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Giant Eagle testing elimination of plastic bags at 3 stores, including one in Pittsburgh

Giant Eagle is eyeing a future without plastic bags, and for several stores, it begins Wednesday.

Some Giant Eagle stores are part of a six-month pilot program that eliminates single-use plastic bags.

As an alternative, reusable bags will be sold for 99 cents. Paper bags will cost a dime.

For a limited time, a “one perk per reusable bag used” promotion will be available to customers who bring their own bags.

The program is being tested at Giant Eagle’s Waterworks Market District store in the Pittsburgh area, as well as at stores in Cuyahoga County and Bexley, Ohio.

According to a press release, Giant Eagle is committed to phasing out the blue-colored plastic bags in all city of Pittsburgh stores “in the coming months.”

Giant Eagle aims to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025.

For more information about Giant Eagle’s sustainability efforts, go to GiantEagle.com/AllOfUs.

Source: Giant Eagle testing elimination of plastic bags at 3 stores, including one in Pittsburgh

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Trump Allies Eye Buyout of One America News Network: WSJ

President Trump’s allies are seeking to buy out the president’s new favorite cable-news channel, One America News Network, in a move that would shake up the conservative media landscape currently dominated by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that investment firm Hicks Equity Partners, which is owned by the family of the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Thomas Hicks Jr., is trying to persuade Republican donors to pitch in on a $250 million bid for an OANN buyout. Hicks Jr., who is also a friend of Donald Trump Jr., is said not to be involved in efforts to buy the network and has resigned at Hicks Holdings to avoid any conflicts of interest, but he could still opt in to a buyout deal, according to the Journal.

“Over the last 25 years, we have been active media investors. Any interest in OANN is from a purely business standpoint,” Rick Newman, a partner at Hicks Equity Partners, told the Journal. The network comes nowhere close to drawing the same viewership as other big names in cable news, but Trump has repeatedly singled out OANN for praise in recent months while at the same time disparaging Fox News over perceived criticism.

Source: Trump Allies Eye Buyout of One America News Network: WSJ

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Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

Today is the day: Recreational marijuana goes on sale in Illinois. Follow along for live updates.

Some revelers in Chicago celebrated New Year’s Eve by waiting for midnight to arrive. But hours later, a different crowd of merrymakers was waiting to celebrate at 6 a.m. when they were able to make their first purchases after the state’s long-awaited introduction of legal marijuana. So far, the first day of legal recreational weed sales in Illinois has meant long lines, a few glitches — and lots of happy customers.

Here’s where to buy legal weed in Illinois

So far, 43 marijuana stores around the state have received all needed approvals to sell recreational weed. Six of them weren’t ready Jan. 1, held up by permitting issues, construction or other hurdles.

Source: Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

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Gander Outdoors closes Greensburg location | TribLIVE.com

2117658_web1_gtr-GanderClose27-010319Less than two years after reopening under the Gander Outdoors name, the Greensburg location has permanently shut its doors.

A sign reads: “It is with great regret that we announce the closing of Gander Outdoors of Greensburg, PA. We have enjoyed serving our customers in the community and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the store.”

A worker who was at the store Friday said the location closed Dec. 22.

The move comes months after Camping World Holdings Inc., the entity that bought Gander Mountain’s assets in bankruptcy proceedings in 2017, according to a news release.

Shortly after the company acquired the Gander Mountain name, they reopened 69 former Gander Mountain stores as Gander Outdoors, including the 31,000-square-foot Greensburg location.

The former Monroeville Gander Mountain was not reopened, and eventually became a Goodwill in March, while the Greensburg location had a grand opening celebration in April 2018.

Dan Dibartola, 47, of Greensburg, was looking to buy a fishing license Friday when he discovered the Greensburg store was closed. He noted he had purchased a three-year membership to the store about six months ago.

Source: Gander Outdoors closes Greensburg location | TribLIVE.com

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Jeannette hemp plant fined, permitted to reopen | TribLIVE.com

2113334_web1_gtr-jeanhempThe owners of a shuttered hemp processing facility in Jeannette may resume limited operations under the terms of a Christmas Eve consent agreement with the state that calls for it to pay a $29,000 fine for air quality violations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered Patriot Shield Pennsylvania to cease operations at its Thomas Avenue facility on Nov. 27, following an investigation of odor complaints at the plant. The new agreement permits the company to process and store hemp at the facility but prohibits hemp drying for now.

The Colorado-based company that owns the facility has faced a variety of complaints since it opened without an occupancy permit in September.

