Cruise ship returns to Baltimore after fire

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas has returned to the Port of Baltimore after a fire damaged it. The ship arrived at the port Thursday and was to conduct a one-night sail for travel agents. It is scheduled to sail with passengers on the weekend. (AP/Capital)

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D.C. suburbs near federal employment supremacy

The nation’s capital remains the center of the federal employment universe, but the D.C. suburbs may be one or two federal agency moves away from stealing that title. Federal government employment fell 12.9 percent nationwide and 6.8 percent in D.C. between 1990 and 2013. But it rose 26.7 percent during that same period in the Washington-area suburbs. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore lands smack in the middle in overdraft charges

Baltimore is in the middle of the pack when it comes to how much banks and credit unions here charge customers for overdrawing on their checking account. The median overdraft fee charged by banks and credit unions in Greater Baltimore is $30, according to a report by Moebs Services, a Lake Bluff, Ill., economic research firm. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Beatty, Armada Hoffler to hold info session for women and minority contractors

Beatty Development Group and Armada Hoffler Construction Co. will host a third information session for minority and women contractors interested in working on the Exelon headquarters building at Harbor Point. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland ultility companies award $340M in contracts to minorities, nonprofits

Maryland’s utility companies awarded more than $340 million in contracts to minority and nonprofit suppliers in 2012, the Public Service Commission reported. For the past 20 years, participating utility companies have aimed to allocate 25 percent of total dollars spent on contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders to minority, woman-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses, as well as nonprofits. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Fewer Marylanders seek unemployment benefits

Maryland saw a decrease in people seeking unemployment benefits for the week ending June 29, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state saw a decrease of 1,715 in the number of people who applied for benefits compared with the previous week, according to Labor Department findings. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Even after sale, local Harris Teeters will remain Harris Teeters

Harris Teeter fans, fear not: The stores are staying put, even if a proposed acquisition by the larger Kroger supermarket chain goes through.The two companies announced Tuesday that Kroger plans to purchase the smaller chain for about $2.5 billion. But the Harris Teeter brand isn’t going away. (Gazette)

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In new study of state economies, Md. brings up the middle 

Depending on one’s party affiliation, Maryland is either an economic powerhouse or a national laggard with serious business-climate issues. But a report released by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center on Tuesday, which compiled multiple economic indicators for all 50 states, suggests the Free State is really just in the middle of the pack. (Daily Record)

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