Our pals at Google have renamed Google Local back to Google Maps. Seems like this change happened late yesterday because on April 19th, a day earlier, Google's cache
shows that the domain – local.google.com still showed 'Local' among the top tabs of the search engine, local.google.com had the Google Local logo as well.
However, late last night (US time) and early today morning (03GMT), when I typed in local.google.com I was shown the Google Maps logo instead along with 'Maps' in place of the 'Local' tab.
A few months ago,Google renamed Maps to Local — asof April 14th, Google's cached showed maps.google.com as Local, and now they've switched it around. I guess they've done this so that their geo-coding & mapping features could be rightly called as Google Maps, and their Local Business Center, which is an addon facility to Maps, would sound best as Google Local.