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Highmark sees surge in demand from newly insured, reports operating loss

Pittsburgh insurer plans rate increases for Affordable Care Act marketplace plans after heavy use by those who didn’t have coverage before.

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Pennsylvania warns insurance companies on ‘unfair’ tactics

The techniques are said to target customers who never or rarely shop around for better deals.

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 American Eagle Outfitters’ newly remodeled aerie intimates store at Ross Park Mall.

American Eagle banking on more growth for aerie division

The head of American Eagle’s aerie intimate clothing division talks strategy and shows off the latest store concept at Ross Park Mall.

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 According to the lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, Dr. Kenneth Melani claims that he was wrongfully terminated because he opposed illegal sex discrimination.

Former Highmark CEO Melani sues health insurer for $32 million

Kenneth Melani was fired in 2012 after getting into a fight with the husband of a woman with whom Dr. Melani was having a relationship.

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First National Bank to buy Fifth Third Bank branches

In June, Fifth Third announced plans to close or sell about 100 of its 1,300 branches nationwide.

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 VisitPittsburgh, the local tourism agency, has long championed the need for a headquarters hotel attached to the center.

Developers bidding for David L. Lawrence Convention Center hotel seeking subsidies

Officials said the amounts requested are lower than in the past, when developers wanted more than $50 million in help to build the hotel.

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 The 2015 Infiniti QX60 is a three-row crossover once called the JX35. It sits between the small QX50 and slightly larger QX70.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: Infiniti QX60 a good package with a few big flaws

2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD: The three-row crossover has plenty of room and gadgets, but the reliability is a big if.

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Pittsburgh-area roofers sue over school background checks

The unions claim the rights of 21 workers were violated when they were banned from school grounds.

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 Alcoa’s recent acquisition of RTI International Metals of Moon brought it capabilities to 3-D print items using titanium.

Alcoa announces $60 million tech center expansion aimed at 3-D printing

The new facility will focus on developing metal powders to use in 3-D printing as well as advancing the printing process and product design.

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 PPG Industries Inc.

PPG liable for violations at longtime dump site

Federal judge finds PPG liable for toxic waste water discharges from its old glass manufacturing waste dump into the Allegheny River.

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 Factory orders rose 0.4 percent in July, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Orders had increased a much larger 2.2 percent in June.

Federal grant to aid enrollment under Affordable Care Act; Delcross Technologies acquired by Southpointe’s Ansys

Read more business news about Fed says growth continued during summer months, Factory orders edge up by 0.4 percent in July.

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Ansys acquires Delcross Technologies

Delcross Technologies builds software for computational electromagnetic simulation and radio frequency system analysis.

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 Michael McGarry, new CEO of PPG Industries, at his office at One PPG Place, Downtown, Pittsburgh.

McGarry takes over PPG executive role

He joined the company as an engineer and helped lead major acquisitions to position it as one of top coatings firms worldwide.

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 The Rev. Richard Freeman of the Interfaith Impact Network preaches to a crowd of steelworkers and supporters Tuesday after a march from United Steelworkers headquarters reached the U.S. Steel headquarters on Grant Street.

Steelworkers rally as U.S. Steel, Arcelor Mittal agree to allow work under recently expired contract

Rallies in Pittsburgh and other cities seek fair contracts for union workers at U.S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies and Arcelor Mittal.

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 Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, said Tuesday of personal health responsibility: “We own it. It’s our health. It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

On 25th anniversary, Jewish Healthcare Foundation putting new focus on personal health

“It’s our health,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

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 Could more development be in store for the North Side?

Developer looks to bring hotel to East Ohio Street on the North Side

October Development is hoping to spruce up a block that is mostly abandoned.

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Markets on edge as policymakers flex muscles

Investors now predict the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate rise that had been expected as early as this month.

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Feds investigating possible theft of $14 million from Matthews International Corp.

The U.S. attorney’s office confirmed it is investigating the incident, first disclosed by the North Shore company in a July 30 report.

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 Google refines logo as it prepares to join Alphabet

Ford and Chrysler sales rise in August as GM falls; Construction spending reaches highest level in 7 years; Triumph Motorcycles fined over safety violations

Read more business news about Google refines logo as it prepares to join Alphabet, Hilton dips toe in ‘sharing economy’ with Uber deal

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Brokers upset as U.S. seeks to protect investors from some expensive duds

Many brokers are fuming over a proposed rule that would block them from selling any investment into a retirement account in return for a

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Department of Labor looking to give back money to workers

Workers can use a new website to see if they are owed wages.

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Genetic tests pushed to help prevent some deaths

The research announced by Medtronic found an association between a single gene and 50 percent higher odds of some irregular heartbeats.

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 Bayer MaterialScience officially changed its name to Convestro on Tuesday. Buildings at the Bayer campus in Robinson now house the new spinoff company.

Bayer MaterialScience assumes its new identity as Covestro

The company’s office complex in Robinson will now serve as the North American base for Covestro.

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 If you’re apartment hunting in or near Downtown, don’t expect any bargains.

Rental rates for apartments in Downtown Pittsburgh at record high

The average rental rate in and around the Golden Triangle is up to $1.86 a square foot.

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Contract talks to resume in Allegheny Technologies lockout

The union notified members the two sides will meet Sept. 11 and 12.

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Business Workshop: Conflicts in a family business

The simple fact that the parties in disagreement are relatives complicates a business conflict with the emotions of family relationships.

