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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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Holiday travel will start in earnest Wednesday, as the D.C. region is expected to see a slight increase in travelers compared to this time last year.Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. But according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, nearly all of the more than 2.2 million D.C.-region residents expected to t...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make dire predictions for next year's state budget, as he prepares to be inaugurated again.O'Malley will be inaugurated for his second term in office in less than a month, and he's embarking on a set of forums across the state to focus on the many goals he has...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says his second term in office will focus on many things, but jobs will be at the top.The first of five forums O'Malley will hold before his inauguration focused on jobs and the economy. Speaking at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, O'Malley s...
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Close to 2 million Maryland residents are expected to travel more than 50 miles this holiday. AAA Mid-Atlantic says almost all of those expected to travel will do so by car, despite an 18 percent increase in the price of gas over the past month.That will mean a lot of traffic on Interstate 95, but state highway spokesman Charlie Gischlar says congestion may not be so bad becaus...
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The state highway administration is getting ready to treat roads should the weather forecast call for it on Sunday. And the products they'll be using can be found in a jar of pickles or in a bottle of blackstrap rum.Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, says the concoction used on the roads will vary by location."We'll be using the ...
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The superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County is preparing for a fight over potential cuts to school funding.Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast says his budget proposal for the coming year does not ask that more money be spent per student than last year."Just give us the amount for the new kids. That's fair," Weast says.The school system expects to add mor...
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Just in time for the snow, the Montgomery County has a new interactive map on its Web site, where residents can check to see if snow plows have cleared the roads in their area."So if you're sitting home in a cul-de-sac, and you're trying to make an informed decision of whether you should go to the airport or head to New ...
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Just in time for the snow, residents in Montgomery County, Md., can now check the progress snow plows are making in clearing roads.Residents can now go to the county Web site and view an interactive map to see whether roads in their area have been cleared. The map only shows roads maintained by the county, and not those ...
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Click HERE for an update on this story.Residents in Montgomery County, Md., will soon have a new way to determine whether it's safe for them to drive after snowstorms.Tuesday afternoon, the county will unveil a new Web site that will show the progress of snow plows following a snowstorm. The site will track snow p...
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This week, government agencies in Montgomery County will finish their budget proposals and send them to the county council, which makes the final call on what gets funded and what doesn't. County schools take up the largest share of the budget, and a state law requires the county to spend more on education each succeeding year.It's called "maintenance of effort", and county cou...
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The first heavy winter weather is expected to hit parts of the region Monday, and it's putting the spotlight on one local utility.During the summer, when the weather was far from what it has been in recent days, Pepco had major problems with power outages. The outcry after week-long outages following thunderstorms during the high humid heat was enough to get lawmakers in Maryla...
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Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Md., are pressing the county school system to find additional ways to cut its budget immediately.All agencies in the county are being asked to cut their bottom line because of budget woes, with the school system being asked to trim close to $20 million.So far, the schools have achieved about three-fourths of that through a hiring freeze an...
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It was social media that led federal authorities to the man who allegedly tried to blow up a military recruiting office in suburban Baltimore.The FBI first became aware of 21-year-old Antonio Martinez in October, when a concerned citizen saw postings on Martinez's Facebook page. One post allegedly said, "Anyone who opposes Allah and his prophet peace be upon him. I hate you wit...
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In Maryland, the ripple effect from the federal corruption probe in Prince George's County continues to take shape. Former County Executive Jack Johnson was the biggest name indicted in the ongoing federal investigation, but three county police officers were also arrested fo...
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A man from Baltimore was in court Wednesday afternoon facing charges that he tried to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md., Wednesday morning.Antonio Martinez, 21, is accused of trying to drive a vehicle into a recruiting center. Federal authorities say Martinez believed the vehicle contained a bomb, but U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says the vehicle did not...
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In Maryland, the new interim police chief in Prince George's County is putting his mark on the department. Mark Magaw enters the position just weeks after the latest controversy involving the county police.Three officers were arrested in a federal investigation last month for their part in an alleged ring that distributed and sold untaxed cigarettes and alcohol from a College P...
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Prince George's County has a new county executive, who in turn made sure the county has both a new police and fire chief.In some of his first moves in office, Rushern Baker announced he would not retain Police Chief Roberto Hylton and Fire Chief Eugene Jones. Both moves were expected, especially the ouster of Hylton, who's c...
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In Maryland, Prince George's County has a new county executive, who didn't waste any time on his first day putting his imprint on county government.Rushern Baker took the oath of office on a blustery day in front of the County Administration Building, with his predecessor Jack Johnson's federal indictment last month still on...
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A new county executive will be sworn in this morning in Prince George's County, Md. Rushern Baker will take office at a time of uncertainty for the county. A federal investigation has led to numerous arrests -- including several police officers as well as Baker's predecessor, Jack Johnson, and his wife, County Councilmember-elect Leslie Johnson. Prosecutors have indicated that more ar...
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Tonight is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for many bars throughout the D.C. region. That also means it will be a busy night for police.Tonight Corporal Nicholas Augustine and his fellow Montgomery County police officers will increase their patrols looking for drunk drivers, as they usually see an increase during the holiday season.But, according to ...