From left, Nigel Hearne, president of Chevron Appalachia, and Trip Oliver, also of Chevron, talk with the media following a news conference at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. The two were part of a panel announcing the Appalachia Partnership Initiative from the Chevron Corp.

Chevron makes $20 million investment to improve job training in region

The initiative will focus on boosting technical training in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

about 5 hours ago

 Max Levchin, co-founder of Paypal and chairman of Yelp, talks with students at Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday.

PayPal founder: Cool 'girl nerds' could solve gender gap in STEM fields

Silicon Valley magnate Max Levchin was at Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday.

about 5 hours ago

 John Manzetti

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse seeing quick returns with health care information technology

Organization’s health care information technology sector becomes its fastest-growing segment, thanks to an ability to make a quick profit.

about 5 hours ago

Pittsburgh Technology Council announces 2014 Tech 50 winners

Pittsburgh Technology Council announces 2014 Tech 50 winners.

about 5 hours ago

Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

Google's music subscription service seeks to remain in tune with its listeners' shifting moods.

about 7 hours ago

Business Briefs: PPG plant in China to begin production in 2015

Also:  ATI Earnings;, Jobs Report;  RE2:  Mylan; Staples Breach; Turner Networks-Dish; Kimberly Clark jobs, Naproxen recall.

about 5 hours ago

 Specialists Robert Tuccillo, left, and Frank Masiello are seen in this file photo working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month.

Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market

Even as stocks were plunging last week, strategists and professional investors were telling their clients that the volatility was no reason

about 11 hours ago

 Larry Demas, a worker at the Westmoreland Supply Paint & Decorating Center in Ross, displays paint colors in this 2009 photo.

PPG turns to Westmoreland Supply sale to boost brand

PPG hopes to further grow its retail paint network in region with acquisition of Greensburg-based Westmoreland Supply’s 12 stores.

1 day ago

Unclaimed funds are there to be discovered

Assets International is among companies founded to help people discover unclaimed assets and transition to life with them.

1 day ago

 An animated neon Heinz ketchup bottle sign hangs atop the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Heinz tops customer satisfaction rankings as food companies struggle

Rising food prices hurt satisfaction scores, but the ketchup maker maintained its position at the top of the manufacturing rankings.

1 day ago

Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills.

about 20 hours ago

Allegheny Technologies reports third-quarter loss

The Pittsburgh special metals producer said sales jumped 10 percent to $1.07 billion.

about 20 hours ago

 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place as seen at sunset in February.

Highmark fights Pa. hearing over Community Blue plan

The Community Blue Medicare Advantage excludes members from in-network access to UPMC.

1 day ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Operating system installation has simplified.

Also, Apple and Google are moving to protect users’ data from law enforcement.

1 day ago

Business Workshop: Protect employees abroad

Businesses should consider insurance and political unrest when considering whether to send employees overseas.

1 day ago

Fannie, Freddie to accept lower down payment mortgages

The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.

1 day ago

AbbVie, Shire to end $52 billion inversion deal

AbbVie pulled its support for the deal in the wake of proposed changes to U.S. rules governing such transactions.

1 day ago

Business Briefs: Respironics parent company misses analyst projections

Also: EveryChild names new executive director; WTO rejects country-of-origin labels for meat; Grove City-based company lays off workers.

1 day ago

 Local foundations are expected to close on the purchase of the August Wilson Center by Oct. 31, thereby avoiding a sheriff sale scheduled for Nov. 3.

August Wilson Center begins a new era

The approval means the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation can take control of the center.

about 6 hours ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark as seen from Market Square.

Judge refuses Highmark's request to block hearing on health plan

State officials say the insurer violated this summer’s consent decree signed by Highmark and UPMC.

about 7 hours ago

 Water pipelines being installed along gas lines by an Ohio firm, Integrity Kokosing. Several companies want to build pipelines to supply drillers with water for fracking.

Water pipelines mostly a pipe dream in the Marcellus

Despite their much-touted benefits, pipelines that carry water to replace trucks haven’t caught on in Marcellus fracking.

1 day ago

 A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. on Nov. 6, 2013.

What do falling oil prices mean for U.S. shale plays?

The effect of falling oil prices on U.S. shale producers remains to be seen — but an impact, if any, is going to be on a play-by-play basis

1 day ago

Energy firms challenge DEP's method to calculate fines

Energy companies argue that the DEP’s interpretation of the Clean Streams Law allows state regulators to pad fine totals.

1 day ago

 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant owned by FirstEnergy, in New Eagle in September 2013.

FirstEnergy threatens termination fee in breakup letter with customers

FirstEnergy Solutions is informing customers that it doesn’t want to renew contracts. But it will impose a fee if customers leave first.

