Smithfield Street between Fifth and Forbes avenues could be the bleakest block in the Golden Triangle.

Smithfield Street eyes future without Macy’s, other Downtown Pittsburgh stores

While all the empty buildings hold the promise of redevelopment, officials say it might take a year or more before that happens.

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 The Porch at Schenley opened in Oakland four years ago, and Eat’n Park, the parent company, is planning to open a new location in Upper St. Clair.

Eat’n Park ready to invest in new dining options

The Homestead restaurant company is flush with cash after selling its hospitality division and has new venues planned.

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Small businesses get break on Affordable Care Act provision

President Barack Obama signed a law Wednesday redefining what constitutes a “small employer,” and how employees must get health insurance.

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 "I would love to see rates continue to decline," said Christina Cassotis, authority CEO, adding the best way to do that is to increase the number of passengers using the airport.

Gas drilling revenue to help cut airlines' costs at Pittsburgh International

James Gill, the airport's COO, said about $10 million in projected drilling revenue will be earmarked toward the reduction.

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 UPMC has said a definitive source has not been found for the mold that infected the patients between October 2014 and September.

CDC believes there are different sources for UPMC fungal infections

Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded on-site reviews of the infection “cluster” this week.

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 A Columbus, Ohio, developer will get another month — not a year — to start a proposed 250-unit apartment building on the North Shore near PNC Park.

North Shore developer gets one-month extension

The city’s stadium authority board agreed to give Continental Real Estate Companies until Nov. 30 to purchase the land  for the complex.

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AGs settle with website that sold language course CDs; First Niagara donates to school mentoring program

More news from Apartments, more parking set for Downtown building; Holiday sales; Netflix; and Apollo Global.

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 Kimbal Musk will be the keynote speaker for the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership’s Summit 2015 at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

Innovative Musk brothers took separate paths

Kimbal Musk reaped millions from selling a company he ran with older brother Elon. Then he found his passion in funding school gardens.

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 Nearly one-third of Americans would be willing to defer their retirements to help their children and grandchildren pay for their education, according to new research.

Many parents offer their retirement savings to pay for children’s education

Age appears to be a determining factor in what sacrifices parents and grandparents are willing to make for college-age family members.

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 Sen. Bob Casey said supporters of his legislation had not identified a funding source but could collaborate across party lines to do so.

Sen. Casey pushes to halt premium increases expected under Medicare Part B

Seniors at risk of facing higher Medicare costs next year would avoid the increases under Senate legislation, the senator said.

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 Macy's has agreed to donate nearly 100 artifacts, including holiday displays and materials from the Tic Toc restaurant.

Macy’s agrees to donate department store items to Heinz History Center

In addition, Macy's will transfer the rights to the Tic Toc and Arcade Bakery trademarks to the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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 The all-new 2016 Scion iM brings a not-too-tiny hatchback to the Toyota division’s lineup.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: Scion’s iM and iA: Only one inspires

2016 Scion iM and iA: A little something new.

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PennEnvironment going forward with suit against ArcelorMittal coke plant

PennEnvironment executive director David Masur said today that the company only recently offered to discuss the violations.

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Rice and Gulfport form another partnership in Utica

The parties plan to spend $640 million over the next six years building out a network of gas and water pipelines to develop the Utica Shale.

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$5 million loan to aid conversion of mill building; Van Oss to retire as COO of Wesco International

More news from Shell; Zeke’s Coffee Roasters; St. Louis taxi files suit to block Uber; Northern Pa. glass; U.S. consumer; and AB InBev.

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 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander, left, and the Red Rover, right, at its headquarters in the Strip District.

New customer, more competition for Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic

Astrobotic gets another customer to take in its race to the moon as competition heats up.

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 Companies, including Downtown-based insurer Highmark, want about $2.87 billion to help cover their first-year losses from online insurance marketplaces.

Affordable Care Act aid could take years to reach insurers

Highmark and other health insurers may wait years for government assistance promised under the Affordable Care Act.

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 Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto talks about the deal between most of the city's security contractors and the 32BJ of Service Employees International Union, during a press conference in the City-County Building.

Companies agree to first union deal 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Zeke's roastery and drive thru closed for food safety violations

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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 Developer Continental Real Estate may get an extension on purchasing land it needs to construct a proposed 250-unit apartment complex between PNC Park and Hyatt Place on the North Shore.

North Shore developer may get delay on apartment construction

The city stadium authority board is expected to vote today on whether to give Continental Real Estate Companies more time.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Consol sells assets for $101 million

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

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 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

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

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

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 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.

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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.

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Business Workshop: Ruling makes it harder for contractors to collect

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

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 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.

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Gas prices trend downward in Pittsburgh; temporarily lower than Ohio

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

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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.

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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?

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 “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.

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

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

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 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.

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 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.

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