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Students, parents use cost-saving two-year colleges as a starting point

Two-year colleges may not radiate the same prestige as four-year universities, but more parents are steering their children that direction.

about 4 hours ago


 City officials announced Tuesday that Buncher Co. is out of the running for redeveloping the Produce Terminal along Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Buncher Co. out of the running for redeveloping the Strip District’s produce terminal

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board is looking to select one of the three developers instead of the Buncher Co.

about 4 hours ago


Apple: Hackers to blame in stars’ nude photo leaks

Apple says its cloud system wasn’t breached in the celebrity photo hacking.

about 4 hours ago


Business Briefs: Restaurant grading plan up for health board vote

Also: Fuyao Glass unit buys PPG glass plant in Ill.; culinary gift shop chain opening local location; Halliburton reaches spill settlement.

about 4 hours ago


Two pipeline projects poised to ship gas to the Southeast

The southeastern U.S.’s population is growing, and power plants also want natural gas as an alternative to coal.

about 3 hours ago


PPG closes on sale of Illinois glass plant

The deal calls for Fuyao to retrofit the facility’s two production lines to manufacture automotive glass.

about 18 hours ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Highmark, Pennsylvania Insurance Department issue post-UPMC transition plan

The plan adds detail to the consent decrees signed by Highmark and UPMC on June 27.

about 4 hours ago


 Home Depot says it's looking into "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

Home Depot investigates suspicious credit card activity

A report says that the responsible party may be the same group of hackers suspected in last year’s massive breach at Target Corp.

about 6 hours ago


 Debra Lam realized that discussions with regional tech leaders of all sectors could help city officials better understand their role in assisting the industry’s growth.

Pittsburgh's tech officer aims to advance region's position as a national player

Debra Lam, Pittsburgh’s chief innovation and performance officer, wants to create an “innovation road map” for the region’s tech sector.

1 day ago


 Stephen Morse, 28, just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and started his own financial advising firm.

Solo 401(k) 'one of the best-kept secrets' for the self-employed

Driven by economic necessity or a desire to take more control, more people are opting to work as freelancers and independent contractors.

1 day ago


Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Of Disney drones and cop cameras

Drones over battlefields. Drones over rescue sites. Drones over Disney World?

1 day ago


Competition spurs firms to eye salary increases for first-year associates

At least one firm that has a presence in the state, DLA Piper, is paying out $160,000 to new associates this year.

1 day ago


Third Circuit sets FMLA return-to-work standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the trial court’s decision to grant summary judgment to Reading Hospital.

1 day ago


 Ed Vescovi in the processing plant where biodiesel will be made by the Weavertown Enviromental Group in Beaver County.

Biodiesel plant to restart amid market pessimism

For the first time since 2008, biodiesel production in Pennsylvania is set to shrink this year, even with new entrants.

1 day ago


 John Felmy, the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute.

A need for good regulations, good tax policies

John Felmy grew up as a self-proclaimed “dirt-poor country boy” near Williamsport in what is now the heart of shale gas development. Now

about 16 hours ago


 Tim Carney, facilities director at Carlow University, stands in front of the Grace Library building, which is under renovation.

Carlow eyes energy reductions in $15.7 million renovation project

Carlow is one of several institutions in Oakland to pledge to cut energy use by 50 percent by 2030.

1 day ago


 New energy efficient LED lighting at one of the nursing stations at UPMC Presbyterian.

UPMC effort includes adding LED lighting

One upgrade is LED lighting, which reduces energy consumption and allows lights to be easily adjusted for patients.

1 day ago


 The Department of Environmental Protection is creating a public online mapping tool by compiling and digitizing historical maps of legacy oil and gas wells, like the ones shown above in southwestern Pennsylvania. Well sites found on a scanned historical source map (left) are matched with a contemporary aerial photograph (right).

DEP aims to put abandoned oil and gas wells on the map

Researchers are taking to the archives — and the air — to track down abandoned oil and gas wells that have left little evidence on the

1 day ago


Painting a roof white the first of many steps to come for Oakland organization

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation makes moves to cut its energy, water and gas usage.

1 day ago


Business Workshop: Keep ads honest

A recent rash of false advertising lawsuits should remind all businesses of their obligation to keep their advertising honest.

about 18 hours ago


 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

2 days ago


 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

3 days ago


Workzone: Working without windows is bad for your health

Researchers find employees are happier, healthier and more productive when they work near natural light.

3 days ago


 PPG chairman Charles Bunch on the 40th floor of One PPG Place.

PPG transformation ‘not a revolution’

The shift from glass and chemicals to coatings was “an evolutionary process” to focus on “our best businesses,” said chairman Charles Bunch.

3 days ago


Heard Off the Street: Changes to keep brokers in check?

Just how much more protection the change provides investors remains to be seen.

3 days ago


 John Davis received a bill twice from UPMC for a dermatology visit.  He was billed by the physician and by UPMC St. Margaret  even though he saw the dermatologist at the office building behind him, not at the hospital.

