Howard has top gas prices in the region

A study of area gas prices by the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University found that Howard County has the highest gas prices in the Baltimore region. Pushing those prices higher, according to the study, is the lack of gas competition in the county. (WMAR-TV)

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6th Street paves way for expansion with funding round

A Baltimore startup that helps retailers manage their online business has snagged $1.2 million in funding and is looking to raise another $6 million as it prepares for a major expansion. 6th Street Inc. will seek the additional funding this year as the company ramps up hiring, looks for more customers and finds larger quarters in the Baltimore area. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Wexford Science & Technology buys former cigarette factory in N.C.

Baltimore-based Wexford Science & Technology has acquired the site of a former cigarette factory in North Carolina, targeting it for redevelopment. Wexford, which was acquired by San Diego-based BioMed Realty (NYSE: BMR) in March, specializes in developing university research parks. The company said the seven-story Chesterfield building, formerly part of a Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. complex in downtown Durham, was attractive because of its proximity to institutions such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour will sponsor South American Colo-Colo soccer club

Under Armour took a step toward gaining greater global recognition for its brand Thursday, announcing a sponsorship of South American soccer club Colo-Colo, part of Chile's Primera Division. Baltimore-based Under Armour said the partnership is the first in which it will supply uniforms to a "top-tier" South American soccer club, winner of 29 national titles. The sports apparel maker will design and make uniforms and training apparel for the clubs teams, as well as products for fans, under the five-year-agreement. (Balt. Sun)

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Jan. 2 // Maryland hopes to keep hand in drone development

Maryland has lost out on a bid to be a test site for unmanned aircrafts (that’s drones). But the state still expects to be involved in the testing in some way, shape or form. The state is expected to keep its hand in thanks to an agreement involving the University System of Maryland, Virginia Tech and Rutgers University. Under the agreement, the university system will partner on the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS program. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Officials eye water taxi expansion amid growth of harbor neighborhoods

As many of the city's waterfront neighborhoods continue to add residents, officials say, Baltimore's water taxi system has experienced growth of its own — and is poised for much more. Started in the late 1970s but rooted in a much older Baltimore tradition, the city's water taxis are shedding their reputation as a summertime option solely for tourists, becoming a viable year-round option for city residents and downtown commuters as well. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland casinos serving booze around the clock raises hackles of bar owners

Every night is like New Year’s Eve at Maryland’s casinos, if you’re into that late-night-partying thing. Unlike other booze-selling businesses around the state, three of Maryland’s four casinos can serve alcohol around the clock — the result of a little-noticed series of General Assembly bills and a gambling-expansion referendum approved by voters last year. (Wash. Post)

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Howard County finds a customer for its wastewater: The NSA

Howard County has agreed to supply treated wastewater to cool a massive computer center being built at Fort Meade by the National Security Agency — a money-saving, environment-conserving deal that officials say could serve as a model for others. The NSA is footing the cost of building a pump station, estimated at $40 million, and will pay the county up to $2 million a year for treated water that would otherwise be dumped into the Little Patuxent River. The station is to supply up to 5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater per day when the NSA computer center opens in 2016. (Balt. Sun)

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