Md. Closely Watching Court Case That Could Impact Future of State Lotteries — and Revenues

The attention of lottery directors across the country is turned to a courthouse in New Hampshire, where a federal judge could issue a decision that would have a multi-billion-dollar effect on state budgets. At issue is a new Justice Department interpretation of The Wire Act that calls into question interstate transmissions related to all bets or wagers – or multi-state lottery games like Mega Millions, though virtually all lottery operations involve interstate transactions. (Md. Matters)

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The Takeaway: Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers rebrands as Maryland Philanthropy Network

For nearly 40 years, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers has been helping the philanthropic community stayed connected. But as the organization has evolved over the decades, its name has stayed the same. Now the nonprofit is unveiling a new name, Maryland Philanthropy Network, that better reflects its work. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Check out Glassdoor's 25 top-paying internships

For generations, professional internships have been an excellent way to gain valuable work experience that can one day lead to a high-paying job. Today, however, many of those internships already cross the “high-paying” threshold, according to Glassdoor's annual report on internships and entry-level jobs. The highest-paid interns ($96,000) in the U.S. earn more than double the wage rate of the average U.S. worker ($43,000), according to the job-reviews site’s study. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Six digital health startups reach LifeBridge Innovation Challenge finals

Six startups were named finalists Wednesday for the inaugural LifeBridge Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Innovation Challenge, giving the digital health companies the chance to receive up to $50,000 for research and development of their ideas. The startups will compete in a “Shark Tank”-style competition June 5 at 8 a.m. at CareFirst’s headquarters in Canton to pitch their innovative digital health care solutions to address current industry needs. Expected to attend the event are Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, CareFirst CEO Brian D. Pieninck, LifeBridge Health CIO Tressa Springmann, other CareFirst and LifeBridge Health executives, panelists and judges. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Port Administration expanding auto import area with $4.6M project

The Maryland Port Administration is developing land that used to be an area for offloading bananas into space for handling the growing number of cars and other imports coming into the Port of Baltimore. A 1.5-acre swath of land at the Locust Point Marine Terminal known as the "fruit pier slip" has been unproductive space. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $4.6 million contract Wednesday for Cianbro Corp. to develop the site into a suitable cargo-handling space. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon Presents $30K Grant To Baltimore City Schools, Offers Free Facility Tours To Students

Students and teachers from Baltimore City Public Schools visited the Amazon fulfillment center on Tuesday. They got a behind the scenes look at the 1.2 million square foot building and how the employees use innovative robotic technology to pick, pack and ship customers orders. “I think the tour was very educational and I really liked how the robots worked and how they moved things,” said Christopher, a sixth grader at Cross Country Lake Elementary/Middle School. Amazon is now offering the free, one hour tours to the public Monday through Friday. There will be two tours per day. (WJZ-TV)

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Nonprofit joins initiative to expand banking access in Md.

A nonprofit that assists low-to-moderate income families statewide has signed onto a nationwide program that aims to improve access to financial services. Through the program, known as Bank On, the CASH Campaign of Maryland will work with local institutions and governments to provide financial services to underserved communities in both rural and suburban areas. The nonprofit, whose acronym stands for Creating Access to Savings and Hope, will also work closely with local, regional, and national banks and credit unions to offer low-cost services. (Daily Record)

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Maven car sharing will shut down in Baltimore

Maven, General Motors' brand of car sharing that launched in Baltimore two years ago, will discontinue service in the city next month, the company announced Tuesday. Maven is pulling the car-sharing business out of eight cities, according to news reports, including its “peer-to-peer” program, in which car owners in each market list rentals of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Service in Baltimore will end June 21. “This is part of a broader effort to concentrate Maven on future growth opportunities,” Iman Jefferson, a Maven spokesman, said in an email. (Balt. Sun)

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