Murrysville woman takes Walgreens to court for taxing toilet tissue

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There are very few things we all need, and toilet paper is one of them. But did you ever look at your store receipt after buying it?  One Murrysville woman did and doesn’t like what she saw.

“It’s something that we all use. We all need to buy, and I have no idea why this is continuing to occur,” said consumer advocate Mary Bach. She’s got the time, the interest and the receipts.

“That’s correct. I do have the receipts,” she said.

She sent us her receipts from the Walgreens in Murrysville that show sales tax added to a purchase of toilet tissue.

Bach took Walgreens to court and the magistrate judge in Export sided with her. She says the fix would “take a nanosecond,” but it didn’t happen yet. She just filed a complaint against the Walgreens in Penn Hills for the same issue, planning to argue in front of the magistrate judge there in March.

Bach tells KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that people can visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s website for the full list of items not subject to sales tax in Pennsylvania.

Source: Murrysville woman takes Walgreens to court for taxing toilet tissue

Customers struggling to get jewelry back after local store in Robinson closes

Channel 11 tried calling L.S. Jewelers in Robinson. The store’s voicemail box is full and is not accepting any more voicemails.

“L.S. Jewelers is currently a tenant,” said Zamagias Properties Senior Legal Counsel Daniel Gustine. “Beyond that, we can’t provide any further comment at this time.”

“It’s just extremely frustrating,” said a customer named Katie Bonwell. “I brought it in for a simple repair, and now I can’t get it back.”

Source: Customers struggling to get jewelry back after local store closes

U.S. air travel rumbles back to life after FAA computer outage

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – U.S. flights were slowly resuming departures and a ground stop was lifted after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scrambled to fix a system outage overnight that had forced a halt to all U.S. departing flights.

More than 6,000 flights were delayed and nearly 1,000 canceled according to the FlightAware website as officials said it will take hours to recover from the halt. The numbers were still rising.

Source: U.S. air travel rumbles back to life after FAA computer outage

Post-Gazette owner buys Pittsburgh City Paper

The deal comes as the workers at the Post-Gazette continue to strike over unfair labor practices.

The CEO of the Post-Gazette’s parent company said they want to support independent journalism and that’s why they’re buying City Paper. But the head of one Post-Gazette union that is on strike expressed concern about the purchase.

Source: Post-Gazette owner buys Pittsburgh City Paper

State liquor store in Greensburg to reopen Monday

The state liquor store in Greensburg will reopen, but not in time for partygoers to buy their favorite libations for a New Year’s Eve bash. The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 105 Harrison Ave. will reopen Monday after being closed since August because of potential safety concerns for employees. The Liquor Control Board said those issues have been addressed.

A “temporarily closed” sign remained in the window and door of the business Thursday. Store shelves are stocked.

The LCB is in the process of restaffing the store, said Shawn Kelly, an LCB spokesman in Harrisburg. The employees who worked there were reassigned to other liquor stores, Kelly said.

The building’s owner, John Rause, could not be reached for comment.

After the liquor store was closed, Rause said he had contractors assess moisture issues in the basement. The business uses the basement for storing some stock.

The upper part of the building houses the Slavonic American Home of Greensburg, known as the Ash Club.

Source: State liquor store in Greensburg to reopen Monday

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Source: Stock Market Today: Dow Futures Fall in Year’s Last Trading Day

Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan Issues Update To Travelers

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Bob Jordan:

I want everyone who is dealing with the problems we’ve been facing, whether you haven’t been able to get to where you need to go or you’re one of our heroic Employees caught up in a massive effort to stabilize the airline, to know is that we’re doing everything we can to return to a normal operation.

And please also hear that I’m truly sorry.

Here’s why this giant puzzle is taking us several days to solve. Southwest is the largest carrier in the country, not only because of our value and our values, but because we build our flight schedule around communities, not hubs. So, we’re the largest airline in 23 of the top 25 travel markets in the U.S.

Cities where large numbers of scheduled flights simultaneously froze as record bitter cold brought challenges for all airlines.

