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Large fire partially collapses building at Domino Sugar; no injuries reported

A large, three-alarm fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Domino Sugar facility in Baltimore’s Locust Point neighborhood. The blaze was primarily in the company’s sugar shed, which has since collapsed. Shortly after 3 p.m., plumes of black smoke could be seen moving across the city’s Inner Harbor. Blair Adams, a spokesperson for the Baltimore Fire Department, said during a press briefing outside the facility Tuesday afternoon that firefighters arrived to find “heavy fire showing from the center of the silo,” which suffered a “partial collapse.”

In boost to Md. seafood industry, feds add 22,000 more H-2B visas

In a potential boost to Maryland’s seafood industry, the Department of Homeland Security has announced it’s making an additional 22,000 H-2B visas available to non-immigrant, temporary workers. The visas allow workers from outside the U.S. to enter the country and carry out work in industries that have seasonal jobs that are typically hard to fill. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan applauded the move, saying it was “critical to keeping our Maryland seafood processors open for business.”

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Emergent faces lawsuit, congressional scrutiny over COVID vaccine production troubles

The Maryland company that recently had to pause COVID-19 vaccine production over quality issues in its Baltimore plant now also faces a shareholder lawsuit and a congressional investigation for its behavior during the pandemic. An institutional shareholder filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for Maryland that seeks class-action status for what it alleges were false statements by Emergent BioSolutions and some of the Gaithersburg-based company’s executives about its readiness to mass-produce vaccine.

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Md. Lottery and Gaming Commission awards long-term contract to upgrade video lottery central system

International Game Technology PLC Tuesday announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, was awarded a long-term contract from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to upgrade the video lottery central system that connects more than 11,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) and electronic table games (ETGs) across the state’s six casinos.

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Hogan approves 27 new Md. apprenticeship programs

Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday announced the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council has approved 27 new registered apprenticeship programs from March 2020 to March 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. These diverse new apprenticeships are expanding opportunities for jobseekers by connecting them with high-wage jobs in traditional and non-traditional industries while supporting the workforce needs of local businesses.

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Tribune Publishing ends discussions with Maryland hotel executive, moving forward with hedge fund Alden’s bid for newspaper chain

Tribune Publishing is moving forward with plans to be acquired by Alden Global Capital and has ended discussions with a Maryland hotel executive interested in purchasing the Chicago-based newspaper chain. In a Monday morning news release, Tribune Publishing said it was notified Saturday that Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss had pulled out of a fully financed nonbinding offer of $680 million for the company made with Choice Hotels Chairman Stewart Bainum.

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Under Armour plots move to scaled-back Port Covington headquarters by 2025

Under Armour Inc. will move its headquarters from Tide Point to Port Covington by 2025, relocating to a scaled-back corporate campus and a new 30,000-square-foot retail store. The sportswear maker said Monday it would vacate and sell its current headquarters in Tide Point and move into a three-building campus at Port Covington centered around a large track and athletic field.

Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Maker Emergent BioSolutions Asked To Stop Making Doses While FDA Investigation Underway
Emergent BioSolutions, the Baltimore, Maryland-based company manufacturing the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines, was asked to stop manufacturing COVID-19 related products, while the Food & Drug Administration continues its investigation into quality control issues at the plant that ruined 15 million potential doses of the vaccine. The FDA initiated an inspection of the company’s Bayview facility on April 12. At the request of the FDA, Emergent BioSolutions agreed on April 16 not to make any new COVID-19 materials at this facility and to quarantine existing materials already manufactured there pending results of the inspection.
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Baltimore County Council approves bill allowing live music at hundreds more restaurants

Despite criticism from Baltimore County Council members and residents last week, the council approved amended zoning changes allowing hundreds more restaurants to host live music. Proposed by Democratic County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., the NOTE Act, short for New Opportunities for Tourism and Entertainment, will make certain businesses that make most of their money before 9 p.m. eligible for a permit to host live or recorded musical entertainment.

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Under Armour Unveils New Port Covington Headquarters Plan

Under Armour announces plans Monday for its new headquarters in Port Covington in Baltimore. They describe it as “reimagine for a post-COVID environment” that will downsize its “global corporate and Americas regional functions” into one location. “Under Armour’s global headquarters at Port Covington will become the primary home to our Americas business and our core global functions.” said Patrik Frisk, CEO and President of Under Armour. “The campus will represent the future of performance grounded in innovation, that embodies the ethos we live, breathe, and sweat as a team every single day.

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