Greene Turtle, DuClaw Brewing announce partnership, first beer to benefit sea turtles

Maryland companies the Greene Turtle and DuClaw Brewing Company have a new partnership, with the latter creating the sports-bar chain’s Shell Raiser beers. “[This] opportunity is going to allow us to really open up the Shell Raiser brand, and start brewing different-style beers more regularly,” said Nick Kegg, director of beverage and innovation for the Greene Turtle. (Balt. Sun)

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Some state lawmakers suggest moving Preakness to Laurel

Some state lawmakers said Thursday the Preakness should be moved from Baltimore to Laurel because of the hundreds of millions needed to renovate Pimlico Race Course, setting up what could be a heated political battle as the future of the horse race continues to be debated. Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, and Del. Jay Walker, a Democrat from Prince George's County, both expressed interest at a briefing of the House Ways and Means Committee in moving the second jewel of horse racing. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Southern Airways Express to move hub to BWI Airport, add new routes to Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Southern Airways Express, a small regional airline that flies nine daily round-trip flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, will move its Washington-area hub to BWI from Dulles International Airport and add new routes to Johnstown, Pa. and Morgantown, W.Va., officials announced Thursday. The new routes will be the fifth and sixth at BWI for the Memphis, Tenn.-based airline, which now flies passengers aboard a nine-seat Cessna Caravan plane between the airport and Hagerstown; Altoona, Pa.; Lancaster, Pa.; and DuBois, Pa. (Balt. Sun)

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Itineris to buy Clayworks buildings in Mount Washington

Word on the street spread weeks ago that Itineris, a nonprofit organization serving adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, had entered into a contract to buy Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center facing about $1 million in debt. It’s now official. Itineris executive director Ami Taubenfeld confirmed Thursday that the organization is “under contract for purchase” of Clayworks for $3.7 million. Itineris currently rents its facility in Waverly. “We need to grow,” Taubenfeld said. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore impact of Verizon cutting 2,100 jobs at AOL, Yahoo is unclear

With layoffs looming at AOL and Yahoo, it is unclear how many jobs may be affected in Baltimore. Tim Armstrong, the CEO of Oath — the parent company of AOL and Yahoo — confirmed Wednesday the company will axe about 2,100 jobs from the two technology companies, and that most employees will know their fate by the end of the week. Verizon, which owns AOL, closed its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo's internet services. Caroline Campbell, a spokeswoman for AOL, said the company could not comment. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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June 15 // Evergreen Health cleared to become for-profit, stay in business in Maryland

Evergreen Health has been cleared to begin operating a for-profit insurance company in the state and will be rejoining the state's individual health plans exchange for the coming open enrollment season. The insurer has been trying to make the shift from nonprofit status since October, and Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer gave his final approval Wednesday. He signed an administrative order stating that it is in the public interest to approve Evergreen to make the conversion and be acquired by investors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Walmart plans to remodel at least eight Maryland stores this year

Walmart is remodeling at least eight Maryland stores this year, including four in the Baltimore area, and will open a new store in Washington County, the retailer said. The new store, south of Hagerstown off Arnett Drive, will open between late August and mid-September and employ 300 people. Walmart announced its full-year investment plans for Maryland in late May. (Balt. Sun)

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As Wawa enters D.C., it's not ruling out larger expansion in Baltimore area

When she shouted, "We're taking over D.C.!," the Wawa Inc. employee with the microphone standing beside a hoagie mascot outside the Newseum in Washington Tuesday night wasn't kidding. The Media, Pennsylvania-based convenience store and sandwich shop chain expects to open five to 10 Wawas in the D.C. area in the next two years, with plans to double that in five years and potentially open as many as 50 stores in the region overall, CEO Chris Gheysens told a gathering of real estate industry officials Wednesday night. He also didn't rule out competing with Baltimore-based rival, Royal Farms, in Baltimore. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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