Maryland casino revenues beginning to recover, but workers question whether it’s worth it

Maryland’s casinos are starting to bounce back after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some workers say they don’t feel safe on the job. The general managers of the state’s six privately owned casinos told state lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve had workers who don’t want to return over health concerns. “There was fear and trepidation upon reopening, and not all of our team members want to come back to work,” said Skylar Dice, general manager of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. (Balt Sun)

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40K Pounds Of Avocados To Be Donated To Area Food Banks

This Friday is National Avocado Day! To celebrate, a special partnership will bring more than 40 thousand avocados to those in need. Giant Food is teaming up with Avocados from Peru for a massive donation to the Capital-area and Maryland food banks. The donation hopes to make this superfood more accessible to families struggling to make ends meet right now. (WJZ-TV)

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Moderna, Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccines Begin Final-Stage Testing

Two of the most advanced experimental coronavirus vaccines entered the pivotal phase of their studies on Monday, with the first subjects receiving doses of vaccines developed by Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. Researchers evaluating the vaccines plan to enroll 30,000 people in separate last-stage, or phase 3 trials, results of which will determine whether the vaccines protect against symptomatic Covid-19, and whether they should be cleared for widespread use. (WSJ)

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Howard Bancorp suffers $29.4M net loss in Q2 report

Howard Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Howard Bank, lost $29.4 million in the second quarter, according to the company’ earning statement released Monday. The $29.4 million loss, or a $1.57 loss per both basic and diluted common share, came about from the recording of a goodwill impairment charge of $34.5 million (or -$1.84 per basic and diluted common share), a non-cash charge that has no effect on the company’s liquidity, tangible common equity, regulatory capital, and overall financial strength. (Daily Record)

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Under Armour, Kevin Plank receive SEC enforcement notices related to accounting probe

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has notified Under Armour Inc. of its "preliminary determination" to file charges related to a federal accounting probe previously disclosed by the sportswear maker. Shares of Baltimore-based Under Armour (NYSE: UAA) were up less than 1% to $10.97 in trading Monday morning after initially falling more than 4% in pre-market trading. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Transamerica bolsters workplace benefits with a suite of health savings and spending accounts

Transamerica Monday announced the expansion of the company’s workplace benefit solutions with the addition and integration of a suite of tax-advantaged employee savings and spending accounts. Employers can now select Transamerica as their provider for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs), Limited Purpose FSA, Dependent Care FSAs and Qualified Transportation Accounts, also known as QTAs or commuter accounts. (Daily Record)

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PPP was intended to keep employees on the payroll. Workers at some big companies have yet to be rehired.

If the name of the Paycheck Protection Program didn’t make its purpose clear, its key sponsors spelled it out. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) explained that the program “was designed as an alternative for unemployment and to prevent unemployment.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the director of the Small Business Administration announced that the “overarching focus” of the effort was “keeping workers paid and employed.” (Wash Post)

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What we know about the Marlins-Orioles game being postponed due to positive coronavirus tests

Coming off a series win against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles flew to Miami Sunday night to prepare to face the Marlins before returning to Baltimore for Wednesday’s home opener. But the game was postponed after more than a dozen Miami players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus following their season opener in Philadelphia. The Phillies and the New York Yankees will also not play on Monday — the Yankees would’ve used the same clubhouse as the Marlins did last weekend — as additional coronavirus testing takes place throughout the league. (Balt Sun)

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