BB&T to close four Greater Baltimore branches

BB&T will close four Baltimore-area branches this year as more people have transitioned to banking online. Two of the branches are located in Anne Arundel County, one is in Harford County and the fourth is in Federal Hill, said Christopher D. Holt, the bank's regional president. Holt declined to provide exact addresses because the bank has not sent out notices to customers yet. The closures are part of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T's plan to close about 100 branches nationwide this year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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April 26 // Online grocer Peapod teams with Baltimore-based meal planning website DinnerTime

DinnerTime, a Baltimore-based meal planning technology company, has teamed with online grocer Peapod, allowing shoppers to have the ingredients for their meals delivered. The DinnerTime app, started in 2010 by co-founders Laura and Charlie Moore, creates customized meal plans and shopping lists with on-sale items from grocery stores selected by users. The company says it has members nationwide, more than 10 million potential meal combinations and weekly sales information from 12,000 stores. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal judge rules busker suit has enough merit to proceed

The third time could be the charm for a group of Boardwalk street performers who filed a civil suit against Ocean City after a U.S. District Court judge last week issued an opinion the buskers’ claims of First Amendment rights violations have merits. In November 2015, eight Ocean City Boardwalk street performers filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking $1 million in punitive and compensatory damages and injunctive relief from the town’s revised ordinance regulating buskers. (Dispatch)

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Maryland Transit Administration preps for BaltimoreLink launch

The Maryland Transit Administration is putting the final touches on Gov. Larry Hogan's $135 million overhaul of Baltimore's bus system set to go into effect in June, including an initiative providing two weeks of free fare. The BaltimoreLink system features 12 color-coded, high-frequency CityLink routes that allow riders to get from any stop to another by only making one transfer, which differentiates from the current system that often requires at least a couple of changes to get to a desired destination. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Wes Moore tapped as CEO for New York-based foundation

Wes Moore, a best-selling Baltimore author, educator and Army combat veteran who briefly considered a run for mayor last year, has been named CEO of a New York foundation that fights poverty by funding schools, food pantries, job training centers and other programs. Moore, 38, who founded BridgeEdU, an organization devoted to helping more than 100 students transition from high school to college, said the opportunity to fight poverty through the Robin Hood Foundation was important to him. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore-area physicians make 3rd lowest salaries nationally, report says

Physicians in the Baltimore area are paid the third lowest average annual salary nationwide, according to a new report. Greater Baltimore doctors make an average salary of $281,005, according to data from Doximity, a social network for physician and advanced practice clinicians. The report is based on 36,000 verified physician respondents and includes only licensed physicians in the U.S. who practice at least 40 hours a week. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Children's National moving Annapolis outpatient center to West Street

Children's National Medical Center, a pediatric health system based in Washington, D.C., will move its Annapolis outpatient center from Bestgate Road to West Street and expand its services, a real estate leasing firm said Tuesday. The hospital will move from 888 Bestgate Road to 10,500-square-feet on the first floor of 1730 West St., known as the Tate Building. A statement by the real estate leasing firm that handled the move said it would be part of an expansion of services. (Capital)

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Cho Benn Holback to be acquired by large architectural firm

Baltimore architectural firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, whose local work includes the Baltimore School for the Arts expansion, Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. theater and the Clipper Mill redevelopment, is being acquired by Quinn Evans Architects. The Washington, D.C.-based firm will take over Cho Benn Holback on May 1 and the new firm will remain in its offices at 100 N. Charles St. in downtown Baltimore, officials said Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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