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    Maryland bill reforming beer franchise laws survives crossover deadline in Annapolis
    Legislation that would create more flexibility in the relationship between brewers and beer distributors has made it to the floor of both chambers of the assembly and, as of Monday afternoon, appeared on track to pass in the House of Delegates.

    Barcoding Inc. marks first international expansion with Canadian offices
    Barcoding Inc. opened three new Canadian offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. It also has a presence in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Seattle.

    Southwest Airlines, mechanics reach agreement in principle on new contract
    After more than six years at the bargaining table, Southwest Airlines and its group of more than 2,400 mechanics reached an agreement in principle on a new contract late Saturday, according to documents obtained by the Chicago Business Journal.  The agreement includes an immediate 20 percent increase in base wage effective April 1. It also includes 3 percent base salary increases on Aug. 16 of each year from 2019 through 2023.  The new agreement, if approved by rank-and-file mechanics, would?

    Boeing stock slides on report of 737 MAX development probes
    Shares of the Boeing Co. were trading lower Monday morning following a report that U.S. authorities are investigating the certification process for the company?s troubled 737 MAX jet.  According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, federal prosecutors and officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation are looking into the process through which the Federal Aviation Administration approved the new Boeing narrow-body aircraft.  The WSJ reports that the Department of Transportation?

    Under Armour schools make up 25 percent of NCAA bracket
    A quarter of the schools in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament will be donning the Under Armour logo on their uniforms, a new high for the Baltimore sportswear maker. Under Armour has 17 schools in the 68-team field, a gain of seven from the 10 teams the company outfitted in last year's Big Dance, according to Apex Marketing Group. Nike Inc. continued its dominance with 40 teams, including all four of the tournament's No. 1-seeded teams. Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike had 47 teams in last?

    Char'd City pizzeria will take over Clementine space in Hamilton-Lauraville
    The sign above the door still says "Clementine," but there's a new restaurant taking shape at 5402 Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore's Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood. Husband-and-wife team Sindee Gibson and Yassine Rmadhnia are preparing to open Char'd City next month in the space on Hamilton-Lauraville's main commercial stretch. The duo plans to serve wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas as well as an assortment of North African dishes inspired by Rmadhnia's Tunisian heritage. Both have a background?

    Real estate investors expected to unlock trillions as feds finalize Opportunity Zone rules. Here's where the money will go in Md.
    Washington's political rancor is rippling across the nation's real estate industry, as the recent federal shutdown has delayed a plan to unleash trillions in property investment in the country's biggest cities and most impoverished communities. Specifically, the delay has affected new rules for investing in so-called Opportunity Zones, and in the process has prevented many investors from exploiting one of program?s key benefits: the ability to sell long-held properties, more or less tax free. The?

    Preservation Maryland launches city historic preservation fund
    Preservation Maryland has launched a new fund aimed at saving and preserving historically significant properties in Baltimore. The fund, started in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Baltimore Heritage Inc. and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), will give out $50,000 in grants to tax-exempt organizations in the city this year. The maximum grant award is $10,000 and organizations have until April 12 to apply. Projects eligible for the?

    Dragos acquires Atlanta-based cyber firm NexDefense
    Cybersecurity firm Dragos Inc. continues its rapid growth trajectory with the acquisition of Atlanta-based firm NexDefense. Seven-year-old NexDefense, which has developed security technology for industrial control systems (ICS) like critical gas and transportation operations, has been bought by Maryland's Dragos. Dragos also specializes in ICS security. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. NexDefense developed and sold a tool called Integrity, which allows industrial system operators to continuously?

    Under Armour bringing new chief designer onboard
    Under Armour, Inc. is bringing on a new chief designer as the apparel company looks to boost sales in the U.S. and continue growing internationally. Kasey Jarvis will start his new role at Baltimore-based Under Armour in early April. He succeeds Dave Dombrow, who recently departed the company. Jarvis has 19 years of experience in apparel, footwear, equipment and automotive design. Prior to joining Under Armour he was director of design at Black Diamond Equipment, a Utah-based climbing, skiing?