Jeannette officials first ordered it to cease operations Nov. 13, following a spate of odor complaints. The city briefly rescinded that order when company officials appeared poised to address the issue. The city issued a second order Nov. 24, ordering the company to obtain an occupancy permit.

Source: Jeannette hemp plant fined, permitted to reopen | TribLIVE.com

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Man files lawsuit after assault at Downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that was caught on camera

Mark Conn is suing McDonald’s and Santonastasso Enterprises, LLC

Source: Man files lawsuit after assault at Downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that was caught on camera

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  sellers can’t use FedEx Ground for Prime shipments – CNN

San Francisco (CNN Business)Amazon will no longer allow its third-party sellers to use FedEx’s ground delivery to ship Prime packages, marking a change that could affect small businesses and pricing for consumers.

The move was highlighted in an email, obtained by The Wall Street Journal, reportedly sent to Amazon’s merchant partners on Sunday.
The email noted performance declines as the reason for the decision to block FedEx (FDX) Ground, according to the Journal. The ban will reportedly take effect this week and last “until the delivery performance of these ship methods improves.”
As of September, Amazon (AMZNno longer uses FedEx for its own deliveries but it had allowed third-party sellers to use it. Amazon did not release a statement but will still allow merchants to use FedEx’s more expensive Express service for Prime orders and Ground for non-Prime shipments, according to Amazon.

Source: Amazon sellers can’t use FedEx Ground for Prime shipments – CNN

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Giant Eagle to end use of plastic grocery bags | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a move that follows national trends away from single-use plastic, Giant Eagle on Tuesday will announce a six-month pilot project, in cooperation with the City of Pittsburgh and Sustainable Pittsburgh, to eliminate such materials from the supermarket chain’s operations by 2025.

Starting Jan. 15, the grocer will end the use of plastic grocery bags at its Market District store in the Waterworks shopping plaza and at the O’Hara GetGo convenience store on Freeport Road, as well as at Ohio stores in Cuyahoga County and Bexley, a suburb of Columbus.

Source: Giant Eagle to end use of plastic grocery bags | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Subway employee stages robbery at own restaurant to teach one of the employees a lesson

She went from “sandwich artist” to con artist.

Police in New Mexico arrested a Subway restaurant employee in Las Cruces after she staged a robbery in her own shop, allegedly because “she wanted to teach one of the employees a lesson.”

Lorena Ariana Marin told officers she staged a robbery at the Las Cruces Subway where she worked in order to "teach one of the employees a lesson about what could happen late at night in that part of town."

Lorena Ariana Marin told officers she staged a robbery at the Las Cruces Subway where she worked in order to “teach one of the employees a lesson about what could happen late at night in that part of town.”

Lorena Ariana Marin, the Subway employee, and her alleged accomplice, Angelo Rey Espinosa, orchestrated the fake robbery on Monday, bursting into the store with masks over their faces. Marin, 22, then hopped over the counter and began “verbally and physically” threatening the two on-duty employees while Espinosa, 19, stood by.

“The woman also ordered one of the employees to get rid of the customer at the drive-thru window,” the Las Cruces police wrote on Facebook.

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Marin and Espinoza soon herded the two employees toward the back of the store, at which point one of the employees “bolted” out of the eatery and made it to her car.

The two suspects fled the scene shortly afterward.

Police caught up with Marin and Espinoza “within minutes” of the crime after a citizen reported seeing a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Inside the car, officers found Marin and Espinoza. Marin was identified as a possible suspect after one of the Subway employees claimed to have recognized her voice during the robbery.

Police say Marin, 22, and accomplice Angelo Rey Espinosa, 19, were apprehended "within minutes" of the crime.

Police say Marin, 22, and accomplice Angelo Rey Espinosa, 19, were apprehended “within minutes” of the crime. (Dona Ana County Detention Center)

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“Marin acknowledged her involvement in the robbery and indicated she wanted to teach one of the employees a lesson about what could happen late at night in that part of town,” the Las Cruces Police Department said.

Marin and Espinosa were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center, where both were initially held without bond. They were due in court Tuesday; a representative for the Las Cruces Police Department was not immediately available to confirm whether the two are still in custody.

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First National Bank to move headquarters to former Civic Arena site

First National Bank (FNB) will be moving its corporate headquarters to the former Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District.

Source: First National Bank to move headquarters to former Civic Arena site

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.

The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

Gasoline prices fell in most states over the past week as a large increase in gasoline inventories may have offset a surprise oil production cut announced by OPEC, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for price-tracking service GasBuddy.

