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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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Montgomery County residents have an opportunity to weigh in on a bill concerning the leasing of county-owned land. The bill before the Montgomery County Council would give the board oversight of a plan to turn Brickyard Middle School into privately-run athletic fields. Certain community groups are upset with plans by county executive Isiah Leggett to lease county-owned propert...
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Business leaders in Montgomery County are not pleased with county executive Isiah Leggett's plan to extend an energy tax increase, but even so, it appears they are not likely to make a difference. The County Council okayed raising the tax two years ago, with the caveat that the hike was a temporary fix during the worst of the recession and the fee would eventually be rescinded...
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Prince George's County Council members are holding a town hall meeting Monday evening to discuss the benefits of the recently passed Jobs First Act. Prince George's County Council members will hold a town hall meeting this evening in Hyattsville for business owners touting the benefits of a recently passed Jobs First Act. Council chair Andrea Harrison will join Councilman Me...
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Caesar's Entertainment, a company looking to build a casino in downtown Baltimore, says it's supporting a bill that would allow an additional casino to be built in Prince George's County, even though they feel it will hurt their business. A company spokesman says they're okay with the bill because of other elements included in it, namely that it would allow table games like ...
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Maryland lawmakers are holding a hearing in Annapolis on several bills regarding the expansion of gambling in the state. One of the bills being discussed today would add a sixth slots casino license for a facility to be built in Prince George's County. A spokesman for the sole applicant hoping to put a slots parlor in downtown Baltimore says they'll support the bill even t...
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Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett has released his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. And unlike past years, it actually adds county jobs instead of cutting them, and includes bonuses for current employees.  Even so, there are still many hurdles to clear before those things can become a reality. Eighty-percent of the county's more than $4 billion budget...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley spent the day in front of lawmakers in Annapolis pushing his plan to apply the state sales tax to gasoline, and he got an earful from lawmakers who expressed worries about the proposal. Before both House and Senate committees, O'Malley defended his plan as not the most popular, but as necessary to fund road and mass transit projects in a state...
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Council members in Montgomery County, Maryland agree: Metro's Purple Line is critical to the future of the county.  Even so, there is still some disagreement over whether the mass transit project is receiving too much focus. At issue is money in county executive Isiah Leggett's proposed construction budget for the next five years.  The plan delayed money for a ...
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In Maryland, four students at a Germantown school have won an award for producing an online video recognizing National Teen Dating Violence Month.Roberto Clemente Middle School students Mirabella Roberts, Julian Avenilla, Jean-Young Kim and Daniel Arze have been named the first-place winners of a contest in which Montgomery County middle and high school students had the op...
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The NFL is expected to finalize the trade today that will land the Washington Redskins the number 2 pick in next month's NFL draft. The team will likely select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Robert Griffin III. The price to acquire Griffin of Baylor University is steep. They'll send their first round pick for the next three years, as well as this year's second...
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Virginia Reps. Bobby Scott and Scott Rigell are joining colleagues from other states in calling for a congressional hearing into a tax preparation firm, Mo Money Taxes. The firm has generated numerous complaints when customers did not receive their tax returns. In addition to seeking a hearing, Scott and Rigell are asking the Department of Justice to investigate the Memphis-...
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A street race may be responsible for a crash that left a woman dead in Colesville in Montgomery County. The crash happened along Randolph Road. Nelvis Suyapa Garcia, 31, was driving eastbound on the road and as she was changing lanes, a silver car entered the same lane, and the two vehicles may have touched.  Based on statements from witnesses, police believe the...
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For the first time, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has decided to publish notice he is considering commuting life sentences for two state prison inmates. A public notice was published today in the news...
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Opponents of fracking, the controversial drilling technique that extracts natural gas from rock, are rallying in Annapolis. The activists are marching in support of a bill that would assess a $10 per-acre fee on land leased for extracting gas in the Marcellus Shale. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, involves blasting through layers of rock with a combination of water ...
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Former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is meeting with top NFL brass today. The meeting comes as the league will reportedly open an investigation into claims he paid his players to injure members of opposing teams during games. Williams was the Redskins defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2007. For the past three seasons, he filled the same role with th...
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Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is asking the National Park Service to come up with a plan to reduce the deer population in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. He says whitetail deer are causing numerous problems in the Gold Mine Tract area of the park, including a sharp rise in collisions with vehicles. The county already conducts controlled deer hu...
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The ink is barely dry on the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, but the fight over whether it will remain the law is heating up.Just a day after signing the bill, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley set a fundraising email to supporters asking for money, as both sides of t...
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Maryland has joined seven other states and the District in allowing same sex marriages, and hundreds of supporters gathered at the state house in Annapolis Thursday to celebrate. The state house is the longest serving such building in the country, dating back to 1772. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ...
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Hundreds of supporters are at the state house on Thursday, to celebrate Governor Martin O'Malley's signing of a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation, which passed by a 25-22 margin in the state senate last week, makes Maryland the eighth state, including the District of...
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This evening, Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland. O'Malley's signature makes Maryland the seventh state in the U.S., plus the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex unions. Maryland House speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller will join O'Malley at the State House for the signing. Even though same-sex m...