Worker wellness plans called into question, but others defend it

A new national journal’s article recommends that employers abandon these programs.

about 3 hours ago

 A rendering of the new U.S. Steel office building planned for the site of the former Civic Arena in the Hill District.

Design for new U.S. Steel headquarters honors city’s industrial past

Developer Clayco Realty Group plans to begin construction by fall so the five-story, 285,000-square-foot building is ready by fall 2017.

about 3 hours ago

In first crack at fracking issue, Pa. judge sides with driller

A federal judge took a literal definition of “adjacent” when ruling in the Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Ultra Resources case.

about 3 hours ago

 Tony J. Thompson

People on the Move: The Legal Profession

Legal news from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott; Beck & Thomas; Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe; Duane Morris; Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass

about 3 hours ago

Business Workshop: Consumers, not judges, get to decide trademarks

A jury of average consumers should decide trademark rights rather than judges, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

about 3 hours ago

Pittsburgh nonprofits compete for Fast Pitch grants

At Fast Pitch, nonprofits will go after a share of $25,000 in funding grants and hope to raise cash through a new crowdfunding option.

about 3 hours ago

Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services opens jobs center; Pennsylvania reinstates furloughed nurses; Federated Investors gets W.Va. contract

Read more about Mylan; West Penn Hospital; Forbes billionaires; Samsung; GlaxoSmithKline; Hewlett-Packard; Norfolk Southern; Ikea; Costco

about 3 hours ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Important FCC measure passes quietly

The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to preempt state laws regarding broadband competition.

about 3 hours ago

Renewable energy credits rose last year, but is it enough?

Renewable energy advocates hope the steady rise in so-called Tier 1 credits will spur more development.

about 3 hours ago

State needs better data on mine subsidence, study finds

Pennsylvania is going to need better data if it wants to limit damage to lands and waters that sit atop underground coal operations.

about 2 hours ago

Proposal to cut demand for natural gas has utilities on edge

Proposed legislation to cut natural gas consumption by 3 percent by 2020 was met with concern by utilities and producers.

about 3 hours ago

 Pittsburgh-based SolarCast is one of few solar manufacturers and installation companies that have grown in western Pennsylvania. President and CEO Eric Casteel, above, in July showed off portable solar paneling with rechargeable batteries that are being used by companies at remote natural gas drilling sites.

Solar jobs in Pennsylvania lag behind national figures

As U.S. solar industry reports record employment gains nationally, Pennsylvania has lost 30 percent of its workforce in two years.

about 3 hours ago

Forum: Consumers often sign contracts they don't read or understand

Furthermore, many believe they retain rights that they don’t when signing certain agreements.

about 3 hours ago

Balancing Act: Even fitness gurus struggle to find time for exercise

While it appears fitness instructors get paid to work out, they typically aren’t exercising much when teaching, instructors say.

about 3 hours ago

 Forbes today said that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

about 15 hours ago

 CEO and president of Samsung JK Shin presents the new Samsung Galaxy S6 during the Mobile World Congress Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a model with a display that curves so that information can be glanced at on the side.

about 20 hours ago

 Crews work to clean up the derailed CSX train Feb. 18 in Mount Carbon.

Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

More than 183,000 Pittsburghers could be forced to leave their homes if a train carrying crude oil derailed in the area, a new report says.

about 12 hours ago

 Teen clothing chain rue21 has begun offering plus-size clothing under the name rue+, including a collection of accessories such as belts.

As teen clothing chains angst over future, rue21 chases plus-size opportunity

Cranberry-based chain says investors who bought the company in 2013 were enthusiastic about adding clothes to serve sizes 14-24.

2 days ago

 Watt-hour meters track electricity fed by Allegheny Power, part of Allegheny Energy.

What killed FirstEnergy's coal plants in southwestern Pennsylvania?

A lawsuit between FirstEnergy Corp. and a coal supplier aims to parse which headwind facing coal-fired generation is the strongest.

2 days ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Grocery turbulence ... They've hidden the spices and the cans of soup again

Believe it or not, supermarkets say there is a method to the madness of the cleanup on aisle 10.

2 days ago

WorkZone: A boss with a big ego is bad news

A business owner who does not listen to employees won’t have a business for long.

2 days ago

 Christopher Dingman

People on the move: 3/1/2015

Herbein + Co. Inc., Sisterson & Co. LLP, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, Mars National Bank, Zions Bank Corporate Trust, Allegheny Valley Bank

2 days ago

 For $249, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable is one of the best values in audio.

Sound Advice: Quality vinyl system without the high price

What is the least amount I can spend to enjoy records, without buying junk?

2 days ago

 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

2 days ago

 Patricia Arquette at the Oscars Sunday.

Patricia Arquette isn't the first to make the point: Women's wages lag in most sectors

Women are paid less on every rung of the economic ladder.

2 days ago

The Color of Money | Michelle Singletary: America's time to save

I bet there are also a lot of folks just as tired of financially focused people like myself telling them they aren't saving enough.

