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Pennsylvania Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to consider Vogel’s industrial hemp bill

Chaired by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47), the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee recently met, on Oct. 27 at the State Capitol East Wing in Harrisburg, to consider allowing industrial hemp growth.

Pennsylvania's Delaware County Council meets with energy experts, discusses study results

To review the findings of a two-part study, on Oct. 20 Delaware County Council met with IHS industry experts, stakeholders and government leaders from Marcus Hook, Lower Chichester and nearby municipalities with existing energy assets.

EQT Corporation names Toretti newest board member

Energy firm EQT Corporation recently announced the election of Christine J. Toretti as the newest member of its board of directors in Pittsburgh, where she will serve as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.

PECO extends “unwavering” commitment to empower local minority-owned businesses

Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) and its parent company, Exelon Corporation, have arranged $123 million in credit lines with 28 minority and community-owned banks in PECO and Exelon service areas, in order to help stimulate challenged local economies.

Aetna signs accountable care organization agreement to improve Pennsylvania healthcare

Aetna recently announced accountable care organization (ACO) arrangements with Mercy Accountable Care and Quality Health Alliance today in Blue Bell, offering southeastern Pennsylvania commercial customers a way to improve care quality, efficiency and patient experience.

Allegheny County introduces Live Well healthy restaurant initiative

Raising awareness about healthy eating, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker and Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association President Vince Sanzotti announced the launch of Live Well Allegheny Restaurants this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Southwest Airlines to launch nonstop flights from PIT to STL

Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop service to St. Louis (STL) from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) starting March 10, 2016, Southwest recently announced in Pittsburgh, offering one flight each way daily with fares as low as $69 one way.

Siemens partners with Panda Power Funds to build plant in Pennsylvania

Siemens recently announced a partnership with Panda Power Funds to build Hummel Station, a new 1,124-megawatt, natural-gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, to replace the retired Sunbury coal-fired plant.

Bartolotta bill balances innovation, protection for Pennsylvania's transportation network businesses

If Senate Bill 984 is enacted, Uber and Lyft could operate safely throughout Pennsylvania, thanks to Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), whose proposal was approved by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee Oct. 27.

NAHB reports increase in new home construction

Thanks to higher demand for multifamily housing, new home construction in September rose to an eight-year high of 6.5 percent, according to a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) report released Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Allentown’s Cedar Crest College offers new MBA in business analytics

Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, offers a Business Analytics MBA, a master’s degree in the fast developing field of business analytics wherein students learn to apply data science to marketing, financial and logistical challenges.

Ron Marsico outlines effects of Union Intimidation Bill, discusses plans to prevent harassment

Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico achieved a victory earlier this month for House Bill 874, also know as the Union Intimidation Bill, which passed both the Senate and House floors.

HAP discusses new 340B drug pricing program

In response to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) proposed guidance for covered entities enrolled in the 340B drug pricing program, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) submitted a decisive commentary on Oct. 27.

Dauphin County avoids tax hike via careful planning for all-time record

Cautiously optimistic Dauphin County commissioners announced yesterday in Harrisburg that, for a record-breaking 11th consecutive year, property taxes will not rise, while warning that every year without an increase represents possible long-term challenges.

HPP reports positive results with Baby Partners

Health Partners Plans (HPP) recently announced preliminary results of its enhanced “Baby Partners” program, resulting in more babies born at healthier weights and with lower delivery-associated costs, in Philadelphia on Oct. 28.

UPMC, Uber join forces to deter distracted driving

Uber users can utilize free rides in and around Pittsburgh for two weeks in November as part of UPMC Health Plan’s #purplecar program, designed to promote safe driving habits, especially among young adults, or millennials.

PPL Electric applies for Project Compass approval

PPL Electric Utilities Corp. began an application process for the first phase of Project Compass — a major new proposed transmission line which would provide significant benefits for consumers — from its headquarters in Allentown on Wednesday.

State's higher ed officials seek significant budget hike

Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are asking state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf for $521.2 million in state aid, which is $108.4 million more than they received last year.

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