YouTube TV drops Sinclair's sports networks

YouTube TV stopped carrying Fox regional sports networks owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. on Thursday after the companies couldn't come to terms on a new distribution deal. The companies have been negotiating a new agreement for months, but "despite a good faith effort" failed to reach a deal. Hunt Valley-based Sinclair and Google-owned YouTube TV both said negotiations will continue. In the meantime, the regional sports networks will no longer be available on the streaming service and subscribers will lose access to any previous recordings. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Farmers and Merchants Bank closes $25 million acquisition of Carroll Community Bank

Farmers and Merchants completed a $25 million all-cash purchase of Carroll Community Bank on Thursday, adding more than $150 million in new deposits and becoming the 15th-largest bank in Greater Baltimore. Upperco-based Farmers and Merchants, the parent of Farmers and Merchants Bank, announced the acquisition in March, shortly before Covid-19 spread across the U.S. The deal valued Eldersburg-based Carroll Community Bank at $21.63 per share. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Despite being in 'pretty good position,' BWI Airport's recovery will take years

Passenger traffic at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has fallen 56% this year and the Maryland Aviation Administration is cutting $18 million from its operating budget while delaying several hundred million dollars' worth of capital projects. Despite those gloomy numbers, other airports are faring even worse in the wake of the the Covid-19 pandemic. Normally the 22nd-busiest airport, BWI has risen to 11th and currently accounts for more than 50% of all passenger traffic in the Baltimore-Washington region. In June and July, BWI transported more passengers than Reagan National and Dulles International airports combined.

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Facebook tightens political ad bans as US election nears

With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud. New prohibitions laid out in a blog post come days after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of mass fraud in the vote-by-mail process during a debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden. Banned ads “would include calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the result of an election,” Rob Leathern, Facebook’s director of product management, tweeted. The changes apply to Facebook and Instagram and are effective immediately, he said. (News Post)

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Popular Legends of the Fog haunted attraction in Aberdeen gets a drive-thru overhaul to keep visitors safe from COVID-19

Haunted houses and strawberry festivals might not have much in common on the surface, but the organizers of the popular Legends of the Fog haunted attraction in Aberdeen took their cue from a spring fruit fest to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to carry on the scares for their 14th year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidance on holiday activities it considers high risk as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treat events are among the activities considered high risk by the CDC, as are indoor attractions like haunted houses that can bring strangers in close proximity with one another. (Balt Sun)

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Md.’s Key Impact Sales & Systems forms national alliance with Ultimate Sales

Odenton-based Key Impact Sales & Systems Inc. announced Thursday the company is increasing its focus on the growing convenience store segment by forming a national alliance with Ultimate Sales. Ultimate Sales will become a component of the KeyImpact organization by taking over sales for all clients in the C-Store segment. Details and clarity of the transition will be provided shortly, as the company’s current C-Store account management will be transferred to the Ultimate Sales organization. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Mayor Extends Moratorium On Event Permits Through October Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Baltimore mayor Jack Young and other officials addressed city residents at 10 a.m. on the latest related to the coronavirus pandemic. Young announced he will be extending the moratorium on event permits through October. That means the city will not approve permits for certain larger sized events through the fall and will revaluate in the future. (WJZ)

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$2 million more in small business aid coming from Baltimore Development Corp.

The city is opening up a new round of financial relief for small businesses, with $2 million more in grants being administered by its development arm. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and officials from the Baltimore Development Corp. announced the new grant funding round during a press conference Wednesday morning. Qualifying small businesses will be able to apply for up to $15,000 in grants to cover expenses like rent, payroll and personal protective equipment beginning next Monday, Oct. 5. (Balt Bus Journal)

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