More workers’ comp a sign of health – for economy 

More Maryland workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, more benefits are being paid out and employers are spending a greater share of their payrolls on those benefits, according to a report by the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit that promotes the economic benefits of workers’ compensation. (Daily Record)

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Y of Central Maryland acquires Big Vanilla Athletic Club in Arnold

Big Vanilla Athletic Club in Arnold is being acquired by the Y of Central Maryland and will become the Y's hub for programs in Anne Arundel County. The club will be renamed the Grater Annapolis Family Center Y. The Y will take full ownership and management of the 80,000-square-foot fitness center Sept, 19, after a 30-day transition period. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Texas private equity firm plans Prince George’s County power plant

Dallas-based Panda Power Funds plans an 859-megawatt natural gas power plant in Prince George’s County, and says it will create as many as 800 construction jobs. The proposed plant, near Air Force Road and Brandywine Road, is contingent on funding and regulatory approval. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Atlantic City’s losing streak, as more states compete for gambling revenue and jobs

Atlantic City, the erstwhile East Coast gambling mecca, is on an epic losing streak; over the past six years, competitive and economic forces have crushed the local casino economy, driving revenues down more than 40 percent. Once, the city that inspired the board game Monopoly had its own gambling monopoly on this side of the country. Now, it’s more Marvin Gardens than Boardwalk, with states from Maryland to Maine lining up to join the high-stakes game for tax revenues and middle-class jobs. (Wash. Post)

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Annapolis-based TCS launches public safety package 

TeleCommunication Systems Inc., of Annapolis, a provider of secure mobile communication technology, unveiled ESP Cyber Solutions for Public Safety, a portfolio of security and protection services designed to meet the specific needs of public safety organizations. (Daily Record)

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Economists blame sequestration for rise in state's jobless rate

Employers in Maryland cut 9,200 jobs in July, pushing the state's unemployment rate up to 7.1 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday. Economists blame Maryland's weaker showing on sequestration — $85 billion in federal across-the-board spending cuts during March through September. (Balt. Sun)

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StubHub gets FedEx Field naming rights

Online ticket seller StubHub joins FedEx as a naming rights partner at FedEx Field, with the premium club level at the stadium now called the StubHub Club Level. The deal runs through 2018. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Aribtron, Nielsen deal awaits ruling as FTC takes harder stance on mergers

Arbitron Inc.’s $1.26 billion merger with Nielsen Holdings N.V. could soon be ruled on by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is required to sign off on the deal in order to determine that the merger of the two companies would not be anti-competitive. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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