Hospital billing practices raise ire

John Davis scheduled a routine exam with his dermatologist. Then he received two bills — one from his physician, one from UPMC St. Margaret.

3 days ago


 Christa Vattimo, 31, borrowed money from her company retirement savings account at PNC Bank for the down payment on a $97,000 home in West View. “I didn’t want to keep throwing money down the drain renting."

Some singles see value in mortgage payment

But homeownership barriers have made it less likely for people in their 20s and 30s to be owners than in previous generations.

3 days ago


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Dateline: 08/31/14

People on the move

3 days ago


 Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7B Noise Cancelling Headphones, which can be found for under $130, have active noise cancellation similar to that found in much more expensive models.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: When making the jump, avoid ‘upgrade-itis’

Given how long someone is likely to own a set of headphones, spending the extra $20 seems to be an easy decision. But use caution.

3 days ago


 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers, and work is never guaranteed.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

3 days ago


Cindy Krischer Goodman’s Balancing Act: Back-to-school worries can stress working parents as well as kids

There’s no denying that back-to-school worries can be as stressful for working dads and moms as they are for kids.

3 days ago


Business week in review: 08/31/14

Drilling’s impact on the airport, water and jobs; fewer employees; are they employees?

3 days ago


Marie G. McIntyre’s Office Coach: Painful waiting game with job recruiter

Before you abandon hope, remember that time passes much more slowly for applicants than for those doing the hiring.

3 days ago


Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Untangling the bundle

Take a close look at your cable bill, Consumer Reports suggests. It's a confusing onslaught of charges, taxes and add-on fees.

3 days ago


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Tax alert on health premiums

Some of you may need to do some tax planning now, and it has to do with the Affordable Care Act.

4 days ago


U.S. rice farmers see opportunity in China

Today, China’s swelling appetite for food is touching agribusiness everywhere and forcing companies to choose whether to adapt.

3 days ago


 Sophia McIntosh stands for a photo outside a construction site where she works as a shop steward in New York. The latest federal data show about 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year and only 2.6 percent were women.

Women have made few inroads in landing good construction jobs

About 7.1 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were em­ployed in con­struc­tion-re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions last year — and only 2.6 per­cent were women.

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 Employees work on filling, labeling and packaging each personalized box Aug. 12 inside the distribution room at the Wantable company building in Milwaukee. Wantable, a 2-year-old Internet company, sells personalized packages of makeup, accessories and clothing to women on a subscription basis.

With ‘subscription box’ retailers, Christmas now comes once a month

The trend has seen upstart retailers packing everything from cosmetics to sex toys into boxes that get shipped monthly to subscribers.

3 days ago


 Rutgers University researchers found more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession, with 16 percent of Americans, or 38 million people, reporting they were financially devastated and expect that damage to be permanent.

Report finds typical worker in 'precarious' financial position

Rutgers University researchers say more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession.

3 days ago


McCandless residents fight township's approval of Wal-Mart store

Residents who say township left them in the dark are appealing the McCandless council’s approval for a new Super Center.

4 days ago


Business Forum: Are China and Russia ‘irresponsible’ traders?

Whatever our hopes may have been, China and Russia have been irresponsible since joining the WTO. And they are getting away with it.

4 days ago


Business Briefs: August Wilson legal fees mounting

Also: Shadyside juice bar ordered to close; Mylan recalls tablets, FDA reports; consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July.

4 days ago


 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

4 days ago


 Opponents of a planned Walmart Super Center in McCandless have filed an appeal in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

McCandless Walmart proposal going to court

In an appeal, 15 citizens allege township officials did not give citizens enough time or information to evaluate the complex proposal.

4 days ago


 An early morning photo of the produce terminal along Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Strip District redevelopment bidder disputes critical analysis

Representatives for Rubino Partners maintained Thursday that their plan ends up producing more money than the other two proposals.

5 days ago


 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Pennsylvania lawmakers push PUC for ride sharing

Ride-sharing issues raised by Uber and Lyft were discussed at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearing in Harrisburg on Thursday.

5 days ago


Export-Import director says agency plays critical role

Sean Mulvaney said the financing, insurance and guarantees that the bank provides support companies such as Boeing.

5 days ago


 A key feature of Amazon’s new Fire smartphone is its Firefly service, a visual search feature, which also has modes for music and video.

Active scan visual search shopping app still elusive

Many companies are trying to make “visual search” a reality, it’s a great idea — but it doesn’t quite work.

5 days ago


Mounting fracking foes have oil industry concerned

Texas drillers are ignoring noise plaints, but in Colorado the industry is cutting back on rumbling trucks and trying to curb pollution.

5 days ago


Shell seeks Alaskan Arctic drilling again

While the plan is just a first step in the pro­cess, it re­flects the en­ergy po­ten­tial in the Arc­tic.

5 days ago



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