Cybersecurity hub planned for Baltimore's Port Covington with announcement of three new tenants

The first companies to commit to moving to South Baltimore’s massive Port Covington redevelopment see themselves as more than tenants. Three cybersecurity industry firms, which announced plans Thursday to open headquarters by 2020 in the project’s first development phase, are in the business of investing in and nurturing cyber firms. And they see themselves attracting dozens of companies with hundreds of workers to what they call “Cyber Town USA,” making Port Covington the epicenter of a Silicon Valley of the East Coast. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Rep. Cummings says documents detail Trump involvement in decision to halt FBI headquarters move

House Democrats said Thursday that they have obtained emails showing President Donald Trump intervened in a decision to build a new FBI headquarters at its current Washington location. The lawmakers said it was in Trump’s interest to prevent the site from development that could compete with the nearby Trump International Hotel. The change in course was a blow to Maryland and Virginia, which had been competing for years for the project and its anticipated 11,000 jobs. (Balt. Sun)

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The Ravens will now only serve McCormick condiments at M&T Bank Stadium

McCormick & Co. Inc. is expanding its sponsorship with the Baltimore Ravens, a deal making it the exclusive condiment provider at M&T Bank Stadium. Starting with this Sunday's home game against the New Orleans Saints, the flavoring company's Frank’s RedHot Sauce and French’s ketchup and mustard brands will be available at all concession areas throughout the 71,000-seat stadium. McCormick's Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauces will also be available later this season. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Port of Baltimore sets new monthly auto record in August

More than 65,000 cars and light trucks were shipped through the port of Baltimore in August, a new monthly record for the state-owned terminals, officials announced Thursday. Due to its inland location and highway and rail connections, Baltimore’s port has been ranked the nation’s top port for autos for several years. It handled a record 807,194 in 2017 and set the previous monthly record — 61,000 — in May. “The Port of Baltimore continues to be a leading economic engine for our state, supporting thousands of hardworking men and women who ensure the safe handling of record-breaking amounts of cargo each year,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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State appeals EPA power plant emissions decision

In an effort to protect the state's environment, particularly the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has appealed a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision that denies Maryland's efforts to reduce air pollution from 19 out-of-state power plants, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Thursday. The foundation is supporting the state's legal fight to force the EPA to maintain prerogatives under the Clean Air Act that address pollution that crosses state lines. The appeal is being sought through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. (WMAR)

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Taneytown zoning board approves Brewery Fire appeal, paving way for new microbrewery

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The company trying to bring back Baltimore's surveillance plane let Maryland business license lapse

The company trying to bring back a surveillance airplane to help in Baltimore’s crime fight does not have a license to conduct business in Maryland, state records show. Questions about the standing of the company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, were among a number of concerns raised by City Council members at a public safety committee hearing earlier this week. “It should have not taken the city council to look at the implementation of this program,” but it will be the council that will take the heat, said Councilman Brandon Scott, the committee’s chair. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland comptroller takes aim at Natural Light 77-pack

Natural Light is nearly as ubiquitous as water around colleges, but its recent promotion targeting a Maryland college town has drawn the ire of the state's comptroller. WUSA-TV reports Peter Franchot called for an investigation, asserting large brewing companies have corrupted Maryland legislators with questionable contributions and favors. Referencing the 77-packs of Natural Light available briefly and only in College Park, Franchot said "big brewers like Budweiser who are selling 77 cans of beer for 39 cents each to college kids" don't like craft brewers. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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