Maryland, D.C. consider measures to stabilize state health exchanges

As the federal government continues to challenge the Affordable Care Act, Maryland and District officials are considering state-level rules to protect the affordability and viability of their public health insurance marketplaces. The dual campaigns join those in other states, including California and Connecticut, to draft laws that would preserve tenets of Obamacare, including its tax penalties on individuals who fail to prove they have signed up for health coverage, either privately or on a public exchange. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore council committee backs tax break to spur redevelopment of Northwood plaza

At the request of Morgan State University, a Baltimore City Council committee on Thursday voted unanimously to support millions in tax breaks that officials say will spur redevelopment of the Northwood Plaza shopping center. The 4-0 vote of the committee — which sends the matter to the full City Council on Monday — came over the objection of local union officials and City Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who represents the area. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean City drops changes for short-term rentals like Airbnb - for now at least

In Ocean City this summer, patrons of Airbnb and other short-term rental services won't have to contend with any new restrictions on their stays. Another way of looking at the issue: Permanent residents of homes and mobile homes won't get the relief many have been pleading for. Town officials who have been working toward legislative fixes to the problem acknowledged Wednesday they need much more time to sort out the legal concerns. (Daily Times)

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Under Armour outfitting thousands of Baltimore City student athletes and coaches

Under Armour said Thursday that it is outfitting more than 5,300 student athletes and coaches in the Baltimore public schools with new uniforms or apparel. The sports brand also said it will provide additional funding to upgrade the school system’s athletic and activity facilities. Under Armour, which did not specify how much its commitment will cost, said it was part of a multimillion-dollar collaboration with the Ravens, the Fund for Educational Excellence and the InSideOut Initiative “to enrich Baltimore City schools’ athletic programs.” (Balt. Sun)

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Glen Burnie tech firm moving to Hanover, adding 100 jobs

A Glen Burnie IT firm is moving to a new facility in Hanover, where it plans to add 100 jobs over the next five years. Vision Technologies Inc. said Thursday it will use $350,000 in state and county loans and grants to help with the move to the Arundel Overlook office park and expand its workforce. About half the company’s 500-plus workforce is based in Glen Burnie, where they provide internet protocol technologies used in audiovisual, wireless, cyber, physical security and network applications. (Capital)

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Under Armour's Kevin Plank puts Georgetown home up for sale

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank and his wife DJ Plank listed their home in Georgetown for $29.5 million, currently the most expensive listing in Washington, D.C. The Planks purchased the sprawling home at 1405 34th St. Northwest for about $7.85 million in 2013 and invested in a significant renovation of the brick federal-style property. (Balt. Sun)

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Longtime head of the B&O Railroad Museum to resign

After an 18-year tenure as executive director of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Courtney B. Wilson has decided to resign. Wilson will leave his position in late fall 2018 to pursue consulting and other nonprofit and museum-related opportunities, the museum announced Thursday. Wilson said in a release that now is the right time to find new leadership to move the museum forward. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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ESPN, Under Armour want to turn vacant Baltimore lots into spaces for play

ESPN, Under Armour and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are trying to turn vacant properties in three U.S. cities, including Baltimore, into safe places for kids to play. They are looking for local partners to apply for funding to help kick-start this initiative. “Vacant lots and properties adversely affect communities in numerous interconnected ways,” LISC says. (WJZ-TV)

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