Gas prices in the Pittsburgh area fell 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 731 stations. That’s 1.6 cents per gallon more than a month ago, and 13.1 cents per gallon more than a year ago.

Source: Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

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Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

The theater has been dark since its owner, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, laid off all its employees last month.

The Regent Square Theater has been closed for a few weeks, but there has been plenty of interest in the single-screen cinema.

At least three bidders are interested in buying the theater, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The theater, which opened in Edgewood in the late 1930s, has been owned by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers since the group renovated it in 1999. That organization merged with the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts in 2006.The Regent Square Theater

Source: Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

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Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Human service workers at the Persad Center in Lawrenceville voted to unionize. The unit of 24 workers — including therapists, program coordinators, case managers, and administrative staff, all focused on serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in Pittsburgh — announced its intention last month to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. The Persad workers organized with the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents more than 850,000 members nationally.Source: Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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New hotel opens in iconic Kaufmann’s building in downtown Pittsburgh

Each of the 160 hotel rooms has multi-use fitness bar

Source: New hotel opens in iconic Kaufmann’s building in downtown Pittsburgh

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Facility brings new life, jobs to previously abandoned section of Jeannette

Cryodynamic facility to open in 2021, bring more than 100 jobs

Source: Facility brings new life, jobs to previously abandoned section of Jeannette

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US experiencing shortage of potatoes used for french fries – Business Insider

  • Cold weather has damaged potato yields in North America, which is now threatening the availability of french fries in the US, Bloomberg reported Monday.
  • In some places, harvests were lost altogether, Bloomberg said, while frosts also stunted the growth of the long potatoes that are preferable for making french fries.
  • The US Department of Agriculture said on November 8 that potato production for the 2019 crop year was forecast at 22.4 million tons, down 6% from the prior year.
  • “French-fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, the industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, told Bloomberg.
  • Cold weather from September to November affected potato yields in Alberta, Idaho, Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Source: US experiencing shortage of potatoes used for french fries – Business Insider

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Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

NATIONWIDE — Bumble Bee Foods, one of America’s largest tuna brands, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.

  • 120-year-old Bumble Bee Foods files for bankruptcy
  • It pleaded guilty in 2017 in tuna price-fixing scheme
  • Taiwan-based company plans to bid almost $1 billion

The company says it’s selling its assets to Taiwan-based FCF Co. for $925 million.

The sale could be finalized within 60 to 90 days.

Bumble Bee CEO Jan Tharp said in a statement that “it’s been a challenging time for our company,” but the move should allow the brand to continue business as usual, CNN reported. The brand also sells sardines, clam juice, and other fish products.

This announcement comes more than two years after the brand, owned by London-based Lion Capital, pleaded guilty in a tuna price-fixing scheme. Major grocery chains including Albertsons, Kroger, and Walmart had sued Bumble Bee, StarKist and the maker of Chicken-of-the-Sea.

Source: Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

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China’s Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S. – Reuters

Economists warn that a prolonged trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies is elevating risks to the global economy by disrupting supply chains, curtailing investment and curbing business confidence.

Completion of a phase one deal could slide into next year, trade experts and people close to the White House have told Reuters, with Beijing asking for more extensive tariff rollbacks and Washington countering with increased demands of its own.

“We want to work for a ‘phase one’ agreement on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” Xi told representatives of an international forum, according to a pool report.

Source: China’s Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S. – Reuters

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JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

A hemp-drying facility in Jeannette is back open on a temporary basis after ventilation was added, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.

Source: JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

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Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Find out when you can get last-minute Thanksgiving items at Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and other grocery stores around Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH, PA – We all know that unfortunate feeling. It’s Thanksgiving morning, relatives are coming over and you’ve spent days preparing and making lists for your family feast, only to realize you forgot to buy the cranberry sauce or the whipped cream to top the pie. Plenty of grocery stores will be open across the Pittsburgh area for your last-minute shopping needs.

Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, along with a list of those that won’t.

  • Giant Eagle: Closes at 4 p.m.
  • Market District: Closes at 4 p.m.
  • GetGo: Normal hours (gas-only locations will close at 4 p.m.).
  • Shop’n Save: Hours vary by location. Check with your local store for closing time.
  • Whole Foods, Wexford: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, Upper St. Clair: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, East Liberty: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rite Aid: Most stores are open 24 hours.
  • Target: All stores are open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Walmart: Open normal hours for grocery shoppers on Thanksgiving, but check with stores for variation. Black Friday deals start at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, online and 6 p.m. Thanksgiving in store.