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Unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent for Pittsburgh region

The regional job count that is not seasonally adjusted fell by 7,700 from June, but the total number was up by 38,000 over July 2014.

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First-year salaries hit $160,000 mark at more Pennsylvania firms

Most Am Law 200 firms said in April they were reviewing their compensation levels but hadn’t made any decisions on adjustments.

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 The inspection and reporting requirement was added to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations in 2011.

How sound are Pennsylvania's oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of conventional well owners failed to submit reports that are meant to document whether wells are structurally sound.

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 Allegheny County Jail as seen from Duquesne University campus.

Allegheny County unveils details in new jail health plan

The county launched its new partnership with Allegheny Health Network to provide health care for prisoners at the jail.

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Judge allows hotel's suit to continue against Highmark, UPMC

The suit says a conspiracy between Highmark and UPMC allowed their for-profit subsidiaries to charge customers too much for premiums.

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 Penny Davis, from East Liverpool, Ohio, chants "no more scabs" outside ATI headquarters at PPG Place Tuesday.

United Steelworkers union rally for fair contracts in Downtown Pittsburgh

United Steelworkers union members and supporters of organized labor rallied in Pittsburgh and other cities today.

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Developer seeks zoning change for hotel and apartment project on the North Side

The hotel would be built next to the historic Workingman’s Savings Bank, more recently known as ARC House.

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 Jeep Cherokees recalled by Fiat Chrysler

Allegheny County partners with United Way; First National Bank names new region president; West Mifflin Levin Furniture store damaged by fire

Read more business news about Consumer report for Maietta’s Italian Restaurant, Kraft Heinz hires Starcom, Jeep Cherokees recalled.

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 Miles of pipeline run throughout the Dominion Resources Cove Point LNG terminal connecting storage tanks to an off shore pier in Maryland. Liquefied natural gas export facilities are poised to become an outlet for a glut of natural gas from U.S. shale plays in the coming years.

Marcellus to become a net exporter of natural gas this year

Now, most Marcellus gas goes to the Midwest, Southeast and Canada. Eventually it will access Mexico and the world through LNG exports.

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Love them or loathe them, emails are here to stay, survey says

The poll showed that email is the top communications tool at work and will grow in importance over the next five years.

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 Bob Kramer stands near the heat pump at his Economy home. He recently discovered he'd been in the wrong rate class for electric heating for 14 years, as a previous homeowner had installed a heat pump, and Mr. Kramer filed a formal compliant with the Pennsylvania PUC.

Efficient heating appliances could mean lost savings for some homeowners

Some electric customers, in altering their homes to be more energy efficient, could be paying too much for service due to a billing error.

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 As Adidas creative director, Sewickley native Paul Gaudio is overseeing the company's efforts to expand in the United States market.

Sewickley native tasked with making Adidas hip again in the U.S.

Paul Gaudio is facing a Super Bowl-sized challenge: to make Adidas cool again in the U.S. market.

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 United Steelworkers Local 1219 held a rally Aug. 21, calling for fair contracts and in solidarity of locked-out steelworkers, outside U.S Steel’s Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock.

Steelworkers union sues Allegheny Ludlum over plans to drop workers' health insurance

Union officials contend the workers should be covered until Nov. 30 under the terms of the labor agreement that expired June 30.

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Alpha Natural Resources executive resigns amid restructuring

The company is one of the nation’s biggest coal producers and has mines in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming.

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Pittsburgh gasoline prices fall on global concerns

Retail gasoline prices in Pittsburgh dropped 10 cents to $2.60 a gallon Monday morning.

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 Mattel, in partnership with San Francisco startup ToyTalk, will release the Internet-connected version of the doll that has real conversations with kids in late 2015.

Surveillance Society: Could toys play with data from children?

Internet-enabled everyday devices are collectively called the “Internet of Things”; some experts think 50 billion will be in use by 2020.

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Coal, nuclear plants promise to generate power in the future

The PJM auction cleared 1,031 more megawatts of nuclear generation capacity than 2014’s auction, the grid operator reported.

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 Cheerios cereal was part of one of many lawsuits filed this  year, specifically for gluten issues.

What's in that? Food companies scramble to satisfy 'clean eating'

The steady swing toward “clean eating” has helped trigger an industry move toward cleaning product labels of unpronounceable ingredients.

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 A $22 million, 45,000-square-foot addition (shown here in a rendering) to Carnegie Mellon University’s University Center is the latest project on which Astorino/Cannon Design has worked.

Consolidation changes face of Pittsburgh architecture as industry rebounds from recession lows

Architects at Astorino have access to expertise in Cannon’s global offices, and Cannon has been able to cement its presence in Pittsburgh.

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WorkZone: Networking is key, even for the shy

Author Alaina Levine offers the less outgoing tips for connecting with others in business and life.

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Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Subsidies face new scrutiny, though some worry not enough

New rules for how governments disclose the value of tax incentives they give to business are on the way. But do they go far enough?

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 Emily Kennedy of Marinus Analytics presents her company at the UpPrize competition held July 31 in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

CMU grad builds cybersleuthing tool to snare sex traffickers

Emily Kennedy’s company had its roots in her senior thesis at CMU and now helps law enforcement officials find human trafficking criminals.

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Pitt study finds location-based marketing a mixed bag

The study says sending digital coupons to any consumer within a 100 foot radius doesn’t necessarily lead to more sales or foot traffic.

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