Prince George's County company moving headquarters, 150 employees to Howard County

Long Fence and Home LLLP is moving its headquarters and 150 employees to Howard County from Prince George's County as part of a deal with two local partners to buy three Howard County office buildings for $11.88 million. Long Fence and VersaTech Inc. entered into a partnership led by Feldman Bergin Properties, a Fulton real estate development and investment firm. The partnership said Friday it has acquired 8510, 8520 and 8530 Corridor Road, a trio of buildings totaling 130,000 square feet. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Oil prices spike as Trump administration blames Iran for attack on Saudi Arabia

Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record. President Trump has warned the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond as two of his cabinet members blame the attack on Iran. U.S. officials offered satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom's crucial Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key oil field, alleging the pattern of destruction suggested the attack on Saturday came from either Iraq or Iran — rather than Yemen, as claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there. (CBS)

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Hagerstown airport fighting to keep daily flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation ruled in late August that Hagerstown Regional Airport is no longer eligible for Essential Air Service subsidies, which currently help pay for daily flights to Baltimore and Pittsburgh airports. The Washington County commissioners are appealing the decision, but if a resolution isn’t reached, those flights could be disrupted effective Oct. 18. (Herald-Mail)

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Harvest expands in Maryland with takeover of second cannabis dispensary

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc., a national cannabis company with a Maryland presence, will begin operating its second dispensary in the state under a new deal. Harvest (CSE: HARV, OTCQX: HRVSF) signed a management services agreement on Sept. 9, signaling it will take over operations of the Your Farmacy medical marijuana dispensary business in Lutherville-Timonium. Harvest already runs one other Maryland dispensary in Rockville. The company also operates a cannabis growing and processing facility in Hancock in Washington County. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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M&T Bank violated ADA’s accommodation duty, judge rules

M&T Bank violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide the reasonable accommodation of reassignment for a Baltimore branch manager after she took short-term disability leave during her complicated pregnancy, a federal judge has ruled. But U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander added that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provided “no basis to doubt the veracity” of the bank’s explanation that it fired Candace McCollin due to job performance and not due to her disability, cervical insufficiency. (Daily Record)

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House lawmakers ask Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to turn over trove of records in antitrust probe

A congressional antitrust investigation into Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google entered a new phase Friday, after lawmakers called on each of the tech giants to turn over a trove of sensitive documents, including top executives’ private communications. The requests sent by Democrats and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee ask the companies to share detailed information about their internal operations, including financial data about their products and services, private discussions about potential merger targets and records related to “any prior investigation” they have faced on competition grounds. (Wash. Post)

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‘They have no other option’: With GM leaving Maryland, longtime workers face tough decisions

As a General Motors employee for 25 years, John Sofia is well acquainted with the shuttered-factory shuffle, the decades-old dance requiring union workers to move hundreds of miles between cities as the automaker closes plants. Over the past 15 years, the 56-year-old Baltimore County man has bounced between three states spanning 1,200 miles, losing two marriages to the same woman along the way. (Balt. Sun)

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Consumer agency elects new chairman with a surprise choice

The Consumer Product Safety Commission elected a new leader Friday, with Democrat Robert Adler edging out other contenders to be the agency’s acting chairman in a vote by the commissioners. Adler’s win is a surprise, given that the commission is made up of a 3-2 Republican majority and that the current acting chairwoman is Republican Ann Marie Buerkle. She announced earlier this year that she was withdrawing from the nomination process to continue as both a commissioner and the agency’s chairwoman. She plans to leave the commission entirely at the end of October. (Wash. Post)

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