GM chairman to meet with U.S. lawmakers from Maryland and other states over recent plant closure decisions

General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra will meet this week with members of Maryland’s congressional delegation at the request of the lawmakers, who said the automaker’s decision to end operations at its White Marsh plant demonstrates "extremely poor corporate citizenship.” The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night in Washington, said Jaime Lennon, a spokeswoman for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the Baltimore County Democrat who was one of six delegation members who signed a letter Monday to the company. (Balt. Sun)

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Millennials rank Baltimore a top 10 travel destination over NYC

A new list of the 50 most millennial-friendly travel destinations in the U.S. put Baltimore at No. 10 for its affordable accommodations, food, drink and airfare. Charm City comes in two spots above New York City and three above neighbor Philadelphia in the ranking by vacation rental site HomeToGo. The top 50 cities were found by first polling 1,000 millennial-age travelers to determine which factors they consider to be most important in booking plans. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore rents rose slightly in November, but remain among region's least expensive

Baltimore rents rose slightly in November but Charm City still remains one of the cheapest places to go apartment hunting in the region. Rent prices in Baltimore rose by 0.4 percent over the past month but have decreased 1.2 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the Rent Report by Apartment List. The data research company publishes monthly reports on rental trends in U.S. cities and states using data from government and private sources, including the Census Bureau and Zillow. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Franklin Square breaks ground on new surgical pavilion

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center broke ground Monday on a $70 million surgical pavilion that will house 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms. They will replace older, undersized rooms that are now spread over two areas in the adjacent hospital. The Rosedale facility won approval from state regulators last year for the new 80,000-square-foot, two-story building that connects directly to the existing hospital. The hospital joins others in the region in modernizing older buildings and equipment and seeking to offer patients and their families better and safer experiences. (Balt. Sun)

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No evidence FCC chairman acted improperly in Sinclair deal, report finds

The head of the Federal Communications Commission had no improper interactions with the White House over Sinclair Broadcast Corp.’s failed merger with Tribune Media, an internal investigation has found. The FCC’s Office of Inspector General found no evidence that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai covered up or failed to disclose information about his interaction with the White House regarding the $3.9 billion deal. The investigation, which followed up on an earlier probe, also found no evidence that Pai left out material information during a July 25 congressional hearing. The report found no evidence of any other communications between the White House and FCC staff regarding the deal. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Hospice plans $1.8 million expansion to serve aging patient population

A hospice facility in Westminster is seeking state approval for a $1.8 million expansion project, in preparation for the expected growth in need among Carroll County's aging population. Carroll Hospice recently filed a certificate of need with the Maryland Health Care Commission, detailing the planned expansion at its 292 Stoner Ave. "Dove House" location, and why it is necessary. It is proposing to add six new beds to its facility, increasing its inpatient capacity from eight to 14 patients. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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December 3 // Report reveals Maryland has $263 million funding gap for Howard Street Tunnel project

The Maryland Ports Administration needs to close a $263 million funding gap to in order to begin reconstruction of the Howard Street Tunnel, according to a new report obtained by the Business Journal. There are no viable alternatives to reconstruction of the Howard Street Tunnel, the Ports Administration said in its report to two General Assembly budget committees. Reconstruction of the 122-year-old tunnel is needed to allow transportation of double-stacked container rail cars to and from the Port of Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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General Motors doesn't need to pay back any incentives after White Marsh plant closure

General Motors doesn't need to give back any of the $10.42 million in public incentives extended over the past decade for its White Marsh transmission plant. Days after GM announced it was closing the plant by April and laying off its 300 workers, Baltimore County officials and the Maryland Department of Commerce said a series of loans and grants extended to the auto maker since 1999 had been forgiven or fully repaid. The public incentives totaled $3.87 million from Baltimore County and $6.5 million from the state. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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