Sinclair could use Allbritton deal to launch more cable news stations

The Allbritton family’s 24-hour Washington, D.C., cable news channel is a big reason why Sinclair Broadcast Group is paying $985 million to buy eight TV stations from the family. Marci Ryvicker, an analyst at Wells Fargo, expects the Hunt Valley broadcaster to use Albritton’s NewsChannel 8 as the basis for a national news channel it would launch in markets across the country “infusing local news into a national news format,” Ryvicker said in a note to clients Monday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Constellation nuclear plants to be discussed in public meeting

Regulators said Monday that they will hear about the performance of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group power plants next week — including Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland — in a public meeting in Baltimore. Officials from Exelon-owned Constellation are scheduled to talk to Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers about activities and licensing actions regarding its nuclear plants. (Balt. Sun)

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Rockville offering tax breaks for ‘green’ building upgrades

Rockville is aiming to give companies looking to make earth-friendly improvements to their buildings a nudge in the right direction. The city is offering tax credits to offset some of the costs of renovating old commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient. (Gazette)

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First Potomac Realty selling Triangle Business Park in Baltimore

First Potomac Realty Trust is selling Triangle Business Center, a 74,000-square-foot office and flex property at 1500 Joh Ave. in Baltimore and Arbutus. The company reported the transaction in its second-quarter earnings statement, saying it had “entered into a contract to sell” the park on July 15. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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D.C. firm buys Columbia office complex 

Cushman & Wakefield of Maryland Inc. announced it brokered the sale of the Rivers Business Commons, a four-building office complex in Columbia, to Fernau LeBlanc Investment Partners. (Daily Record)

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Retailer sues new O.C. brewing company over use of name 

A trademark brawl is brewing on the shore this summer. An Ocean City retailer is suing the town’s new brewery, Shorebilly Brewing Co., for trademark infringement. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Transit Administration seeks advertising agencies

The Maryland Transit Administration is on the hunt for three advertising agencies to provide communications and marketing services for the next five years. Bids are due Aug. 8 for a request for proposals the MTA issued seeking marketing firms to provide advertising, digital media, audio and visual production, cartography and public relations services. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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July 29 // Maryland issues insurance rates that are among lowest in U.S.

Maryland insurance officials approved final rates Friday for health plans to be sold in the state’s new online marketplace that are among the lowest in the country. The plans, which are for individuals, will be sold beginning Oct. 1. (Wash. Post)

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