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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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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced an agreement with Wells Fargo over allegedly deceptive marketing of adjustable rate mortgages. Gansler says the settlement involves mortgages written by two companies Wells Fargo acquired in 2008: Wachovia and Golden West Financial. The settlement will create loan modifications for some customers. Gansler says Wells Fargo h...
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Garrett Park Elementary was one of three schools in Montgomery County that re-opened this week following extensive renovations. It now has a gym, wider hallways and lockers in those hallways. After 18 months of work, the school opened this morning. Principal Elaine Chang-Baxter says students like the lockers best, while parents love the gym. Chang-Baxter welcomes all the chan...
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Former Montgomery County councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg has ended her campaign for Congress. Trachtenberg says she has had a recurrence of breast cancer, and will drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional district. She made her announcement the same day that Republican State Senator David Brinkley said he will seek the GOP nomination f...
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In Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says opponents of environmental regulations are winning political and legislative battles, mostly because they can out-talk their opposition. Two years ago, the federal government okayed stricter pollution limits as part of a new Bay cleanup plan.  Republicans in Congress like Eric Cantor of Virginia and Andy Harris of Maryland h...
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Commuters in Montgomery County, Maryland will be paying more for parking in two highly-trafficked areas.Parking rates went up 10 cents an hour on Sunday in the Silver Spring parking lot district. Rates also went up a dime per hour in what's called the North Bethesda Transportation Management District, which includes areas along Rockville Pike, Seven Locks Road, Viers Mill ...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is now giving his okay to a proposed merger of Exelon Corporation with Constellation Energy, the parent company of Baltimore Gas & Electric. That approval comes after months of negotiations.Governor O'Malley fought the proposed merger from day one, believing it did not meet three criteria required by state law: "First the merger must c...
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A report from the Montgomery County office of finance shows more income tax revenue has been collected this year, which couples with a slight decrease in the county's unemployment rate in October.  After three straight years of very bleak reports, those numbers are welcome news for county leaders like council president Roger Berliner."I do believe we are beginning to ...
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In Maryland, state delegate Jeff Walstreicher from Montgomery County is proposing a bill that would stiffen the penalties for those taking part in "flash mob" robberies. Two such robberies have occurred in Montgomery County this year. The first took place at a 7-11 in Germantown over the summer. Police say around three dozen people stole more than $100 worth of goods. A second, simila...
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Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich has been in the news this week. His former campaign aide, Paul Schurick was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to use robocalls to suppress black voter turnout on Election Day 2010 -- in the same week that Ehrlich released a new book: Turn This Car Around: The Road Map To Restoring America. Ehrlich talked with WAMU Maryland reporter Matt Bush...
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Update 4:00 p.m.: Councilman Craig Rice supports the proposed curfew for teenagers in Montgomery County and wanted his colleagues to vote on it today. Instead, they tabled it. The decision to do so by new council president Roger Berliner infuriated Rice, who thought it broke council rules."I just would like to state for the record that I believe a travesty...
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In Maryland, council members in Montgomery County are struggling to find answers on how to slow rising pension costs. During the fiscal year of 2003, there was more money than needed to fund pensions in the county. Just eight years later, that number plummeted "To have a pension system be funded from over 100 percent down to 70 percent in not that much time is a huge cause fo...
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General Richard Montgomery was the first American general to die in battle, falling at the Battle of Quebec during the American Revolution in 1775. A year later, a county in Maryland was named for him - Montgomery County. There are more than 800 plaques throughout Montgomery County commemorating people, places, and facts in history, but not one for the county's namesake - u...
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Police in Montgomery County believe a man arrested earlier this week and charged with financially exploiting four mentally disabled people may have targeted others. Dashanue Johnson, 50, of Landover faces charges that he took advantage of his victims by pretending to help them find jobs. Police say Johnson would tell his victims he needed money to pay for pre-employment e...
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Council members in Montgomery County, Maryland are closer to finally voting on a controversial teen curfew plan. A vote could also come next week on an alternative plan to the curfew. Before the full council can vote on the curfew, the body's public safety committee had to first give its recommendation on the measure.  Today it voted down the curfew, meaning a final decis...
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An executive order from President Obama is calling for government agencies to cut administrative costs by 20 percent by the next fiscal year as part of a broader effort to make cuts to the federal government budget. Those in the hospitality industry in the D.C. region are expecting to feel deep effects. Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar says that targets many t...
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In Maryland, a bill is being introduced Tuesday in the Montgomery County council that could place cameras on school buses -- not pointed at students, but on the vehicles attempting to pass them. Earlier this year, the Maryland general assembly okayed a bill that would allow the county to install the cameras should council members decide to they want to.  The cameras would...
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In Maryland, the former owners of a historic farm in Gaithersburg are suing Johns Hopkins University, which was bequeathed the site. The lawsuit is being prompted by plans for the school to collaborate with private companies on a so-called "Science City," a corridor for biotech research and development. Tim Newell's family sold the historic Belward Farm in 1989 for $5 million,...
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More cooking fires are started today than on any other day of the year. And local fire departments are urging people to be careful. While conventional ways to cook a turkey can start a fire, it's deep-frying a bird that has authorities more concerned each year, as that method becomes increasingly popular. Those who decide to drop their turkey into a deep fryer are urg...
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The massive Wall Street reform bill passed by Congress is now nearly a year-and-a-half old. Provision 1504 of the bill calls for oil, gas and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to disclose payments they make to national governments where they are doing business. Maryland senator Ben Cardin helped push that measure through Congress, but rules to enforce it have yet to be w...
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In Maryland, the Purple line is years away from completion, but a group of small business owners say they're already feeling its effects. Danny Santacruz owns America Hair Design, right at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard in Langley Park.  One day, the Purple line will go through there. Construction is at least three years away, but Santac...