Businesses welcome reprieve from offering insurance

The owners of the Shanty Grille restaurant in Ellicott City breathed a sigh of relief when the Obama administration delayed for a year penalties on businesses that do not provide health insurance to employees. For months, they fretted about how they were going to cover more workers as required by the Affordable Care Act. Complaints by companies much like Shanty Grille prompted the Treasury Department to announce that it would give companies with more than 50 full-time workers more time to understand the law's requirements. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County sees slight increase in tourism from Battle of Gettysburg anniversary

Tourism in Carroll County is seeing a boost from the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Carroll County Tourism Director Bonnie Staub said through some advertising, she hopes people will come to Carroll County. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Analyst: T. Rowe may be swept up in 'ugly' outflow wave

When T. Rowe Price Group Inc. reports its second-quarter earnings on July 24, one analyst who follows the company expects it to report about $3 billion in outflows from its funds during the quarter. Michael Kim, an analyst at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, lowered his rating on T. Rowe shares to “hold” from ‘buy” in a June 28 research note, citing what he expects will be “an unfavorable turnaround” in fund flows for the Baltimore mutual fund giant in the quarter ending June 30. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Labor Dept. sues Columbia practice over 401(k)

The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that it is suing a Columbia medical practice for allegedly failing to forward more than $100,000 in employee contributions and loan repayments to a 401(k) retirement plan. (Balt. Sun)

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Birth-injury case to go another round 

The parents of a boy born in 2010 with cerebral palsy and other serious disabilities will urge Maryland’s top court to reinstate a $28.3 million medical malpractice verdict against the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the family’s lawyer said. (Daily Record)

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BGE customers to pay higher rate for electricity this month

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers in Carroll County expressed mixed reactions to an increase in their monthly electricity bill that they will be seeing this month. BGE will charge the company’s average residential customers an additional roughly $6 per month for electricity. (Carroll Co. Times)

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CiCi's Pizza plans six new Baltimore-area locations

CiCi’s Pizza is targeting Greater Baltimore for six new franchise locations in the next five years. Baltimore City, Towson, Owings Mills and Glen Burnie are among the areas slated for new CiCi’s Pizza shops, known for their pizza, pasta and salad buffets. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Tighter environmental controls sought for Curtis Bay terminal

Environmental groups and some Curtis Bay residents are pressing the state to tighten pollution safeguards at the CSX coal terminal, saying they're concerned about runoff from the busy facility and about black dust blown onto and into their homes. (Balt. Sun)

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