2 days ago

Office Coach: When working from home, strive to connect with co-workers

To get back on track, you must begin to assume personal responsibility for getting what you need.

2 days ago

Consumer Reports: Common questions, complaints about cars

Does the headrest hit my head? Does my car need a tuneup? Where the heck is my spare tire?

2 days ago

Business calendar: 3/1/2015

Business Referral Network of Pittsburgh - AM Pittsburgh Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Uptown Coffee, 723 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

2 days ago

State police investigate counterfeit bills passed in Somerset

Merchants are warned to keep an eye out for possible counterfeit $100 bills.

1 day ago

 Aaron Beam, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth, spoke to graduate students at Carlow University on Friday, cautioning them against fraud.

‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud

Aaron Beam, an ex-CFO, spoke Friday to graduate students at Carlow University about the company’s $2.7 billion book-cooking scheme.

3 days ago

 The comedy club submission is a Judges Award of Excellence winner by Mullen.

Mullen, Brunner take spotlight, awards at Pittsburgh Addys

In addition to Mullen’s Judges Award of Excellence, Brunner piled the most Addy awards into the trunk of the car going back to the office.

3 days ago

 The National Association of Realtors releases its January report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases Friday.

Bank of New York Mellon eliminating defined benefit pension plan; Highmark Health starting furloughs; Mylan completes acquisition

Read more business news about United-American Savings Bank, GDP, pending home sales and Fiat Chrysler recalls

3 days ago

 The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

Debate over dress’s color takes Internet by storm

University of Pittsburgh and West Penn Hospital doctors gave color commentary on why people are seeing different colors in an online photo.

3 days ago

Sale of closed Hempfield prison to go forward

Sale of a closed prison property in Hempfield should save Pennsylvania $27 million over 10 years, a state official says.

3 days ago

Medical and safety technology firm Drager to close Findlay office in 2016

The German company plans to consolidate sales, service, marketing and engineering operations at its Houston, Texas, office.

4 days ago

Bayer will separate its drugs, materials divisions

German-based Bayer gets closer to spinning out its plastics segment, which has North American headquarters in Robinson, as separate company.

4 days ago

Suit against FedEx moved here

A federal court has decided to move to Pittsburgh a suit alleging that Moon-based FedEx Ground discriminated against deaf employees.

4 days ago

Economy grew slower than previously believed in fourth quarter

Rate of 2.2 percent in the October-Dec. quarter marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which saw the strongest growth in 11 years.

3 days ago

 Brielle Wright, 4, meets up with Eat 'N Park mascot.

Eat’n Park to expand services into PNC tower

Eat’n Park will operate a convenience store featuring a limited selection of prepared foods and fresh produce in the new PNC tower Downtown.

4 days ago

 Violet Rignani, a Brownie from Mt. Lebanon, has been using the Internet to boost her cookie sales.

Pittsburgh-area Girl Scouts tap into cyber world to boost cookie sales

The Girl Scouts rolled out Digital Cookie to sell the treats, although many girls still use the tried-and-true door-to-door approach.

4 days ago

State asks FirstEnergy utilities for more detail on management fixes

Pennsylvania PUC order follows audit that said correcting management flaws could save FirstEnergy about $19.2 million in one-time savings.

4 days ago

 Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon made his boldest move yet since he took the top job a year ago when he announced plans last week to boost raises for nearly 40 percent of its U.S. workers.

Wal-Mart CEO talks workers, customers, critics

Wal-Mart CEO talks about pay raises, how customers shop and what he's learned from critics.

4 days ago

Giant Eagle Express closing in Indiana; Construction contracts down in Pittsburgh region; Southwest adding Pittsburgh to Dallas nonstop

Read more news about Allegheny Technologies, Forbes Hospital, Koppers Holdings, Ampco-Pittsburgh, Jefferson Hospital, Ansys, GNC

4 days ago

 Beginning in April, Visa will soon offer an anti-fraud service that will track cardholders via mobile banking apps.

Would you let card companies track your smartphone to fight fraud?

Visa’s optional new feature, which will be integrated into mobile banking apps, will be ready in mid-April.

4 days ago

 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

5 days ago

 Joseph Guyaux.

Highmark Health names Joseph Guyaux new board chairman

Highmark Health’s board chair since 2005, J. Robert Baum, is leaving the position and has been replaced by the PNC banking executive.

4 days ago

 Reception Hotels is working with Philadelphia developer Core Realty to put a 155-room hotel on the fifth and sixth floors of the 13-story Macy's in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Development could be in store for Downtown Pittsburgh landmarks

East End natural and organic food market may expand into PPG Place, while a New York developer has its eye on Macy’s.

5 days ago

Manufacturing woes rise; experts eye higher wages

A study has predicted a hefty shortage of skilled workers. But skeptics say higher pay would take care of the problem.

5 days ago

 The practical but popular Toyota Camry gets a new look for the 2015 model year.

Scott Sturgis / Driver’s Seat: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Sedan lives up to the hype

Other auto writers are going to beat me up — again — but the Camry is a top seller for a reason. It’s still not cool, but not bad, either.

5 days ago


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