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MSA Safety products in demand to protect workers in dangerous jobs

By John D. Oravecz 11:00 a.m.
When four firefighters were forced to jump from the third story of a burning building in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2007, they didn’t have modern bail-out systems built into their self-contained breathing apparatus — the mask and air-tank gear they wear. ...

U.S. Steel warns it may lay off almost 2,000 workers in Alabama, Texas

By Chris Fleisher 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Steel Corp. said it will curtail production at pipe-making plants in Alabama and Texas and may lay off almost 2,000 workers because of “softening market conditions” in the oil and gas industries. The announcement Monday highlights the fallout from the ...

Emergency room visits decline as navigators steer patients to proper medical care

By Alex Nixon 11:00 a.m.
Overuse of the emergency room, unnecessary hospital readmissions and poor compliance with disease screenings are stubborn problems for the nation’s health care system and big contributors to rising medical spending. Three hospitals in Western Pennsylvania have found a way to blunt ...

Drops in gasoline prices won’t likely last, analysts say

By David Conti
The $2 price party taking place at gas stations in about half the country likely will end before it reaches Pittsburgh, analysts say. “Refineries have been processing less crude oil and thus producing less gasoline, which will contribute to a soft ...

Astrobotic lands $1 million Google Lunar XPRIZE

By Megha Satyanarayana
Google Lunar XPRIZE awarded a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic $1 million Monday, making it the only team in the lunar landing contest to win all three Milestone Prizes. The $1 million prize recognized the team for …

Milk industry swats back at ‘anti-dairy’ trend

By The Associated Press 11:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is ...

Drillers bid millions for oil, gas beneath West Virginia public lands

By The Associated Press 11:00 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials have opened millions of dollars in bids to drill for oil and natural gas beneath state-owned lands, including waterways and a wildlife management area. One of the biggest offers the state Department of Commerce ...

Interest rates likely to stay low until fall

By The Associated Press 11:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while. Though the economy has steadily improved, ...

Listless stock market inches up

By The Associated Press
Stocks spent much of Monday drifting sideways, then eked out tiny gains. Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of ...

Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand

By Katelyn Ferral
Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool. Stock awards, ...

Energy-saving tactics pay off in Green Workplace Challenge

By David Conti
A $3 faucet insert can help an office save money and be more environmentally conscious, whether that workplace employs eight people or 3,000. “Simple things like ...

Energy Spotlight: Adam Pope

By David Conti
People sometimes ask why Adam Pope hasn’t moved away from home to pursue his interests in politics and energy. “It wasn’t a goal to stay here, ...

Grandview development plan inches ahead in Mt. Washington

By Tom Fontaine
Plans to redevelop the site of Mt. Washington’s former Edge Restaurant appear to be back on track, with the property owners assembling a development team ...

‘Free’ wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board has spent nearly $300,000 in legal fees to fight a lawsuit over its “free” wine kiosk initiative. The kiosk maker claims ...

Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry

By David Conti
Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators ...

Energy industry says it’s on top of methane leaks, but environmentalists want oversight

By Katelyn Ferral
Harnessed and burned, methane can power a city — but when it leaks from a well into the air, methane pollutes badly. That cost-benefit balance is a cornerstone of debate between environmentalists who say emissions from gas drilling are rampant and ...

Business Briefs

Business roundup: IBM ‘flatly denies’ report of mass layoffs; more

By Staff and Wire Reports 11:00 a.m.
Report of mass layoffs dismissed, called ‘baseless’ IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off a quarter ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Let’s just dump the IRS, adopt sales tax

Come let us sympathize together. A big federal agency is having to cope with a budget cut this year. And …

John Browne

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John Browne: Swiss unleash currency turmoil

Switzerland long has been perceived as having a model economy, where hard work is rewarded by wages paid in a …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: January barometer no real key to stock market direction for full year

In its crudest form, the January barometer theory states that the direction of the stock market in January predicts its …

Chris Posti

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Polish away weaknesses at work in new year

You may not be the kind of person who makes New Year’s resolutions, but the start of a year gives …

Kim Komando

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Five Facebook details you shouldn’t share

To Facebook, your personal information is everything. The more the site has on you, the more money it can make …

Real Estate

Grandview development plan inches ahead in Mt. Washington

By Tom Fontaine
Plans to redevelop the site of Mt. Washington’s former Edge Restaurant appear to be back on track, with the property owners assembling a development team ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, Jan. 25, 2015

By Tribune-Review
LEGAL Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. L.P.A. elected Keri P. Ebeck as a partner. In the firm’s Pittsburgh office, her focus is on the consumer ...