In search of business deals, Baltimore delegation makes annual trip Las Vegas for retail convention

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and a bevy of other city officials will spend much of the week in Las Vegas to attend an annual retail convention where cities and companies go to cut deals. Lester Davis, a spokesman for the Democratic mayor, said Baltimore has had success in bringing investment home after attending the event, known as the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon. “He’s going obviously to lure retail to the city,” Davis said. “He’s going to let folks that Baltimore city is a great investment and is open for business.” (Balt. Sun)

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With 675 jobs set to vanish from Luke paper mill, Western Maryland workers face a big question: What's next?

Siblings Eve Redman and Roger Green grew up just across the Potomac River from the Luke Mill, where their father worked for 42 years. They followed in his footsteps, laboring in the paper factory nearly as long. But they won’t surpass his tenure. The 131-year-old mill is ceasing production at the end of May, a shutdown that has been long feared but was no less unsettling to families like theirs. (Balt. Sun)

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State auditors: Forensic review under way to examine years of UMMS contracts, including 'Healthy Holly' books

A team of state auditors has begun a forensic audit of the University of Maryland Medical System, as mandated by state lawmakers in response to a self-dealing scandal that engulfed the system’s board of directors and leadership. Gregory Hook, head of the state’s Office of Legislative Audits, which state lawmakers charged with reviewing the hospital system’s books, said multiple auditors from his office were “on site” at UMMS as of Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland adds modest 1,200 jobs in April; unemployment stays flat

Maryland employers added 1,200 jobs in April, while unemployment remained unchanged at 3.8 percent, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday. The state’s modest gain in jobs marked the third month this year with increases. The state has 19,300 more jobs than in April 2018, the preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed. But the year-over-year growth rate is just .7 percent, well below the national rate of 1.8 percent.  (Balt. Sun)

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Garrett airport receives $6.6 million in funding for eight corporate hangars

The Garrett County Airport has been awarded $6.6 million in federal funding for an ongoing project that will result in the construction of eight corporate hangars. The funding will also provide direct access to the McHenry Business Park, which sits directly behind the airport. U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, both D-Md., jointly announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant award this week. (Times-News)

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Stronach COO Tim Ritvo says Pimlico negotiations with state, city can't progress until impasse ends

The Stronach Group has no recourse but to continue negotiating with state and city officials as the company looks to determine the future of the Preakness at either Pimlico Race Course or Laurel Park, chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said at his annual Preakness-day news conference. “We continue to try to work with the city and the state on options to have an experience that the people deserve with a great race like this,” he said. “If it doesn’t move forward at all, it’s the worst, because that’s the status quo, and I don’t think anybody wants that.” (Balt. Sun)

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SpaceX is suing the government once again, but the reason is a secret

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is suing the federal government again. But this time, it wants its protest of a government contract to stay under seal, meaning its allegations would not become public. In a motion filed with the Court of Federal Claims on Friday, the company said the privacy was necessary because the suit contains “confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.” SpaceX also filed its complaint against the government, with multiple exhibits attached, under seal. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore and Preakness owner Stronach fling mud in letters over accuracy of company's financial filings

As the horses at Pimlico kicked up dirt and turf at Preakness on Saturday, the two sides jockeying to control the future of the storied event continued to sling mud. Baltimore officials have accused Pimlico’s owner, The Stronach Group, of submitting inaccurate revenue figures to Maryland’s tax collector. And Stronach representatives have accused the city of peddling “faulty” calculations that could have been easily explained with a simple conversation.  (Balt. Sun)

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