Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino posts only year-over-year revenue decline in August

Five of Maryland's six casinos saw gains last month, boosting gaming revenue statewide to $146.3 million — a 6.4 percent increase over August 2017. Only Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino reported a year-over-year decline, bringing in $21 million, 3.7 percent less than a year ago, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control. The casino on Russell Street has struggled to regain its footing since the December 2016 opening of MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County, though it did post gains in May and June this year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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WYPR's president and general manager will retire in June

Tony Brandon, who has headed Baltimore public radio station WYPR for 16 years, plans to retire at the end of June, the station announced Thursday. Brandon, WYPR’s president and general manager, is credited with helping drive growth of the National Public Radio affiliate to more than 250,000 listeners weekly. “I do think it’s time for somebody else to take over and maybe bring new ideas to the station and try some things I haven’t tried,” said Brandon, 71. (Balt. Sun)

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Jos. A. Bank sales slip in 2Q, parent company's stock rises

Jos. A. Bank sales declined 1.1 percent in the second quarter, ending a streak of two consecutive quarters of growth. Net sales were $172.4 million, down from $174.3 in the prior-year quarter. It's an improvement from the 6.3 percent sales decline the Hampstead-based men's retailer reported a year ago. Jos. A. Bank had reported sales increase in each of the prior two quarters after seeing nothing but decreases since getting acquired by Mens Wearhouse in 2014. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Panel OKs Towson Row, Towson Station designs — with conditions

Downtown projects Towson Row and Towson Station each took a step forward in the development process Wednesday night when Baltimore County’s Design Review Panel approved each project under the condition that each developer address its concerns. In particular, the panel wanted Towson Row developers to ensure transformers would not be visible from the street, and that Towson Station install more sidewalks to encourage pedestrian traffic. (Towson)

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September 13 // Task force reviewing Md.’s liquor laws vows to examine health risks

A panel some thought would target Comptroller Peter Franchot’s oversight of segments of the alcohol industry could also be looking at other aspects of the state’s highly regulated industry. Lawmakers say the foundation of Maryland’s expansive liquor laws — Article 2B in legislative parlance — and its tiered system of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers is unlikely to change. A new task force created by the legislature, meeting for the first time Wednesday, heard extensive testimony on public health concerns related to alcohol use in Maryland and the need to continue that control. And it raised the specter of taxes as a means to those ends. (Daily Record)

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Port Covington developer ‘bullish’ on Baltimore apartments

Executives from the lead developer of the $5.5 billion Port Covington project aren’t sweating the potential for Baltimore to be saturated with new apartments. Weller Development Co. plans 260 residential units in the first phase of what the company is calling “Chapter 1” of development, which includes more than 1.3 million square feet of residential building. “We’re pretty bullish on the apartment market here, and I think more importantly our delivery is going into (2021), which is several years out. So it’s a big difference (from) where the market is today,” Marc Weller, a partner at Weller Development, said. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore sues Transdev, alleging it overbilled city $20 million on Circulator

Baltimore is suing Transdev Services Inc., the company that runs the Charm City Circulator, alleging it overbilled the city $20 million for the free bus service. The city’s complaint, filed Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges the company billed the city for thousands of hours during which the free bus service was not operating since 2010. The city is seeking compensation for the alleged overbilling. “They overbilled us, and we overpaid,” City Solicitor Andre Davis said. “We want some money back from them.” (Balt. Sun)

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In controversial move, Union Craft Brewing bans children after 6 p.m.

Controversy is brewing along with beer at Union Craft Brewing, which plans to close its tap room to children after 6 p.m., a decision that has set off a heated social media debate about parenting and the role of community breweries. The popular Baltimore brewery, which expanded into a new manufacturing and retail complex in Medfield from nearby Hampden last summer, announced its “Adult Swim” policy Monday, a change from an 8 p.m. cut-off for anyone under age 21. (Balt. Sun)

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