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US Steel eliminating jobs at Pittsburgh headquarters

PITTSBURGH — U.S. Steel is eliminating jobs at its downtown Pittsburgh headquarters. The company Thursday didn’t specify the number of cuts. It says they won’t affect unionized workers. Cassella says U.S. Steel is continuing to adjust its work force to operational and business needs. The company issued layoff warnings to production workers earlier this year and has idled steel-making operations ...

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Pittsburgh metro area growing, census shows

The Pittsburgh metro area in 2014 gained about 5,200 homes, which include multi-unit and single-family dwellings, according to federal figures released Thursday. Local government officials called the increase an affirmation of the growth they’ve noticed. “I don’t think this is a one-year or two-year thing,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. The number of housing units increased 0.3 percent, to ...

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Opponents work to prevent pipeline

PEABODY — There is hope and a precedent for those seeking to stop construction of a natural gas pipeline through West Peabody. Such projects can be stopped, says Joel Wool of Clean Water Action, citing a June decision by gas company Kinder Morgan to cancel a pipeline to Worcester. “Kinder Morgan has already shrunk the pipeline project,” Wool adds. Peabody ...

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Fracking issues won’t be on Ohio ballots

COLUMBUS — Voters in Fulton, Medina, and Athens counties will not vote on ballot issues designed to block the path of a gas pipeline across northern Ohio and more heavily regulate fracking operations. In a 6-1 decision, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the attempt of citizens groups in those counties to force their way onto the Nov. 3 ...

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Census data show improved poverty rate in Pennsylvania

Poverty rates improved modestly across most of the Pittsburgh region in 2014, according to new census data, as many households appeared to benefit from an ongoing, modest economic recovery. The seven-county metropolitan area’s poverty rate of 12.4 percent last year, compared to 12.8 percent in 2013, is one factoid among wide-ranging American Community Survey data the U.S. Census Bureau is ...

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Contractor killed at US Steel plant identified, autopsy set

BRADDOCK, Pa. — A maintenance contractor killed when he reportedly fell at least 40 feet at a United States Steel Corp. plant near Pittsburgh has been identified. The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says an autopsy was scheduled Thursday on the body of 44-year-old Parrish Sewell, of East McKeesport. United States Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella says the worker was employed ...

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Zacks downgrades ANR to sell

Alpha Natural Resources was downgraded by an influential research firm from “hold” to “sell” Monday evening. In a note to investors, Zacks issued the sell warning citing stagnate stock price, leveled at 4-cents a share Monday, up nearly 5 percent. “The stock has a 50-day moving average of $0.00 and a 200-day moving average of $0.00,” the report reads. Alpha ...

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Murray to pay $3.3m to resolve violations at ex-CONSOL mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Murray Energy has agreed to pay more than $3 million to resolve safety violations at five coal mines in northern West Virginia that occurred under previous owner CONSOL Energy Inc., the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday. The settlement resolves a total of 1,753 citations and orders issued by MSHA to the Blacksville No. 2, ...

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Pipeline crunch is a key topic at Philadelphia shale conference

PHILADELPHIA — The buildout of pipelines needed to move natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to markets could last another 20 years, the head of one of the state’s largest utilities said Wednesday. “That’s probably a two-decade period to put the infrastructure in place to ensure continuous access to low-cost energy,” UGI Corp. CEO John Walsh told several hundred energy ...

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