Tanger boasts only one vacancy in O.C.

Shoppers have eight more choices at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Ocean City this summer, after the opening of a slew of new stores at the center, the Salisbury Daily Times reports. The center's general manager, Amy Norgate, says only one vacancy remains in the shopping center and that the company is close to a leasing deal with a major retailer. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 9 // Maryland lottery, casinos combine to pay $929.74 million to state

Maryland's lottery and casino industries generated $929.74 million for the state during the last fiscal year, the regulatory body that monitors both announced Wednesday. Traditional lottery sales decreased 2.2 percent, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported, but gains from four casinos contributed to a total increase of 35.1 percent over what the state received during the previous fiscal year. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. merchandise exports set new record 

Maryland merchandise exports in the first half of 2013 set a new record, growing 5 percent to $6 billion, from $5.8 billion in the same period of 2012, the International Trade Administration reported on Thursday. (Daily Record)

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Appeals of Pepco’s new rates continue to roll in

AARP of Maryland is the latest group to appeal Pepco’s new rates, taking aim at the utility’s new upfront charge. Maryland’s Public Service Commission approved in July a $27.9 million rate increase, which would increase the average customer’s monthly bill $2.41. (Gazette)

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Maryland Lottery taps research firm to study sales decline

The Maryland Lottery has hired a research and consulting firm to help figure out how to stem an erosion in Lottery sales. Timonium-based Key Group will interview Lottery players and suggest strategies for improving sales of Keno, Mega Millions and other Lottery games, said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Dynasplit layoffs follow Medicare fraud probe, credit shutoff

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WMDT sold for $9M to Md. group

After being owned by the same company for more than 30 years, WMDT Channel 47 has been sold. The agreement with Maryland media company Marquee Broadcasting Inc. was made last week, but still requires approval by the Federal Communications Commission. (Daily Times)

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Sinclair completes $373M purchase of Fisher Communications

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has completed its $373.3 million acquisition of Fisher Communications Inc., the Seattle owner of TV and radio stations. Sinclair (NASDAQ: SBGI) picks up 22 TV stations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, including Seattle ABC affiliate, KOMO. The Hunt Valley broadcaster is also acquiring four radio stations in Seattle as part of the deal announced in April. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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