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Constellation, CCBC partner on solar project

etail energy supplier Constellation and the Community College of Baltimore County announced Tuesday the start of construction of a 5.1-megawatt solar generation project in Baltimore County. The solar power system, spread among the college’s three main campuses in Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville, is expected to generate enough electricity to meet approximately 27 percent of the college’s electricity needs. Constellation will also install 10 duplex electric vehicle charging stations as part of the project.

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Some gains, some losses for women in Md. boardrooms

Some gains, some losses for women in Md. boardrooms

While the number of women holding seats on the boards of Maryland companies increased in 2014, a new survey finds the state still lags behind the national average and has an increasing number of companies with no female directors. "They're mixed results," said Ellen R. Fish, executive vice president of Hamilton Bank. Fish compiled the data for the 2015 Census of Women Board Directors in Maryland published Tuesday by Network 2000, a nonprofit that promotes women in business. Of the 77 companies traded on the major stock exchanges that are headquartered in Maryland, 90 board seats, or 14.2 percent, are held by women; that figure stood at 13.3 percent in 2013 and 10.7 percent in 2012. The national average is 19.2 percent, according to the report.

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Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits

A government watchdog says the IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year. A new report by the agency's inspector general says the credits were issued to more than 3.6 million taxpayers in 2012. Most of the credits went to students even though the IRS never received a tuition statement from the school.

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Disney primed for big payoff with Star Wars, Avengers

With its Marvel movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron" just having notched the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time and a new "Star Wars" movie coming this winter, analysts expect Disney to post not only great movie studio results, but a big uptick in consumer products revenue and profits this year.

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Discovery tops 1Q profit forecasts

Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications Inc. reported first-quarter profit Tuesday of $250 million. The company said it had profit of 37 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, came to 42 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. The operator of cable TV channels such as TLC and Animal Planet posted revenue of $1.54 billion in the period, meeting Street forecasts. Discovery shares have declined 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 3 percent. The stock has declined 56 percent in the last 12 months.

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Next steps discussed for struggling neighborhoods

Increasing tax credits to support investment in low-income communities, supporting summer jobs programs and helping ex-offenders expunge their criminal records are some of the priorities to help Baltimore's struggling neighborhoods, community activists said Monday. A week after riots erupted in Baltimore, a group of political, religious and community leaders met at the Greater Baltimore Urban League to discuss what the next steps for the low-income areas of the city ought to be. "[We need] to give an example for the nation as to how we can truly make a difference in Baltimore," said U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

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