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Dick's hit with class-action pay-for-work federal lawsuit

Dick's Sporting Goods faces a federal lawsuit alleging Nebraska employees weren't justly paid for their work. Dannette Stackhouse, who worked in a Papillion store, charges employees were forced to work through breaks, were unpaid for overtime and were sometimes locked in the store until work was finished. The suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Omaha seeks class-action status and monetary compensation. A spokesman for Findlay-based Dick's says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Construction contracts in region jump by 60 percent

The value of contracts for future construction in the Pittsburgh region jumped 60 percent in September, McGraw-Hill Construction reported. The value of residential and non-residential contracts totaled $322.5 million, up from $201 million in September 2009. Year to date, contracts were 7 percent higher than the first nine months of 2009 with total value of $1.5 billion compared to $1.4 billion. The region's counties: Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette and Armstrong.

Duquesne closes on buy of Robert Morris' building

Robert Morris University's Downtown classroom center at 600 Fifth Ave. is officially in the hands of Duquesne University. Duquesne completed its purchase of the eight-story building Wednesday, paying $3.5 million, according to Allegheny County Department of Real Estate records. Duquesne gains 40 more classrooms, seating 1,100 students. It will be in the building by Thanksgiving. Robert Morris will use one floor through May 2012.

PPG to supply glass for World Trade Center podium

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries will supply glass for a podium wall at One World Trade Center under construction in New York City. PPG will provide its Starphire ultraclear, low-iron glass made in its Carlisle plant for a podium at the center's 102-story Tower One, also known as Freedom Tower, scheduled to be completed in 2013. PPG also supplied coatings for structural steel at Consol Energy Center.

Columbia Gas parent turns loss into quarterly profit

NiSource, the Merrillville, Ind.-based parent of local natural gas utility Columbia Gas, reported third-quarter profits of $33.4 million, or 12 cents per share, on revenues of $708.4 million, compared with a loss of $13.2 million, or 5 cents, on revenues of $608.2 million in the year-ago period.

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A new 43,000-square-foot Dunham's Sports store is opening at Chippewa Center in Chippewa. ... Allegheny Valley Bancorp., parent of Allegheny Valley Bank, said net income fell to $622,000, or 66 cents per share, in the third quarter, down from $715,000, or 76 cents, last year.


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