Ed Bearer bends hooks at the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped. The organization has been operating a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities for 85 years, and now offers a comprehensive array of products for mines, utilities and the solar panel industry.

Cambria County employer of blind, handicapped are part of energy's transformation

The shift away from coal is palpable at the Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped, which is betting big on solar.

about 6 hours ago

Identity theft complaints up sharply, agencies say

State and local consumer protection agencies published a report showing the scope of the problem.

about 6 hours ago

 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: A look inside three cargo-driven vehicles

The Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen, the Subaru Outback and the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring bring different strengths to the table.

about 6 hours ago

 Kaufmann clock at the entrance of Tic Toc Restaurant at Macy's. The restaurant will close on Friday.

Tic Toc, Arcade Bakery could live on after Macy’s leaves Downtown site

The agreement under consideration would assign names, branding and intellectual property rights of the restaurant and bakery to the city.

about 6 hours ago

Huntington Bank notes rise in back-to-school costs; Ampco-Pittsburgh buys Ohio company; Mylan wins regulatory clearance for Perrigo

Read more business news about PNC Bank, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Mini

about 6 hours ago

 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty, "Happy Birthday to You", should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

about 6 hours ago

Green Tree-based 360fly announces partnership with Best Buy

Starting in mid-September, Best Buy will become the exclusive in-store and online distributor for 360fly cameras.

about 16 hours ago

 Tom Dougherty, director of marketing for PPG architectural coatings, talks Tuesday in the newly opened PPG Paint store in Ross.

PPG rolls out rebranded paint stores, uses Pittsburgh as pilot market

With 16 PPG Paints stores and a new brand campaign, the coatings giant wants to seal its position as the hometown paint supplier.

1 day ago

 If approved, the fare increases would net Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh a nearly 11 percent boost in annual revenue.

Yellow Cab seeks fare hikes to keep pace with ride-share rivals

Among the requests to the PUC are surcharges of up to $8 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights.

about 15 hours ago

 U.S. Steel sales fell 34 percent during the second quarter to $2.9 billion.

U.S. Steel CEO optimistic about second half of 2015

Slumping prices and shipments and one-time charges produced a second quarter loss of $261 million for the Pittsburgh steel producer.

about 7 hours ago

 Despite growing power options, the states and provinces covered in the report have struggled recently to keep residential customers shopping.

Pennsylvania electricity market grows as customer base shrinks, report finds

Coinciding with the PUC’s policies, supply companies in recent years have grown in number and expanded their offerings.

1 day ago

 A U.S Airways plane flies past the U.S Airways operations control center in Moon. The last flight to be handled by the Pittsburgh center is set for Aug. 23.

US Airways operations center in Moon to close in late August

About 650 jobs will be lost with the closure, part of the airline’s merger with American Airlines.

1 day ago

Universal Stainless reports second quarter loss

“Our current backlog points to a challenging third quarter,” chairman, president and CEO Dennis Oates said in a statement.

about 19 hours ago

 The Germany-based drug and chemicals giant said sales were 12.1 billion euros ($13.4 billion), and net income was 1.2 billion euros, up 21 percent from the second quarter of 2014.

Bayer revenues, income jump on drug sales

The Germany-based drug and chemicals giant said sales were 12.1 billion euros ($13.4 billion).

about 19 hours ago

 Sarah Jack, left, 79, Jerry Murray, 57, pray after the Penn Plaza Apartments tenant meeting July 18. The affordable housing task force’s first meeting comes about two weeks after Mayor Bill Peduto’s office stepped in on behalf of the residents, who were given eviction notices.

Pittsburgh task force on affordable housing to convene Thursday

The group plans to look at ways to retain and promote housing for various income levels in rapidly developing neighborhoods.

1 day ago

 Volkswagen outsells Toyota in first half worldwide

U.S. Steel joins trade complaints over cold-rolled steel; S&P revises Mylan creditwatch listing; CMU gets Defense grant extension

Read more news about Acrobatiq, Mylan, Range Resources, Southwestern Energy, Tristate Capital Bank, Supervalu, Volkswagen and Mead Johnson.

1 day ago

Defense department renews $1.73 billion contract with CMU

The school’s SEI is the only federally funded research/development center dedicated to cybersecurity and software engineering.

1 day ago

 Today's rally in Downtown Pittsburgh was organized by the Service Employees International Union.

Workers rally Downtown for higher wages

The rally was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

1 day ago

Supervalu may spin off Save-A-Lot division

Grocery distributor says its discount grocery operation and its independent grocers may be helped by separating the businesses.

1 day ago

Consol Energy widens loss, cuts spending

The oil, gas, and coal company warned investors it would post a loss for the second quarter, bemoaning low commodity prices.

1 day ago

U.S. Steel, 4 other producers file trade complaints over steel imports

The trade cases were filed by U.S. Steel, AK Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamics and Arcelor Mittal.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh region sees fewer new jobs than normal in adjusted rate

The drop in the Pittsburgh region can be attributed mostly to people leaving the labor force.

1 day ago

Business Workshop: Vacant or occupied?

Mortgage lenders of a property up for tax sale had better pay close attention to whether the house is vacant or occupied when it is sold.

