Calling for a fair contract, members of the SEIU marched in August from Schenley Plaza through part of the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Officials announce deal for first-ever union contract for Pittsburgh security guards

Mayor Bill Peduto joined security guards and union officials in praising the contract that supports close to 1,000 security officers.

about 3 hours ago

UPMC, Highmark collide in Supreme Court

The health giants contested language in a consent decree about how Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members should be covered.

about 17 hours ago

 Everything Ice employees Rick Grier, left, and Jesse Allen, both from Minnesota, place foam blocks in PPG Plaza Tuesday on the first day of construction of the seasonal ice rink there.

PPG Plaza ice skating rink to have more room and 700 new pairs of skates

Renovations to the rink also include a more efficient process for making and maintaining ice.

about 17 hours ago

Study finds post-recession skepticism still endures about markets

The study found one in five baby boomers and Gen Xers display attitudes that limit their willingness to move forward in financial planning.

about 17 hours ago

 The 13-story John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross St., is a frequent stop for the public because it houses city, URA and housing authority offices.

URA will consider future of John P. Robin Building on Ross Street

The building’s fate has been up in the air for years.

about 17 hours ago

Plant woes put damper on Horsehead stock price

Equipment problems and other issues are keeping a lid on production at Horsehead’s North Carolina zinc plant.

about 17 hours ago

Zeke's coffeehouse closed for food safety violations

The Allegheny County Health Department cited Zeke's for operating without a permit and other violations.

about 6 hours ago

 Tickets for tonight's NL wild-card game.

Pirates-Cubs drawing big numbers in secondary market ticket sales

Nearly 20-25 percent of tickets for tonight’s game are being sold through StubHub.

about 3 hours ago

Top EU court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

The European Court of Justice found that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

about 17 hours ago

Financial officer of Plum home-building firm charged with embezzling $186,000

Detectives said that Shawn Hofmeister took a total of $185,952 from Meritage.

about 6 hours ago

 Cars travel along East General Robinson Street following a game at Heinz Field in 2014.

Stadium authority could hire consultant to study, help improve North Shore traffic

The city said CMU-developed Surtfac helped cut vehicle wait times, travel times and emissions when deployed in East Liberty.

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 Tonight's wild-card game is expected to generate between $4.6 million and more than $5 million in direct spending in the city.

Pittsburgh's economy will come out a winner thanks to wild-card game

One-game playoff between Pirates and Cubs will generate millions in direct spending and provide the city with free national promotion.

about 5 hours ago

 Giant Eagle’s first Indiana store debuts today

Covestro raises almost $2 billion in first trading day; Eat’n Park sells hospitality division to TrustHouse

More news from Allegheny Technologies; Giant Eagle; U.S. Steel; Wabtec; and U.S. trade.

about 17 hours ago

 Some seniors have indicated they’ll change plans because they’re tired of the back and forth between UPMC and Highmark, said one Pennsylvania Health Access Network official.

State Supreme Court to hear case involving UPMC, Highmark

The justices will hear arguments today on whether UPMC must include Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members in its network next year.

1 day ago

Three developers answer URA’s call to reinvent former cigar wrapping plant near Heinz Hall

Iron City Ventures won the right to redevelop the property in 2012, but was unable to deliver on its project.

1 day ago

 Ambassador John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda, the president of the General Assembly 68th session, speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters in 2013.

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

John Ashe faces conspiracy- and bribery-related charges along with five others.

1 day ago

Shell to pay $69 million for new water facilities in Center Township

New water treatment plant will be built regardless of whether Shell goes forward with an ethane cracker in Beaver County.

about 19 hours ago

U.S. Steel alerts workers that it may idle Granite City Works mill in Illinois

Pittsburgh steel producer said challenging market conditions may lead it to temporarily halt steel-making operations at the mill.

about 23 hours ago

Consol sells assets for $101 million

The sale of non-core coal reserves has been promised for months.

1 day ago

 American Apparel files for bankruptcy protection

Bridgeville metals producer reaches labor agreement; Calgon Carbon deals expected to generate $20M in revenue

Plus: Lawrenceville adhesive company gets investment, Alcoa in contract with Airbus, Trian takes stake in GE, American Apparel in

1 day ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Unleashing an IP address upgrade

Something significant on the Net happened recently — it ran out of IP addresses.

1 day ago

 Chevron's Greene County well after an explosion in February 2014.

Industry seeks to learn from detailed report on oil and gas deaths

New accounting is designed to share more details than traditional government stats can provide about what was going on, and what went wrong.

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 In October 2013, FirstEnergy Corp. closed Hatfield's Ferry Power Station, a 1,710-megawatt coal-fired power plant that employed 174 people in Greene County near Carmichaels. Above, the facility in June 2013.  Original Filename: Hatfields_Ferry.jpg

Report finds missteps in 2013 Hatfield, Mitchell plant closures

Report prepared by the BlueGreen Alliance found missteps in the closure of Hatfield and Mitchell coal power plants in 2013.

1 day ago

Travelers to pay $36M in asbestos cases

A Pennsylvania judge ruled the $21 million agreed upon by Travelers and plaintiff, should have $15 million in interest tacked on to it.

1 day ago

Business Workshop: Ruling makes it harder for contractors to collect

Contractors and subcontractors have less clout in securing prompt payment on government projects now.

1 day ago

 The state fiscal year began July 1 without a budget after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted $30.2 billion budget passed by the state House and Senate.

Nonprofits say they may soon reach crisis point due to state budget impasse

State budget stalemate has nonprofits that provide human services scrambling for funds and ways to keep their doors open to those in need.

