Local call center hiring dozens for captioning work
West Mifflin-based call center Alorica is hiring about 50 employees to support the launch of a live telephone captioning service. Alorica will work with Clarity, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based communications company for seniors, and Rocklin, Calif.-based telephone captioning service ClearCaptions to enter information from calls into a voice recognition system. Alorica, which employs 45 people, expects to employ 95 people by early spring when hiring is complete.
Certain Aetna subscribers given full UPMC access
Western Pennsylvania-area seniors who subscribe to one of Aetna's Medicare Advantage plans now have access to "the entire network of UPMC's hospitals and providers," according to an announcement from the two companies. The agreement, which took effect Jan. 1, comes two years after UPMC allowed full access to its network to Aetna's under-65 "commercial" customers.
Data forecast U.S. trade to drag on fiscal growth
The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months. The Commerce Department report Friday suggests trade will drag on economic growth in the October-December quarter. The trade gap widened 15.8 percent to $48.7 billion in November from October, the report noted. Imports grew 3.8 percent and exports increased only 1 percent.
Superman franchise owned by Warner Bros., judges rule
Superman belongs to Warner Bros., according to the latest legal victory granting the film and television studio complete commercial control of the lucrative franchise. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals unanimously ruled Thursday that the heirs of Superman's co-creator Jerome Siegel must abide by a 2001 letter written by the family's attorney accepting the Warner Bros. offer for their 50 percent share of Superman. Though the five-page letter was never formalized into a contract, the appeals court said it was still binding.