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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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The group Environment Maryland calls grass grown for lawns, golf courses and parks the biggest crop in the state, saying it takes up more acreage than that of corn or soy.Megan Cronin of Environment Maryland says the fertilizers used to grow that grass, common because soil in the state is usually not conducive for growing grass, is currently unregulated."Fertilizer conta...
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Eleven states in the United States issue Blue Alerts, which are similar to the Amber Alerts, sent whenever a child is kidnapped. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland says he wants the Blue Alerts extended nationally."It's been very successful. The information gets out quickly. But as you know, the suspect could cross state lines, so it's important that we establish this nationally," he ...
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The use of fertilizer is one of the biggest contributors of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the group Environment Maryland. Megan Cronin is with the group, and says many conventional fertilizers contain phosphorus and nitrogen, two of three chemicals federal authorities are trying to lessen in the waters of the Bay....
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Twenty six percent of the restaurants that have been inspected have not posted any information, while another 22 percent have partially complied with the law.County Council Member George Leventhal successfully pushed for the menus, feeling they will be a benefit for customers and may also get restaurants to improve the quality of the food they serve. The county was supposed to ...
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Montgomery County police arrested 35-year-old Rohan Goodlett and charged him with two killings that took place earlier this month. Court records show that Goodlett was under mental health supervision from the state after a separate arrest in 2008, but he was not considered to be a danger to himself or others.Goodlett was later acquitted of those charges. Montgomery County Counc...
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A report in the Washington Post said because of bond issues and borrowing O'Malley has pushed for during his time as governor, the state will have to raise property taxes next year or enact severe spending cuts.O'Malley likened the story to the character of Cassandra in Greek mythology, who offered predictions no one believed. He defended his use of bonds to pay for things like...
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Under the bill being pushed heavily by Governor Martin O'Malley, utilities in the state would be forced to sign long-term contracts that would require they purchase a certain amount of their power from wind farms off the shore of Ocean City.Many opponents fear the contracts would lead to sharp rate increases for consumers. In a move to court some of those opponents, O'Malley of...
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The governor hopes to win over opponents in the legislature who fear the plan is too expensive for ratepayers."I think people are still so skittish over the deregulation vote that many of them cast many years ago that had the unintended consequence of the big spike in energy costs and they want to make sure they are guarded against that happening," he says.O'Malley's adm...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) and Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) may belong to different parties, but when it comes to public schools, their states are very similar. The publication Education Week ranked public schools in Maryland number one in the nation, while Virginia came in fourth.Maryland has a slightly higher graduation rate, while Virginia has fewer schools called "dropo...
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If passed, utilities would have to pay fines if the standards are not met. Pepco would likely be the most affected of the Maryland's utilities, as it ranks in the bottom half nationally when it comes to the frequency of outages and the lengths of those outages.John Kelly is with the Galvin Electricity Initiative in D.C. He says regulation works, pointing to the fact the federal...
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O'Malley presented his list to the state's Congressional delegation, which is predominantly Democrats, like himself.Sen. Ben Cardin said funding for mass transit could be held up by some Republicans in his chamber who are looking to put more money to roads."We can't build enough roads. But transit actually saves us road money. So that we can keep our roads in better cond...
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O'Malley said two mass transit projects -- the Purple Line in suburban D.C. and the Red Line in Baltimore -- can both spur the economy by creating jobs and improving quality of life.But some leading Republicans in the Senate have threatened to focus transportation funding mostly on roads, ...
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The total plan cuts $300 million, with the school system seeing an $82 million drop in funding. To achieve that, the county will again seek a waiver allowing it to ignore a state law that requires localities to spend more money each year on schools. A waiver was granted last year.Should the funding cut stand, it's unclear what will get dropped by schools. Superintendent Dr. Jer...
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Other departments saw cuts big and small, with the school system receiving the largest reduction money-wise, as Leggett refused an increase in school funding that is mandated by state law.The county is seeking a waiver to the law, something it received last year.Schools superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast says he knew what was coming, but says he can't say what will be cut in...
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The bill, modeled after the failed federal DREAM Act, was amended last week to require that affected students atten...
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After delegates avoided a vote on the bill ...
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The town of Goldsboro is near Maryland's border with Delaware, and many of its homes and buildings have septic tanks. Just outside of town, tucked behind the trees, is Lake Bonnie. Fifteen years ago, it was closed to swimmers because of pollution, much of which comes from septic tanks in Goldsboro.Swimming is still banned today, but that did not stop O'Malley (D) from wading in...
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This year, the largest scofflaws by far are Jacques and Marlene Rubin, who owe the state more than $4.5 million in back taxes. The Rubins don't even live in Maryland anymore.Comptroller Peter Franchot says they live in Palm Beach, Fla. Franchot would not go into the specifics of how the Rubins were able to run up such a large liability, but he did say they know how much they ow...
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An independent study called the utilities plan "cobbled together," saying it was created with a "ready, shoot, aim" approach. Pepco put together the plan following a rash of lengthy power outages caused by snow and thunderstorms last year.Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner agreed with the report that Pepco did not put a lot of thought into its plan, adding ...
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The report goes on to say the plan may not work because enough study was not put into it.Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner has been one of Pepco's loudest critics, and he says the latest report just continues to show the utilities leadership is lacking. But he says blame for Pepco's troubles doesn't just lie with the utility -- the Public Service Commissio...