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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 is receiving a federal grant of more than $2 million to stop violence against women. The money will go to as many as 50 organizations around the state, which is in the upper half of states in terms of the number of calls received by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Governor Martin O'Malley says all of them are committed to his goal of reducing violence aga...
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The race in Maryland's newly drawn 6th Congressional District will begin to heat up this week. On Tuesday, Democratic State Sen. Rob Garagiola is expected to announce he will seek his party's nomination for the seat. He'll be looking to knock off incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who's held the 6th District seat since 1993. The district saw the biggest changes under ...
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  A Maryland man has sued over the Congressional redistricting map that was passed by the General Assembly last week. Western Maryland resident Howard Gorrell, who attended all 12 redistricting hearings this summer, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Co...
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Kevin Ring, a former lobbyist from Kensington, Maryland and former rising star under Jack Abramoff's tutelage, was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets on employees of then-Republican Representatives John Doolittle of California and Ernest Istook of Oklahoma. He argued up until his emotional sentencing hearing that he...
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Protesters with Occupy Baltimore say city officials want them to scale back their presence at a downtown plaza. A copy of the city's response to Occupy Baltimore's permit obtained by The Associated Press shows that, starting Wednesday, only two people will be allowed to stay overnight as night watchmen in one tent in McKeld...
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A high school honors student from Maryland pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he helped the American terrorist dubbed "Jihad Jane'' raise money and recruits for a Muslim holy war. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, of Ellicott City entered the plea at his first public court appearance since his July 6 arrest.   Federal prosecutors allege Khalid tried to recruit men to ...
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Planning developers in Montgomery County are asking residents to address their thoughts on a countywide bus system, which is still in the early phases of planning. Residents are encouraged to attend the planning board's headquarters in Silver Spring Monday night, to give their thoughts on the system and whether or not they would use it. Rapid busses would run along 150...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new Maryland Congressional district map into law earlier this week, but now some members are planning to legally challenge the new district lines. One of the map's biggest opponents, Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, proposed her own redistricting plan this week, feeling the one that eventually passed harmed the voting influence of Maryland's growi...
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The special session of the General Assembly is over, but lawmakers will return to Annapolis in less than two months for their regular meeting. At that time, lawmakers will take up several proposals that are spurring controversy. At the top of that heap is Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to raise Maryland's gas tax 5 cents for the next three years. Sen. President Mike Miller predi...
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In Gaithersburg, the extension of Watkins Mill Road from Rockville Pike to Interstate 270 may not seem all that different from other new roads in the area.It will bring with it new development, including condominiums, a hotel, and a police station. What makes this different, at least in Montgomery County, is that one quarter of the road extension has been paid for with private...
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After a week of heated debate, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has signed a new Congressional district map into law, ending a special session of the state's general assembly. An intera...
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The Maryland State Senate has given its OK to the Congressional redistricting map pushed by governor Martin O'Malley. The vote in the Senate reached the super majority needed to make sure the newly drawn districts are ready for next year's primary elections, and was almost exclusively down party lines. Democrats supported it, Republicans didn't. The Maryland House of Delegat...
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The Maryland General Assembly is expected to vote today on the Congressional redistricting map that has stirred controversy. The State Senate was scheduled to take a preliminary vote last night. But Republicans, the minority party in the Maryland General Assembly, asked for a vote to be...
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The special session of the Maryland General Assembly dealing with Congressional redistricting is underway in Annapolis, and the proposed redistricting map has drawn the ire of many, including minority groups in Montgomery County, who say their voting strength is being diluted by new districts that are shared with western Maryland and suburban Baltimore."There is no voting ...
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In Maryland, a long-delayed project to install underground power lines, while adding lamp posts, benches and trees along Wisconsin Avenue north of the Bethesda Metro station is picking up steam, but it is a long way from completion. "If you've walked down that strip, you see there are poles everywhere," says Montgomery County council VP Rog...
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Update: Montgomery County police are searching two parks for the body of 11-year-old William McQuain, reports the Associated Press. Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks says police and volunteers are searching Damascus Regional Park and Little Bennett Regional Park, after receiving leads that suggest McQuain's body may be located in one of those areas. S...
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  A proposed teen curfew in Montgomery County has prompted many young people to bring their concerns to local lawmakers, and teens got the chance to question the plan in person at a special meeting of the Montgomery County council Wednesday night. Before t...
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  The Maryland General Assembly will take up a Congressional redistricting plan during a special session next week. While the proposed map stands to benefit Democrats, it is Democrats in the state's biggest county who are speaking out against the plan. Currently, Montgomery County is a part of three Congressional districts. Under the proposed map, it would still h...
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A study of Maryland residents shows a majority of state residents would accept higher fees over tax hikes as a way to fund road improvements. The Morgan State University study shows that increasing inspection and licensing fees for vehicles, especially for older models that get poorer gas mileage, is the most preferred way to raise money. A hike in the state gas tax got middling ...
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In less than two months, Montgomery County, Maryland will join the District in taxing shopping bags. Shoppers will start to see ads and signs about the five-cent tax around Thanksgiving and then through the holiday season. Retailers will start collecting it January 1, with $...