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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 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...
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Maryland lawmakers convened the first meeting of a work group that will look at police accountability while the General Assembly is out of session. The group of delegates and senators was formed following the death of Freddie Gray and the unrest in Baltimore that followed. Baltimore senator Catherine Pugh says while it may have been that incident that grabbed headlines and ...
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The work group of Maryland legislators looking at police accountability will hold its first meeting in Annapolis this afternoon. Outside of bills that allowed for body cameras on officers, police accountability measures did not fare well in this year's session for the General Assembly. Lawmakers adjourned for the year the day after Freddie Gray had been arrested by B...
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The controversial drilling practice known as "fracking" will not occur in Maryland for another two years. The General Assembly passed a bill putting a two-year moratorium on fracking just as regulations that would allow drilling permits to be issued were set to take affect. Gov. Larry Hogan did not veto the bill, but didn't sign it either, meaning the ban takes affect withou...
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As the retirement announcement by Sen. Barbara Mikulski ripples through Maryland politics, there's a growing list of candidates looking to move up from county or state government to Capitol Hill. One national political writer likened Mikulski's retirement to a bottleneck being broken in Maryland's Democratic party, with plenty of party stalwarts looking to rise to new posi...
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The Frederick County Council has denied a request for a historic designation for a private Maryland resort used in the past by presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower. The move essentially disrupts a plan by the Church of Scientology. The 40-acre Trout Run resort is nestled along a creek in the Catoctin Mountains, the same mountain range where the current presidentia...
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The top prosecutors in Montgomery and Howard Counties have agreed to review police-related deaths in each other's jurisdictions. It's believed to be the first such agreement in the state. If a person dies while in the custody of police in Montgomery County — or because of the actions of an officer — prosecutors in Howard County will do the review of the case to determine...
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to make it official Saturday morning in Baltimore: He's running for the Democratic nomination for president. If there was any suspense left, O'Malley ended it with a short video he released Friday. The former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland is also the frontman for his Irish rock band O'Malley's March, and in the v...
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When it comes to education issues, Maryland voters are worried about too much standardized testing of kids more than anything else. That's according to a poll commissioned and released by the state's teachers union, a survey that shows rare bipartisan agreement on education in Maryland. Of the 600 registered voters surveyed by GBA Strategies on behalf of the Maryla...
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An anomaly in Maryland's marijuana laws will remain in place after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that passed the General Assembly. Decriminalization of marijuana got the approval of lawmakers last year. But this year the General Assembly sought to correct an oversight in the original law regarding marijuana paraphernalia. While possession of 10 grams ...