1 day ago

Gas prices trend downward in Pittsburgh; temporarily lower than Ohio

Analysts reiterated their confidence that prices will continue to fall throughout autumn.

2 days ago

Calgon Carbon to supply mercury-removal product to power plants

The contracts will generate annual revenue of approximately $20 million, the Moon environmental products and services firm said.

2 days ago

Finding paying customers for carbon pollution

As utilities step away from costly R&D into carbon capture and sequestration, will new markets fill the void?

2 days ago

 “In recent years, certain products have become very popular among aficionados, enthusiasts and collectors," says Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as the board prepares for a lottery for Buffalo Trace Distillery's Experimental Collection on Oct. 13.

Will Pennsylvania's liquor lottery be a win for customers?

Following a website crash last year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is using a lottery this year to sell sought-after spirits.

2 days ago

Dollar Bank will switch to more secure '.bank' domain

The new domain includes enhanced security features to combat the growing threat of cyber crime.

1 day ago

 Even a short walk can make a difference.

WorkZone: Even short walks can help fight effects of sedentary work

Researchers at the University of Missouri found even 10-minute jaunts can help offset reduced blood flow caused by sitting.

3 days ago

 The Sellman family -- from left, daughter, Tracy; mother, Sheila; father, Robert; and son, Michael -- bought their one and only home in Turtle Creek in 1977.

It's true: Pittsburghers tend to stay put in their homes

“What you have in Pittsburgh is rare,” said the director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors.

3 days ago

 The Women’s Center & Shelter’s launched a $10.9 million capital campaign, “Shelter from the Storm,” for interior and exterior renovations to the facility in the East End. This image is from materials put together for the campaign.

Heavy demand inspires campaign to raise $10.9 million for Pittsburgh women's shelter

Women’s Center & Shelter aims to raise the money for facility renovations including more beds, open spaces and beefed up security.

3 days ago

 The Federal Reserve, which passed on raising short-term rates at its September meeting, is expected to pull the trigger later this year and nudge rates higher.

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Fed-driven low interest rates pushed crowds of seniors to risky alternatives

Perpetually low interest rates raise the question of how much trouble yield-seeking investors can get themselves into.

3 days ago

 The educational preferences of employers introduce a “potentially significant barrier to economic self-sufficiency” for those without a four-year degree, researchers wrote.

As employers demand degrees, high-paying jobs remain out of reach for many

The share of higher-wage jobs for workers without a four-year college degree has shrunk, although Pittsburgh ranks higher than many cities.

3 days ago

 Sigma SD1 Merrill camera with Foveon sensor

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Higher quality of film not worth expense

There is definitely something to be said for the image quality and visual characteristics of film.

3 days ago

 Tim Horbachewski

Dateline Pittsburgh: 10/4/2015

People on the Move: Sisterson & Co. LLP, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, Pennsylvania Bankers Association and Northwest Bank

3 days ago

Office Coach: My boss won’t let me switch departments

Help. I am trapped in my job because of a lying supervisor.

3 days ago

New chip credit cards may ease travel purchases overseas

Microchips in credit cards -- which have been in use overseas for years -- are designed to prevent hacking of accounts.

3 days ago

Highmark Health sees operating losses diminishing at Allegheny Health Network

Highmark Health officials acknowledge that it’s a forecast that comes with a $50 million asterisk.

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 Allegheny General Hospital

Transplant boost at AGH may be slowing

The hospital said it had tripled volumes of kidney transplants since Sept. 21, when two UPMC hospitals suspended transplant operations.

4 days ago

 In this July 9, 2014 photo, David Demeter sorts packages at the FedEx Express station in Nashville, Tenn. FedEx on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 forecast that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That's a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Why FedEx has a headache from online trampoline orders

Consumers might delight in the ease of front-door delivery for a mattress, trampoline or gym equipment. FedEx Corp., now handling an

4 days ago

U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened

The economy added just 142,000 jobs last month, depressed by job cuts by manufacturers and oil drillers.

4 days ago

 Experian-T-Mobile-Data Breach

Agriculture department awards funds to 2 groups in region, Life’s Work of W.Pa. names interim president/CEO

Two regional organizations received a share of nearly $35 million awarded by U.S. Department of Agriculture to support local food systems.

4 days ago

 Keith Rosenstock, owner of the Canadian Fur Company, stands inside his Smithfield Street store, which will be closing on its 97th anniversary January.

Downtown Pittsburgh's Canadian Fur Co. appears poised to close

The furrier owned by Keith Rosenstock is preparing to close up shop on its 97th anniversary this January.

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Buffett’s Omaha gets stung as ConAgra follows Kraft Heinz in cutting jobs

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that it’s planning to move its headquarters to Chicago from Warren Buffett’s hometown of Omaha, Neb.

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 In this Sept. 15, 2015 photo, painters work on top of the water tank in Delano Park in Decatur, Ala. The U.S. government issues the September jobs report on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Decatur Daily via AP)

U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened

All told, the proportion of Americans who either have a job or are looking for one fell to a 38-year low.

5 days ago

Highmark Health sees operating losses diminishing at AHN

Report to state notes volatility in Pittsburgh market, but details plans to turn health system around.

5 days ago

 Specialist John McNierney, left, holds a loaf of French bread as he works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, during the IPO of Performance Food Group, Thursday.

US stocks end Thursday little changed before monthly jobs report

Strong hiring would likely raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will increase its benchmark interest rate at its next meeting.

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