1 day ago

FedEx Ground faces discrimination lawsuit

The Moon-based company has been hit with a lawsuit by the EEOC, which charges that the company failed to accommodate deaf workers.

1 day ago

 There’'s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics or  the organic dry cleaners down the street.

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods in the grocery aisles, but elsewhere in the store the rules are looser.

about 11 hours ago

 A  "For Sale" sign is posted on a home in Monterey Park, Calif. last month.

US existing home sales rise in September

U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown.

about 11 hours ago

 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

2 days ago

 An art and cultural center plans to move in to the "Big Red Barn" on McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon.

Old Rollier's barn in Mt. Lebanon to be remade into arts center

The site on McFarland Road will be known as The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, and will allow for the relocation of Koolkat Designs.

1 day ago

 Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years.

Not so fast cordcutters -- cable's not going anywhere

Don’t sound the death knell for cable companies yet.

about 11 hours ago

Highmark seeks restraint order to block health plan hearing

The Wednesday hearing in Harrisburg is based on the state’s contention that the Highmark plan violates a state-brokered consent decree.

1 day ago

PPG to acquire Westmoreland Supply paint stores

Most of Westmoreland Supply’s 40-plus employees will likely work for PPG when the sale closes, PPG said.

1 day ago

Kids and Money: There’s no shying away from tough banking topics

I didn’t expect a recent column about a banking program for children to generate any big concerns.

about 11 hours ago

Elections bolster India’s PM Modi

The optimism follows on the heels of Mr. Modi’s Saturday move to scrap controls on diesel prices and increase natural gas tariffs.

2 days ago

 Steam blows across a thin layer of ice last January on the Ohio River. Last winter's historic cold has brought a new sense of urgency to predictions.

Private sector meteorology sees boost from energy companies

Energy companies are increasingly seeking out private firms to provide weather prediction models to inform their decision-making

1 day ago

 Martin Dezell, center, of Shadyside and a Green Bay Packers fan and his friend Nick DellaNeve, a Buffalo Bills fan, watch football in the bar area referred to as "the horseshoe" at Stack'd in Shadyside.

Bars pay an arm, a leg and a beer for NFL content

The Steelers are king in Pittsburgh. But many bars in the area are paying small fortunes for the ability to broadcast other NFL games.

3 days ago

 Duquesne University Law Student, Jorge Rojas, left, and Ron Alvarado, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce chairman, stand at a campus facility on Locust Street.

WorkZone: Scholarships create diverse pool of qualified job candidates

Such programs can be a tool in creating a more diverse pool of qualified candidates for jobs and in making a community attractive to talent.

3 days ago

 Under the eyes of his cows, Latrobe dairy farmer Ralph Frye keeps a notebook with the information on each of his cows.

As harvest wraps up, farmers tally up their crops

The steady rains that helped the vegetables made cutting and baling hay for livestock tough.

3 days ago

 Marcella Johnson, president of Rhea Engineers & Consultants in Hampton Township.

Rhea Engineers got a boost from government program

Marcy Johnson credits government programs for helping to get her Hampton engineering firm off the ground and into the dirt.

3 days ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: U.S. Steel’s reorganization chief has been around the block

Need a job? There seems to be a good market for corporate makeover artists.

3 days ago

The week that was: Oct. 12-17

Four star fennel, Building boom and Pushed out of the nest

3 days ago

 As vice president and multicultural marketing manager at PNC Bank, Carrie Ann Quintana assisted PNC in adopting multilingual customer service representatives.

PNC manager helps broaden the bank’s reach

Carrie Ann Quintana was recognized by the Steelers and the NFL for her work in the Hispanic community.

3 days ago

 OontZ XL Bluetooth Speaker

Sound Advice: For Bluetooth speakers, OontZ beats Beats

Regardless of price, the OontZ XL and OontZ Angle speakers are fully competitive, if not outright better most of the time than competitors.

3 days ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Getting caught in a co-sign trap

A greater percentage of people 60 or older have student loans and the average amount of loans has increased to $27,168 from $14,696 in 2005.

3 days ago

Employers who look beyond disabilities find dedicated workers

It’s been five years since the Great Recession, but people with disabilities who want to work have yet to recover from the downturn.

3 days ago

 Joseph Turner, MD

Dateline Pittsburgh: 10/19/2014

People on the Move in Pittsburgh’s business scene

3 days ago

UPMC, Butler Health to take control of North Hills surgeons group Tri Rivers

McCandless-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates has 21 doctors, more than 200 employees and nine outpatient surgical sites.

4 days ago

Stocks rise sharply, ending market’s dramatic week

The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years.

4 days ago

Sluggish Pa. employment persists in September

Pennsylvania’s economic recovery is slower than the rest of the nation.

4 days ago

EDMC enrollment, shares fall

The for-profit education company has not seen profits in the last three years.

4 days ago


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