Auditor General criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

Report lists eight areas where DEP fell short of its obligations.

about 3 hours ago

Allegheny Technologies reports second-quarter loss of $4 million

Analysts had expected the specialty metals producer to break even on sales of $1.06 billion.

about 5 hours ago

 Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

about 13 hours ago

 Nana Wilberforce, right, PNC Energy Manager, guides U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on a tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza on Monday.

Energy secretary faces questions during push for nontraditional-energy ideas

Prolific natural gas production has upended the traditional flow of oil and gas, U.S. energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday at CMU.

about 12 hours ago

 Employers need to consider social media policies, but there is no one-size fits all solution, experts say.

‘Virtual water cooler’ muddles work policies

As the NLRB revisits rulings regarding social media regulation in the work place, attorneys offered advice on drafting social media rules.

about 15 hours ago

Business Briefs: Severstal finalizes sale of Miss., Mich. plants

Also: Howard Hanna CEO now Children’s board chair; Verizon moves to equalize upload, download speeds.

about 16 hours ago

 Elaine Fitzgerald, who owns a consignment shop in Venetia, is experiencing problems having her health care marketplace plan processed by Highmark.

Highmark billing problems persist for frustrated members

Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger on Monday acknowledged there were billing problems for what he said amounted to “dozens” of members.

about 15 hours ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Apple moving in on rival’s territory

Apple has joined forces with IBM to invade the enterprise space.

about 15 hours ago

Pipelines in the works

Lack of pipelines from the Marcellus to New England meant gas prices skyrocketed this past winter

about 4 hours ago

Modern electric grid fighting cyber vulnerabilities

The recent push to modernize the electric grid has also raised the risk of cyber attacks.

about 5 hours ago

Overtime pay by RadioShack violates Pennsylvania law

A federal judge’s opinion adds to a recent series of decisions establishing the direction of overtime law as moving in workers’ favor.

about 15 hours ago

Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/22/14

People on the move

about 14 hours ago

Business Workshop: Make wellness programs work

Many employers are asking whether wellness programs can deliver real results to their bottom line.

about 14 hours ago

Jury awards $23.6 billion in Reynolds smoking case

In 2006, Cynthia Robinson, sued R.J. Reyonolds Co., the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr., had

2 days ago

Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/20/14

People on the move

2 days ago

Business calendar: 07/20/14

Business seminars, events and meetings this week.

2 days ago

The week that was: 07/20/14

A look back at the news: City block parry; Costly Consol; Tracking gas

2 days ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Congress’ pension smoothing fails to impress

When it comes to funding America’s dilapidated infrastructure, arcane pension accounting concepts are king of the road.

2 days ago

 A rig at a PennEnergy Resources well site in Clinton Township, Butler County.

Repeat executives find new, profitable ventures in expanding shale industry

Some former execs receive millions for their oil and gas companies before ever breaking ground for natural gas drilling.

2 days ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: A sure-fire way to pay off student loans

Live for as long as you can with your par­ents, rel­a­tives or any­one who will al­low you to stay rent-free or charge you a su­perlow rent.

3 days ago

 Beechview and its sole grocery, Las Palmas IGA, are part of an ambitious five-year project meant to look at food security in the Northeast, examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food in the region.

Experts keeping an eye on Beechview grocery in survey of Northeast food security

The project is examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food.

2 days ago

 Realtor Greg Gammonley with, right. shows off a home to prospective buyer Maddie Coker in Orlando, Fla. A new report by Trulia, the online real estate firm, suggests that the recession did little to turn off millennials from the idea of owning a home compared to previous generations.

Study: U.S. millennials buying homes later

It suggests that the recession — for all its damage to the economy — did little to turn off millennials from the idea of owning a home.

3 days ago

Pittsburgh region seeing fewer personal bankruptcy filings

The lull might reflect a tightening of the rules governing how often individuals can file or how much banks have been willing to lend.

2 days ago

Helping the mentally ill join the workforce

Under the ACA, states can apply to use Medicaid funds to employ the mentally ill, under the theory steady employment is a form of treatment.

2 days ago

Workzone: Are heavier employees more likely to be passed over for jobs?

Heavier em­ploy­ees are more likely to lose their jobs or be passed over for po­si­tions than their thin­ner coun­ter­parts.

2 days ago

 A contemorary class practices Monday at Millennium Dance Complex in South Side.

Millennium Dance opens first East Coast location in Pittsburgh

Dancers are encouraged to find “unity in diversity” at the first East Coast franchise of the legendary Millennium Dance Complex.

2 days ago

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Deconstructing the diverse DVRs

Today‘‍s questions tackle Me­dia­s­onic HW-150PVRs, a Com­cast DVR and PC run­ning Win­dows Me­dia Center, and recording from a DVR to VHS.

2 days ago

Cindy Krischer Goodman’s Balancing Act: Recharge in the summertime

This summer, a growing number of professionals are strategically using the downtime to rebalance.

