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Business Briefs: Highmark, Conemaugh extend contract

Also: Amazon to open sorting center; Jefferson Hospital names new CEO; restaurants hit with consumer alerts

about 15 hours ago


Protect yourself from identity theft after a data breach

Here are five ways you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft — even if your data have been compromised.

about 15 hours ago


EQT’s gas production grows, but prices

Downtown-based oil and gas company prepares for $15 million Utica test in Greene County.

about 15 hours ago


 John Timko of Monongahela talks about his health care and  insurance and how he almost was prevented from seeing the UPMC cardiologist he credits with saving his life.

Highmark members face a minefield for UPMC care

After years on UPMC, restaurant owner John Timko switched to Highmark, only to learn he could no longer see his UPMC physician.

about 16 hours ago


 One of four free "EV" Charging Stations at the Mall at Robinson, powered by a collection of solar panels on the roof at the mall, which is owned by Forest City Enterprises. The stations take up to two hours to give a full charge to an electric vehicle.

New solar-powered car-charging stations unveiled in Robinson

The station at the Mall at Robinson is the only one of its kind in the region.

about 16 hours ago


 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen Downtown. A unanimous vote by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission board Thursday granted emergency temporary authority for ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to operate in Allegheny County.

PUC grants emergency applications for ride-share companies to operate

But it’s not quite a done deal: The PUC set conditions for Lyft and Uber’s temporary status, which last 60 days.

about 15 hours ago


Federated Investors report 9 percent drop in second-quarter profits

The results, released after Wall Street closed, were in line with analysts’ estimates.

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MarkWest expands Marcellus, Utica infrastructure

Denver-based midstreamer expands processing for liquids-rich shale gas in Pennsylvania and Ohio

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Wesco reports second-quarter earnings

Distributor sees growth in U.S. and abroad.

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MSA Safety shares dip in wake of sales falling short of estimates

Net income fell 6 percent to $22.8 million, or 59 cents per share, while sales dropped 1 percent to $282.5 million

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Wilmerding-based Wabtec Corp. reports second-quarter profit of $132.3 million

The international freight and transit company outperformed analysts expectations that it would earn $0.87 for the quarter.

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EQT earnings rise on higher production and sales

The oil and gas company continues its growth trajectory.

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EPA defends attempts to reduce pollutants

Agency chief Gina McCarthy says the proposed rule will create jobs in the clean energy sector, reduce energy costs and increase profits.

1 day ago


Downtown boutique hotel seeks a sweet name for a suite

Pittsburghers can leave their mark on the new Kimpton Hotel Monaco by naming 12 of their suites by July 30.

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Business Briefs: $5.2M in refunds headed to Pa. insurance buyers

Also: High­mark, Geis­inger agree on ex­ten­sion; Citi­zens Bank ex­pands lend­ing pro­gram; GM recalls Chevrolets, Cadillacs, GMCs.

1 day ago


 Toyota Highlander

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Toyota Highlander not boring, with plenty of room

The XLE V6 AWD has enough space for a load of Muppets. But how about Big Bird?

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 Kristin Estok, the Glenshaw co-owner of Go Shout Love, packs up orders at her dining room table. The company, an online startup, sells apparel and accessories to benefit families with sick children.

Go Shout Love donates to help children receive medical care

The local startup Go Shout Love’‍s main platform is Instagram, which allows the company to connect with families and vendors.

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FNB Corp.'s CEO promises to be selective in acquiring other banks

FNB has snapped up three smaller institutions, extending its reach in Maryland and Ohio, and is on track to complete a fourth acquisition.

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 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


Duolingo launches English certification exam

An app that uses gaming principles to teach new languages has crossed over into the serious business of certification.

1 day ago


 Dick's Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson.

Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 golf pros nationwide

The Findlay-based retailer missed its golf sales projection by $34 million in the first quarter alone.

1 day ago


Business Briefs: Parents will spend more to send kids to school

Also: Baby gear maker 4moms to use Ansys simulations; in fiscal education push, Citizens awards nonprofits; local earnings.

