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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Walmart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns.

The appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday reversed a 2014 ruling ordering Wal-Mart to include the proposal from Trinity Wall Street Church in New York.

A Delaware judge had declared that the proposal about guns with magazines holding more than 10 rounds should not have been excluded from 2014 proxy materials.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging supporters of raising the minimum wage in Maryland to sign a petition.

The Democratic governor in an email from his political action committee on Thursday says he believes the state must make the choice to raise the minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour.

O'Malley says is expecting a long and difficult effort. A measure to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 by 2015 stalled in a Senate committee in the last legislative session.

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There will be no state taxpayer money for road improvements for Stoltz Real Estate Partners controversial commercial center near New Castle.

A state panel removed the $4.1 million request from its agenda after New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the County Council rejected separate requests to sponsor the company’s application.

Gordon said he did not like the idea of Wal-Mart as the rumored anchor for the town center.

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Progressive Maryland says there is more than $300 million in revenue for the state if Annapolis would just eliminate many of the tax loopholes that now dot its tax code.

The public interest group says topping the list is the combined income reporting provision in the tax code for corporations that the organization says could average $60 million in new money.

Matthew Weinstein, a consultant with the group, notes that 24 other states including New York and California have such laws that would curb end runs around the tax code.

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Sam’s Club on North Salisbury Boulevard is set to become the first Wal-Mart affiliated store in Maryland to get solar panels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the membership-only warehouse applied for a city permit to begin the $158-thousand project.

The California based SolarCity Corporation is expected to get the contract.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told the paper that this is the first such site for the company in Maryland.