Q&A: Franchot talks politics, transportation & climate change

In a wide-ranging interview with Route 1 Reporter, Maryland Comptroller – and early candidate for the state’s next governor – talks about a possible Beltway widening in Prince George’s County, Kirwan Commission school funding, and his own political future.

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

Pedestrian killed on University Boulevard; Man dies in shooting – Prince George’s News Roundup

Two people died in Prince George’s County over the weekend. One was a pedestrian struck killed the driver of an SUV in Adelphi. The other was a D.C. resident fatally shot in Camp Springs. Those stories, plus more in today’s Prince George’s News Roundup. WJLA: Pedestrian hit, killed by driver of SUV
Fatal collision occurred at University Boulevard and West Park Drive in Adelphi.

Debate night part deux; Motorcycle victim identified – Prince George’s News Roundup

Maryland’s Democratic governor hopefuls gathered for another televised debate, and the takes are pouring in. WRC: Candidates for Maryland Governor Debate Policing, Flooding
“Panelists in the debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting asked the nine candidates about what they think needs to be done to ease tensions between police and communities in the aftermath of last week’s death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio, who was killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Dawnta Harris is accused of running her down in a stolen car.” WaPo: Democratic candidates for Md. governor attack Hogan — but not each other
“The shortage of fireworks in the run-up to the June 26 primary has drawn complaints from analysts and some Democratic elected officials that the election has failed to stir voter interest and that none of the candidates has stood out.”