Softened wild-animal bills clear House, Senate

Representatives of the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and several similar establishments have successfully negotiated changes to a wild-animal bill that could have prevented some from replacing their bears and large cats. The House of Delegates and state Senate have both passed bills that initially raised concerns among zookeepers. However, with the amendments, lawmakers say they don’t think the proposal will force Catoctin Zoo near Thurmont to scale back its programs. (News-Post)

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Unemployment rate nearly 16 percent for people with disabilities

For the 5 percent of workers in Frederick County who have disabilities, getting the chance to prove themselves in the workplace can be difficult. The unemployment rate in Frederick County between 2010 and 2012 was higher for people with disabilities than those without, the census survey showed. Overall unemployment was about 6 percent, but the rate was nearly 16 percent for those with disabilities. (News-Post)

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Clarksville cyber firm views health exchange problems as opportunity for new business

A Clarksville cyber security firm hopes to capitalize on problems with health exchange websites across the U.S. LaToya Holmes, founder and CEO of BLARE Intelligence, lists multiple federal agencies as clients but now plans to branch out into the private sector. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Appeals court rejects Lord & Taylor's bid to halt White Flint Mall redevelopment

The owners of White Flint Mall have won a key ruling in their efforts to redevelop the aging and mostly vacant Montgomery County retail center. A federal appeals court rejected an appeal by Lord & Taylor LLC, one of the mall's last remaining retail anchors, seeking to temporarily delay the redevelopment until its lawsuit against the owners works its way through the court system. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Project could bring new restaurant and retail business to Arbutus

One of the main gateways into Arbutus is expected to undergo a major change if a project by Catonsville developer Steve Whalen gets underway. The project, Arbutus Station, will bring two commercial buildings near the intersection of Sulphur Spring Road and Waelchli Avenue. (Balt. Sun)

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Sickweather CEO says move to Kansas City incubator spurred by lack of local investor interest

The CEO of a Baltimore-area health information startup said his company is joining a business accelerator in Kansas City, Mo., in part because it couldn’t gain much traction from investors in the Baltimore area more interested in putting their money into ed-tech startups, cyber security firms and government contractors. “We just didn’t fit into the spectrum,” said Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. The 2-year-old company launched a mobile phone app in November that uses social media postings to show users how prevalent illnesses like the flu are in a particular location. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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March 18 // Maryland lost 9,800 jobs in January, Labor Department says

Maryland's employment base shrank by nearly 10,000 jobs in January and grew at a much weaker pace last year than originally estimated, the federal government said Monday. The state had about 23,000 more jobs in December than a year earlier, down from the initial report of 36,000 additional jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. That revision is enough to change 2013 from the state's best year since the recession to its worst for job creation. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s wants to lure science and tech jobs with incentives

Prince George’s County lawmakers are considering a measure to create a special business district that officials say would improve the county’s ability to lure science and technology jobs through incentive programs. The proposed science and technology district covers a large portion of northwestern Prince George’s that includes College Park, Greenbelt and Beltsville. (Wash. Post)

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