Legal battle over State Center redevelopment to continue Monday

The Baltimore City Circuit Court will hold a hearing Monday and make a decision on a request by the developer of the State Center redevelopment asking Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to provide information about why it nixed the project. State Center LLC, the would-be firm behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Midtown Baltimore site, asked Hogan's administration through a court motion to provide documents in discovery regarding its basis for terminating the project last December. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Riot lawsuit offers look inside looting of Baltimore businesses

A liquor store owner was beaten and robbed of his wallet and car keys, which were used to steal his car and drive it from the West Baltimore business to his home about 30 minutes away, as dozens of other businesses were looted during the April 2015 rioting, according to a lawsuit filed by about 60 impacted business owners in the city. The liquor store owner’s account was among those of other property owners and store employees affected by rioting and looting included in a 700-page complaint filed this week in federal court. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Provident Bank attorney named Maryland's top financial regulator

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed former Provident Bank executive Antonio "Tony" Salazar as Maryland's new commissioner of financial regulation. Salazar, formerly an attorney at Columbia law firm Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, and Skalny LLC, will move into his role July 5. As commissioner of financial regulation, Salazar will be the top regulator overseeing Maryland's 54 banks, credit unions and trust companies. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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McKeldin Square reopens with grass and trees in place of fountain

Thick grass, trees and terrace seating have replaced the brutalist-style fountain and blocks of concrete at McKeldin Square in downtown Baltimore. The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore unveiled on Thursday a $4 million makeover of the square at the corner of Pratt and Light streets. The improvements triple the amount of usable space in the plaza and are intended to offer a more welcoming resting spot for tourists, residents and workers looking for a break from the office. (Balt. Sun)

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Live Casino hires former Constellation executive as CIO

Live Casino & Hotel has hired former Constellation Energy executive Beth S. Perlman as chief information officer for the Anne Arundel County attraction. As CIO, Perlman will lead and evolve Live Casino's information technology strategy and focus to enhance the customer experience. She will also help ensure the IT programs comply with local, state and federal regulatory protocols. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Live Casino hosts event to connect small firms to gambling industry

Live Casino & Hotel in Hanover teamed up with the American Gaming Association Thursday to promote business opportunities for small, minority-owned firms and highlight the industry's economic impact in Maryland. Association representatives are touring U.S. casinos to highlight gambling's impact on local businesses. Events at the Hanover facility included a minority business outreach fair and panel discussion with industry, state and county officials led by Donald Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour signs top NBA prospect Josh Jackson

The NBA Draft doesn't start until Thursday night, but Under Armour Inc. has already made its first pick. The Baltimore sportswear maker has signed University of Kansas star Josh Jackson, who is widely expected to be a top-five selection in the draft, to an endorsement deal. Kris Stone, a senior marketing director for Under Armour posted about the deal on Instagram and the brand posted about it on Facebook. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore among cities with most unused vacation time by workers

Baltimore workers could use a vacation. That's the word from a new analysis by Project: Time Off, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of travel organizations and companies that wants to get people to take more vacation time (and therefore boost the travel economy). Project: Time Off said Baltimore is among the cities with the most unused vacation days out of the top 30 metropolitan regions in the U.S. (Pittsburg Bus. Times)

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