Historical Trust's easement removal paves way for discussion to buy historic hall in Middletown

The Maryland Historical Trust has removed an easement that would have prevented Middletown from buying Memorial Hall, a two-story, 7,200-square-foot brick and masonry building constructed in 1923 as a memorial to veterans of World War I. Earlier this year, Middletown received a \$75,000 matching grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority — Heart of the Civil War to buy the hall. The building is for sale but is deteriorated and needs substantial rehabilitation. (News-Post)

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Dec. 9 // Consultants say National Harbor would be most lucrative site for casino

A casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue and tax dollars than two other sites vying for the state's sole casino in Prince George's County, according to consultants who presented data to state gambling officials in Annapolis. A group of six consultant firms, hired by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission to evaluate the casino proposals, said the MGM Resorts International resort and casino proposed for National Harbor would bring in annual gambling revenue of \$713 million to \$719 million. (Balt. Sun)

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Feds investigating Silver Spring pharmaceutical company’s marketing practices

Silver Spring biotech United Therapeutics Corp. has received a federal subpoena related to a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the company’s marketing practices and is cooperating with the investigation, company executives said in a news release on Monday. (Gazette)

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Maryland health exchange director resigns after questions about vacation

The director of Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid ongoing technical problems and questions about a Caribbean vacation she took while the online marketplace faltered. Rebecca Pearce, hired two years ago to build a $ 107 million exchange, leaves her post as officials struggle to repair the system that launched Oct. 1. The exchange's rocky start and low enrollment have become ammunition for political attacks on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was tasked by the governor with overseeing the state's implementation of the federal health care reform law. (Balt. Sun)

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Officials propose wind farm at Deep Creek Lake

Messenger Limited Partnership has requested the Garrett County Planning Commission to amend the Deep Creek watershed zoning ordinance to allow a wind farm in the rural resource zoning district.  Wind turbines are prohibited in all zones of the watershed and the amendment would permit them in the rural resource zone only with the condition that the turbines would be 20,000 feet from the high waterline of Deep Creek Lake, according to Bob Paye, an attorney at Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty, P.C. (Times-News)

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Jos. Bank considers options for growth

Men's Wearhouse's $ 1.2 billion turnabout offer for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers might have painted the smaller men's retailer into a corner. After all, it was Jos. Bank's idea to combine the two companies with its now-withdrawn $ 2.3 billion offer for Men's Wearhouse. But Hampstead-based Jos. Bank is taking its time to respond and suggested Thursday that it was exploring other acquisition options. (Balt. Sun)

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Union renews push for labor protections at UM Medical Center

The union representing thousands of Maryland health care workers is renewing a push to apply state labor protections and collective bargaining laws to employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a move that hospital officials say is not needed to allow unionizing there. (Balt. Sun)

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Coal-fired units at 2 Md. power plants slated to retire

NRG Energy Inc. said Friday that it notified the region's grid operator of plans to retire all coal-fired generation units at two of its Maryland power plants, facilities that are the subject of a water-pollution suit by state regulators. NRG filed deactivation notices that would allow it to shut down the Washington-area units in May 2017, a decision hailed by environmental activists. (Balt. Sun)

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