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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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Plans to put a Wal-Mart in Aspen Hill have yet to be sent to the planning board, much less the county council, but it's already a political firestorm. Council members discussed what they know of the proposal during a council meeting Oct. 4. Council member Craig Rice, whose district contains the only Wal-Mart in the county in Germantown, advised his colleagues not to get o...
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In Maryland, development in Montgomery County is typically confined to large "master plans" that can take years to be crafted before building starts. Quickening the planning process would please many developers, but could also be a boon to residents. Rollin Stanley is the county's planning director. He says going faster can help them respond to changes in the market, such...
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On October 1, Maryland became the last state in the country to make child neglect a crime -- in this case, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to five years in prison. At the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, painted butterflies decorate the walls.  They're one of the many ways the center tries to be a bright place, because many of the stories told in here are anything but...
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There's been a lot of rain this past month throughout the D.C. region, and that's making everything grow, including an abundant of mushrooms. But just because some may look like your standard button mushrooms or portabellas, that doesn't mean they're safe to eat. "The absolute worst thing a beginner can do is to take a mushroom in one hand and start flipping through a field gu...
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Montgomery County residents facing foreclosure on their homes can receive free counseling today. The counselors are available this morning and this afternoon at the Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg. County Executive Isiah Leggett and housing officials say scams that target homeowners...
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In Maryland, violent crime is declining in Prince George's County, but that hasn't been enough for law enforcement, which recently completed a push to arrest violent offenders. The sweep took place during August, and was funded in part by a state program that makes it easier for various law enforcement agencies to share information. Governor Martin O'Malley is calling August's pu...
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Leaders in Maryland are celebrating the launch of a statewide broadband Internet network. The state police barracks in La Plata, Charles County is the first site in Maryland to go "live" on the broadband network. Patrolling the rural county can at times leave troopers all alone, but now the barracks can see cameras in patrol cars in real time. While that will help with public...
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In Maryland, council members in Montgomery County are debating a bill that would curb the power of a commission that some feel is blocking needed reforms in the fire department. The bill introduced Tuesday would strip the Fire and Emergency Services Commission of its veto power. The commission okays fire and rescue department policy, and recently shot down a plan from fire chief ...
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In Maryland, leaders in Montgomery County are asking homeowners risking foreclosure to use free counselors provided by the county. Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett displays one of the bright yellow signs that are everywhere along roadways targetting homeowners facing foreclosure. "If you see this, ignore it," says Leggett, pointing to one of the signs, offer...
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In Maryland, the state is looking to become the first in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads. State heath officials say the pads, which are meant to provide a cushion for babies where their mattresses meet the crib railings, pose unnecessary risks to infants.  Bumper pad makers say the cushions keep babies from hitting their heads, but in May, a four-memb...
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Two University of Maryland students suffered minor injuries following a chemical explosion at a campus lab Monday afternoon. The explosion happened around 12:30 p.m. in a lab in the school's Chemistry building. Prince George's County Fire Spokesman Mark Brady says two female students suffered first and second degree chemical burns and cuts to their arms while conducting a...
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People in Montgomery County will be visiting bars to drink this week, just like always. But some of those drinkers won't be what they seem. The county's Department of Liquor Control will be sending 40 actors into bars this week as a way to research how often customers who show signs of being drunk still get served alcohol. The actors will show signs of heavy intoxicati...
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Teen pregnancies in Montgomery County are on the rise, though the numbers are still well below both the state and national rate. The rate is still lower than it was in the county back in the late 1990s, but it still has many county leaders scratching their heads. "As the school system said today, even if it is only eight young ladies who dropped out of school to become teen mo...
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In Maryland, the neighborhood of Calverton in Montgomery County is the latest to receive new pedestrian safety upgrades. Calverton has the highest crime rate in the county as well as a severe speeding problem. Nancy Navarro, who represents the area on the county council, hopes the upgrades will help address both shortcomings. "Can we slow down the flow of traffic?" she asks. "...
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Council members in Montgomery County are looking to stop a program that offers property tax credits for homeowners who install solar and geothermal power devices in their homes. There appears to be unanimous support to suspend the program, but the reason for ending the subsidies depends on who you talk to. Council vice president Roger Berliner says it's because the program has...
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Montgomery County will have to spend millions of dollars to bring county facilities in line with the American Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday. It will cost the county approximately $20 million in order to bring county buildings up to code, according to a DOJ audit of the ADA accesibility of county facilities.  Speaking to county council membe...
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Two Prince George's County police officers were indicted by a grand jury on assault charges Tuesday, in connection with the alleged beating in March 2010 of an unarmed University of Maryland student on the streets after a win by the school's basketball team. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced the indictments against Officers Reginald Baker and James Harrison  Tu...
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  The state of Maryland is one of nine states partnering with the federal government in a crackdown on businesses that cheat workers out of wages. The Labor Department is signing agreements to share information with nine states and the Internal Revenue Service.  The information will help target businesses that improperly label workers as independent contracto...
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Council members in Montgomery County, Maryland have taken their first official look at a bill that would institute a teen curfew. County executive Isiah Leggett and police leaders have pushed hard for the curfew, and point to two incidents that occurred over the summer as proof it is needed. The first took place over the Fourth of July weekend, when about 70 teen...
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An earthquake, a hurricane, flooding from the remnants of a tropical storm and a terror threat. That has been the past month for the D.C. region. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which represents all the various jurisdictions, is taking a look back at what went right and wrong in in the handling of all those events. Much of the focus is on the earthquake, which...