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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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In Maryland, a long-delayed project to install underground power lines, while adding lamp posts, benches and trees along Wisconsin Avenue north of the Bethesda Metro station is picking up steam, but it is a long way from completion. "If you've walked down that strip, you see there are poles everywhere," says Montgomery County council VP Rog...
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Update: Montgomery County police are searching two parks for the body of 11-year-old William McQuain, reports the Associated Press. Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks says police and volunteers are searching Damascus Regional Park and Little Bennett Regional Park, after receiving leads that suggest McQuain's body may be located in one of those areas. S...
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  A proposed teen curfew in Montgomery County has prompted many young people to bring their concerns to local lawmakers, and teens got the chance to question the plan in person at a special meeting of the Montgomery County council Wednesday night. Before t...
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  The Maryland General Assembly will take up a Congressional redistricting plan during a special session next week. While the proposed map stands to benefit Democrats, it is Democrats in the state's biggest county who are speaking out against the plan. Currently, Montgomery County is a part of three Congressional districts. Under the proposed map, it would still h...
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A study of Maryland residents shows a majority of state residents would accept higher fees over tax hikes as a way to fund road improvements. The Morgan State University study shows that increasing inspection and licensing fees for vehicles, especially for older models that get poorer gas mileage, is the most preferred way to raise money. A hike in the state gas tax got middling ...
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In less than two months, Montgomery County, Maryland will join the District in taxing shopping bags. Shoppers will start to see ads and signs about the five-cent tax around Thanksgiving and then through the holiday season. Retailers will start collecting it January 1, with $...
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In Maryland, commuters at the Suitland Metro station are being told to be extra cautious after two women were attacked in the past two weeks. Prince George's County police say the attacks took place on the last two Tuesdays. Both victims were accosted in the early morning hours by an armed man on Silver Hill Road next to the station. The first victim was sexually assaulted by ...
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Of the 560 students at Captain James Daly elementary school in Germantown, about 40 percent walk to school. For the most part, they arrive at school safely, but the 5th-grade traffic safety patrol guards see unsafe conditions on the roads on a daily basis. "The cars going too fast and kids have to get out the way," says one youngster. "They can sometimes go out in...
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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...