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Nurses, new boarding at Southwest top local business news

November 11, 2007

A way to boost nurses in Md.

Hoping to ease a nursing shortage, state hospital and university officials announced a plan to double the number of registered nurses educated in Maryland in two years. The plan would initially create spots for about 1,800 new students in 2009. It is expected to cost $59 million in the first two years, and officials hope the state will foot two-thirds of the bill.

79 apartments for west side

Baltimore officials have chosen developers to embark on $27.1 million in projects to rebuild most of two blocks of North Howard Street and expand the city's west side revitalization. The developers will bring 79 market- rate apartments, street-level shops and parking to the 400 and 500 blocks of N. Howard and to the 300 block of W. Franklin streets.

Tax bill draws Marriott threat

As the Maryland General Assembly considered closing a loophole to prevent corporations from entirely avoiding state taxes, Marriott International Inc. warned legislators that it might "adjust operations" if the legislation is adopted. The Bethesda hotel operator said it pays taxes and stopped short of saying it would leave the state.

New boarding at Southwest

In a bid to expand its share of business travelers, Southwest Airlines said it would begin selling a premium fare that guarantees buyers will be among the first to board the plane. The privilege also will be extended to passengers who fly at least 32 flights a year on the airline. Southwest also ended its cattle-call boarding system.

Superblock to go forward

Baltimore's long-stalled superblock project cleared two of the last remaining hurdles in the revitalization of a blighted swatch of the downtown's west side. The work should begin next year after the Board of Estimates approved deals for several properties considered crucial to the project.

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