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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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In Maryland, a federal judge in Baltimore is deciding whether a lawsuit over a botched 2009 music festival in Frederick County will go to trial. The Summer Solstice Projekt festival was set to be held at in Myersville between June 18 and June 21, 2009. The festival started as planned, but the sheriff's office received more than eight complaints about noise. Officials ultimat...
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In Maryland, Montgomery County in launching a study of its strict liquor control policies, which a top state official said should be ended. The County council's office of legislative oversight releases reports on county agencies, and this week they released the topics they will tackle in the coming year, which includes the liquor control department and its policies. ...
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In Maryland, the Montgomery County council is closer to voting on a bill that would shorten the distance archery hunters have to be from occupied buildings when out hunting. The General Assembly this year passed its own version of a bill that cuts the distance archery hunters must be from occupied buildings to 100 yards from the previous 150. The county bill matches the new ...
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Supporters of Maryland governor Martin O'Malley are coming to his defense following his dust-up with the White House this week over the growing number of immigrant children coming to the U.S. from Central America. Maryland's top immigrant advocacy and services group, Casa De Mary...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is fighting back against criticism from the White House that his position on the deportation of immigrant children is hypocritical. As the U.S. deals with a surging influx of immigrant children from Central America, O'Malley said he disagreed with the Obama administration's efforts to speed up the deportations of those kids. That apparently upse...
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The Montgomery County Board of Education has signed off on a plan to purchase 40,000 laptops and tablets for students. Over the next three school years, students from grades three through 12 will receive Chromebook laptops, while those in kindergarten through 2nd grade will get Android-based tablets. The goal is to incorporate technology into everyday learning. Dr...
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The Montgomery County Council has picked a new planning board chief, and members didn't go far for their pick. Casey Anderson is currently a member of the planning board. When he takes over as the head of it, Anderson says he'll have a lot issues to address in planning and zoning. Chief among them: increasing the number of housing options. "I think that market data...
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In Maryland, Montgomery County council members clashed with the schools superintendent over ways to slow the trend of segregation in county public schools. A council staff report shows schools are becoming increasingly segregated in the county, adding to a growing achievement gap between white and Asian students and their black and Latino counterparts. To reverse that, sever...
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The Montgomery County inspector general released his annual report to the county council today. But it's what he'll be looking at next year that has council members most intrigued. Edward Blansitt says his office will look at publicly funded credit cards that are issued to elected and nonelected county officials. Those cards can be used to pay for anything from office suppli...
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The "visual" reminders of last month's primary election in Maryland have been removed in Montgomery County. A large blue dumpster at the county's recycling facility near the Shady Grove Metro station was a treasure trove of winners and losers from last month's primary — their campaign signs at least — as two county agencies performed the largest ever "sign sweep" in Mont...
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Call it a good example of planning ahead. On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council held a public hearing on a new snow removal plan as temperatures were approaching triple digits. The hearing at the Council chamber in Rockville attracted only one speaker. Carl Custer of Bethesda said he agrees with lawmakers looking to beef up enforcement of the county's snow removal laws, ...
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The Montgomery County Council has given final approval to a resolution asking state lawmakers to go further in decriminalizing marijuana. When the General Assembly approved a bill earlier this year decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, they did nothing about possessing the means to use the drug. While possessing marijuana itself will soon be a less...
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One race from Maryland's two-week-old primary remains undecided, but today additional ballots are being counted in the Democratic primary for the District 2 seat on the Prince George's County Council. Deni Taveras leads Doyle Niemann for the Democratic nod by only 10 votes. The final ballots left to be counted are expected to be tallied today by elections officials. Niemann,...
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Authorities in Prince George's County need volunteers to be evacuees. Not real ones — just for pretend. On Friday, July 11, Prince George's County will hold an exercise simulating flooding in certain areas of the county, with volunteers needed to play residents in need of evacuation to a shelter, which will be Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. Reside...
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Police in Maryland are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend of getting drunk drivers off the road. Two high-profile incidents in the past week have only made officers focus their efforts even more. A Montgomery County policeman was grazed by a car operated by a drunk driver while directing traffic around an accident on the Beltway yesterday, and last week, another crash inv...
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The Montgomery County Council will spend much of its time this month looking at a development plan for the White Oak area in the eastern part of the county. The plan has courted plenty of controversy, much of it regarding traffic. The centerpiece of the White Oak plan is the consolidation of offices of the federal Food and Drug Administration at the White Oak Research Center...
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A suspect accused of setting off homemade bottle bombs at area movie theaters earlier this year has been formally indicted in Maryland. Twenty-year-old Manuel Joyner-Bell faces six counts of second-degree assault, as well as possession of a destructive device, conspiracy to use a destructive device, and reckless endangerment charges. Prince George's County state's...
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The push for campaign finance reform in Montgomery County is hitting some roadblocks. Earlier this year, Council member Phil Andrews introduced a bill that would provide a public financing option for any candidate running for a county office like executive or Council member. All of his colleagues co-sponsored the bill. The state of Maryland has a similar voluntary public opt...
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This year's primary election in Maryland is less than a week old, but leaders are already talking about the next one. Turnout last week was around 20 percent statewide, and even lower in Montgomery County, the state's largest jurisdiction. County Council President Craig Rice knew...
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The Quicken Loans National golf tournament went into sudden death at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, and for repeat winner Justin Rose, it was sweet redemption. He bogeyed the 18th hole during regulation, following up a poor tee shot with an even worse approach shot from the rough. "I was hoping it was going to be the glory shot for a second or two off the...