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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved an incentive package of more than $5 billion to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Maryland.

The House of Delegates voted 79-59 Wednesday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan who submitted the plan. A spokeswoman for the governor says he will sign the bill.

Supporters described it as a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attract a company that promises to create 50,000 jobs. Opponents derided it as corporate welfare for one of the world's richest companies.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $5.6 billion incentive package to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Maryland has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval Tuesday. The House could vote on the bill already passed by the Senate it in the next couple of days and send it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who submitted the proposal to the General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor is trying to land Amazon's second headquarters by offering a $5 billion package of tax incentives and transportation upgrades.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday the state is "committing all of the resources we have to bring it home to Maryland."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says he hasn't seen details of Hogan's plan, but he says he'll support legislation for incentives for Amazon, if the state "can put a package together that's palatable to them."

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Amazon will not be locating its second U.S. headquarters in Delaware.

The online retail giant offered up a list of 20 finalists and the First State was not among them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that instead Newark, New Jersey and Montgomery County Maryland were still in the running.

Meanwhile, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proposed an incentive package of more than $5 billion to lure Amazon to the state.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor is refusing to release the state's entire pitch for Amazon's second headquarters.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Thursday that it obtained a heavily redacted version of the 103-page document through the Freedom of Information Act.

It showed that New Castle County promised Amazon it would not collect an extra dime in property taxes. The county also said it would be willing to expand New Castle Airport. Some runways would be reserved exclusively for Amazon's use.

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Governor John Carney is making a bid to capture the site for Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters.

He is touting Delaware’s central location as well as relatively low tax burden.

Carney said he believes that Delaware has offered a competitive proposal to lure Amazon to the First State.

His plan offers two sites for the 8 million square-foot office space.

This is a $5 billion real estate investment that would bring up to 50-thosuand jobs.

The facility would be a corporate headquarters with jobs offering an average salary of $100-thousand.

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Amazon will be hiring around 4-thousand people in Delaware for the holiday season.

Nationwide the figure is 120-thousand.

Amazon has two fulfillment centers in the First State.

One is Middletown with over a million square feet and another in New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the jobs pay around $13 an hour.

The paper notes that many of them can turn into regular full-time positions after the holidays.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Amazon is announcing plans to open a facility in North East, Maryland.

Amazon made the announcement Tuesday for the 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment center.

Amazon now employs more than 3,000 associates at its fulfillment and sortation centers in Baltimore and plans to create 700 new positions at its third Maryland facility.

Employees at the North East fulfillment center in Cecil County will pick, pack and ship larger items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will host his first ever summit for African-American business owners.

McAuliffe said the event, scheduled for Aug. 30 at Virginia Union University, will allow his administration to learn more about issues facing black-owned businesses.

The Democratic governor has tried to make it easier for African American-owned as well as other minority owned businesses to win state contracts.

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