Our network is highly complex and the operation of the airline counts on all the pieces, especially aircraft and crews remaining in motion to where they’re planned to go. With our large fleet of airplanes and flight crews out of position in dozens of locations. And after days of trying to operate as much of our full schedule across the busy holiday weekend, we reached a decision point to significantly reduce our flying to catch up.

We’re focused on safely getting all of the pieces back into position to end this rolling struggle. You know, I have nothing but pride and respect for the efforts of the people of Southwest who are showing up in every way. The tools we use to recover from disruption serve us well, 99 percent of the time; but clearly, we need to double down on our already existing plans to upgrade systems for these extreme circumstances so that we never again face what’s happening right now.

I’m apologizing to them daily and they’ll be hearing more about our specific plans to ensure the challenges that they’ve faced the past few days will not be part of our future.

I reached out to Secretary Buttigieg earlier today to continue the discussions we’ve been having with the DOT through the holiday – sharing all the things that we’re doing to make things right for our Customers.

We always take care of our Customers. And we will lean in and go above and beyond as they would expect us to. Teams are working on all of that: processing refunds, proactively reaching out and taking care of Customers who are dealing with costly detours and reroutes, as just a few examples. Our plan for the next few days is to fly a reduced schedule and reposition our people and planes, and we’re making headway and we’re optimistic to be back on track before next week.

We have some real work to do in making this right. For now, I want you to know that we’re committed to that.

Source: Video: Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan Issues Update

New eatery, Frankie’s on 2nd, to open Saturday in Leechburg

A new eatery is opening in an old dining spot familiar to many Leechburg residents. Frankie’s on 2nd will have a soft opening starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, serving breakfast in what was formerly Pappy’s restaurant and, before that, Bonello’s. It is located at 81-83 Second St.

New owner Frank Failla, 62, of Springdale Township and his sister, Tina Rafalowski, will share the cooking duties.

“I’m most excited about this new adventure for my brother,” Rafalowski said. “He’s the one who taught me to cook.”

Rafalowski of Bethel Park will make the trek to Leechburg on weekends to work in the kitchen.

“I would drive two hours for my brother,” she said.

The siblings grew up surrounded by the restaurant biz. She first learned how to make pizza from her older brother.

Their late father owned and operated the former Don Nicolas pizza shops, with locations in Baldwin Township, Dormont and Pittsburgh’s Overbrook neighborhood.

“That was during the 1980s, and I took over after my dad died,” said Failla, who also works full time in travel management.

Source: New eatery, Frankie’s on 2nd, to open Saturday in Leechburg

US provides Chevron limited authorization to pump oil in Venezuela after reaching humanitarian agreement | CNN Politics

The US has granted Chevron limited authorization to resume pumping oil from Venezuela following the announcement Saturday that the Venezuelan government and the opposition group have reached an agreement on humanitarian relief and will continue to negotiate for a solution to the country’s chronic economic and political crisis, including a focus on the 2024 elections.

Source: US provides Chevron limited authorization to pump oil in Venezuela after reaching humanitarian agreement | CNN Politics

Ford considering take over of Argo AI’s footprint in Pittsburgh following shutdown and layoff of 679 workers

Ford Motor Co. is considering the possibility of taking over at least some of the space in the Strip District headquarters of Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle company Argo AI LLC following the announcement Wednesday that Argo would be shut down.

Ford (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen served as Argo’s largest backers, investing over $1 billion into the startup over the years that at one point put its valuation at more than $7 billion.

Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/inno/stories/news/2022/10/27/ford-considering-take-over-of-argo-ai-space.html

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom workers go on strike

The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh said in a news release that Post-Gazette management failed to end what the guild calls the paper’s “illegally declared impasse to contract negotiations, lift the unilaterally imposed working conditions and reinstate the terms of the previous collectively bargained contract, and return to the contract bargaining table to reach a fair contract with the 101 journalists the Guild represents.”

“The workers who produce the Post-Gazette are taking a stand against the hostile and illegal treatment at the hands of John and Allan Block,” Newspaper Guild President Zack Tanner said in a statement. “We, the workers, are standing together today, ready to fight to win back our contract and work toward signing a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves the Post-Gazette for the Pittsburgh region.”

The Newspaper Guild said it has been in negotiations for a contract with PG management since 2017.

