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Gasoline prices keep falling in Western Pa.

By Tribune-Review 5:25 p.m.
Another steep drop in gasoline prices has analysts wondering just how low they will go. The average gallon at Western Pennsylvania stations fell between 6 and 8 cents over the past week. Motor club AAA on Monday put the average price at $2.72 per gallon; online analyst GasBuddy.com found an average ...

Stocks push to record highs, continuing rally

By The Associated Press 7:06 p.m.
The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at record highs Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days. Pharmaceutical and technology stocks were among the big risers, while shares …

Marcellus driller Vantage Energy to pay nearly $1M for Greene County well problems

By David Conti 7:06 p.m.
A Colorado-based gas well operator agreed to pay nearly $1 million in fines for a landslide, wastewater spill and other problems at a Greene County shale well pad. Vantage Energy allowed a landslide at the Porter Street pad in Franklin …

2 states, 2 different conclusions about fracking

By The Washington Post
Last week, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned the practice in his state of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — blasting chemical-laden water deep beneath the Earth at extreme pressures to crack rock and release natural gas. The move followed a ...

Rex Energy spills flowback on Butler County wellpad, says DEP

By Tribune-Review 5:36 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has sent a notice of violation to Rex Energy for a leak at wellpad on Route 228 in Middlesex, Butler County. Qn Dec. 11, a driver at the Feree site spilled as many ...

Old-school booksellers learn to survive, thrive in digital age

By Andrew Conte
John Schulman didn’t think much of the Internet back in the early 1990s, when he and his wife opened Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh. He still ...

Pittsburgh’s Hill District revitalization project hits financial hurdle in TIF

By Tom Fontaine
A plan to revitalize the Hill District and Uptown with tax money from a redeveloped Civic Arena site is more complicated than envisioned, say officials who hope to make public a proposal in January. “There are a lot of moving parts,” ...

New York farmers lament lost opportunity for natural gas riches with fracking ban

By The Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday ...

Coal mines near record low in worker deaths

By The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety ...

Alliance aims to transform vacant parcel in St. Clair to include townhouses, urban farming

By Tory N. Parrish
The site of a former public housing complex in St. Clair might become the home of a residential community that could fund one of the largest urban farms in the country, nonprofit officials said. “It’s definitely a significant plan, but it’s ...

Energy sector adjusts to global oil plummet

By David Conti
Mark Marmo is expecting $5 million in gas well equipment in a few months, and wants to hire 60 workers to operate it. He doesn’t expect ...

Drought opens Texas ranchers’ eyes to income options

By The Associated Press
GAIL, Texas — The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to ...

‘Staff Pick’ is golden ticket on Kickstarter

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Want your project to get selected as a “Staff Pick” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that. Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a “Staff Pick” — ...

Mind the time: Optimize last-minute shopping

By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete. Don’t fret — you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means ...

Agriculture prospects envisioned in Cuba

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — American agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed ...

Kim Komando: Can you get a virus on your smartphone?

By Tribune-Review
Question: I got a virus once on my computer and it was a nightmare. Can the same thing happen on my smartphone? Answer: Smartphones can download malicious apps, which can work like a computer virus by stealing information, sending spam ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: PPG in talks to acquire French company

By Staff and Wires
PPG in talks to buy French company PPG Industries Inc. said Friday it is negotiating to acquire a French supplier of products for the automotive ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Jack Markowitz: College graduate finds success in oil field

Alec Rothman graduated from college with majors in economics and French, typically impractical “liberal arts.” No way he’d find a …

John Browne

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John Browne: Care act isn’t affordable for Americans, economy

President Obama’s health care law promised affordable medical coverage to all Americans at no extra cost. The Centers for Medicare …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Big stock winners, losers in S&P 500 Index of 2014

When a stock is up magnificently or down hideously for a calendar year, you know something is going on with …

Chris Posti

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Social media use says what resume can’t to recruiters

Imagine this: you have not applied for a single job, yet someone is ready to hire you, sight unseen. How …

Kim Komando

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5 digital tricks you’ll use every day

Did you know that the quickest way to open a link on a Web page in a new window or …

Real Estate

Alliance aims to transform vacant parcel in St. Clair to include townhouses, urban farming

By Tory N. Parrish
The site of a former public housing complex in St. Clair might become the home of a residential community that could fund one of the largest urban farms in the country, nonprofit officials said. “It’s definitely a significant plan, but it’s ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, Dec. 21, 2014

By Tribune-Review
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