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Week in review: 6/24/11

Baltimore praised as convention site

The Americas Meeting and Events Exhibition drew more than 3,000 meeting and convention planners to the Baltimore Convention Center this week in what city officials called an opportunity to show the world “the new Baltimore” — a great place for organizations’ meetings.

Slots lawsuit settled

The Baltimore Development Corp., the Baltimore City Law Department and Gateway South LLC announced a $1.2 million settlement Tuesday under which Gateway South agreed to not seek rights to develop a site wanted for a slots facility near M&T Bank Stadium. On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Entertainment Group filed suit in the Court of Special Appeals in its ongoing effort to gain the city’s slots license.

Md. overpays by $11.7M

Maryland counties unexpectedly awash with extra cash in May will see their finances come back to earth this month as the state fixes a flawed formula used to disburse income tax revenue to jurisdictions. The comptroller’s office’s mistake sent 23 counties and Baltimore city $11.7 million more than they were due May 31.

UM tuition increase OK’d

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted to increase in-state tuition for undergraduates by up to 3 percent for fiscal year 2012 in a public meeting at Bowie State University.

Third murder trial ordered

Two Mexican immigrants serving life sentences for the triple murder of young relatives are entitled to a third trial because the Baltimore judge who presided over the second one did not disclose several notes from the jury, a split Court of Appeals has ruled.

Ravens drop out of McDaniel

The Baltimore Ravens will hold training camp in Owings Mills in July, breaking a 15-year run of working out at McDaniel College.

Claim hits Schaefer estate

A disbarred lawyer has filed a $28,000 claim against the estate of William Donald Schaefer. J. Michael Schaefer, who is not related to the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, alleges that he was a part-time caregiver.

Toll increases opposed

At a hearing Tuesday night at Dundalk Middle School, more than 100 angry, toll-paying drivers criticized a plan Tuesday to raise the cost of traveling on some state roads, highways and tunnels twice in the next two years.

Compiling Asian trip costs

The bill for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s late spring trade mission to Asia has reached at least $213,000 and will rise as other arms of state government tally their receipts for the 10-day journey, which officials say included signing $85 million in business deals.

Expedia to pay $1.6M

Expedia, the biggest online hotel-room booking company in the Baltimore market, has agreed to pay the city $1,675,000 to cover its tax liability dating from 2007 through 2014. The company denied owing the city the money, but settled the lawsuit.

Month of job losses

Maryland’s economic recovery faltered in May as employers shed 13,000 jobs, a decline only partially offset by government hiring and residents finding work in other states.