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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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In Maryland, the former owners of a historic farm in Gaithersburg are suing Johns Hopkins University, which was bequeathed the site. The lawsuit is being prompted by plans for the school to collaborate with private companies on a so-called "Science City," a corridor for biotech research and development. Tim Newell's family sold the historic Belward Farm in 1989 for $5 million,...
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More cooking fires are started today than on any other day of the year. And local fire departments are urging people to be careful. While conventional ways to cook a turkey can start a fire, it's deep-frying a bird that has authorities more concerned each year, as that method becomes increasingly popular. Those who decide to drop their turkey into a deep fryer are urg...
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The massive Wall Street reform bill passed by Congress is now nearly a year-and-a-half old. Provision 1504 of the bill calls for oil, gas and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to disclose payments they make to national governments where they are doing business. Maryland senator Ben Cardin helped push that measure through Congress, but rules to enforce it have yet to be w...
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In Maryland, the Purple line is years away from completion, but a group of small business owners say they're already feeling its effects. Danny Santacruz owns America Hair Design, right at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard in Langley Park.  One day, the Purple line will go through there. Construction is at least three years away, but Santac...
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It was more than a year ago that voters in Montgomery County rejected ambulance user fees, but that hasn't stopped local lawmakers from sniping over the issue. Response times by fire and rescue services in the county are going down, as are deaths ...
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A report prepared for the Montgomery County council earlier this year showed public school lunches in the county meet or exceed most nutritional requirements, but added a lot more still needs to be done to get kids to eat healthy. In their first meeting on the topic since the report was released, council members still didn't have many answers.  Council president Valerie ...
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In a month and a half, Montgomery County's tax on paper and plastic bags goes into effect. And it isn't just shoppers who will make adjustments -- retailers must make changes so that they can charge the 5-cent per bag tax, one cent of which they get to keep. The rest will go to the county for cleanup and environmental programs. To help raise awareness of the tax, Barwood Taxi...
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Council members in Prince George's County have put off taking action on a slot machine ban until bext year. By a margin of 5-4, the council voted to table the bill that would have used zoning measures to effectively make the county off-limits for slot machines. That didn't stop councilwoman Andrea Harrison from saying she felt slots weren't worth the gamble: "I don't think we ...
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The Prince George's County Council will vote Tuesday on a bill that would effectively ban slot machines countywide. The bill would prohibit a potential slot machine casino through zoning measures. The owners of Rosecroft Raceway in Oxon Hill, Md. have discussed the possibility of opening a casino at the site, though there is no official plan at this time. Opponents of gambling...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says Democrats are poised to rebound nationwide after taking hard election losses since Barack Obama became president. Wins bode well for Democrats? O'Malley chairs the Democratic Governors Association, which raises money and spends it on state campaigns across the country. One such state is Ohio, where the DGA contrib...
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Veterans Day services were held at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham in Prince George's County on Friday. It's a familiar sight, but this year's ceremony contained something extra: word that the cemetery is receiving $1.7 million from the federal government for upgrades. Martin Fahe...
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Top military leaders officially renamed the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Thursday. The new center, which was created by the Base Realignment and Closure Process (BRAC), combines the recently closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. with the Bethesda Naval Hospital.   Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the new expanded center wil...
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In less then two weeks, the second portion of the Intercounty Connector, running from Georgia Ave to Interstate 95, opens up to drivers. State officials like Maryland Transportation Authority executive secretary Harold Bartlett are expecting traffic to be very heavy on the new toll road. "We're very confident that the second phase will be even more successful, because as you m...
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It's going to cost more to feed the pilgrims this Thanksgiving. Each year, the Virginia Farm Bureau puts out a survey of grocery stores which gauges the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This year's indicates that feeding a group of 10 adults will cost $48.03. That's $4.46 more than last year.  The survey menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, pe...
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The House Veterans Affairs Committee is honoring dogs that worked in Iraq, as well as at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center during the 9/11. They're the winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The recipients include Roselle, a seeing-eye dog that led its handler, Michael Hingson, down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center...
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After searching for the perfect location, a group of Cub Scouts, along with the environmental group Conservation Montgomery, spent Saturday morning planting trees in the Montgomery Hills section of Silver Spring. A lab at the University of Vermont identified Montgomery Hills as having the lowest tree canopy of any urban area in the county, at 8 percent. The school's Tree Canop...
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When you change your clocks this weekend, fire authorities in Montgomery County say it's also a good time to check the batteries in them, as well as the batteries in other appliances such as smoke detectors. Fire chief Richard Bowers also advises residents to replace any smoke detector that is 10 years or older. The county fire department will provide and install smoke alarm ...
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The D.C. area saw the first appearance of snow this season over the weekend, which served as a reminder: removing snow is often a costly business. Montgomery County has already implemented GPS tracking of its plows for residents, and this year, it's putting those GPS systems inside the cabs of trucks to lend a hand to drivers as well.  Storms can be devastating, esp...
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  The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can be a long  and expensive one for immigrants, but a new program in Maryland is trying to ease at least one of those burdens. Take Edward Zayzay, a native Liberian, who first came to the United States to go to college. After graduating with a degree in accounting, he decided to stay. There were a lot of economic reas...
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In Maryland, the immigrant services group Casa De Maryland is launching a program that offers micro loans to those seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.  The loans have a narrow purpose. The fee to enter the naturalization process tripled over the past few years. It now costs around $675, and that's a lot...