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Obama’s Clean Power plan doesn’t change much; opponents remain firm

By David Conti
The Obama administration’s latest proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants adjusted individual goals that states must meet and gave them more time and tools to do so. Reaction to the plan to cut carbon pollution by 32 percent ...

Greensburg’s Polymer Enterprises is finding success in specialty tire market

By David Conti
At Pennsylvania’s last manufacturer of air-filled tires, lasers and computers help guide the placement of layers of rubber and other materials on machinery. Human hands do ...

Spirit ending nonstop flights from Arnold Palmer Regional to Chicago, Las Vegas

By Stacey Federoff
Spirit Airlines will discontinue nonstop flights to Chicago and Las Vegas from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity effective Nov. 12, officials said Monday. “They just didn’t catch on as we would’ve hoped,” said Spirit spokesman Paul Berry. Flights on the ...

Doctors to be given star ratings on UPMC site

By Ben Schmitt
Out there in cyberspace, consumers review restaurants, movies, hotels, products and businesses. Now UPMC is jumping into the online ratings sphere by sharing patient ratings ...

Strip District, Shadyside startups headed to White House

By Aaron Aupperlee
Astrobotic’s push to the moon will include a stop at the White House. President Obama invited two Carnegie Mellon University spinoff companies, Astrobotic and Duolingo, a language learning and translation service, to the first White House Demo Day on Tuesday. “Every single ...

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy

By Brian Bowling
Alpha Natural Resources Co.’s bankruptcy filing underscores the threat from low natural gas prices and tighter emissions regulations on coal-fired power plants that are contributing ...

Oil prices slip on persistent fears of glut

By The Associated Press
The slump in oil prices deepened Monday, pulling down the price of U.S. crude to the lowest level in more than four months. The move came as traders braced for softer demand amid an increase in the number of active ...

Labor Department ruling broadens definition of ‘employee’

By The Associated Press
It likely will become more difficult for businesses to classify workers as freelancers rather than employees — a more expensive proposition for employers — as a result of a Labor Department opinion issued last month. The opinion written by David ...

Auto sales strong in July on SUV, luxury demand

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — More Americans are buying cars that say, “Look at me.” Luxury vehicles, including Audis and Volvos, were driven off dealer lots at a furious ...

Slump in energy stocks drags down Dow, S&P

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks on Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June ...

Pittsburgh airport improvements noted as CEO tries to expand activity

By Melissa Daniels
Community members began sending handwritten letters to Christina Cassotis at Pittsburgh International Airport shortly after she took over in January. Some said, “Good luck.” Others hint ...

Obama orders steeper emission cuts from power plants

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led ...

Developers share their vision for Garden Theater block on North Side

By Natasha Lindstrom
Developers seeking to transform the North Side’s blighted area known as the Garden Theater block pitched their plan Sunday at a community meeting, one of ...

Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site

By David Conti
Driving south on Route 18 from the Beaver Valley Expressway, it’s hard to believe Royal Dutch Shell isn’t building something on the land it bought ...

Extended oil slump takes toll

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp ...

Off-duty but on call: Suits seek overtime

By Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO ­— Jeffrey Allen would answer his work BlackBerry during Thanksgiving dinner, during his son’s soccer match, on any number of Saturday afternoons. The phone would ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: ATI shuffles leadership in key business segment; more

Staff and Wire Reports
ATI shuffles leadership in key segment Allegheny Technologies Inc. has consolidated management of a key business operation as the Downtown-based metals producer struggles with financial losses. The company named John Sims executive vice president of the high-performance materials and components ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: Always look on bright side of a crisis

Business people could take a leaf from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who once advised never to let a crisis go …

John Browne

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Fed may be biased on inflation

The Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates will depend on policymakers’ views on progress toward their dual mandate of …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Sane Portfolio XIV features chickens, tires, diesel engines, airlines

In 1999 I started the Sane Portfolio, intended as a medium-risk, slightly conservative cluster of a dozen stocks. To be …

Chris Posti

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Reunion provides chance to reflect on choices then, now

In helping to organize my recent high school reunion, one of my duties was to put together a booklet of …

Kim Komando

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How to unsend an email

Have you ever clicked “Send” on an email and regretted it a fraction of a second later? Whether you were …

Real Estate

Developers share their vision for Garden Theater block on North Side

By Natasha Lindstrom
Developers seeking to transform the North Side’s blighted area known as the Garden Theater block pitched their plan Sunday at a community meeting, one of ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery: August 2, 2015

By Tribune-Review
BANKING, FINANCE Federated Investors Inc. appointed Stephen Van Meter as chief compliance officer. EDUCATION Magali Cornier Michael, former chair of the English department and ...