Closed Thanksgiving Day:

  • Aldi
  • Costco
  • Kuhn’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Trader Joe’s

Source: Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

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Casino groundbreaking event

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new gaming and entertainment destination groundbreaking ceremony

The developers of Live! Casino Pittsburgh hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township, where it will locate a new gaming and entertainment facility.

When it opens in late 2020 the new $150 million casino will will bring 750 slots, 30 table games and 500 jobs. Local officials are thrilled.

“This is a great economic development, not only for Hempfield Township but for Westmoreland County,” Hempfield Township Supervisor Doug Weimer told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Source: Live! Casino groundbreaking event

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Hemp-Drying Facility In Jeannette Shut Down – CBS Pittsburgh

The troubled Jeannette hemp-drying facility has been shut down by the city.

Source: Hemp-Drying Facility In Jeannette Shut Down – CBS Pittsburgh

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AT&T is giving some users 15GB of ‘bonus’ data, but it comes with a mandatory price hike – 9to5Mac

If you’re on one of AT&T’s older Mobile Share Value data plans, a price hike is on the way. The Verge reports today that AT&T is emailing customers to inform them that prices are increasing by $10 – but that the plans are also adding 15GB of “bonus data.” The email from AT&T simply says: “We’ve […]

Source: AT&T is giving some users 15GB of ‘bonus’ data, but it comes with a mandatory price hike – 9to5Mac

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Video shows attack at downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that left man paralyzed, employee charged

Smartphone video captures verbal altercation between couple, employees

A criminal complaint names 24-year-old Roneese Davis as one of the employees who attacked Marc Conn and his companion, Billie Jo Goldsworthy.

Source: Video shows attack at downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that left man paralyzed, employee charged

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UAW union president takes leave of absence as corruption probe expands – CNN

New York (CNN Business)The president of the United Auto Workers, Gary Jones, will take a leave of absence amid a growing scandal involving the union and its finances.

Jones requested the leave of absence following a vote by the executive board, the UAW said Saturday in a statement. Vice President Rory Gamble, head of the union’s Ford department, will serve as interim president starting Sunday.
“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future. I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union,” Jones said in the statement.
Jones is stepping aside as federal prosecutors continue a probe into allegations union leaders embezzled funds and accepted bribes, including from at least one automaker, Fiat Chrysler. (FCAU)
Jones has not been charged in the scandal, and both he and the UAW have pledged full cooperation with the probe.
A lawyer for Jones did not immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment.
Agents from the FBI, IRS and Labor Department searched Jones’ home in August, an FBI spokesman confirmed to CNN.
Nine people have pleaded guilty in the scandal, including former union officials, the widow of one union official, and employees at Fiat Chrysler who dealt with the union. Fiat Chrysler has declined to comment.
A top union official, Vance Pearson, was the first active union official to be indicted earlier this year.

Source: UAW union president takes leave of absence as corruption probe expands – CNN

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National Sandwich Day 2019: Free sandwiches and other deals Sunday

The spotlight for National Sandwich Day 2019 has been focused on chicken sandwiches and the continuing Chicken Sandwich War saga.

This year, the made-up food holiday held annually on Nov. 3 falls on a Sunday, which will be the day Popeyes’ sold out chicken sandwich – the one that prompted this summer’s battle over which chain has the best chicken sandwich – returns to restaurants.

But Sunday also is a day for free food, deals and discounts at restaurants across the country.

Just not at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

The Atlanta-based chain, famous for being closed on Sunday, sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week mentioning Sandwich Day.

Chick-fil-A later apologized for the snafu and confirmed it would still be closed on Sunday.

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Source: National Sandwich Day 2019: Free sandwiches and other deals Sunday

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Taco Bell seasoned beef is being recalled over concerns of metal contamination – CNN

About 2 million pounds of seasoned beef used in Taco Bell burritos and tacos have been removed from restaurant locations across the country.

Source: Taco Bell seasoned beef is being recalled over concerns of metal contamination – CNN

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Hunter Biden News: Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company – Bloomberg

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.

Source: Hunter Biden News: Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential Campaign – Bloomberg

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Propane Leak Shuts Down Sheetz In Plum – CBS Pittsburgh

A propane leak shut down a busy Sheetz store in Plum for much of the night and into the early morning.

 

Source: Propane Leak Shuts Down Sheetz In Plum – CBS Pittsburgh