Under Armour signs top NBA prospect Josh Jackson

The NBA Draft doesn't start until Thursday night, but Under Armour Inc. has already made its first pick. The Baltimore sportswear maker has signed University of Kansas star Josh Jackson, who is widely expected to be a top-five selection in the draft, to an endorsement deal. Kris Stone, a senior marketing director for Under Armour posted about the deal on Instagram and the brand posted about it on Facebook. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore among cities with most unused vacation time by workers

Baltimore workers could use a vacation. That's the word from a new analysis by Project: Time Off, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of travel organizations and companies that wants to get people to take more vacation time (and therefore boost the travel economy). Project: Time Off said Baltimore is among the cities with the most unused vacation days out of the top 30 metropolitan regions in the U.S. (Pittsburg Bus. Times)

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Wal-Mart remodels Garland Groh store, to open another on Md. 65

As work continues on a new Wal-Mart on Md. 65 south of Interstate 70, the retailer will hold a grand opening ceremony Friday morning for its remodeled store at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. The company has said it plans to operate both stores after the new one opens this fall. The new store will create up to 300 jobs. (Herald-Mail)

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Commercial jet service returning to Salisbury airport

Piedmont Airlines is bringing back commercial jet service to the Salisbury airport, a milestone the carrier's president hopes will mark the first of several upgrades at the 73-year-old facility. The American Airlines subsidiary expects to begin transitioning from Dash 8-100 and 8-300 turboprop airplanes to Embraer-145 jets in August at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport, Lyle Hogg said. (Daily Times)

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Lidl grocery proposed for Dual Highway

A German grocery chain new to the United States may be coming to Hagerstown soon. Lidl U.S. LLC is proposing a new, 35,962 square-foot store off Dual Highway, between House of Kobe and the Hagerstown Shopping Center, which is home to Aldi. The chain offers discounted prices and about 90 percent of its items are in-house brands. (Herald-Mail)

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June 22 // State considers rate increases on the health exchange as another insurer drops out

As U.S. Senate leaders prepare to unveil their plan to remake the Affordable Care Act over time, Maryland officials must press ahead with the system as it stands for hundreds of thousands of residents. The Maryland Insurance Administration held its first hearing Wednesday on the large rate increases being sought by three insurance carriers selling health plans to individuals on the state exchange. The hearing came as another carrier decided to pull out of the market. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. follows UnitedHealthcare, which stopped selling plans last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore businesses destroyed during riots sue city officials for failing to prevent violence

Dozens of Baltimore business owners are suing city officials, including the police department and former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, saying they mishandled the city's response to the rioting in 2015. In a nearly 700-page complaint filed in federal court this week, more than 60 plaintiffs say city officials failed to prevent the looting and rioting that erupted after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, despite warnings the city would experience violence. More than 380 businesses, including many located south of North Avenue in West Baltimore, were damaged or destroyed. Property losses were estimated at nearly $13 million. (Balt. Sun)

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New cyber program at UMBC will target international companies

A new international cybersecurity center at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will aim to bring international companies to the state and is expected to create at least 100 jobs in the coming years. The center, called iCyberCenter@bwtech, is a partnership between the university and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the initiative Wednesday during his economic trade mission in Europe. The center, located within bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park, will include an executive training session and yearlong incubator program geared toward companies in the United Kingdom and other U.S. allies. (Balt. Sun)

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