2 days ago

Toshiba downplayed Westinghouse losses

The nuclear company’s Japanese parent used its own, lower figures for cost overruns at a Westinghouse project, revising the company’s

2 days ago

Rebranding ‘not just for the big guys’

Midsize firms should center on a unified message that sets the firm apart from its competition.

2 days ago

 According to new data, natural gas inventories could hit new highs by the start of the heating season on Nov. 1.

Data show plenty of natural gas in storage for winter weather

That’s good news for those who rely on gas heating and electricity, but it could be bad news for drillers who are being hit by low prices.

2 days ago

Acrobatiq snags $9.75 million from Gates Foundation, Draper Triangle

The South Side-based adaptive learning and analytics software company received a $9.75 million Series A round of funding.

1 day ago

 Exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Court orders EPA to relax air-pollution limits in 13 states

The federal appeals court also upheld the EPA’s right to impose the standards, which states and industry groups called overly burdensome.

1 day ago

Lawrence-based Black Box reports decrease in profits

Despite the shortfalls, the company paid out $1.5 million in dividends and repurchased $2 million of common stock.

1 day ago

Range Resources Corp. reports loss

The company has cut its rig count from 15 to 10 since the beginning of this year, and expects to further trim that to six, while still

1 day ago

 Carnegie Mellon University's robot soccer team.

Tiny dynasty: CMU robot soccer team wins fifth world title in China

The squad, featuring robots less than 6 inches high, beat a team from Iran in the finals and didn’t allow a single goal in the tournament.

1 day ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: New Windows OS releases tomorrow

Plus: A big week for space: NASA

2 days ago

 Grace Bochenek, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

NETL's new director gazes into the future

Grace Bochenek is asking the national lab to imagine energy needs decades in the future.

2 days ago

 Peoples Natural Gas Park in Johnstown was completed with the help of a $500,000 from the gas utility.

Plugging in to charity: Energy utilities see unique business case for philanthropy

At many corporations, philanthropy as a form of community relations is a smart business move.

2 days ago

 Part of the Wabtec complex in Wilmerding. Wabtec Corp. plans to acquire France’s Faiveley Transport for about $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Wabtec to buy French rail products firm for $1.8 billion

The combination of Wilmerding-based Wabtec and Faiveley is expected to create a business with annual revenues of about $4.5 billion.

2 days ago

 Mylan, which has been fighting Teva’s advances, issued a statement congratulating the company on the Allergan deal.

Teva drops bid for Mylan, buys Allergan's generics unit

Mylan plans to continue pressing ahead with its own unsolicited effort to buy over-the-counter drug specialist Perrigo.

2 days ago

 An architectural rendering of a switchback ramp for bicyclists and pedestrians that will connect the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Monongahela Wharf.

Mon Wharf connector to aid bikers, pedestrians

A switchback ramp from the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Mon Wharf and a connector to Point State Park begin construction next spring.

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

3 days ago

Broken water line repaired at Allegheny General Hospital

The hospital implemented its Emergency Operations Plan after the broken line caused water to flow into several elevator shafts and a

2 days ago

 The city’s budget office has started rounding up records of all the cameras purchased by neighborhood groups with public funds.

Pittsburgh seeking to implement surveillance camera privacy policy

Latest in a series: City officials are trying to implement the ordinance, but some parts are blockaded by the Coast Guard.

3 days ago

 Former Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, shown at left with then-Gov. Tom Corbett in September 2014, said he didn’t help steer grants to the railroad. “It was purely based on a scoring system, an evaluation of the system.”

Memos to Corbett hinting at rail influence

A memo, a meeting and $100,000 in campaign contributions preceded a railroad’s change of fortunes.

3 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks with reporters in 2011 following his keynote speech about the Marcellus Shale industry to the fourth annual Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Seminar held by K&L Gates LLP.

How Pennsylvania gas industry gained Corbett influence

Tom Corbett’s election to the governorship, and even his inauguration, leaned heavily on Marcellus Shale gas firms.

3 days ago

 Jim Meredith, a senior executive at the Downtown financial advising firm Hefren-Tillotson, has been hosting a Sunday morning radio show offering financial advice to the public for 29 years.

Jim Meredith reflects on almost 30 years of talking finances on the radio

The “Your Money & You” host has become popular not only here, but around the country.

4 days ago

 Lois Mufuka Martin, the new United Way's Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer.

Good Neighbor Center aims to steer volunteers where they're needed

Lois Mufuka Martin is leading the initiative for the United Way.

4 days ago

WorkZone: Millennials less loyal to companies

New research from Duquesne University delves into values of millennials and how they compare with baby boomers and Gen X workers.

4 days ago

 Allegheny Technologies

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Same old song on imports, health of U.S. steel producers

Overcapacity and a strong dollar are among the woes such companies face.

4 days ago

Elder Law: So much for 'reactive' estate planning

Julian Gray and Frank Petrich discuss the right time to contact an elder law attorney.

4 days ago

 Siva Cycle Atom

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Charging devices on the run

Siva Cycle Atom converts the energy of your ride into charging power for your device.

4 days ago

 A copy of a political direct mail advertisement states: "Paid for by Citizens to Protect PA Jobs. Jewell Lester, Treasurer."

‘Dark money’ ad blitz surrounds budget debate

Attacks by so-called “dark money” groups aren’t new. But some are troubled by the volume of these ads, especially during a budget debate.

4 days ago