Fighting city hall: Lamar Advertising has filed an appeal with the city of Pittsburgh over a decision to bar a downtown digital billboard, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Last month, the city’s zoning board said a permit for a 19-foot by 58-foot digital billboard and a scrolling “ticker” were issued in error. Lamar says it has spent more than $1.3 million on the billboard, which is about 60% finished. The billboard has been a target of controversy in Pittsburgh. Last year, a city official improperly gave Lamar a permit for the downtown sign in exchange for the company agreeing to take down six vinyl billboards. Read the story here.
Merger should be completed in second quarter: Embarq Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that sought to block its sale to CenturyTel, The Kansas City Business Journal reports. The suit accused Embarq of failing to best represent shareholders by not accepting the highest offer for the company. Monroe-based CenturyTel agreed to buy the phone company for $5.8 billion.