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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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Leaders in Prince George's County are taking a new approach to fixing old problems in certain neighborhoods. Last summer, the police department embarked on a focused crime-fighting initiative in some areas of the county. Believing that was a success, county executive Rushern Baker has designed a new program called the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative that he believes will go even...
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Some members of the Montgomery County Council want the county's schools to take on more of a fair share of the pain from the recession in the area of job reductions. It's a touchy subject. Many council members feel the school system hasn't borne the brunt of the economic downturn the way other county agencies have. Despite the fact the school system takes up half of all taxpay...
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It's tax day, and homeowners in Montgomery County could soon see a hike in their property taxes. County executive Isiah Leggett's proposed budget includes a property tax jump, but the county council will decide how much and in what way the tax will increase. Councilman Phil Andrews prefers leaving the tax rate alone, and instead reducing the credit each homeowner gets for just...
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In attempts to improve its service, Pepco has undertaken an ambitious tree-trimming program in Montgomery County. Some, however, believe Pepco may have set its sights a little too high. County council president Roger Berliner says Pepco's tree-trimming efforts are a top resident complaint in the area. He says there is a lot of confusion over what rights private property owners...
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It's been a week since the Maryland General Assembly recessed, and a week closer to a so-called "Doomsday budget" deadline that will slash hundreds of millions of dollars statewide. The effects are expected to be felt by residents of Montgomery County. Without a special session of the General Assembly to pass a bill that would -- among many things -- increase the state income ...
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Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup this weekend. The 24th annual event coincides with the region's Litter Enforcement Month. All month, the Maryland-National Capital Park police are stepping up enforcement of litter and illegal dumping laws. Violations in park areas can lead to a $100 fine, but violators may also be subject...
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is helping convert old coal-mining land in western Maryland into greenhouses to grow food for Frostburg State University students. The EPA and the environmental group American Rivers are announcing the project today on the university campus. The five-acre greenhouse project is a joint effort by the school, the state and the Western Ma...
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Wind farms off the coast of Ocean City may be years away, but in the mean time, a wind project at the other end of the state could soon be delayed again. Developers of a western Maryland wind farm are asking regulators for more time to start a project that has been embroiled in an ongoing zoning battle. Dan's Mountain Windforce is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission ...
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Bill signing ceremonies are typically joyous or triumphant affairs, but the one at the Maryland state house Tuesday was neither. Tension and awkwardness filled the air just hours after the General Assembly failed to pass a budget bill that would have, among other moves,...
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Members of the Maryland General Assembly did adjourn on time Monday night after working all weekend to finish up their legislative session. But they did so in an unprecedented way that will likely bring lawmakers back to Annapolis very soon. Both the Senate and the House passed operating budgets, but they did not pass the bill to fund the spending plan, which included an incre...
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The Maryland General Assembly is close to passing a bill that would allow for a casino in Prince George's County, regarded by many as the last major obstacle in the way of an agreement on a state budget with just hours before they are scheduled to adjourn for the year. Senators and de...
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Maryland health authorities are warning against using an unapproved medicine called Baczol, which has been found in some stores in the state. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says the product often marketed as a pediatric cold medicine is ineffective against some conditions for which it is purchased and contains an antibiotic, which would require a prescription....
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The Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but who will they play in the first round? The answer will have to wait until they close out the season. The Capitals didn't clinch a spot in the post-season until after Thursday night's win over the Florida Panthers in the next to last game of the regular season. The 4-2 victory not only put the Caps in the post season,...
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The National Park Service is bringing interpretive bus tours back to the National Mall. The tours begin today after the previous bus operator went out of business last year. Open Top Sightseeing's new National Mall route has more than two dozen stops, including the Capitol, Smithsonian museums an...
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A candlelight vigil is planned later this evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The ceremony marks the anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination 44 years ago. Speakers will include Harry Johnson, president of the foundation that built the memorial and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The ...
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Supporters of a bill that expands offshore wind power in Maryland will stage a rally in Annapolis this evening. Marchers will encircle the statehouse, and to make sure they're seen in the evening twilight, they'll wear bright blue shirts and carry glow in the dark mini wind turbines. The House passed a bill last week that would expand offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocea...
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Maryland is on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to ban employers from asking workers or potential employees for passwords to their social networking pages. The House of Delegates gave near unanimous approval to a bill sponsored by Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore). She says the measure is in response to stories of people interviewing for jobs and being ...
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The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would expand offshore wind power in the state. The measure has proved a top priority of governor Martin O'Malley. Republicans opposed the bill, with house minority leader Anthony O'Donnell leading the charge, alleging that O'Malley pressured fellow Democrats into supporting the measure. "We should not do this," say...
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A court program that helps truant middle school students in Montgomery County may be in jeopardy. The program pairs habitually truant students at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring with judges who volunteer their time to speak with the teens. Assistant county state's attorney George Simms says the program has been a success because many truants respond to having ...
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Police throughout the region use automated license plate readers as a crime-fighting tool, but privacy concerns have law enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland on the defense. Unlike in D.C., the readers in Montgomery County are mobile. For example, they can be moved into areas that have had a series of burglaries. The devices can read up to 1,000 license plates an hour. C...