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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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Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.Starting today, drivers can dial "511" to get the latest on traffic related news, such as traffic jams, lane-closing roadwork, and weather-related delays.A State Highway Administration spokeswoman says callers also can choose to receive information about the Baltimore an...
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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.A nearly $20 million project is underway to repaint the bridge in its signature shade of gray, starting with the westbound span.A spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority says most of the work is scheduled to be performed from the water to minimize the effect on traffic. This is t...
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Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.The reenactments of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam will not actually take place on the battlefields where they were fought, but rather on private land in nearby Boonsboro.The reenactments will occur on September 8 and 9 of ...
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Maryland's transportation secretary says toll increases for state bridges, tunnels and roads will most likely be delayed.The state has been holding public hearings on the proposed toll increases, and those hikes have been met with staunch opposition, according to an Associated Press report.Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley says because of changes be...
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The accident happened just before 10 a.m. today. Division chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department says a 30-foot by 40-foot concrete wall, weighing about 25 tons, fell on the two workers."The wall was in an upright position," Cox says. "We do know that the victim that received the fatal injuries was working from a lift at the time that the wall fell, while ...
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Eventually, the intersections at Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road, and Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road will all see newer and wider lanes.The highway administration has decided to start accepting contract bids for the first portions of all those upgrades, banking on the idea that it will later receive reimbursement from the federal go...
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The SHA is accepting bids for the projects that will eventually add lanes and widen the intersections at Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road, Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, and Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road.The first phase will cost $11 million, and the SHA believes it will eventually be reimbursed by the federal government, but there are no guarantees.An SHA...
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The beginning of the problem dates back about 30 years, to a time when the number of students was declining, says James Sung of Montgomery County Public Schools."Back in the early and mid-'80s, we closed approximately 50 schools because of the downtrend in student enrollment," he says. "We pretty much surplussed all those properties to the county, which many of them became park...
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U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett heard several hours of arguments this morning in the case against Sen. Ulysses Currie.He's accused of using his influence to benefit a grocery store chain, and charged with accepting bribes from Shoppers Food Warehouse and lying to federal investigators.In May, prosecutors dropped nearly half of the charges that initially filed against...
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Same-sex marriage was narrowly defeated in this past year's session. After New York approved it, Maryland supporters began to believe their time was coming.Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) says history will be on their side next year."Maryland in history is the seventh state," he says. "We were the seventh state to sign the constitution. We're known as the sev...
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This year, a same-sex marriage bill passed the Senate, but was narrowly defeated in the House. O'Malley's more visible support of the bill could put it over the top next year."Look at this issue from the eyes of children of committed gay couples," says O'Malley. "And ask ourselves how one family could be protected less in the eyes of the law than another family."O'Malley...
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The Montgomery County council backed off on a bill earlier this year that would have made it illegal for county employees to solicit alongside roadways and in medians, after firefighters said the ban would have effectively ended their Fill The Boot campaign.State law still bans anyone from soliciting in the roadway itself, and county fire chief Richard Bowers says he will disci...
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Burglaries have risen around 10 percent this year, an increase similar to those of previous years.Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger says burglaries are far less common across the river in Fairfax County, a jurisdiction very similar to Montgomery County. Manger says a major reason for the difference is sentences for burglary are much longer and heftier in Virginia tha...
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In its search to streamline the parole check-in system, Maryland found an answer in New York City.Each Maryland state parole office now has computer kiosks where offenders can check in. New York City already does this, and allowed Maryland to use its software at no charge.Patricia Vale, acting director of the Maryland's division of parole and probation, says hand readers...
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They were sitting at the same table, but police chief Thomas Manger and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 president Marc Zifcak could not have been further apart as they testified to the council on the issue of effects bargaining.Effects bargaining deals with the way directives from management are implemented with union workers. Right now, a change or any new directive must be...
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The change deals with what's called "effects bargaining," and some council members, along with police chief Thomas Manger, want to get rid of it.Effects bargaining deals with the way directives from management are implemented with union workers. Right now, a change or any new directive -- even something as small as making it mandatory for officers to check county e-mails once a...
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Pepco has long argued that the county's large tree canopy helps cause such long outages. But the company has been running into resistance from some homeowners about trimming trees on private property, Pepco's Charles Washington says."Since September, we have documented over 600 cases where we have gone to a home and we've either been told we can't do the work that we think we n...
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Following last year's lengthy power outages following thunderstorms, Pepco said it would be more proactive in trimming trees, saying the large tree canopy in the county is one of the reasons outages occur so frequently. But they need some help from the county to do that.Charles Washington is with Pepco, and he says they've been running into resistance from some homeowners abou...
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This afternoon, the council's transportation, infrastructure, energy, and environment committee will look into PEPCO's tree-trimming plan, which is part of the much-maligned utility's overall plan to improve the reliability of its service.PEPCO says it has run into resistance from some property owners about trimming trees on private property. The utility believes the county's ...
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They serve two main purposes, either keeping the building cool or absorbing storm water.Montgomery County is building a new equipment and maintenance operations center near the Shady Grove Metro station, which will be equipped with a green roof.The Furbish Company of Baltimore will build it, and president Michael Furbish says the goal for this particular roof is absorbin...