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 The new Tractor Supply Co. store in North Fayette on June 19, 2015. The store opened two months ago.

Tractor Supply Co. sneaking up on urban areas like Pittsburgh

Earlier this year, the Tractor Supply corporate team increased its U.S. store target from 2,100 to 2,500.

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 Last month a window fell out of the Gateway Towers.

Gateway Towers condominium plans to inspect windows after pair of incidents

Residents have been ordered not to use their windows after two dislodged, forcing management to block off sidewalks.

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 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting July 1, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

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Greece’s looming default sends stocks sharply lower

Coming six years into a bull market, it was Wall Street’s worst day in 2015.

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Business Workshop: Top court gives firms new class-action shield

Two Supreme Court decisions remind businesses about the power of contracts.

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 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Google agrees to add railroad crossings to online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

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House stymies DEP on drilling rules

DEP would have to scrap an update rules for PA’s traditional oil & gas drilling industry and begin the 4-year-old rulemaking process again.

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 The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.9 percent to 112.6 last month,

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza opening; Jefferson Hospital expands rehab; pending home sales climb

News from Uncle Maddio’s; Jefferson Hospital; National Association of Realtors; Siemens; Dresser-Rand; Sysco; US Foods; and FCA US.

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Verde Energy illegally called customers' cell phones, lawsuits say

Customers in western Pennsylvania allege the energy retail supplier used an automatic dialing system to harass them with marketing calls

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Regulator calls on electric utilities to evolve

To truly embrace energy efficiency, utilities must no longer rely on sales growth for revenue, PUC commissioner says.

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Supreme Court’s mandatory minimum ruling viewed as ‘game-changer’

The state Supreme Court’s decision leaves the question of whether these schemes will return in the hands of the General Assembly.

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 Two days before Kraft Foods Group shareholders are scheduled to vote on the planned merger, the new senior leadership slate of Kraft Heinz was detailed with roles for 20 executives.

Kraft Heinz details its new senior leadership team

CEO Bernardo Hees to bring along many of his Heinz executives, but a number of Kraft officials will also be part of the new company.

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 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station in Washington County in September 2013.

Pa. impact may be 'minimal' as Supreme Court overturns EPA's mercury rule

The 5-4 decision found the EPA did not consider compliance costs in regulating power plant emissions of mercury and air pollutants.

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 Kraft Foods Group Inc. & H.J. Heinz Co. products.

Once the Kraft-Heinz deal is done, the 3G Capital team will get to work

The pressure is on the Brazilian investment firm to find savings and increase profits using the formula it has perfected at other companies.

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Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Before blowing the whistle on corporate ploys, check the rule books

A lawyer who represents whistle-blowers says they can be rewarded by complying with laws protecting them, but those laws are complicated.

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 Attorneys Jerry Dickinson, left, and Dan Vitek, right, on the steps of the City County Building where their pro bono cases involving low-income tenants facing eviction are heard.

Teaming up to help Pittsburgh-area tenants in public housing eviction cases

Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Reed Smith want to offer the legal help that many residents don’t have access to.

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 Eugene Thomas, owner of Quik-it  Chicken on the North Side, was one of several black-owned businesses targeted for the One Large project, which challenged participants to spend money in black-owned businesses across the country.

Artists' purchasing initiative shows difficulty of finding companies with black owners

Here the effect has been to highlight the limited number of black-owned businesses providing gasoline, fresh produce and other essentials.

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Workzone: Some summer office wear too hot for business casual

Ahhh, summer. It’s a time for flip-flops and T-shirts, sun dresses and cargo shorts.   Just not in the office.

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Elder Law: So, You Want to Retire!

In our practice, we often get asked to assist clients in helping them plan for, or even keep them, in retirement.

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 Cambridge Audio BlueTone 100.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Flawless phone charger doesn't exist

Every brand seems to have its issues here and there, no matter the price.

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Attitudes evolving on sports gambling

As society has evolved and gambling has spread, legalized sports betting in the U.S. is becoming an increasingly real possibility.

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U.S. companies take grassroots approach when it comes to ensuring gender equity on corporate boards

European companies are adding women to their boards at a faster rate than U.S. businesses as a result of government quotas and mandates.

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 AnnMarie LeBlanc

People on the Move: 6/28/2015

News and updates on appointments, promotions and honors from around the region.

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Office Coach: Dropping team member with management buddies will require a careful approach

How to deal with an unmanageable team member, plus tips on what a new employee can discuss at a lunch meeting with a new boss.

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  Abby Kohut gives her talk "Secrets Recruiters Don't Want You To Know" at a church in San Diego, CA.

Former recruiter turned speaker will speak to potential job seekers

Abby Kohut spent 18 years as a recruiter working for companies such as Scholastic and Leo Pharma.

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 American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Chinese stocks underperformed badly Friday,  as panicked investors rushed to sell over fears that an extended bull market was coming to an end. Elsewhere, stocks traded softly as the standoff between Greece and its international creditors appeared little closer to being resolved.

Stocks end mostly lower as Greece debt deadline approaches

Investors now turn to next week, when the U.S. government will release the June jobs report.

