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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and daughter.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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More on D.C. Marijuana Here's Just About Everything You Need To Know About Pot Legalization In D.C. ...
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The D.C. Council on Wednesday cast a historic second vote on its budget, pushing forward under the assumption that the city is now free from some of the usual strictures imposed by Congress when it comes to spending local funds. But that assumption remains in question, prompting the Council to adopt a two-track process to ensure that it is left with a legal budget for the coming fisca...
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Faced with a spate of overdoses linked to synthetic drugs that have sent dozens of people to area hospitals over the last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will ask the D.C. Council to grant her broader authority to crack down on the sale and use of the drugs, which are chemically created to mimic the effects of marijuana and marketed as incense, potpourri or bath products. ...
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More on Pop-Ups Battle Over 'Pop-Ups' and 'Pop-Backs' Exposes Fault Lines Over Housing in D.C. ...
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Principal Conclusions Some improvement in operations, but oversight and coordination fall short Efforts to improve teacher quality show progress and disparities Learning conditions and student performance show improvement, but disparities persist Though test s...
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Related Stories Judge Throws Out D.C. Ban On Carrying Guns Outside The Home ...
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It may have been coincidence, but the timing wasn't lost on anyone in the John Wilson Building. As D.C. legislators started debating the city's 2016 budget on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals sent a long-simmering fight over budget autonomy — the belief that D.C. should not have to submit its budget to Congress for approval as part of the federal appropriations...
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The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to Mayor Muriel Bowser's first budget, a $13 billion spending plan that hikes spending on homeless services and for affordable housing and drew plaudits from advocates who more often than not find themselves fighting for more funding. While the Council did strip out a ...
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Despite scrapping a proposed increase in the sales tax, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Tuesday that Mayor Muriel Bowser would get most of what she wanted in her 2016 budget. "The big picture is... the mayor will be receiving in the budget that I am proposing tomorrow 99 percent of what she's requested," said Mendelson, previewing the amended budget that legisl...
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A proposal for a small increase in the District's sales tax has provoked a fight not only between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council, but also among the Council members themselves. As part of her $13 billion budget for 2016, Bowser proposed raising the sales tax...
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Related Stories Five Years After Court Let D.C. Residents Keep Arms, Some Want To Bear Them ...
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Special Series: Flipped Off Part 1: A Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare Part 2: For The Developer F...
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It was part field trip, part civics lesson. But like all things in Congress, it was also a partisan fight, this one over education and local governance. On Thursday, a House of Representatives committee traveled to a Catholic school in Northeast D.C. for a hearin...
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The number of homeless per jurisdiction on Jan. 28, 2015. Click to enlarge....
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This post has been updated to clarify the number of body-worn cameras that might be deployed. Despite a growing national debate over police conduct and rising interest among police departments across the country in body-worn cameras for officers, one D.C. legislator has moved to slow the rollout of the cameras in the District. D.C. Council member Kenyan Mc...
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Special Series: Flipped Off Part 1: A Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare Part 2: For The Developer F...