State program helps fund generators for service stations

A new program from the state is designed to ensure that service stations remain open during natural disasters and power losses. Fuel Up Maryland, a program of the Maryland Energy Administration, has $1.7 million available to help service stations pre-wire for backup power generation. (News-Post)

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Revised plans for Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station project could send it back to council

The Remington Neighborhood Alliance is keeping a close watch on plans for the Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station development now that a lawsuit involving the property has been settled. Development of the site stalled because of the lawsuit, and no new plans have been filed at the city Planning Department since Lowe’s backed away from plans to build a store in the shopping center in 2011. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Sandy Spring plans stock repurchase 

Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc., of Olney, announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 1,260,000 shares — approximately 5 percent — of the company’s outstanding common stock. (Daily Record)

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August 29 // New poker room at Maryland Live generates crowds and buzz

Maryland’s largest casino — at the Arundel Mills mall in Hanover — spent about $20 million to build, equip and staff the 24-hour poker room that opened Wednesday. By noon, the line to get in was hundreds of people long. By 1 p.m., with 160 players seated, more than 1,000 people were waiting to get in on the action in the 520-player room. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore mayor calls possible Olympic bid 'promising'

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had encouraging words Wednesday about a proposal to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington region, with sporting events envisioned for both Baltimore and Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)

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Grand Prix fixed? Future uncertain 

The race is on — and, some say, so is the pressure. As the third Grand Prix of Baltimore approaches, both supporters and opponents of the downtown street race are watching to see whether the three-day event will establish itself as a permanent summer fixture of the Inner Harbor. But J.P. Grant, who is financially supporting as well as helping orchestrate the event, said he is trying not to focus on the scrutiny. (Daily Record)

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Johns Hopkins Medicine inks first partnership with hospital in Brazil

Johns Hopkins Medicine International has signed its first partnership with a hospital in the fast-growing country of Brazil. Hopkins inked an agreement to collaborate with Hospital Moinhos de Vento of Porto Alegre to improve clinical care, patient safety and nursing education. The partnership is intended to help elevate the Brazilian hospital’s status as a national leader in health care. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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CVS to pay Maryland $250,000 to settle expired products allegations

CVS Pharmacy will pay a $250,000 penalty as part of a settlement with Maryland over allegations it was improperly disposing of patient information and selling expired products. In addition to the deal with state’s Consumer Protection Division, CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Maryland CVS Pharmacy LLC will give customers discount coupons if they find expired products on the drugstore’s shelves. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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