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Maryland Lottery and Gaming director weighs in on timeframe for sports betting rollout

The Maryland General Assembly voted this week to approve a framework for sports betting in the state. So when can Marylanders expect to start placing wagers? The rollout for the state’s new sports gambling industry is likely to see some avenues ready for betting before others. As the industry takes shape under a new set of regulations crafted by the legislature, casinos and race tracks are likely to be among the first facilities approved to accept bets. It could take a little longer for other eligible hosts, like bingo parlors and some professional sports stadiums.

Baltimore City Giving Out Grants To Local Restaurants To Upgrade Outdoor Lighting, Seating Needs
As the weather starts to warm up, businesses are getting ready for more people to sit outdoors. Baltimore City is giving out grants to make sure bars and restaurants have what they need for outdoor lighting and seating. Businesses can get up to $4,000 as part of the CARES Act. Applications are open right now and close in two weeks.
Read More: WJZ
Maryland businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5 million in aid

Businesses hurt by construction of the Purple Line are eligible for $2.5 million in financial aid allotted by the Maryland General Assembly over the next three fiscal years, a lawmaker said. As of July 1, $500,000 will be available via the state Department of Commerce, said Del. Jheanelle K. Wilkins (D-Montgomery). Another $1 million will be available in each of the next two fiscal years, both starting July 1, Wilkins said.

More Than 10K Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed Last Week In Maryland

More than 10,000 unemployment claims were filed last week in Maryland, up slightly from the previous week. The state’s Department of Labor reported that 10,314 unemployment insurance claims were filed the week ending on April 10. That’s up slightly from the previous week when 9,612 claims were filed.

Read More: WJZ
Baltimore’s CFG Bank donates $2 million for health care training program

Baltimore-based CFG Bank announced Thursday that it will donate $2 million toward a training program for health care workers. Half the money will launch the Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Program, a nonprofit that will provide nursing training to unemployed and underemployed people looking to start careers in health care, according to a news release. The funds will be used to prepare curriculum for the program, hire staff and create future programming and scholarships.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
In new chairman’s role, Bezos vows to make Amazon ‘Earth’s Safest Place to Work’

Amazon.com Inc. needs to change to better support its workers’ success, founder and outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in his final letter to shareholders before he steps down as CEO and becomes the company’s executive chairman later in April. Coming less than a week after a drive to unionize at the e-commerce giant’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama was defeated, the closest any of its employees have ever come to joining a union, Bezos’s letter noted: “… we need to do a better job for our employees.”

Live! Casino is ready for sports betting with Sports & Social

Live! Casino and Hotel’s newest addition, Sports & Social, will open April 29, adding more gaming, a plethora of video screens for sports fans to watch games and, once Maryland lawmakers finalize it, legalized sports betting. It is the first Sports & Social to open in Maryland. A second location will open at the Pike & Rose development in Bethesda this fall. The Sports & Social at Live! Casino is a $12 million addition that replaces its former Center Stage performance venue in the center of its casino floor.

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Bezos acknowledges Amazon needs to do ‘a better job’ for employees after union vote

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos acknowledged the e-commerce giant needs to “do a better job for our employees,” his first comments since the company’s lopsided victory over a unionization effort at an Alabama warehouse last week. In his letter to shareholders, Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, wrote that some news reports of employee complaints about a brutal warehouse workplace during the union campaign were inaccurate. He cited internal surveys of warehouse staff that found 94 percent would recommend Amazon to a friend as a place to work.

Here are the Baltimore bars and restaurants that have been penalized by the city for coronavirus-related violations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Baltimore City businesses have been fined or shut down due to overcrowding concerns or allegations that they improperly served customers indoors. At city liquor license board hearings, restaurant owners and commissioners alike have repeatedly cited “confusion” about the city and state regulations. Many establishments have been fined between $100 and $200, but one liquor license has been revoked. The health department, meanwhile, has shut down several establishments.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Baltimore-area restaurants struggle to hire staff as business picks up

Colin Liang knew opening a restaurant during the pandemic would be difficult. What he didn’t expect is that things might be even tougher once life started to return to normal. Like a lot of restaurant owners lately, Liang is struggling to find applicants for open positions at his Federal Hill restaurant, Water Song, as he tries to build up his staffing levels to meet rising demand.

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