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Job gains in Pittsburgh's leisure, hospitality sector driven by entertainment employment

A recent analysis from The Allegheny Institute suggests that job gains in the leisure and hospitality sector were driven by hiring in the arts, recreation and entertainment (ARE) industries in the Pittsburgh region.

UIL Holdings reaffirms intent to purchase Philadelphia Gas Works

Connecticut-based energy company UIL Holdings reaffirmed on Wednesday its commitment to purchasing Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), the country's largest municipally-owned gas utility.

Legislation exempts out-of-state businesses and employees from state taxes during emergency relief

Pennsylvania's House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved legislation earlier this month that would exempt out-of-state businesses and employees from state taxes, fees and registration when assisting in disaster emergencies.

Whistleblower protections expanded to include some state-contracted entities in Pa.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently signed two bills that expand whistleblower protections for state contractors and non-profit organizations that receive funding from the state.

Court rules against RadioShack in overtime wage ruling

A U.S. district court recently ruled that RadioShack violated the state's minimum wage laws in using the "fluctuating workweek" method in its calculation of overtime pay for employees.

Reed introduces bill to reduce school district property taxes

Pennsylvania state Rep. Dave Reed recently introduced legislation designed to address rising school district property taxes at the state and local levels by increasing the personal income and sales taxes.

Bradford County commissioners request federal investigation of Chesapeake Energy

Commissioners from Pennsylvania's Bradford County recently asked the U.S. Department of Justice for assistance in investigating allegations that Chesapeake Energy has been skimming royalty payments from landowners.

ModCloth announces cuts at Pittsburgh fulfillment center

Online vintage clothing retailer ModCloth laid off 70 of its 500 employees, including 25 in Pittsburgh, last week as part of a restructuring to streamline operations.

June table game figures show year-over-year increase in revenue

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) recently released its table games revenue report games for the month of June, showing a year-over-year increase despite a 2.8 percent decline in revenue compared to last June.

Unisys to host Pennsylvania's state data in hybrid cloud environment

A new deal worth as much as $681 million will allow tech company Unisys to consolidate Pennsylvania's seven data centers into a single hybrid cloud environment.

Ride-sharing companies continue operations against PUC orders

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have ignored cease-and-desist orders recently issued by two judges of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) as the commission considers petitions by the company for experimental licenses to operate in the state.

Unisys wins bid to consolidate Pennsylvania's data centers into cloud-based system

Unisys Corp. was recently chosen by the state of Pennsylvania to host and operate what is expected to be the largest cloud-based, on-demand IT computing systems ever implemented by a state government.

CMU signs $10 million research, education agreement with University of Warwick

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently announced a partnership with the U.K.'s University of Warwick to establish a $10 million research and education collaborative program.

Unemployment in Pennsylvania holds steady at 5.6 percent in June

New jobs data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry last week showed unemployment held steady during the month of June at 5.6 percent.

Pennsylvania lawmakers press liquor board on catering permits for alcohol service

Lawmakers from Pennsylvania recently sent a letter to the state's Liquor Control Board expressing concern regarding the interpretation of a law that allows some places, such as beer gardens, to operate continuously.

Gratz Bank to acquire First National Bank of Minersville

Gratz Bank in Pennsylvania's Dauphin County is set to acquire The First National Bank of Minersville in a deal expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Washington County Airport to receive $686,000 grant for runway improvements

Washington County Airport is set to receive a $686,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania to fund continuing upgrades and improvements.

Moody's downgrades Pennsylvania's debt over pension crisis, modest growth

Moody's Investors Service downgraded the state of Pennsylvania's debt on Monday, marking the third consecutive year a new budget has prompted a credit cut.

Lawmakers press LCB to examine interpretation of state law on catering permits

Several Pennsylvania lawmakers urged the state's Liquor Control Board (LCB) last week to put an end to a practice that allows beer gardens in the state to run for extended periods of time.

Corsa Coal to resume trading following acquisition announcement of Severstal's PBS Coals

Corsa Coal Corp., which operates in southwestern Pennsylvania, said last week that it would resume trading the company's common shares after trading was halted pending confirmation of a previously announced deal between Corsa and Russia's Severstal.

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