Required Reading: Graduation scandal fades; Potential obstacle for Hogan’s highway appears

The modernist facade of Prince George's County's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

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Prince George's County's Administration Building in Upper Marlboro

Remember that graduation scandal in Prince George’s County? Pepperidge Farms remembers. Plus, senators raise objections to Chinese Metro car bid, lawmakers try to slow controversial plans to widen the Beltway, and a big project in Bowie advances.

Graduation scandal eases as Prince George’s school system gets praise from state The Washington Post

Justin M. Hartings, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, lauded the work of officials from Prince George’s County as they appeared Tuesday before the board to discuss a second audit of graduation-related practices.

US Senators fear Chinese-made metro rail cars could be used for surveillanceZDNet

“We have serious concerns about similar activity happening here in our nation’s capital, particularly when it could involve foreign governments that have explicitly sought to undermine our country’s economic competitiveness and national security.”

Bill Could Force Delay in I-270, Beltway Widening Projects –Bethesda Magazine

“If approved, the legislation could delay by at least a year the proposed expansion of Interstates 270 and 495, which by one estimate could add up to $350 million to the cost of the projects.”

Hogan releases $44.6 billion budget proposalEnquirer Gazette

“The budget grew 4 percent over last year and includes $19.6 billion for operating expenses.”

Bowie council advances South Lake TIF, to interview candidates next monthBowie Blade-News

“NAI Michael has proposed building more than 1,300 dwelling units, shops, a hotel and a major grocery store on 381 acres on the corner of Route 301 and Route 214, just outside city limits. The city approved annexing the parcel in December, and limited development to 1,360 units for the first 15 years.” 

U.Md. stresses adenovirus prevention before spring semester starts – WTOP

“Dr. David McBride, director of the university’s health center, said there have been 43 cases of adenovirus among students since a freshman student died from complications of it in November. Of those cases, two were diagnosed over the winter break.”

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