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Matt Bush

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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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Leaders in Montgomery and Prince George's counties have received a list of proposed changes to the Purple Line that would bring down the cost of the project. But don't expect any quick decisions on them. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says the list is very long and touches on just about every aspect of the proposed light rail line. It includes longer wait times be...
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Montgomery County lawmakers officially signed mandatory paid leave into law on Thursday afternoon, and one of their former colleagues joined them as they did. Long before he became the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez was a Montgomery County Councilman. He came back to his old stomping ground to celebrate the passage of a bill mandating paid sick leave for everyone in the...
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Metro Connection Segments Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin ...
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Updated 6:30 a.m., June 30 Gov. Larry Hogan says the state of Maryland will move forward with building the Purple Line, but only if Montgomery and Prince George's counties put more money toward the rail transit project. Where that cash will come from, thoug...
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A common suburban sight in Maryland's Montgomery County — the parking lot — is disappearing as parts of the county become more urban. Politicians and developers say residents should get used to it. Many big public lots near shopping districts or public transportation hubs also happen to be on some of the most prime real estate in the county. Developers would rather turn ...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects. While unveiling plans to spend $2 billion on roads — including $845 million on entirely new projects — at an Annapolis news conference on Thursday, the governor finally revealed h...
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The Montgomery County Council has frozen the minimum wage for tipped workers in the county at $4 per hour, with the goal of keeping costs competitive for restaurant owners. Tipped workers — such as bartenders or wait staff — are paid a base wage lower than the minimum wage because the expecation is that tips will make up the difference. That rate is roughly half as much...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday that he is battling a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer," but also said that he would remain in office while receiving treatment. Hogan said at the hastily arranged press conference that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and it may be a very advanced Stage 3 or possibly Stage 4. The cancer is located in his ne...
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HBO's Veep is leaving Maryland after four years. The series scored larger tax credits from the state of California. HBO announced that it will move production of the show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Southern California. An HBO spokesperson says Maryland has been home to many vital HBO projects, including The Wire and Game Change, and the networ...
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The Maryland Historical Society is unveiling its display of images of the unrest in Baltimore following the death and funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody. The Historical Society, which is located in Baltimore, asked residents to submit photographs, videos, social media posts and any other materials related to the unrest and rioting t...
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Metro Connection Segments When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions ...
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A bill has been introduced in the Montgomery County council that would extend the hours food trucks can operate. But it wasn't policy wonks, lawyers, or legislative staff that came up with the bill. It was high school students. Students in Wheaton High School's Innovation Lab learn analytical and communication skills which are then used to study government regulations and le...
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A final vote is still at least a week off, but changes to a bill mandating employers offer paid sick leave to workers in Montgomery County are taking shape. In its current form, the bill makes all employers who don't offer paid sick leave give one hour of it to employees for every 30 hours worked. Its supporters say it creates fair conditions for workers by allowing them to ...
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The next countywide election in Montgomery County isn't for another three years. But it will be the first election with the county's new public financing system, and both Democrats and Republicans want potential candidates to know how to use it. So both parties are hosting a forum on the system tonight at the county council building in Rockville. The Montgomery County public...
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As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region. The ban outlaws the use of electronic cigarettes in the same public places that traditional cigarettes can't be used. That includes bars and restaurants. County Council President George Leventhal says public he...
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Mandatory paid sick leave legislation has failed in Congress, as well as in the Maryland General Assembly. But the Montgomery County Council is poised to go in the opposite direction. Justin Vest of Silver Spring worked part-time at several supermarkets while he was putting himself through college. He had a family to take care of too, but since his employers did not offer h...
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More Coverage Aging and Abuse: a five-part series from WAMU 88.5 News on complexities of elder abuse in the D.C. region and why the problem is so difficult to address. As World Elder Abuse Awarene...
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As "de-escalation" becomes a buzzword for police departments across the country, Montgomery County's police chief notes that his department has been training officers in the tactic for the past six years. Chief Thomas Manger says the Maryland county department's prior use-of-force policy was at least 15 years old, dating back to the last century, when training started to ch...
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Body cameras will soon be on a small number of police officers in Montgomery County: A pilot program will put cameras on 100 officers. But when police chief Thomas Manger spoke to the county council Tuesday, he had some news: That pilot program started Monday. "We have asked for 80 volunteers. I already have 20. I'm one of the 20, and I have 19 other executives w...
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The first meeting of a work group of Maryland lawmakers looking at police accountability issues turned up a lot of numbers regarding the diversity — or lack thereof — in the largest police departments in the state. The group of senators and delegates was formed following the unrest in Baltimore which occurred after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in April from inj...