This is the second strike in recent weeks involving employees at the Post-Gazette. Workers from unions that are responsible for production, distribution and advertising at the Post-Gazette walked off the job Oct. 6.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom workers go on strike

Citizens begins to close Giant Eagle branches

PITTSBURGH — Citizens on Tuesday will start the process of closing half of its Giant Eagle branches. Within nine days, 15 will be replaced by Citizens Virtual Assistant kiosks. A second round will begin on Jan. 10.

In all, 28 will transition to kiosks and 28 full-service branches will remain within the Pittsburgh-based supermarkets.

Citizens confirmed the change to the Pittsburgh Business Times on July 29.

 

Source: Citizens begins to close Giant Eagle branches

Hempfield Steak ’n Shake items go up for auction

Burgers and shakes are off the menu at the former Steak ’n Shake in Hempfield, as it is being emptied to make way for a new business. An auction is scheduled Monday, Oct. 17, at the Greengate Centre restaurant known for its black, white and red 1950s decor

The auction comes two years after the Hempfield restaurant closed its doors when it became one of more than 100 Steak ’n Shake locations — including those in Center Township, Frazer, Munhall, Pleasant Hills and Robinson — to temporarily shutter as the burger chain moved toward a franchise-based model.

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Source: Hempfield Steak ’n Shake items go up for auction

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers go on strike

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette employees belonging to unions representing production, distribution and advertising workers went on strike as the day began Thursday in response to what they view as unfair labor practices by company management.

The unions include the Communications Workers of America Locals 14842 and 14827, Teamsters Local 205/211 and Pressmen’s Union Local 24M/9N.

Workers in those unions say they have been working without a collective bargaining agreement since March 2017, have not received a pay raise in the past 16 years and maintain that management has refused to bargain in good faith and made unilateral changes to their health care plan.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers go on strike

Railroad Unions and Companies Reach a Tentative Deal to Avoid a Strike

Unions and management reached a tentative deal early Thursday, averting a freight railroad strike that had threatened to cripple US supply chains and push prices higher for many goods.

The deal with unions representing more than 50,000 engineers and conductors was announced just after 5 a.m. ET in a statement from the White House, which called it “an important win for our economy and the American people.”

A verbal agreement between the two sides was reached at about 2:30 am ET according to sources, and the final hours were spent getting the details worked out.

President Biden praised the agreement as a “big win” for workers and the rail companies.

Source: Railroad Unions and Companies Reach a Tentative Deal to Avoid a Strike

Bed Bath & Beyond CFO plunges to death at New York’s Jenga tower | Reuters

Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc’s (BBBY.O) chief financial officer fell to his death from New York’s Tribeca skyscraper known as the “Jenga” tower on Friday afternoon, police said on Sunday, days after the struggling retailer announced it was closing stores and laying off workers.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond CFO plunges to death at New York’s Jenga tower | Reuters

Another Pittsburgh movie theater is closing – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Another movie theatre in our area is closing.

Phoenix Theatres North Versailles 18 is closing on Tuesday, September 6. Current employees will be offered jobs at the Bridgeville location.

If you have gift cards, you can use them there, or go to the website for a full refund.

Source: Another Pittsburgh movie theater is closing – CBS Pittsburgh

California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars – The New York Times

The decision, to take effect by 2035, will very likely speed a wider transition to electric vehicles because many other states follow California’s standards.

California regulators on Thursday will vote to put in place a sweeping plan to restrict and ultimately ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars, state officials said, a move that the state’s governor described as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine.

The new policy, detailed Wednesday morning in a news conference, is widely expected to accelerate the global transition toward electric vehicles. Not only is California the largest auto market in the United States, but more than a dozen other states typically follow California’s lead when setting their own auto emissions standards.

If those states follow through, and most are expected to adopt similar rules, the restrictions would apply to about a third of the United States auto market.

Source: California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars – The New York Times

Ford Confirms Layoffs, Says It Is Cutting About 3,000 Jobs – WSJ

Ford Motor Co. -5.04% confirmed Monday it is laying off roughly 3,000 white-collar and contract employees, marking the latest in its efforts to slash costs as it makes a longer-range transition to electric vehicles.

