| Nov 22, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Bigger checks coming for state officials
It's that time again, when Pennsylvania elected and appointed officials get an extra chunk of change added to their paychecks.
The annual cost-of-living adjustment — based on changes in the consumer price...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 4:35 PM
The economy just posted its best six-month stretch in 11 years, the labor market is on a record streak of job creation and gas prices are falling. But consumers — a key driver of U.S. economic growth — have not yet fully joined the party....
| Jan 16, 2015
| 2:59 PM
Greater Hartford home sales in 2014 failed to match double-digit gains in the two previous years, barely eking out an increase, a new report Friday showed.
Sales of single-family houses rose just 1 percent, to 9,815, in 2014 from 9,711 in 2013, according...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 12:57 PM
People in South Florida are paying more for food and housing than a year ago — so much that it more than ate up a 22.1 percent drop in gasoline prices, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Still, the plunging prices at the pump...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The District 220 School Board of Education plans to set its tax levy request at about $113.8 million for the 2015-16 school year, representing a 2.49 percent increase over the amount actually extended last year.
Tim Neubauer, assistant superintendent...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:49 PM
The stars are aligning for a robust year in retail — but the spoils aren't likely to be shared equally.
Decreasing unemployment, brightening consumer confidence and plummeting gas prices point to a boost in consumer spending in 2015 that should be...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Florida's major power companies have become political powers. It's time to rein them in, and the Legislature can make a start in 2015.
State Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, have introduced a measure to reform the way...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Security breaches at Target, Home Depot, Jewel-Osco and Jimmy Johns have taken a bite out of consumer confidence in retailers’ ability to secure our personal data.
Some contend that we’ve been duped by the lure of convenience and speed, and...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 4:00 PM
Stocks swung from gains to losses and almost back again on Tuesday.
The U.S. market opened the day higher, getting a boost from encouraging news on hiring and small business confidence. The market then swooned in the afternoon as oil closed lower. The...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:00 AM
For the fourth time in 12 years, the world is facing a deflation scare. And as with any good horror movie, no one is sure what lurks in the shadows.
Since summer, slowing growth in China and severe weakness in Europe and Japan have deepened fears that...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 11:30 AM
A 2014 tax levy of $124.1 million—an increase of about a $2.5 million from last year’s levy—was approved by the Niles Township District 219 school board on Monday, Dec. 18.
This year’s levy—a 2.1 percent increase from 2013&...