GrandView Aviation to add three charter jets and expand to Reagan National Airport

GrandView Aviation, the largest helicopter operator in the Baltimore region, will add jet charters and expand to Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., making it the only charter operator at the airport, the company said Monday. GrandView Jets will offer charter flights aboard three Phenom 300 jets, light business jets made by Embraer, said Jessica Bowling, GrandView's director of sales & marketing. These jets can carry eight passengers and fly about 2,000 miles. (Balt. Sun)

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Verde, RavenBeer owners in talks to open brewpub at Harbor Point

In a marriage equally pragmatic and delicious, beer and pizza could come together at a brewpub that's being proposed for Harbor Point. The owners of Verde and RavenBeer are teaming up to open Harbor Point Brewery and Cucina, a brewpub that would be on the first floor of the Exelon tower. RavenBeer owner Stephen Demczuk said the group has signed a letter of intent and has been negotiating with the building's owner, Beatty Development Group, since September. (Balt. Sun)

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March 27 // Pugh vetoes bill that would raise Baltimore minimum wage

Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed legislation Friday that would have raised the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 by 2022, leaving the measure's future in question. The council — which next meets on April 3 — would need 12 of its 15 members to vote to overturn the veto. On Friday, the 12-member coalition that originally backed the higher wage began to disband. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland adds 11,500 jobs in February

Hiring soared in Maryland last month, as employers added 11,500 jobs, powering the strongest three-month surge of job creation the state has seen since the Great Recession. The gains, reported Friday by the U.S. Labor Department, pulled more than 14,000 people into the labor force, as people started working or looking for work. Despite that jump, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent, below the national average, as most people found jobs. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawmakers unveil draft of new liquor license for Cross Street Market

Pub crawls at Cross Street Market would be explicitly banned but alcohol could be served until 11:30 p.m. on weekends, under a bill amendment released to the public Friday. In the latest twist in the saga of the off-again, on-again overhaul of the Federal Hill fixture, 46th District lawmakers Thursday released a draft of the special “public market license” that developer Caves Valley Partners (CVP) has wanted them to create. (Brew)

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New Perdue CEO takes over amid industry shifts

When Perdue Farms named its new CEO earlier this month, a chicken company with a taste for innovation and taking risks embraced something different: stability. When it comes to branding its own products, shifting away from using antibiotics, recycling residual manure and producing organically raised and processed chickens, the Salisbury-based company has been at the forefront of the poultry industry. In Randy Day, Perdue didn't reach across the country for a Silicon Valley dynamo or up to New York for a Wall Street number-cruncher. The company's executives simply walked down the hall to the office of their chief operating officer, a man who had touched just about every one of its operations during his nearly 40 years with the company. (Daily Times)

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Whole Foods sets opening date for Prince George's County

It's finally here: Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) will open its first location in Prince George's County on April 12. The organic grocer is the anchor of Riverdale Park Station, a new mixed-use development from Calvin Cafritz Enterprises. Whole Foods will join District Taco, Mod Pizza, Burton's Grill, Habit Burger and a handful of other shops and restaurants, as well as a Hyatt Place hotel. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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State report reveals problems at Lewis Museum, but new chief Wanda Draper has ambitious plans

The most precious materials that humans possess are built into the foundation of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. You couldn't separate them if you tried. "We held a traditional African ceremony in 2003," Wanda Q. Draper, the museum's executive director, recalled. "A board member who was a Ghanian chief poured pure gold into the museum's foundation. Then, his tribal assistants poured cement over the gold to seal it. Maryland, the former home of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, possesses an African-American heritage so rich it's rivaled by few other states. Yet today, not quite 12 years after opening to the public, even the museum's fiercest defenders acknowledge that the Lewis has yet to live up to its promise. (Balt. Sun)

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