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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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The Montgomery County Council wants to double the fines for drivers caught passing stopped school buses, but it may prove to be an uphill battle. Cameras are placed on the stop sign arms that extend when buses stop to pick up or drop off students. The maximum fine for those caught is $250, but those caught rarely pay. "The fine that was being assigned was the $125....
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Police in Montgomery County are starting a holiday crackdown on alcohol-related offenses. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols along roadways with a history of alcohol-related crashes and DUIs are a big part of the strategy. But the focus is not just on drivers. Police will do compliance checks on businesses that sell alcohol, and undercover officers will do...
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A Montgomery County woman whose children have been missing for more than two months is not competent to stand trial in their disappearance, a new court filing says. Catherine Hoggle faces multiple charges in the September disappearance of two of her children, ages 2 and 3. Police...
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Five feet of snow has blanketed western New York state, but our area hasn't seen anything so far. Authorities hope it stays that way as long as possible. With no snow to clear, the plow trucks were just for show today at the Maryland State Highway Administration depot in Silver Spring. The state has added a few "monster plows" to its roster. "Our normal trucks carr...
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Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan isn't saying much about what policies he'll seek when he takes office in January, but one of his choices for his transition team could be very telling. Hogan campaigned on rolling back tax and fee increases passed during the tenure of current Gov. Martin O'Malley, but the Republican said he wouldn't provide specifics until after he's inaug...
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Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. The Republican says he believes his upset victory earlier this month in the he...
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The Montgomery County School Board's recent decision to remove all religious references to holiday breaks on the school calendar came after Muslims in the community asked for two holy days to become school holidays. That may still happen, just not right now. Th...
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Maryland's medical marijuana program took a big step forward to becoming reality this week. On Thursday, a panel charged with forming the regulations for starting the state's medical marijuana program finally approved the rules after a series of delays. Those regulations must still be okayed by the state department of health and mental hygiene as well as the General Assembly...
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Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan will head to Baltimore County on his "Thank You" tour today, a jurisdiction that gave him more votes than anywhere else in the state. Yesterday he named a key member to his transition team: Former Democratic State Sen. Robert Neall will overse...
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Public schools in Maryland's Montgomery County will still be off on major Christian and Jewish religious holidays, but those holidays will no longer be the "official" reason. The road that took the board to this decision started in a different place. Members of Montgomery County's Muslim community sought to have two Islamic holidays become days off on the school calendar. Th...
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One week after he scored a stunning upset victory, Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan kicks-off a "Thank You" campaign across the state Tuesday morning. The Republican will take part in the Leonardtown Veterans Day parade this morning in St. Mary's County as part of a tour that will take Hogan to all counties in Maryland to thank voters for supporting him. Of Ma...
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Possession of marijuana will soon be legal in D.C. (pending congressional review) after voters gave their approval at the polls last week. In neighboring Maryland, several lawmakers have been pushing for legalization too, but they're not expecting a victory anytime soon. Montgomery County Demo...
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On Monday, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett will sign into law the so-called "Ban the Box" bill recently passed by the county council. The measure delays when most employers can ask about a prospective employees criminal record to the end of the first job interview instead of on a job application. Supporters say it will help reduce recidivism by removing a barrier f...
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As absentee ballots continue to be counted in Maryland's sixth district, Democrat John Delaney's lead is holding firm over Republican Dan Bongino. Delaney's lead was just over 2,000 votes after Election Day, and it remained right around that level as the first day of counting of absentee ballots took place. In early voting and on Election Day, the one-term incumb...
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Before he ran for governor, Larry Hogan founded the advocacy group Change Maryland. His victory this week certainly did that. Now that he is governor-elect, Larry Hogan is moving from campaign mode to governing mode. "I gotta tell you it wasn't easy running that campaign and winning here in Maryland. But that's nothing compared to the challenges that lie ahead," Hogan said....
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Anthony Brown entered the general election in Maryland as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in a state where his party holds a 2-1 edge in voter registration. He had far more campaign money to work with than his Republican opponent Larry Hogan, who accepted public funds. Brown had appearances with his party's last two presidents and first ladies in the waning days of the campaign...
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Voters head to the polls around the D.C. region today, and voters in Maryland have some important choices to make. The headlining campaign in Maryland is for governor, as Democrat Anthony Brown faces Republican Larry Hogan. Polls have shown the race to be much closer than anticipated, despite Democrats holding a large voter registration edge in the state. If he wins, Brown w...
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As Election Day nears, polls show a tightening gubernatorial race between Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan. Now, Democrats have called in another big name to help maximize their advantage in the state. Former first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state Hillary Clinton told a crowd made up mostly of students at the University of Maryland College Park to av...
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The word "cosmetic" can be both an adjective and a noun. The differences between those uses is fueling the fight over a bill in Montgomery County regarding pesticides. County Council Vice President George Leventhal is pushing a bill that would ban the use of what he calls "cosmetic" pesticides, ones he says are used for "nonessential" purposes but carry great health risks....
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While the D.C. council just passed legislation to regulate ridesharing services like Uber, their colleagues in neighboring Montgomery County are just starting to look at their options. The majority of council members say they want new regulations to bring traditional taxi cabs to the level of...