Coal's woes have upside for FirstEnergy

How two struggling industries are helping each other through energy’s downturn.

about 22 hours ago

Court rejects UPMC request for stay in Highmark dispute and more

Read more business news about FedEx, gains in worker pay, FNB, HFF Inc., and United-American Saving Bank.

about 22 hours ago

 Paul Sandberg, co-founder and CEO of Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life, or PHRQL, presents his company at the UpPrize competition held in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

UpPrize awards for-profit companies in Pittsburgh

Sponsors of UpPrize are BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Forbes Funds.

about 22 hours ago

 Leslie Clague’s position at the Polish Hill Civic Association will be cut Aug. 15.

Why Polish Hill, Beltzhoover and others no longer eligible for community development grants?

The Polish Hill Civic Association will close its office as a result of funding cuts that also affect several other city neighborhoods.

about 22 hours ago

84 Lumber hit with subpoena in Louisiana

The company’s handling of contracts to build schools and a fire station after Hurricane Katrina is under scrutiny.

1 day ago

 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

1 day ago

 The most recent version of the legislation allows workers at businesses that employ 15 or more people to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.

Pittsburgh's paid sick leave bill headed to council for vote Monday

Scores packed a City Council hearing to voice support for measure that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees.

1 day ago

No more free cheese sticks for Kraft employees in cost crackdown

The changes are similar to those made at merge partner Heinz after 3G Capital took over the company.

1 day ago

Peoples Natural Gas customers to get refunds; StarKist settlement details due in September; Randy Forister leaves airport authority

Read earnings reports from Kennametal, GNC Holdings, Matthews International, Ampco-Pittsburgh, FirstEnergy, Royal Bank of

1 day ago

Consumer Reports: Fakes, phonies and frauds flow here

Last year, United States law enforcement agencies shut down 29,684 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online.

1 day ago

 Diana Price of Midland holds up a solidarity sign during a rally for United Steelworkers.

Steelworkers seeking new deal protest Allegheny Technologies

United Steelworkers union objects to Pittsburgh company’s plan to require workers to pay for a portion of their healthcare coverage.

2 days ago

 Shawn McNulty welds hook components at the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped.

Cambria County employer of blind, handicapped is part of energy's transformation

The shift away from coal is palpable at the Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped, which is betting big on solar.

2 days ago

 Yellow Cab at a parking lot.

PUC denies Yellow Cab’s requested surcharge

The fare increase would have been Yellow Cab's first since 2008, according to the PUC filing.

2 days ago

Identity theft complaints up sharply, agencies say

State and local consumer protection agencies published a report showing the scope of the problem.

2 days ago

With parking on North Shore in flux, developer gets extension on apartments

The stadium authority approved an extension giving Continental Real Estate until Oct. 15 to buy land needed for the proposed development.

2 days ago

 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: A look inside three cargo-driven vehicles

The Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen, the Subaru Outback and the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring bring different strengths to the table.

2 days ago

 Macy's announced July 13 that the company would close the Downtown Pittsburgh store.

Tic Toc, Arcade Bakery could live on after Macy’s leaves Downtown Pittsburgh site

The agreement under consideration would assign names, branding and intellectual property rights of the restaurant and bakery to the city.

2 days ago

 There are more than 70 railroad bridges in Allegheny County.

Sen. Casey calls for more federal rail bridge inspectors

The senator’s office said only one inspector is assigned to 919 train bridges in Pennsylvania.

2 days ago

GNC profits drop; sales sluggish at established stores

The Pittsburgh vitamin and health supplements retailer says it plans to shift more stores to franchises.

2 days ago

 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare

2 days ago

FirstEnergy profits rise

The Akron-based energy company posted second quarter earnings, showing improvement in earnings on flat revenue.

2 days ago

Kennametal reports loss for 2015

Adjusted earnings for the quarter totaled 46 cents per share vs. analyst estimates of 44 cents per share.

2 days ago

Peoples to refund customers for accidental earnings

People Natural Gas’ Equitable division will refund customers about $14 each after it accidentally collected more than its legal limit.

2 days ago

Huntington Bank notes rise in back-to-school costs; Ampco-Pittsburgh buys Ohio company; Mylan wins regulatory clearance for Perrigo

Read more business news about PNC Bank, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Mini

2 days ago

 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

2 days ago

Green Tree-based 360fly announces partnership with Best Buy

Starting in mid-September, Best Buy will become the exclusive in-store and online distributor for 360fly cameras.

3 days ago

 Tom Dougherty, director of marketing for PPG architectural coatings, talks Tuesday in the newly opened PPG Paint store in Ross.

PPG rolls out rebranded paint stores, uses Pittsburgh as pilot market

With 16 PPG Paints stores and a new brand campaign, the coatings giant wants to seal its position as the hometown paint supplier.

3 days ago

 If approved, the fare increases would net Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh a nearly 11 percent boost in annual revenue.