2 days ago

Marie G. McIntyre’s Office Coach: Keep interview doubts quiet

Since the hiring manager has already endorsed you, the last thing you want to do is change his previously positive perceptions.

2 days ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Your guide to the new insurance rules

In­sur­ance can be com­pli­cated, and if you don’t fol­low the rules you can run into “got­chas” that can cost an arm and a leg.

2 days ago

 Kollengode Venkataraman, editor for the Pittsburgh Patrika, asks a question during a seminar on India and the Pittsburgh business community Friday from the offices of Eckert Seamans, Attorneys at Law, in the US Steel building.

Pittsburgh business leaders mull Indian prime minister

Local executives gathered Friday morning to discuss the impact of India‘‍s new prime minister on the Pittsburgh community.

3 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment unchanged in June

There are fewer people working in Pennsylvania than there were at the start of the Great Recession.

3 days ago

Lyft seeks emergency order to operate in Pittsburgh

Lyft joins Uber in seeking an emergency order from the state Public Utility Commission so it can continue its ride-sharing service legally.

3 days ago

BNY Q2 profits decline amid pressure, charges

Bank of New York Mellon said it will hang on to its corporate trust business, which had been under review for a possible sale.

3 days ago

 Six-year-old Domenic Angelucci, trailed by his father, Chris, high-fives members of the Pittsburgh Stock and Bond Club on Thursday while riding through the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on a specially designed bike that was donated by the club.

Pitts­burgh So­ci­ety of In­vest­ment Pro­fes­sion­als expands its interests

The Pitts­burgh Stock & Bond As­so­ci­a­tion started 90 years ago as a so­cial club for the city’‍s wealth­i­est res­i­dents.

3 days ago

 A "needle dam" is used to hold back most of the water from entering the Lock at Elizabeth. The orginal was built in 1844 and replaced between 1904 and 1906. The $3.1 million dam is part of the "Lower Monongahela Project." It was scheduled for removal in 2004 but because of budget cuts may last another decade or more.

Repairs remain long overdue at locks and dam in Elizabeth

Funding delays mean repairs to many locks and dams in the region that were to be done by 2004 may not be completed for another 10 years.

3 days ago

PPG agrees to sell Mt. Zion glass facility

PPG will sell the facility and all of its assets to Chinese automotive manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc.

4 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment rate unchanged in June

While the unemployment rate was unchanged, 22,000 fewer people were working.

4 days ago

Gov. Corbett agrees not to sign state park leases until court decision

The parties are scheduled to finish filing briefs on the issues in September with oral arguments set for October.

4 days ago

BNY Mellon profits fall in second quarter

It will hang on to its corporate trust business, which was under review for a possible sale, after reporting profits slumped 33 percent.

4 days ago

Key senator questions why GM general counsel hasn't been fired

Sen. Claire McCaskill said GM‘‍s Michael Millikin had been warned several times about potential liability from a defective ignition switch.

4 days ago

Business Briefs: 7/18/14

East Liberty development projects move ahead; Highmark, Indiana County hospital reach agreement;  North Shore company reports high income

4 days ago

 British Deputy Consul  General Nick Astbury is meeting with local tech leaders and promoting the Great Tech Awards, a contest that will send six U.S. entrepreneurs to London in November to explore expansion possibilities.

U.K. tries to woo Pittsburgh tech companies

British Deputy Consul General Nick Astbury is in Pittsburgh to rub elbows with local tech leaders and promote the Great Tech Awards.

4 days ago

 A Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside Waynesburg in Greene County.

Pennsylvania appeals court affirms rights of towns to regulate drilling

The decision also upholds the law’s limits on what doctors can disclose about proprietary chemicals used in the gas extraction process.

4 days ago

PPG Industries tops analysts' estimates, reports 5 percent increase in sales

Downtown-based coatings and glass producer reported second-quarter sales of $4.1 billion, compared to $3.9 billion in the year-ago period.

4 days ago

 Microsoft today announced it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year.

Microsoft to lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year

The layoffs come as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella integrates Nokia Oyj’s handset unit and slims down the software maker.

4 days ago

 ModCloth's distribution center.

ModCloth lays off 70, including 25 in Pittsburgh

The layoffs, which went into effect Tuesday, are part of a company-wide strategy to realign operations to increase efficiency.

4 days ago

Net income, revenue down for FAB Universal's first quarter

FAB reported net income of $2 million, or 10 cents per share, down from $3 million, or 15 cents per share last year at the same time.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Clarification sought from governor on Highmark-UPMC plan

The agreement reached last month was meant to act as a “framework” for Highmark as it prepares a formal transition plan due by July 31.

5 days ago

 Scientists at the Environmental Defense Fund and Google mapped methane leaks in three U.S. cities using data from sensors mounted on the Google Street View cars. Dots represent leaks, with darker colors indicating bigger leaks.

Google, nonprofit map gas leaks in U.S. cities

Cars belonging to the search engine giant roamed three cities last year equipped with sensors to record methane leaks from utility pipes.

5 days ago


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