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Pennsylvania board's inaction on drilling impact fee grants imperils projects

A state board that controls about $17 million in impact fee money collected from shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania has failed to meet since September, ...
Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday after deal reached
NEW YORK — Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center ...
Ownership challenges solar market leasing
It's tough to argue with free. That's why the no-money-down solar lease became the most popular choice for U.S. rooftop power. Now, though, the equation is ...
Energy Spotlight: Rob McNally
As the son of a man who spent his career at oil giant Shell, Rob McNally knew he would work in the energy industry. He ...
Despite price bounce, natural gas rebound remains far off
The benchmark price of natural gas recently spent an entire month above the $2 mark, buoyed by optimism that shale drillers were dialing back on ...
It can be tricky to love, honor and share credit card statement
It's wedding season, and as many couples get ready to say their vows, they may want to have a talk about fidelity — financial fidelity. ...
When it comes to mutual funds, being a cheapskate pays off
NEW YORK — Stay cheap. Research keeps piling up to show that one of the best predictors for the success of a mutual fund is ...
Taking trepidation out of technology
CHICAGO — Before settling on a new 2014 Ford Edge SE, Cynthia Manson resisted sales pressure to move up to a trim level that had, ...
Creative job perks attracting top talent
Nick DeMarco runs a small biotech startup in Raleigh, N.C., that makes scientific instruments. But what got his company, Practichem, featured from CNBC's "Power Lunch" ...
Discrimination lawsuits morph
Employee lawsuits alleging "family responsibilities discrimination" are growing at a faster rate than any other kind of employment discrimination case, according to a new study. ...
Most times, reboot will do the trick
Q Whenever my computer acts up, my IT guy tells me to reboot before he'll even look at it. Why is that? A. It may ...
German companies build strong presence in Pittsburgh
Scope International was interested in hiring Alethea Wieland to open the German company's first office in the United States, but she made it clear that ...
Uber appeals Pennsylvania's $11M fine
Uber formally appealed this week the $11.3 million fine the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission levied against the San Franscisco-based ride-share company for operating in Allegheny ...
Verizon reaches tentative agreement with unions
Verizon has struck a provisional work agreement with unions representing nearly 40,000 employees who walked off the job in mid-April, according to the Department of ...
8 automakers add 12M vehicles to Takata air bag recall
DETROIT — Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the United States to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Documents ...
How Alibaba won — and lost — a friend in Washington
HANGHAI — In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a ...
U.S. economic growth in Q1 revised up to 0.8% rate
WASHINGTON — The economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year. The government said Friday that first-quarter growth, while disappointing, ...
Buick adds pep to Encore with new turbo engine
The hot-selling Buick Encore has a new, peppier model for 2016 that makes the affordably priced, easy to maneuver and surprisingly refined SUV even more ...
Stocks end strong week on up note
NEW YORK — Stocks rose Friday to close their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained ground after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said ...
Camry's bike hitch scraping pavement
Question: I recently installed a trailer hitch on my Camry so that I can transport my bicycle when I visit my daughter at college. When ...

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