2 days ago


Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

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Audit points out DEP 's flaws

The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including failing to consistently issue enforcement orders to

2 days ago


 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

2 days ago


 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Yellow Cab readies its own app for Pittsburgh ride shares

As Lyft and Uber settle in Pittsburgh, Yellow Cab is preparing to launch a ride sharing app of its own.

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Academic hospitals, research units face accountable care cost challenges

Can high-priced, high-complexity academic health specialists survive at a time when insurers are trying to drive down the cost of care?

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Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

Report lists eight areas where DEP fell short of its obligations.

2 days ago


Allegheny Technologies reports second-quarter loss of $4 million

Analysts had expected the specialty metals producer to break even on sales of $1.06 billion.

3 days ago


 Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

3 days ago


 Nana Wilberforce, right, PNC Energy Manager, guides U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on a tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza on Monday.

Energy secretary faces questions during push for nontraditional-energy ideas

Prolific natural gas production has upended the traditional flow of oil and gas, U.S. energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday at CMU.

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 Employers need to consider social media policies, but there is no one-size fits all solution, experts say.

‘Virtual water cooler’ muddles work policies

As the NLRB revisits rulings regarding social media regulation in the work place, attorneys offered advice on drafting social media rules.

3 days ago


Business Briefs: Severstal finalizes sale of Miss., Mich. plants

Also: Howard Hanna CEO now Children’s board chair; Verizon moves to equalize upload, download speeds.

3 days ago


 Elaine Fitzgerald, who owns a consignment shop in Venetia, is experiencing problems having her health care marketplace plan processed by Highmark.

Highmark billing problems persist for frustrated members

Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger on Monday acknowledged there were billing problems for what he said amounted to “dozens” of members.

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Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Apple moving in on rival’s territory

Apple has joined forces with IBM to invade the enterprise space.

3 days ago


Pipelines in the works

Lack of pipelines from the Marcellus to New England meant gas prices skyrocketed this past winter

3 days ago


Modern electric grid fighting cyber vulnerabilities

The recent push to modernize the electric grid has also raised the risk of cyber attacks.

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Overtime pay by RadioShack violates Pennsylvania law

A federal judge’s opinion adds to a recent series of decisions establishing the direction of overtime law as moving in workers’ favor.

3 days ago


Leaping from one industry to another

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Jim Neville can tell you all about it.

2 days ago


Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/22/14

People on the move

3 days ago


Business Workshop: Make wellness programs work

Many employers are asking whether wellness programs can deliver real results to their bottom line.

3 days ago


 Christopher Platt, operations officer for MMC Land Management, stands behind a 24-inch pallet of Diamond Sock, a compost filter sock distributed by MKB Company.

These dirt bags are in demand

Company finds opportunities in keeping dirt at work sites from washing away.

2 days ago


Jury awards $23.6 billion in Reynolds smoking case

In 2006, Cynthia Robinson, sued R.J. Reyonolds Co., the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr., had

5 days ago


Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/20/14

People on the move

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Business calendar: 07/20/14

Business seminars, events and meetings this week.

5 days ago


The week that was: 07/20/14

A look back at the news: City block parry; Costly Consol; Tracking gas

5 days ago


Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Congress’ pension smoothing fails to impress

When it comes to funding America’s dilapidated infrastructure, arcane pension accounting concepts are king of the road.

5 days ago


 A rig at a PennEnergy Resources well site in Clinton Township, Butler County.

Repeat executives find new, profitable ventures in expanding shale industry

Some former execs receive millions for their oil and gas companies before ever breaking ground for natural gas drilling.

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Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: A sure-fire way to pay off student loans

Live for as long as you can with your par­ents, rel­a­tives or any­one who will al­low you to stay rent-free or charge you a su­perlow rent.

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 Beechview and its sole grocery, Las Palmas IGA, are part of an ambitious five-year project meant to look at food security in the Northeast, examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food in the region.

Experts keeping an eye on Beechview grocery in survey of Northeast food security

The project is examining everything from how much land is devoted to farming to how the supply chain processes and distributes food.

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