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State issues $95,000 penalty against Sunoco Logistics for wastewater spills

Sunoco Logistics faces penalty related to series of wastewater spills during construction of Mariner East pipeline in Western Pennsylvania.

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Experts forecast slower U.S. economic growth

Forecasts that U.S. economic growth will slow backed by demographics, lack of investment.

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Mylan again promises to avoid using ’18 earnings target in deal

Mylan again promises regulators it won’t refer to earnings goal in its hostile bid for an Irish drug maker.

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 Bicyclists cross Liberty Avenue, Downtown, as part of the Open Streets Pittsburgh event on May 31.

Merchants divided on Open Streets road closings

Open Streets PGH, part of a national movement to foster outdoor activity, closed more than 25 city intersections from 8 a.m. to noon May 31.

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Consol curbs expectations for coal IPO

The Cecil-based company lowered the price of its coal master limited partnership and the number of units it plans to sell.

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 Becky Zajdel and Adam Longwill of Meta Mesh want their model of wireless mesh Internet networks to become a low-cost solution to connect low-income users.

Allentown firm aims to rethink, rewire Internet access in Pittsburgh region

Neighborhood wireless networking company is hoping to connect communities in Pittsburgh and beyond.

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Big Heart Pet Brands closing Pittsburgh office; Hyatt Centric Hotel planned for Oakland

Read more business news about consumer spending, General Mills and recalls from Mitsubishi, Acura and Subaru.

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Consumer Reports: Home sale mistakes

Home-sale mistakes that cost you money

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 Workers with Specified Systems prepare for the installation of new curtain wall windows, called SageGlass, on Thursday to improve energy efficiency and maximize natural light in the soon-to-be Carlow University Commons, formerly Grace Library.

Carlow University Commons renovations

The soon-to-be Carlow University Commons, formerly Grace Library.

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 “Both of these entities have a view that there’s nothing more important than their dispute with each other,” says Pennsylvania's executive deputy attorney general.

Pennsylvania official cites ‘‍acrimony’ in Highmark-UPMC battle

The health care giants have been battling since last year over cancer payments, treatment rates and the process for settling disputes.

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Big Heart Pet Brands closing North Shore operation

Owner J.M. Smucker Co. said it plans to consolidate the work done here into its Orrville, Ohio, headquarters.

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 Pittsburgh International Airport has been pressing U.S. Customs to add more staff in cases where more than one international flight arrives around the same time, to minimize long wait times. But so far the agency has not seen the need to do so.

Slow lines at customs raise concerns at Pittsburgh International Airport

Customs officials say a big factor affecting wait times is the so-called “sandwich effect,” when multiple flights land all at once.

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Guardian Industries’ Jefferson Hills facility set to close

Facing a county mandate to install pollution control equipment, a Jefferson Hills glass plant is pulling the plug.

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 Introductory roundtrip fares for trips departing from Pittsburgh to Toronto will start at $286, including fees and taxes.

New Pittsburgh-to-Toronto flight options coming in September

Porter Airlines, a Toronto-based regional airline, will begin two daily nonstops to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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 Seting up automatic bill payments so you don’t absentmindedly pay late is one tip to bolster your credit score.

A few tips to bolster your credit score

Except for maybe cholesterol numbers, few scores are more important in modern adult life than your credit score.

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 Displays for DUG East, an oil and gas conference, fill the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Keynote speaker at oil, gas conference rails against Obama, looks toward ’16 election

Washington Post and a Fox News contributor, Charles Krauthammer, addressed a crowd at the annual Developing Unconventional Gas East event.

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Two more UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette

The decision to drop the Post-Gazette at UPMC Passavant and and UPMC St. Margaret follows similar moves at three other UPMC hospitals.

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Nonprofit begins program to aid consumers, interpret records and improve their standing

Take Charge America launched a program called “Credit Look” to help consumers interpret credit reports and improve their credit scores.

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Shoplifting, other fraud cost U.S. retailers $44 bln in 2014 - survey

Inventory loss due to shoplifting, employee or supplier fraud and administrative errors cost U.S. retailers, according to a survey.

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 Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles from the 2014-15 model year because of seat belt labeling issues and warning chimes and lights that might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are started.

EDMC eliminates 300 jobs; Allegheny Technologies to be dropped from S&P 500; Kraft prepares for Heinz merger

Read more business news about the gross domestic product, Ford recalls, Ford’s car-sharing program, Ahold-Delhaize Group, Sysco and Ikea

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 “Parents and grandparents put their financial futures on the line by co-signing private student loans to help family members achieve the dream of higher education,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB director

Co-signers often caught in private student loans

The vast majority of consumers, 90 percent, are being rejected for a co-signer release on their private student loans.

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 The Strip District produce terminal has been languishing without action for nearly a year.

Chicago developer prepares new pitch for Strip District produce terminal

McCaffery Interests CEO hopes to have framework for a final agreement on the structure’s future before the URA’s board at its July meeting.

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 Starting Jan. 1, Ikea's average minimum hourly wage will increase to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage.

Ikea raises minimum wage for U.S. workers to nearly $12 an hour

The increase takes effect Jan. 1 and will affect 32 percent of Ikea's 10,500 U.S. store workers.

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