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June 13, 2014

State News in Brief | Pittsburgh mayor to host gay marriage ceremony

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto plans to hold a wedding ceremony for 20 same-sex couples this weekend.

Peduto said in a release that the ceremony will be held in the downtown city-county building on Sunday morning.

Immediately after the ceremony, Peduto and the newlyweds plan to take part in the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s Pride March.

The ceremony is not open to the public, but will be broadcast live on the local city cable TV channel.

Consol, Noble Energy form pipeline venture

NEW YORK – Oil and gas producers Consol Energy and Noble Energy said Thursday that they plan to form a new publicly traded joint venture that will operate natural-gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale region in the Eastern U.S.

The companies said they plan to create a master limited partnership. Consol and Noble said they filed confidential paperwork to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about the joint venture’s initial public offering.

The offering is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Shares of both companies rose in premarket trading after the announcement.

Noble Energy Inc., which is based Houston, rose less than 1 percent to $76, and shares of Pittsburgh-based Consol Energy Inc. rose 1.5 percent to $47.70.

AFL-CIO endorses Wolf for governor

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s largest labor organization has endorsed the Democratic ticket for governor.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s executive council voted Thursday to support Tom Wolf and his running mate, state Sen. Mike Stack.

They are challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley in the Nov. 4 general election.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO represents about 800,000 union workers.

Its president, Rick Bloomingdale, says Wolf will provide a new direction in Pennsylvania in which workers will be part of the solution and not the cause of a problem.

Last month, Wolf was endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union.

Corbett also is courting support from organized labor. He has been endorsed by the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania and Boilermakers Local 154.

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