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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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Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan admits he's putting himself in a tight box when it comes to fixing the state's rising budget deficit. Still, the Republican remains resolute that taxes are not going up — which means state spending will be cut drastically. Speaking at a press conference, Hogan put it very bluntly: The days of "saying yes" to every demand for an increase ...
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Slowly but surely, Montgomery County leaders plan to add body cameras to the police force. County executive Isiah Leggett says they plan to start putting body cameras on recruits training in the police academy, and then add them to the rest of the force, though the plan will have to be negotiated with the police union. The move comes after the high-profile deaths ...
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Montgomery County authorities say they will conduct a thorough review of policies regarding the county's air park, following Monday's jet crash into a home that killed six people. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says a lot of what he wants ...
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Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (Matt Bush/WAMU) A budget battle is brewing between the Montgomery County school system and the county coun...
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Authorities in Montgomery County want state lawmakers to give them additional help in tracking down people wanted for outstanding warrants. Montgomery County law enforcement wants a similar "warrant intercept program" that has been piloted in Anne Arundel County. To get those with outstanding warrants to turn themselves in, authorities there started going after their state t...
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Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan says his lieutenant governor will oversee his administration's effort to reduce heroin-related crime across the state. Hogan spoke to reporters Friday morning at a swearing-in ceremony for Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, a fellow Republican. Hogan says Jenkins was the first to make him aware of the depth of heroin- and gang-related ...
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Police in Montgomery County have charged a substitute teacher with sexually assaulting four students, and they believe there could be more victims. Jose Pineda was first arrested after an incident in September, when a female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School accused him of inappropriately touching her. After Pineda was charged, three other students stepped forward w...
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Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will reportedly seek to repeal the so-called "Rain Tax" once he takes office next month. It's the first clear policy move from the Republican, who has said he would not give detailed positions until his inauguration. Members of the General Assembly aren't waiting for Hogan, however, and are putting the final touches on bills that will be i...
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The Montgomery County Council has selected a new president: George Leventhal. Tuesday was the first full day of Leventhal's fourth four-year term on the council, and his colleagues elected him president for the second time. He also served as council president in 2006, and fittingly, he quoted another long-serving politician upon taking the title again: "I want Montgomery Co...
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The Montgomery County government will look largely the same for the next four years as it has for the previous four. County executive Isiah Leggett is starting his third term, while seven of the nine county council members are also back for another term. On Monday, Leggett took the oath of office for the third time. He took the opportunity to lay out a six-point plan for his...
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Inauguration ceremonies were held across Maryland today for county executive. The state's D.C. suburbs are one of the few areas where there is no change at the top of county governments. Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett kicked off his third term at Montgomery High School in Rockville, where he took the oath of office. In his inaugural speech he laid out a s...
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The start of Maryland's General Assembly session is a little less than two months away, but state lawmakers are already crafting bills. Bills can be prefiled before the session starts, meaning they can be introduced on Day One of the session in Annapolis. The Montgomery County delegation has 15 they are working on, and several deal with alcohol licensing, an at-times mundane...
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Montgomery County was at the forefront of banning traditional cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other public places, and one council member now wants the county to join the growing number of places that treat electronic cigarettes the same way. Electronic cigarettes are quickly increasing in popularity, so much so that the process of smoking them—vaping—has made its ling...
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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...