There are lots of car insurance discounts out there — if you ask

Roughly 4 in 5 motorists fail to ask their insurance company about qualifying for special discounts that insurers don’t automatically apply.

about 6 hours ago

 Daniel Childs, owner of the Chromos eyewear business, helps Zakiyyah Thompson try on her new glasses donated by his company. Students received the glasses at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 in Lawrenceville.

Chromos founder donates free glasses to students

Eyewear entrepreneur Daniel Childs says his company will give back by donating glasses to students in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

about 6 hours ago

 Dennis Unkovic rappels over the edge of the 25-story Henry W Oliver Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Dennis Unkovic, chairman of Meritas, has big plans for the 7,000 attorney network

For regional law firms, competing in a global arena with giant, well-heeled firms can seem a daunting challenge indeed.

1 day ago

Small, midsize law firms adapt to increased scrutiny from clients

While some firms still depend on partner know-how on issues such as staffing and pricing, others have started to track their data.

1 day ago

Business Workshop: Lawsuit doesn’t change lease term

If a company suspends work during a contract dispute, it’s not necessarily entitled to extend the contract term to make up for missed time.

1 day ago

 A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Charter buying Time Warner Cable in $55.3 billion deal

The cash and stock deal comes just one month after Comcast Corp. dropped its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable.

about 23 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's trip to Cuba was originally planned for March but had to be rescheduled for this week.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Cuba to increase business relations, 'build new ties'

Catalyst Connection, an Oakland manufacturing consulting firm, organized the mission. It began Sunday and ends Wednesday.

about 8 hours ago

 State DEP officials say they have taken a lesson from other states and regions that have a long history of regulating noise from oil and gas operations, particularly the Canadian province of Alberta, and stayed away from establishing firm decibel limits that can seem unambiguous but are in practice difficult or unfair to enforce.

Pennsylvania DEP wades into ambiguous area of noise regulation

State regulators propose that companies drilling and fracking in the Marcellus and other gas-rich shales to mitigate noise from well pads.

1 day ago

 Mark Caskey, president of Washington-based Steel Nation, stands near a site that his company built in Washington County.

Quiet please: Companies find market in silencing natural gas compressor stations

Washington, Pa.-based Steel Nation Inc. has found a place making loud natural gas compressor stations quieter.

1 day ago

Gas prices stay flat over holiday weekend

Average pump prices have risen about 4 cents per gallon in the last week, but they held steady at $2.93 per gallon over the past weekend.

about 17 hours ago

Obama climate change plan seen doubling coal plant closures

Electricity prices also would increase by an average of 7 percent by 2025, according to analysis by the Energy Information Administration

1 day ago

Columbia Pipeline Group plans expansion, upgrades in Marcellus and Utica natural gas shale plays

CPG expects net investment in pipelines to grow from about $4.6 billion in 2015 to about $13.5 billion by 2020.

1 day ago

Techman Texts / Ced Kurtz: Security concerns multiply as technology takes over

The future of connected everything -- watches, homes, appliances, artificial organs -- could also be a target-rich playground for hackers.

1 day ago

 Shannon Henderson buckles her son, Justin, 1, into his car seat for the ride to his father's house before she goes to her job as a part-time customer service representative at Wal-Mart in Sacramento, Calif. Henderson is one of an estimated 40 million American workers for who calling in sick is a luxury. If they don’t work, they don’t get paid

Movement grows to require employers to offer paid sick leave

Paid sick leave is the next frontier in the fight for the country’s lowest earners.

1 day ago

Do law firms in Pennsylvania need to thin their ranks?

Pennsylvania’s largest firms have grown head count faster than almost any other market last quarter, two recent surveys show.

1 day ago

 Stephen S. Bloomburg

Dateline Pittsburgh: The Legal Profession

Updates from across the region’s legal community.

1 day ago

Balancing Act: Is your boss judging you?

If people don’t quit their jobs, they quit their boss. How do you become a boss that workers refuse to leave?

1 day ago

 Time Warner Center in New York City. A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Report: Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The combined companies could have as many as 23 million customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.

1 day ago

 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

3 days ago

 Terri Ploskina displays an “I Care” poster on a bulletin board in her establishment, Dot's Family Restuarant in McKeesport.

Helping caregivers fill the gaps with the community's support

Through “I Care” initiative, United Way hopes businesses and others will keep watch on elderly citizens who may be on verge of crisis.

3 days ago

Overtime rules are being reviewed

The Obama administration is expected to propose raising the threshold below which managers have to be paid overtime.

3 days ago

Workzone: Overcoming the ingratiator’s dilemma gracefully

Research shows finding something in common with employers helps in landing a job.

3 days ago

Elder Law: The ABLE Act is a useful alternative for people with disabilities

The act offers another tool for people to secure benefits despite government thresholds.

3 days ago

 Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable

Sound Advice: Sometimes spending more on a receiver is warranted

Plus, selling an old turntable could be difficult.

3 days ago

Office Coach: Newly minted consultant must learn expectations of unfamiliar field

And a manager must focus on a worker’s performance rather than her personality.

3 days ago

 Doug Spisak

Dateline Pittsburgh/ People on the Move: 5/24/2015

BNY Mellon, Heyl & Patterson Inc., VisitPITTSBURGH, Community College of Allegheny County and The Education Partnership

3 days ago

In a car accident? Call the insurance drone

Erie Insurance wants to use the remote-controlled flying quadcopters to survey property and automobile damage.

3 days ago

 Shoppers walk past a Dior luxury goods shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for April.