Yellow Cab seeks fare hikes to keep pace with ride-share rivals

Among the requests to the PUC are surcharges of up to $8 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights.

3 days ago

 U.S. Steel sales fell 34 percent during the second quarter to $2.9 billion.

U.S. Steel CEO optimistic about second half of 2015

Slumping prices and shipments and one-time charges produced a second quarter loss of $261 million for the Pittsburgh steel producer.

3 days ago

 Despite growing power options, the states and provinces covered in the report have struggled recently to keep residential customers shopping.

Pennsylvania electricity market grows as customer base shrinks, report finds

Coinciding with the PUC’s policies, supply companies in recent years have grown in number and expanded their offerings.

3 days ago

 A U.S Airways plane flies past the U.S Airways operations control center in Moon. The last flight to be handled by the Pittsburgh center is set for Aug. 23.

US Airways operations center in Moon to close in late August

About 650 jobs will be lost with the closure, part of the airline’s merger with American Airlines.

3 days ago

Universal Stainless reports second quarter loss

“Our current backlog points to a challenging third quarter,” chairman, president and CEO Dennis Oates said in a statement.

3 days ago

 The Germany-based drug and chemicals giant said sales were 12.1 billion euros ($13.4 billion), and net income was 1.2 billion euros, up 21 percent from the second quarter of 2014.

Bayer revenues, income jump on drug sales

The Germany-based drug and chemicals giant said sales were 12.1 billion euros ($13.4 billion).

3 days ago

 Sarah Jack, left, 79, Jerry Murray, 57, pray after the Penn Plaza Apartments tenant meeting July 18. The affordable housing task force’s first meeting comes about two weeks after Mayor Bill Peduto’s office stepped in on behalf of the residents, who were given eviction notices.

Pittsburgh task force on affordable housing to convene Thursday

The group plans to look at ways to retain and promote housing for various income levels in rapidly developing neighborhoods.

3 days ago

 Volkswagen outsells Toyota in first half worldwide

U.S. Steel joins trade complaints over cold-rolled steel; S&P revises Mylan creditwatch listing; CMU gets Defense grant extension

Read more news about Acrobatiq, Mylan, Range Resources, Southwestern Energy, Tristate Capital Bank, Supervalu, Volkswagen and Mead Johnson.

3 days ago

Defense department renews $1.73 billion contract with CMU

The school’s SEI is the only federally funded research/development center dedicated to cybersecurity and software engineering.

4 days ago

 Today's rally in Downtown Pittsburgh was organized by the Service Employees International Union.

Workers rally Downtown for higher wages

The rally was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

4 days ago

Supervalu may spin off Save-A-Lot division

Grocery distributor says its discount grocery operation and its independent grocers may be helped by separating the businesses.

4 days ago

Consol Energy widens loss, cuts spending

The oil, gas, and coal company warned investors it would post a loss for the second quarter, bemoaning low commodity prices.

4 days ago

U.S. Steel, 4 other producers file trade complaints over steel imports

The trade cases were filed by U.S. Steel, AK Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamics and Arcelor Mittal.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh region sees fewer new jobs than normal in adjusted rate

The drop in the Pittsburgh region can be attributed mostly to people leaving the labor force.

4 days ago

Business Workshop: Vacant or occupied?

Mortgage lenders of a property up for tax sale had better pay close attention to whether the house is vacant or occupied when it is sold.

4 days ago

Toshiba downplayed Westinghouse losses

The nuclear company’s Japanese parent used its own, lower figures for cost overruns at a Westinghouse project, revising the company’s

4 days ago

Rebranding ‘not just for the big guys’

Midsize firms should center on a unified message that sets the firm apart from its competition.

4 days ago

 According to new data, natural gas inventories could hit new highs by the start of the heating season on Nov. 1.

Data show plenty of natural gas in storage for winter weather

That’s good news for those who rely on gas heating and electricity, but it could be bad news for drillers who are being hit by low prices.

4 days ago

Acrobatiq snags $9.75 million from Gates Foundation, Draper Triangle

The South Side-based adaptive learning and analytics software company received a $9.75 million Series A round of funding.

4 days ago

 Exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Court orders EPA to relax air-pollution limits in 13 states

The federal appeals court also upheld the EPA’s right to impose the standards, which states and industry groups called overly burdensome.

4 days ago

Lawrence-based Black Box reports decrease in profits

Despite the shortfalls, the company paid out $1.5 million in dividends and repurchased $2 million of common stock.

4 days ago

Range Resources Corp. reports loss

The company has cut its rig count from 15 to 10 since the beginning of this year, and expects to further trim that to six, while still

4 days ago

 Carnegie Mellon University's robot soccer team.

Tiny dynasty: CMU robot soccer team wins fifth world title in China

The squad, featuring robots less than 6 inches high, beat a team from Iran in the finals and didn’t allow a single goal in the tournament.

4 days ago