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

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

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 surveillance – ZDNet

“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.”

Required Reading: 4th murder; Tire Place goes flat; Casinos booming

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Jan. 10, 2019, edition: Prince George’s County sees fourth homicide of the year; A tire store closes in the heart of rapidly redeveloping downtown Hyattsville, plus more stories below:

Prince George’s County marks 4th homicide this year- The Washington Post

Tire Place shuts down for good – The Hyattsville Life & Times

DC woman wins thousands at MGM, and loses it all over casino typo – WTTG

Judge rules man accused of burning Bowie city cars can’t stand trial -Capital Gazette

Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino posts only revenue decline among Maryland casinos in December – Baltimore Business Journal

Education funding, minimum wage at forefront of 2019 Maryland legislative session -The Washington Informer