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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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Two months from today is the start of winter, and just in case it comes sooner, Montgomery County lawmakers have approved updates to the county's snow-removal law. The law requires sidewalks be cleared of snow 24 hours after a storm ends. Last winter, that law was being widely ignored by many businesses and residents, leading to calls for the county to strengthen its enforce...
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Montgomery County officials say treating the nurse infected with the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda poses no threat to public health and safety. County Council President Craig Rice says NIH has been in constant contact with local au...
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Maryland Democrats have tried to make guns a major topic during this year's gubernatorial election. The next issue they want to push: mass transit. Several Democratic leaders from Montgomery and Prince George's counties will hold a press conference this afternoon discussing their support of the Purple Line. They are hoping to spotlight the differences between the Democratic ...
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The Montgomery County Council has passed a bill that will likely please many when they upgrade their cellphones. The Council approved a measure that updates a nearly 30-year-old law that was initially intended to stop criminals from selling stolen merchandise to pawn shops. ...
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Maryland gubernatorial candidates Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan held their second debate Monday, and while some of the topics were different, the tone remained the same. Democrat Brown and Republican Hogan both spent much the hourlong debate on NewsChannel 8 on the attack, just as they have on the campaign trail. When Brown defended his role overseeing the rollout of...
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The candidates for the Congressional seat for Maryland's Sixth District are clashing over immigration and economic policies ahead of next month's election. Republican Dan Bongino is hoping his views on immigration will help him unseat Democrat John Delaney in the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses all of western Maryland. The former Secret Service agent told a H...
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The campaign thus far for governor of Maryland has been mostly negative between Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan. Their first debate didn't start that way, but it didn't take long for the attacks to start. Each opening statement from the WJZ-TV studios in Baltimore was basically an introduction to voters, with Brown talking about his military background, whi...
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The Washington Nationals finally have an opponent for their National League Divisional Series which starts tomorrow. The Nationals will face the San Francisco Giants, who won the one-game National League Wild Card playoff last night over Pittsburgh. The Nats went 5-2 against the Giants this season. Game 1 of the divisional series is Friday afternoon at Nationals Park. Step...
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Leaders in Montgomery County aren't giving up on the possibility of a land deal that would allow for a larger Purple Line station in Bethesda. Earlier this month, the county rejected an offer for the Apex Building in Bethesda, which planners want to raze to allow for a more spacious station for the Purple Line in Bethesda. That station would be the western terminus of the pr...
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Despite its small size, Maryland has seen the sixth-highest amount of political television ad spending on state-level races this year in the U.S. The hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary pushed Maryland into such a lofty perch, according to ...
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The Montgomery County government has purchased four drones, but bureaucracy is keeping them grounded for now. Three of the small aircraft were purchased for the fire department, while the other will be used by the county executive's office of innovation. But the drones — which are toy-sized "quadcopters" — aren't in service yet because there are no rules for their use....
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The final week of the baseball regular season starts Monday night, and while the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles already have clinched division titles, they still have something to play for. Each team has a chance to secure the best record in its league, which would give them home-field advantage during the divisional and league championship playoff rounds. The Na...
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Hiding. And lying. Those are the accusations being hurled on the campaign trail this week in the race to be Maryland's next governor. Democrat Anthony Brown unveiled a new web video today alleging that Republican Larry Hogan is "hiding" his positions on contentious issues like abortion and gun control. It goes on to echo earlier attacks that Hogan is not releasi...
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The D.C. region's white elephant, the Silver Spring Transit Center in Montgomery County, still isn't ready for commuters. The transit hub for trains and buses, which is already more than two years late, still doesn't have a firm open date. The center can't open until repair work on a host of issues is completed. David Dise, the head of Montgomery County's department of gener...
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Police in Montgomery County are "preparing a homicide case" against Catherine Hoggle, the woman whose two children remain missing a week after their father first reported it to officers. Hoggle met with her husband a week ago today at Germantown fast food restaurant. He told police she was evasive when he asked about the whereabouts of their children, a 2-year-old and a 3-ye...
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Washington's football team picked up its first win of the season yesterday, but they may have lost quarterback Robert Griffin III to a season-ending injury. Griffin will undergo an MRI today after suffering what the team said was a dislocated ankle during the first quarter of a 41-10 win over Jacksonville. Depending on what the MRI reveals, Griffin could be done for the seas...
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Police in Montgomery County still have not located a missing woman or her two children. The father of Catherine Hoggle made an urgent plea today that she turn herself in to get help. Hoggle has not been seen since she left a Germantown fast food restaurant Monday after she deflected questions from her husband about the whereabouts of their two children. Video sur...
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Police in Montgomery County are charging a woman with misdemeanor child neglect after the disappearance of her two young children. The woman in question also remains missing. The charges against Catherine Hoggle, according to assistant police chief Russell Hamill, are designed to aid in getting information for the investigation. Hamill wouldn't elaborate further. ...
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Maryland's Montgomery County is poised to become the next jurisdiction in the U.S. to ban take-out food containers made of polystyrene foam — better known as styrofoam. Two county council members are introducing a bill today that would ban styrofoam containers in favor of ones that are made from recyclable materials. ...
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An American University professor and department head is on leave following his arrest earlier this week for allegedly trying to set a fire in a parking garage. Dr. David Pitts is the chair of the university's department of public administration and policy as well as an associate professor. He was arrested early Thursday morning by D.C. police and charged with breaking into th...