Participation in Medicaid, the state-run health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, has grown by about 10 million in the U.S. over the last 18 months

Pennsylvania moves to keep pace with increase in Medicaid

Nearly one in five Pennsylvanians is a Medicaid beneficiary as of 2015.

about 4 hours ago

Spring cleaning: Ways to stop pesky advertising

How to eliminate junk mail and telemarketing calls is simple — and free — when you know where to turn.

about 4 hours ago

Townhome renovation plan awaits Clairton’s OK

A plan to renovate and sell a cluster of deteriorating townhomes in Clairton needs city council’s OK to move forward in bankruptcy court.

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Plan made to replace North Side high-rise

In addition to planning a new high-rise for Northview Heights, the Pittsburgh Housing Authority made changes in Larimer’s redevelopment.

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Drilling near Mars School District campus gets OK

Middlesex Township zoning rule changes and shale gas well permitting spark lawsuit and appeals.

about 4 hours ago

Ford to offer access to electrified-vehicle patents for a fee

The move follows fellow developer Tesla in promoting wider development of such vehicles.

about 4 hours ago

 Randy Cellone, president of Cellone’s Bakery, stands in the company’s Crafton-area facility.

Cellone’s Bakery plans expansion with a new facility, new product ideas

A few weeks ago, the company started up its first production line at a new 112,000-square-foot manufacturing site off Route 60 near Crafton.

1 day ago

 Joe Graziano and Kylie Mascara with his 2010 matte black Lamborghini.

Pittsburgh bank official known for lavish lifestyle sentenced for fraud

Joe Graziano, a former corporate trust administrator at Bank of New York Mellon, admitted that he stole millions from the bank.

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 Kenny Chesney performs at Heinz Field as part of his No Shoes Nation tour in June 2013.

Summer concert season seen as boon to Pittsburgh economy

VisitPittsburgh estimates the Chesney show and concerts by Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones and One Direction will generate $35.4 million.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, unveiled in early March, includes $1 billion in new funding for education and reductions to the corporate tax rate and school property taxes.

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

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 Gas vents skyward as Chevron contractors maneuver a new well cap in place on one of the leaking gas wells that blew up in 2014, killing one worker and injuring another.

Chevron to pay $5 million to settle wrongful death suit

An Allegheny County judge approved the settlement in the case involving a worker who died at a Marcellus Shale site in Greene County.

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Shipments of crude oil to East Coast declined in March

The new numbers illustrate that a lack of pipeline infrastructure is putting nearly all crude oil shipments to the East Coast on railroads.

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FNB buying BoA branches; Teva buys Mylan shares; Faros acquires Birmingham Place

News from FNB; Bank of America; Teva; Mylan; Faros; Grant Street Associates; McDonald’s; Apple; Google; GM; Hyundai; and Ford.

1 day ago

Cost of data breaches increasing to average of $3.8 million, study says

The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records.

1 day ago

Drought feared to raise food prices in Western U.S.

Washington state has declared a drought emergency as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other Western states also deal with a lack of water.

1 day ago

 The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark decline invitation to negotiate

Judge calls consent decrees on breakup “terrible agreements,” to rule on legality of UPMC’s decision to sever Medicare Advantage contract.

1 day 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 Eyewear 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.

2 days ago

First National Bank's parent company to buy Pa. branches from Bank of America

F.N.B. Corp. said it would acquire two branches in Berks County, two branches in Lancaster County and one in Chester County.

1 day ago

 Motorists are required to request some breaks, including discounts for driving fewer miles than average.

Looking for extra car insurance discounts? All you have to do is ask

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

2 days ago

Wolf to take applications for pipeline task force

Pennsylvania expects to see thousands of miles of pipelines built over the next decade.

1 day ago

Beaver Valley unit at full power after routine outage

Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1 in Shippingport, Pa. had been shut down in April for refueling and maintenance.

1 day ago

Magnum Hunter to sell acreage in West Virginia

The company said the 5,210 undeveloped acres in Tyler County are “non-core” and not in the company’s long-term drilling plan for the area.

1 day ago

Ex-PPG chemist charged with selling secrets released on bond

Thomas Rukavina, 62, of Plum, was released on $100,000 bond after withdrawing an earlier request for a competency evaluation.

1 day ago

UPMC offering buyouts; orders to factories dip; Olive Garden seeks dough

News from UPMC; Olive Garden; Darden Restaurants; Can-Am Spyder; Conference Board; Burger King; Wendy’s; and McDonald’s Corp.

1 day 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

2 days 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

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago

 Stephen S. Bloomburg

Dateline Pittsburgh: The Legal Profession

Updates from across the region’s legal community.

3 days 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?

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

5 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.

5 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.

5 days ago

Workzone: Overcoming the ingratiator’s dilemma gracefully

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

5 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.

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 Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable

Sound Advice: Sometimes spending more on a receiver is warranted

Plus, selling an old turntable could be difficult.

5 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.

5 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

5 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.

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