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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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Comedian Rachel Feinstein returns to the D.C. area this weekend to perform at the Riot Act Comedy Theater in the District. Feinstein's official biography on her website says she grew up on the "ruthless" streets of Bethesda. "My mom drove a red Da...
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Bo Van Pelt holds the lead after the first round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But the lone local player, Billy Hurley III, is just two shots behind him. Hurley, a Navy grad in a tournament celebrating the military, is among those at the top of the leaderboard. The Leesburg, Va. native had no bogeys going into the fin...
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Play gets underway this morning at the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But befitting of a tournament near Washington, D.C., top golf officials spent the practice rounds yesterday lobbying members of Congress right on the course. ...
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After a three-year hiatus, the AT&T National golf tournament returns to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda on Thursday. The past two years, the tournament, which pays tribute to the country's armed forces, was played outside of Philadelphia, because Congressional was preparing to host last year's U.S. Open. Play gets underway at 7 a.m., but the most-watched pa...
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While the focus in health care this week is on tomorrow's Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's Affordable Care Act, mental health advocates are pushing the federal government to fully implement health care changes signed into law four years ago by former president George W. Bush. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act prevents insurers from placing more restric...
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Organizers seeking a referendum on the same-sex marriage law approved earlier this year by the Maryland General Assembly submitted even more signatures for their petition this week. The opponents of same-sex marriage turned in close to 40,000 additional signatures yesterday to the state Board of Elections.  That's on top of ...
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Some lawmakers in Montgomery County believe their ethics laws are the envy of the D.C. region, but one law is being repeatedly violated. All county government workers, elected officials, and those who sit on appointed boards and commissions must file financial disclosure reports, and an analysis from the ...
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Council members in Montgomery County, who just last month approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, are already looking at next fiscal year. Already, it appears as though cuts will be on the horizon. Without a sudden change in the economy, the county will be looking at five percent cuts in governmental agencies. Council president Roger Berliner says that is because of a ...
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The plan for a casino at the National Harbor in Prince George's County, Md. might be dead for this year, but it's not done for good. The work group looking at gaming expansion in the state told governor Martin O'Malley yesterday it could not reach consensus on the matter, meaning there will...
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Health officials in Montgomery County say lead exposure is jumping among children not born in the United States. The county's chief health officer, Dr. Ulder Tillman, says exposure to lead has always been most common among people who live in homes or apartment buildings that are being renovated, thanks to older types of paint. Tillman says lead exposure has been rising recentl...
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Transportation groups are pushing the General Assembly to do more than just address gaming during an expected special session next month. Those advocates are pushing for lawmakers to also implement new gas taxes. Those taxes would pay for p...
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The bill would give the county some authority in which trees Pepco is allowed to cut as part of the utility's plan to improve its service. The tree cutting has angered many county residents, and those complaints led County Council President Roger Berliner to introduce the bill. The measure would call for a county arborist to determine whether a tree is a threat to power lin...
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MGM Resorts International announced Friday that it will develop and operate a casino at National Harbor, but that's predicated on the General Assembly holding a special session next month and approving a bill that would allow for the casino license and table games. MGM also says the state tax rate of 67 percent on casino earnings--among the highest in the country--would have t...
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Maryland lawmakers have yet to approve a special session to consider expanding gaming in the state or approve a sixth casino in the state for Prince George's County. But an agreement for a potential casino at the National Harbor  — should it be approved — is close to being in place. Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch (D) met this week with an executive from MGM Hospita...
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Most people have seen the signs in parking lots: these spots are only for customers of a certain store or apartment building. Drivers who get caught going somewhere else will have their car towed.  The restrictions can lead to many predatory towing complaints being submitted to the Maryland Office of Consumer Protection. In the Montgomery County office, those calls are al...
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The long shifts for 911 call center workers in Montgomery County aren't going anywhere for a while, despite a 911 dispatcher falling asleep during a call in April. The county was in the process of making sweeping changes to its call center when the incident occurred. A woman called in when her husband had trouble breathing and was turning blue. She was ...
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Public schools in Fairfax County, Va. and Montgomery County, Md.routinely receive lofty national rankings. But in Prince George's County schools don't receive the same accolades. Prince George's County schools have a public relations problem, says county executive Rushern Baker, who believes he has answer. Baker named members to a commission this week that will help expan...
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A proposed casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County would rake in millions of dollars, according to a report by Maryland's Department of Legislative Services (PDF). But that study also shows much of that revenue would come at the expense of two other casinos in the state. ...
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Protestors marched in D.C. Monday morning, rallying against a proposed Pepco rate hike, while across the border in Montgomery County, lawmakers are awaiting a ruling from the state public service commission about a similar rate increase. County Council President Roger Berliner says Pepco should not be allowed to raise rates to help pay for its service reliability upgrades, w...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) says he does not believe the results of this week's recall vote in Wisconsin will have an impact on November's presidential election. In his role as the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, O'Malley spent some time in Wisconsin campaigning for the Democratic candidate ahead of Tuesday's vote. Controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker ...