opening of its trauma center at Forbes Regional Hospital and the opening later this month of a new surgery center in the former Syms clothing store at 4121 Monroeville Blvd. Forbes Regional's Level II trauma center is the only trauma program in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs. Officials say they invested more than $2.5 million in equipment and renovations for the trauma center.

Education Management looks to add former Heinz CEO

Former H.J. Heinz Co. chairman, president and CEO William R. Johnson is in line to become the nonexecutive chairman of Education Management Corp., the Pittsburgh for-profit education company that operates the Art Institutes. Mr. Johnson, who led the Pittsburgh ketchup maker until it was sold earlier this summer, and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles will go up for election to the EDMC board in November. If approved by shareholders, Mr. Johnson will be nominated to serve as nonexecutive chairman, replacing Todd S. Nelson, who took the chairman's position in August 2012. Mr. Nelson had been EDMC CEO from February 2007 until last summer. EDMC has struggled with declining enrollments and revenues, as a result of ongoing inquiries raised about recruitment tactics used by for-profit colleges and tightened federal student loan rules.

County lifts Consumer Alert at Bethel Park restaurant

Freddie's Grill on Library Road in Bethel Park was hit with a Consumer Alert by the Allegheny Health Department on Sept. 23 for failure to fix a rat problem in the basement catering kitchen and equipment storage area. The alert was removed the next day. Health inspection reports for restaurants in the county are available at webapps.achd.net/Restaurant/.

1,000 Americans sought jobless benefits last week

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000. The less volatile four-week average for applications fell to 305,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest since May 2007, seven months before the recession began. Weekly applications could increase next week because of the partial government shutdown.

Service-sector index drops in September

The Institute of Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index fell to 54.4 in September, down from 58.6 in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened.

Digital music service offers app for free Internet radio

Digital music service Rdio launched its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. For now, the app that works on Apple and Android devices won't play ads between the songs that are randomly picked based on genres, artists, songs or albums. The company hopes nonpaying listeners will sign up for a $10-a-month subscription that adds features like the ability to pick and choose exact songs and albums.

From staff and wire reports

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