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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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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,...
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In Maryland, the fight over the future of horse racing is heating up following last week's referendum vote in Anne Arundel County.Voters in Anne Arundel County approved the construction of the state's largest slots machine casino at Arundel Mills Mall, and in turn defeated a plan to build the casino at the Laurel Park racetrack. The Maryland Jockey Club says the vote means the ...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to push his goals for his second term around Maryland.In a speech at Towson University before students and faculty, O'Malley says he doesn't have a crystal ball when it comes to the direction the economy is taking as the start of his second term nears. But he does believe Maryland is well-positioned to weather continued economic woes, saying only ...
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Fresh off his successful re-election campaign, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is pushing his goals for his second term. The governor is starting with a plan he first proposed two years ago.In 2008, O'Malley formed a partnership that included the Governor's Office for Children and the non-profit Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger in Maryland by 2015.One of the ways...
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A 19-year-old man has plead guilty to shooting to death D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts at his home in Silver Spring, Md., last April.Alante Saunders is one of four men charged in the killing of Betts, who was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the chest. Saunders has plead guilty to shooting Betts, whom he planned to rob after meeting the principal on a se...
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A 19-year-old man has plead guilty to shooting to death D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts at his home in Silver Spring, Md., last April.Alante Saunders is one of four men charged in the killing of Betts, who was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the chest. Saunders has plead guilty to shooting Betts, whom he planned to rob after meeting the principal on a se...