Prince George's passes historic budget

The Prince George’s County Council on Thursday adopted a $4.09 billion budget, the largest in the county’s history.

The spending plan devotes more than $2 billion to education.

The council made a few minor changes to the budget during the negotiation process, which does not include a property tax increase. Funding for the county’s public education system represents 64 percent of the budget and exceeds the state requirement by $13 million.

— Rachel Chason

Measles case reported in Montgomery

Maryland health officials said Thursday that a person has been diagnosed with measles in Montgomery County and warned that others in the D.C. region may have been exposed to the illness. The person contracted measles outside the country, then entered the United States on May 15 via Dulles International Airport.

Measles, with symptoms including a fever higher than 101 degrees and a rash, is highly contagious, officials said, though people who have been vaccinated are unlikely to contract it. Symptoms may develop up to 21 days after exposure.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed may call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Disease Control Office at 240-777-1755.

— Justin Wm. Moyer

Students arrested for hate graffiti

Three students were arrested Thursday in connection with graffiti at their high school in Howard County, that included a swastika and a racial slur, police said.

Students preparing for an end-of-year senior ceremony Thursday morning at Glenelg High School discovered the vandalism, which Howard schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano called “hateful and sickening.”

A spokesman for the school system said staff painted over or power-washed the graffiti.

— Rachel Chason

Toll nears record high on 66 Express Lanes

The toll for a solo driver on the 66 Express Lanes topped out at $47.25 Thursday — the second-highest amount commuters have paid since the lanes debuted last year.

The previous high was $47.50 set on Feb. 28, paid by 21 drivers. On Jan. 18, 28 drivers paid a toll of $47.25.

— Dana Hedgpeth