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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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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 ...
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Council members in Montgomery County will receive more details about a report that outlines why the county continues to have budget problems.The report shows salaries for county employees have increased 50 percent over the past decade, but benefit packages have risen even more -- to the point the county spends more money on them than actual salaries.With more than half o...
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A report prepared for the Montgomery County Council shows that salaries for county workers have grown 50 percent over the past decade, with some employees seeing a salary increase of 80 percent.Council president Nancy Floreen called for the report, saying council members must begin to get a grasp on the underlying causes of budget shortfalls. While she says it's too early to te...
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Robberies and pedestrian collisions with cars tend to increase during the holiday season in the malls and shopping centers. County police spokeswoman Lucille Baur says distracted shoppers make easy targets for robbers. She has some suggestions:"Try not to bring cash –- better to pay by check or credit card. As packages are accumulated, it's best to take a trip out to the car...
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In Maryland, several laws have been past in recent years targeting distracted drivers. This holiday season, police in Montgomery County will be focusing on distracted shoppers. Distracted shopping isn't a crime, but police say it does make a person more likely to become a victim of one during the holiday season.Lake Forest Mall is one of several places officers will be increasi...
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Last winter was historic in the D.C. region. Authorities are now preparing in case it happens again.Keith Compton is the head of Montgomery County's highway maintenance team, which includes snow removal. He says last winter's historic weather means very little when preparing for this winter."You really don't form a game plan for this year based on what happened last year...
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In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive-elect Rushern Baker made remarks to the media around 5 p.m. His comments are his first since last week's arrests of current County Executive Jack Johnson.Baker, who will take office in less than one month, says "these are not sad days" for the county, despite Johnson's arrest and the...
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Maryland's projected budget deficit for next year continues to grow. New numbers released this week show that the projected deficit stands at close to $1.6 billion, about one-third more than earlier estimates.The new projections could mean a stronger push next year by state lawmakers to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions onto counties. State Senate President Mike Mill...
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In Maryland, the last portion of the new Silver Spring Civic Building in Montgomery County has been dedicated. The building itself opened over the summer, but it's outdoor entrance, named Veterans Plaza, wasn't officially dedicated until today, Veterans Day.The dedication ceremony featured veterans of wars dating back to World War II, with a special focus on Native American vet...
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Tuition rates at state universities in Maryland were a major issue during the recent gubernatorial election.During his successful re-election campaign, Gov. Martin O'Malley touted the fact he was able to keep tuition rates level during his time in office, as opposed to the increases seen during his predecessor Bob Ehrlich's term.But those rates won't be staying that way,...