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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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More than 200 pieces of jewelry remain on a table in a police station in Germantown. It's joined by several laptops, a couple of video game systems, some handbags and a few small piles of international currency from places like Italy, Canada and Thailand.All of it was stolen during a string of burglaries last year in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and Germantown. It's about h...
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Public safety was on the minds of those gathered, who all expressed concern over the recent rash of fights -- particularly among teens -- on Metro trains.D.C. Police talked about how they try to break up large groups of teens as they attempt to board a single train car. That was something that caught the ear of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker."If you're do...
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The meeting focused on three topics, including public safety and transportation. But economic development was at the forefront.Mayor Vincent Gray said the city has five to six major development projects on its horizon, but one in particular will have a big impact on its Maryland neighbors."We have 62 acres that will be turned over to us at Walter Reed. That will be an op...
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Roadside solicitation has been banned in seven counties in Maryland, and two others have a permitting process. Montgomery County does neither, and officials there worry the county is becoming a destination for panhandlers.Council Member George Leventhal says panhandling does need to be limited, but he adds the factors that lead to begging -- homelessness and drug addiction amon...
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The gay marriage measure now heads to the full Senate, which could vote on it as early as next week. Supporters there say at this point they are one vote shy of the 24 needed to pass the bill.Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs says it appears any attempt to filibuster the bill will fail. Leaders in the House say they're confident the measure will pass that chamber.The S...
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Some Montgomery County Council members believe the proposal to introduce permits for solicitation doesn't go far enough.Panhandling is a problem, according to Council Member George Leventhal. But he adds the reasons why individuals are forced to do it, namely homelessness, are a problem as well."Legislation to require a permit before someone can solicit on the roadside ...
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The new Web site not only tracks infectious disease, cancer, diabetes, drug use and heart disease rates, but also several economic and social factors. And according to Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county's chief health officer, those indicators paint the public health picture in the county.Tillman says one of the first numbers that jumped out at her was the county's lack of affordabl...
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The list for state funding is topped by the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway -- two projects the council wants to see built as light rail.But the agreeing ends there.Some, like council Vice President Roger Berliner, want funds for a rapid bus system that would run throughout the...
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The fines are issued for those who break the county's erosion and sediment control law.The council has approved raising the fine to the maximum state law allows, $1,000. Council Member George Leventhal says he was puzzled the construction and building industries didn't push back against the higher fines."To the extent that there are any in private industry who say in the...
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The long legal battle that led up to the casino's groundbreaking is starting up again.Baltimore-based Cordish Companies announced it is suing the Maryland Jockey Club and its owners, Magna Entertainment and Penn National Gaming. Cordish claims the defendants conspired to defame them, and is seeking $600 million.The Jockey Club led opposition to the casino, as it sought t...
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When Montgomery County planners released the "Wedges and Corridors" plan, it was designed to shape development in county for the next 50 years."The projections made...40 or 50 years ago, with respect to population, are bang on," says Rollin Stanley, the current direc...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced Sam Abed will head Maryland's troubled Department of Juvenile Services.Previously, Abed was the chief deputy director for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Virginia. Abed worked at the Virginia Department for nearly five years.He takes over a department that has seen it's share of problems for many years, culminating in the murder o...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to introduce a bill this week or next that will force utility companies to meet certain performance standards or face fines.Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner has received hundreds of e-mails about Pepco since last week's storm. They range from anger over an inability to reach anyone at the utility's customer service ce...
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In Maryland, groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday for the state's largest slots machine casino, to be built at Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County.After a legal battle that lasted nearly two years, Baltimore developer David Cordish can finally start construction on the casino. Owners of the Laurel Park racing track tried to get the casino built there, but voters in Anne A...
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In Maryland, with the state and local governments facing rising budget deficits, "consolidation" has become one of the most discussed ways to cut costs.In his budget proposal, Gov. Martin O'Malley relies on consolidation in several departments to cut costs, including a call to merge together all the state transportation ...
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Click here for the latest on this story.CORRECTION: Metro says there was no fire and that brake caused smoke but there was no fire.ORIGINAL POST: The Forest Glen and Wheaton stations are reopening on Metro's Red Line after a train was evacuated for smoke in the tunnel near Forest Glen in Maryland.It's an od...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing nearly $1.5 billion in cuts without raising taxes. O'Malley says nothing was spared, and federal stimulus money saved the state from having to make these cuts the past two years."We're balancing more than a budget here. It's a real balance in needs and priorities," he says.The governor will seek to merge certain commissions ...
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In Maryland, a two-year battle over the right to build a hospital in upper Montgomery County has pitted Holy Cross against Adventist Healthcare.Maryland's health care commission awarded the right to build the hospital in the fastest growing area of Montgomery County to Holy Cross, based in part on the commission's belief that Holy Cross's parent company is in better financial s...
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In Maryland, the state's health-care commission has made its decision on whether Holy Cross or Adventist HealthCare will run a hospital in upper Montgomery County. Holy Cross, which already operates a hospital in Silver Spring, was victorious.The health-care systems have been bitterly competing for more than two years to build a hospital in the area known as the Upcounty, which...
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Speaking at his inauguration for a second term Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reflected on the state's economic situation and its outlook.There was no parade through the streets of the state capital -- just a few choirs, a single military band, a 19-gun salute and a flyover.On the steps of the state house, O'Malley kept an optimistic and hopeful tone in his sec...