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Maryland casinos report record monthly revenue

Jun 7, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland officials say the state's casinos raked in a monthly record of $104.3 million in May.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming says the total surpassed the $103.9 million record established a month earlier. The May figure was $8 million higher than the same month a year ago.

The first of Maryland's five casinos opened in September 2010. Revenue from the casinos supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, the horse racing industry, and small-, minority- and women-owned businesses.

Virginia tourism revenues increase to $23 billion in 2015

Jun 2, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia tourism revenues increased more than 2 percent last year over 2014.

McAuliffe says tourism generated $23 billion in revenues in 2015. That's up 2.3 percent from the previous year.

The Democratic governor says the tourism industry supported 222,600 jobs in Virginia last year, which is an increase of 5,700 jobs from the previous year.

McAuliffe says 41 million people from across the country visited Virginia last year. Domestic travelers spent $63 million per day in the state.

Airline moving western Maryland flights from Dulles to BWI

Jun 1, 2016
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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — An airline serving Hagerstown Regional Airport says it will stop flying to Washington Dulles international Airport and start flying to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as early as this summer.

The Herald-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1TXEFUE ) that Southern Airways Express Chief Marketing Officer Keith Sisson announced the route change Tuesday in Hagerstown.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based carrier is taking over from Sun Air Express, which it acquired earlier this year.

Airline serving Hagerstown marks name and equipment changes

May 31, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — One of the airlines serving Hagerstown Regional Airport is holding an event to highlight changes in its name and the type of aircraft it flies.

Southern Airways Express is holding the reception at the airport Tuesday evening. The Memphis, Tennessee-based, carrier is taking over routes flown by Sun Air Express, which Southern acquired in March.

Southern Airways Express offers daily flights to Pittsburgh International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

McAuliffe announces California brewery expanding to Virginia

May 25, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe says another craft beer company has decided to locate its East Coast operations in Virginia.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits will open a brewing operation in Botetourt County.

McAuliffe said the company will invest $47.8 million in the project and create 178 new jobs. The company can receive nearly $3 million in state funds.