Southwest Airlines to change rewards program

Southwest Airlines is making a change to one of its rewards programs and giving customers six months warning. Beginning with travel booked on or after March 31, 2014, Southwest will change the redemption rate for its Wanna Get Away award-level seats from 60 points per dollar to 70 points per dollar. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Sept. 23 // Md.'s job base returns to pre-recession levels

Maryland's job base is finally back to the size it was half a decade ago — before the deep recession gouged a big chunk out of it. It's a psychologically important milepost in the long slog toward recovery, one reached as the nation is still climbing out of the hole. But numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor show the state's job market remains far from normal. (Balt. Sun)

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Developers unveil plan for property near Wheaton Metro station

Montgomery County is giving redevelopment of Wheaton another shot. The county, in partnership with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, recently chose developers StonebridgeCarras and the Bozzuto Group to lead a $200 million effort aimed at turning the neighborhood into a more walkable, urban community that would take better advantage of the neighborhood’s Red Line Metro station. (Wash. Post)

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TESSCO's behind-the-scenes wireless work

TESSCO Technologies supplies 30,000 different products to the wireless industry, the vast majority of them the sort that the nation's cellphone users don't see or hardly notice. Antennas. Cable. Industrial surge protectors. Ceiling tile enclosures that hide wireless access points. The Hunt Valley company has a profile that's just about as low — never mind that it's one of Baltimore County's larger employers, with about 700 people in the region and another 140 out of state. Its customers know what it is — TESSCO ships 5,000 orders every workday — but the general public doesn't. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s County Court dismisses case challenging Whole Foods project

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge has dismissed an appeal to the rezoning of a 37-acre site in Riverdale Park where a developer plans to build a Whole Foods Market. The ruling clears out one of the biggest possible hurdles for the development of the property where county and town leaders envision the construction of a vibrant mixed-use community anchored by the high-end grocer. (Wash. Post)

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City moves to replace Grand Prix of Baltimore

City tourism leaders will have to find another way to draw visitors from around the state, region and world to the city after organizers canceled the Grand Prix indefinitely due to schedule conflicts. They say they are focused on booking more sporting events — like European soccer matches, hockey exhibition games and college lacrosse championships — and filling up the dead time of winter. Landing a replacement event could be helped by the city's experience hosting the Grand Prix, tourism experts and city officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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Next Supreme Court term could bring new focus on Clean Air Act 

Two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenge an Environmental Protection Agency rule designed to reduce the amount of power plant air pollutants that drift across state lines may be the first in a flurry of high court environmental cases that could have a major impact on federal policy and businesses. (Daily Record)

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Broadband seen as ‘essential’ economic development tool

While broadband Internet service in Washington County generally is viewed as adequate for today’s standards, the asset remains a top priority for businesses and a major tool for attraction, according to a county economic development official. “It’s one more major arrow in the quiver to attracting business to locate here” and upgrade existing facilities already here, said Stuart Mullendore, a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. (Herald-Mail)

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