Ford sent an internal email Monday to employees, saying it would begin notifying affected salaried and agency workers this week of the cuts. The email was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The 1% reduction in Ford’s workforce of about 183,000 mostly targets employees in the U.S., Canada and India. About 2,000 of the targeted cuts will be salaried jobs at the Dearborn, Mich., auto maker. The remaining 1,000 employees are working in contract positions with outside agencies, the company said.

Source: Ford Confirms Layoffs, Says It Is Cutting About 3,000 Jobs – WSJ

Dow futures drop 300 points to start the week as Wall Street rally continues to fizzle

A summer rally was halted last week as fears of aggressive interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve resurfaced on Wall Street.

U.S. stock futures fell Monday following a halt in the summer rally last week, as fears of aggressive interest rate hikes returned to Wall Street.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 321 points, or by 0.95%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 1.22% and 1.57%, respectively.

Those moves come as European markets experienced steep declines, driven in part by worries of rising inflation and higher interest rates around the world.

On Friday, the S&P 500 closed down 1.29%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 292 points, or 0.86%, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.01%. The major averages also posted weekly losses.

Source: Dow futures drop 300 points to start the week as Wall Street rally continues to fizzle

Warner Bros. kills off ‘Batgirl’ movie, $90 million in : NPR

Sorry, DC universe fans: the movie, which starred ‘In The Heights’ actress Leslie Grace in the title role, will not be released theatrically or on HBO Max.

In a move that shocked Hollywood observers for the amount of money wasted, Warner Bros. Discovery announced Tuesday that it is shelving all plans to release the nearly finished film Batgirl, starring actress Leslie Grace.

The film had originally been planned with a $75 million budget that had rocketed up to $90 million, due to COVID-related delays. It was directed by the duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, whose credits include the 2020 Will Smith and Martin Lawrence vehicle Bad Boys for Life as well as the recent Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

In a statement reported by multiple media sources, a Warner Bros. spokesperson wrote: “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance.”

Warner Bros. has not replied to requests from NPR for comment.

Source: Warner Bros. kills off ‘Batgirl’ movie, $90 million in : NPR

Family Dollar issues recall for products stored at wrong temperature | WHEC.com

Family Dollar is recalling more than 430 products. Items like toothpaste, and over-the-counter drugs, were stored at the wrong temperature before being shipped to stores across the country.

See the full list of recalled items here. 

Family Dollar stores that received the recalled products have been notified and told to stop selling them, the company said. People can return any of the recalled products to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without a receipt. Customers with questions can contact Family Dollar at (844) 636-7687.

Source: Family Dollar issues recall for products stored at wrong temperature | WHEC.com

Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Issues Consumer Alert For Sinful Sweets’ Downtown Pittsburgh Location

A consumer alert has been issued for a popular downtown chocolate company.

The Health Department says the business had committed several violations, including the areas of cleaning and sanitation, waste and refuse storage, and that there was active pest infestation.

In the latest report from Health Department inspectors, bags of trash were observed in the hallway of the business, dead mice were seen on sticky traps and on the floor, and a roof was seen leaking over a prep area, among other violations.

The Health Department will provide an update on its website once the consumer alert has been lifted. Click here for more information.

Source: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Issues Consumer Alert For Sinful Sweets’ Downtown Pittsburgh Location

Family Dollar issues recall after FDA inspection reveals rodent infestation at Arkansas facility

 

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an alert that various products purchased within the last year from Family Dollar Stores across six states may be contaminated and unsafe to use.

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an alert that various products purchased within the last year from Family Dollar Stores across six states may be contaminated and unsafe to use.

Items ranging from dietary supplements and medication to cosmetics and pet foods may have been exposed to insanitary conditions at Family Dollar’s distribution facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, federal officials said in a news release. An FDA inspection found that a rodent infestation could have potentially contaminated the products.

Family Dollar on Friday issued a voluntary recall of particular items that were sold after January 1, 2021, at hundreds of stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, according to a news release.

Source: Family Dollar issues recall after FDA inspection reveals rodent infestation at Arkansas facility

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