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This story was corrected June 26, 2012. An explanation follows the story.

<>Prince George’s foreclosure rate higher than national average<>

Prince George's again had the highest foreclosure rate in Maryland last month, with one filing per 611 homes, according to RealtyTrac of Irvine, Calif.

That was up 46.7 percent from April, but down 6.0 percent from May 2011.

Overall, the county saw 537 foreclosure filings in May.

Prince George’s was the only Maryland jurisdiction with a rate higher than the national average of one filing per 639 units.

The state rate last month was up 20 percent from April, but down 4 percent from May 2011. That followed the national trend, which saw an increase of 9 percent from April but a 4 percent decline from May 2011. One out of roughly 1,400 households in the state saw a foreclosure filing last month.

<>Bozzuto hires new construction director<>

The Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt has named Christ Block director of construction its Bozzuto Homes division.

Block, previously executive vice president at Caruso Homes, has worked nine years as a lumber broker and was director of operation for Golden Builders, according to a Bozzuto statement.

<>Doctors' sleep center receives national accreditation<>

The Sleep Center at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham has received national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, recognizing it for meeting or exceeding national quality-of-care measures for sleep disorder treatment.

The center conducts more than 2,000 sleep studies annually to diagnose various disorders and provides respiratory ventilation therapy for sleep apnea to more than 600 patients every year.

The accreditation reflects the center’s “commitment to caring for patients using the highest standards of quality. This is a real compliment to the entire Sleep Center program and staff,” Riad Dakheel, a board-certified sleep specialist and medical director of the center, said in a statement.

<>District 8 to host small-business networking session<>

Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist.8) and Mirinda Jackson, the county’s Minority Business Enterprise compliance manager, will host a small-business networking session from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 17 at Oxon Hill Library.

The session will include contracting officials from several local, state and federal agencies and offer tips on contracting opportunities and the bidding process.

Registration: 301-952-3860.

<>IT company wins Medicare certification <>

Innovalon of Bowie, formerly MedAssurant, has received encounter data processing system certification from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Innovalon is now certified as a third-party submitter of professional encounter production data to institutions.

<>Bowie chamber to host women's expo Sept. 29<>

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee will hold its third annual women's expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Comfort Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 4500 Crain Highway, Bowie.

Proceeds benefit the committee's scholarship fund. Audrey Scott, Bowie's first woman mayor, will be keynote speaker.

Cost: $50 by Sept. 24; $50 thereafter. Registration: 301-262-0920.

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Explanation: There were 537 foreclosure filings in Prince George’s County in May. The wrong number was originally reported.