Murray Energy cutting jobs; Alpha to idle mine; BNY Mellon settles lawsuit

News from Murray Energy; Alpha Natural Resources; Bank of New York Mellon; RadioShack; General Wireless Operations; and more.

4 days ago

Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane, Yellen says

Janet Yellen spoke amid growing concern at the Fed about volatility in financial markets once it begins to raise rates.

4 days ago

 Best anyone can tell, the last bourbon to be commercially manufactured in Pennsylvania was made by Bomberger’s Distillery, near Schaefferstown, about 30 miles east of Harrisburg.

Wigle Whiskey bringing bourbon distilling back to Pa.

The Strip District distiller is set to issue its first bourbon next week. It’s the first Pennsylvania-made bourbon in decades.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent in April

Companies added 27,000 non-farm jobs between March and April and there were 64,000 more jobs than in April 2014.

4 days ago

Corporate jet makers eye revival led by North America

As economies recover, jet makers expect more companies will see efficiency in owning their own aircraft.

5 days ago

Murray Energy to slash West Virginia coal jobs

The company blamed the workforce reductions on competition from natural gas for electricity generation and burdensome regulations.

4 days ago

Survey: Minority-owned businesses face loan obstacles

Minority-owned businesses face tougher time getting bank loans, survey says.

5 days ago

Reed Smith expands to Frankfurt; CVS buying Cincinnati's Omnicare; Sales of existing homes drop in April as prices climb

Read more business news about unemployment claims, Lumber Liquidators, Dollar Tree-Family Dollar and Hewlett-Packard

5 days ago

FNB trying new branch model after work with Penn State students

The bank has a strong presence in State College and worked with students to create a more college student-friendly environment.

5 days ago

 West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield and many others around the state are operating in the red.

Many Pennsylvania hospitals aren't getting paid for care they provide, report finds

The most notable Pittsburgh-area hospitals with negative operating margins were West Penn in Bloomfield and Forbes in Monroeville.

6 days ago

 “I think it’s just another good amenity to add and see what kind of revenue can be derived,” State Rep. Nick Kotik said.

Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania's international airports?

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, said he intends to introduce a bill that would allow the installation of slot machines.

6 days ago

 Deployed Takata manufactured airbags are seen on the driver and passenger side of a 2007 Dodge Charger at a recycled auto parts lot in Detroit, Michigan .

Scheduling nightmare awaits those affected by Japanese air bag recall

According to federal safety officials, nearly a dozen automakers are involved in the record recall.

6 days ago

 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

5 days ago

 Charles Hunnell of Waynesburg, left, a member of the Izaak Walton League of America, an environmental group, with fellow member Ken Dufalla, right, of Clarksville, asks questions Thursday of representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection and FirstEnergy at Carmichaels High School. The company wants to transfer waste from its power plant in Shippingport to the landfill at Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Greene County.

Carmichaels residents oppose Hatfield landfill plan

The proposal to reopen the Hatfield landfill for coal residue was the subject of a passionate two-hour public hearing Thursday night.

5 days ago

 Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park has sued Chicago American Sweet & Snacks, saying its cookies called "Smiley's" are a lot like Eat'n Park's best-seller, above.

Eat'n Park sues Chicago cookie-maker over Smiley trademark

The suit says Chicago American Sweet & Snacks sells cookies called "Smiley's" that Eat'n Park says are a lot like its product.

5 days ago

 A judge in California is scheduled next week to review a plan that calls for StarKist to pay $12 million into a settlement fund over claims that its cans didn't hold enough tuna.

Payouts could be wide in suit over fishy StarKist canning

Almost anyone who bought a 5-ounce can of StarKist tuna in the past five years could be a beneficiary of a proposed $12 million settlement.

6 days ago

 Grille 565 owner Mark Helbling, sitting outside his restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, is the first person to apply for an alcohol permit in Bellevue.

Building owner quickly applies for Bellevue liquor license

Hours after the liquor sales referendum passed in Bellevue, Grille 565 is first in line to apply for a bar license.

6 days ago

 The Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD can hit high speeds in just a few seconds.

Scott Sturgis/Driver’s Seat: Lexus F-Sport pushes pedal on fun

Review of the Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD

6 days ago

 An artist's rendering of the interior of Nova Place.

Developer plans to turn North Side's Allegheny Center into technology hub

Faros Properties will renovate the 1.2-million-square-foot mall into a technology incubator, with plans for eateries and a fitness center.

5 days ago

Howard Hanna announces merger; Heinz recommits to Pittsburgh; American Eagle’s profit climbs

News from Howard Hanna; Nothnagle; Heinz; Kraft; American Eagle Outfitters; Spotify; Wal-Mart.

6 days ago

 Alethea Sims, president of the Coalition of Organized Residents, and Pat Havrilak of The Community Builders cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of East Liberty Place South on Wednesday.

East Liberty Place South latest project to revitalize neighborhood

The mayor and other officials were at hand to celebrate the development in the once crime-ridden area.

6 days ago

 Vehicles drive past a gas station in Andover, Mass., on May 8. With more money in their pockets thanks to lower gas prices and an improved job market, AAA expects more than 37 million Americans to travel for Memorial Day, the most since 2005.

Lowest gas prices in a decade projected for this summer

Hitting the road this summer is likely to be the cheapest it’s been since 2005, yet consumer confidence is skittish.

1 week ago

 The eagle icon of American Eagle Outfitters looms over its South Side Works headquarters. The teen clothing retailer this morning reported a profit of $29.1 million, or 15 cents per share, in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations.

American Eagle posts strong first-quarter as sales grow

The teen retailer’s total revenue rose 8 percent to $700 million from $646 million last year.

6 days ago


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