Anne Arundel CSA farms struggle with growing season

For this growing season, Barrett “Bear” Lang has been struggling to fill orders for his community-supported agriculture customers. A combination of deer, disease and extreme weather have thinned out the produce he provides for his members. (Capital)

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July 19 // Maryland gained jobs in June, but unemployment rises to 7%

For the second straight month, Maryland added jobs but saw its unemployment rate go up. The state's jobless rate rose to 7 percent in June from 6.7 percent in May, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. Unemployment also increased slightly from 6.9 percent in June 2012. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore hotels at capacity, traffic expected for busy Artscape and soccer weekend

Baltimore hotels will be close to capacity when visitors flock to the city for two major events this weekend — Artscape and the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal soccer games. More than 50,000 tickets for Sunday’s doubleheader at M&T Bank Stadium have been sold and the uptick in demand is filling city hotels with fans from all over. Artscape, scheduled for the entire weekend, draws upward of 350,000 attendees annually. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Balt. Co. Planning Board passes new food truck laws

A set of regulations that would establish specific laws for food trucks in Baltimore County was unanimously passed by the county Planning Board Thursday, which now sends the legislation onto the County Council for codification. In addition to outlining in county code the definition of a food truck, the proposed legislation focuses on designating where food trucks are allowed to park and how long they can park in street-side spaces. (Patuxent)

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Thirty-story apartment building near downtown arena proposed

Owings Mills-based developer David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. plans to construct a 30-story mixed-use building on West Baltimore Street on the eastern edge of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. A parking structure and four-story building would be demolished to make way for the mid-block tower, which would be flanked on its western side by the historic Abell Building. (Balt. Sun)

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Venture capital investments in Maryland soar by 115% in second quarter

Venture capitalists invested $318 million in young Maryland companies from April through June, an increase of 115 percent from the first quarter, according to a report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers. About half of that financing, or $150 million, went to Precision for Medicine Inc., a Chevy Chase company that provides services for medical drug discovery, the report said. (Balt. Sun)

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Rest of Annapolis' Market House to open in August

The rest of the Market House vendors - who the mayor vowed would open this spring - will probably open their stalls toward the end of summer, Annapolis officials said Thursday. One of eight stalls, Amsterdam Falafelshop, opened on June 20. But the others - Yellowfin Seafood, Hard Bean Cafe, Carl’s Corned Beef & Deli, Midship Fresh Bar, Annapolis Organic Market, Good Life Smoothie Bar and Firenze Gelateria - are in various stages of the construction and permitting process. (Capital)

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Franchot: Health insurance tax credits are available now for small businesses

Small businesses don’t have to wait until 2014 to get a health insurance tax credit and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wants everyone to know it. Franchot will be sending letters to 5,000 small businesses in Howard County that currently qualify for the tax credit in an effort to spread the word. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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