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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 sound of cars and tractor trailers whizzing down Interstate 95 may not be for everyone, but it's sweet music to Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker."The traffic coming back and forth -- for those of us in Prince George's County that is a beautiful sound," he says. "That is the sound of potential jobs coming our way. That means the growth we're going to see in thi...
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Schaefer was one of the dominant characters, if not the most dominant character, in Maryland politics. He served as governor from 1987 to 1995, but it was his four terms as mayor of the state's largest city that he will be most remembered for.He championed the development of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and Camden Yards -- the stadium that houses the Baltim...
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The council has held hearings all week on budget cuts, ranging from the minor to the very large. In nearly every case, each cut is facing opposition from a group it would affect.For example: The fire department is seeing just a small drop of less than two percent in its budget from the 2011 level, while other county departments are seeing their spending slashed upwards of 15 pe...
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The County Council has the final say on what gets funding and what doesn't, so members are hearing the final sales pitches from any and all who receive county money.Thursday it was the Fire Department, which is seeing a relatively small cut of less than 2 percent to its budget....
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County Executive Rushern Baker pushed for the reforms when he successfully ran for the office last year. He says the state's actions will help a county that has long been tainted by scandals involving developers and public officials.It limits the amount of people within county government that can receive a county-issued credit card."It also limits contributions when ther...
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While the legislature did approve a hike in the alcohol tax, with much of the money going to school construction, it did not OK a plan to raise the state gas tax. The money raised by that would have gone to transportation projects.Raising the tax as the cost of gas hits $4 a gallon isn't popular, but Lisa Fadden of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce says it's still neede...
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But amidst all the new programs, benefits, fees and tax hikes, O'Malley felt one area of the General Assembly's work was being overlooked."This General Assembly came together in order to close a $1.4 billion gap, caused by the recession, between our revenues and our anticipated expenditures," he says.Two of the governor's top priorities, wind power and a septic tank ban ...
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Earlier Monday, the bill seemed in jeopardy, after a Republican David Brinkley filibustered by reading a book aloud. Brinkley relented on blocking the measure after the it was amended to change the requirements that illegal aliens must meet to qualify for in-state tuition.But he still did not vote for the bill."I don't think that it's appropriate, that we be passing alon...
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The bill stands in a conference committee because of changes the House made to it after it received approval by the Senate. Monday, the Senate initially gave preliminary approval to the House version -- by a single vote.Then to prevent a final vote, Sen. David Brinkley (R) started filibustering by reading a book.Supporters didn't have enough votes to stop the filibuster,...
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A festival spokeswoman says if there is a government shutdown, the parade route on Constitution Avenue will have to be shortened because part of the road is under National Park Service jurisdiction.In the event of a government closure, the parade will run Saturday morning on Constitution from 7th Street to 14th Street to avoid crossing into Park Service territory. D.C. police w...
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Vaudeville star Jack Norworth was riding a subway train in New York in 1908 when he saw a sign: "Baseball today...Polo Grounds." It inspired him to write a song that became the sport's unofficial anthem.The original recording of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is one of 25 such tapes that will be added to National Recordings Registry in 2011.Another is Tammy Wynette's 1968...
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The legislation would give governors 180 days to decide whether inmates serving life sentences should be paroled. The state parole board makes recommendations for release, but under the current system, the governor doesn't face a deadline to act on them.Under the proposed legislation, if the governor doesn't act by the 180-day deadline, the parole would take effect.Until...
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Foundation officials say assessments are under way, but none is comprehensive. The foundation and other environmental groups are concerned about a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which uses water and chemicals to break rock formations and free gas in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath western Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.A 2005 l...
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The Bethesda Row shopping district is clogged nearly every Saturday with shoppers and restaurant-goers. Many take advantage of the free parking allowed at Montgomery County-owned parking lots and garages.But County Executive Isiah Leggett wants to start charging for parking on Saturdays, saying money is needed for maintenance and upkeep of the lots and garages. Many businesses ...
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The Jockey Club, which in part owns both the Pimlico and Laurel Park horse racing tracks, would receive a loan of around $3.6 million if a bill is OK'd by state legislators.The club says it needs the money to balance its books because of legal costs regarding a lawsuit against a Baltimore-based developer that is building the state's largest slot machine casino in Anne Arundel C...
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Steve Nash is with the county's Department of Transportation. He says the first meters that can be paid for via cellphone are in Bethesda."Every single meter has a little decal that identifies what that unique meter number is and the phone number to call," Nash says.He adds that text messages are sent when you have just five minutes left on the meter, at which point you ...
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Opening day is all about pomp and circumstance. And while there was plenty of that, the game that was played is just one of 162.And the Nationals dropped that first one, falling 2-0 to the Braves.Much of the optimism among fans had to do with the Nats' off season free agent acquisitions. That optimism will have to wait for another day to come true, as Jayson Werth, he of...
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The boy, not identified because he is a juvenile, told authorities he brought the gun to school because he was being threatened.In court, prosecutors alleged they found a blue bandanna on the boy, a sign he might be part of the Crips gang. They also said the boy was involved in an incident at the school March 15, but would not elaborate further.Frederick County state's a...
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It was at Tuscarora High School that the boy was arrested Tuesday after other students tipped off a school resource officer that he had the gun. The boy, unidentified because he is a juvenile, faces four charges.A judge ruled Wednesday that he will remain at a juvenile detention center for at least the next three weeks. Frederick County state's attorney Charlie Smith says the b...
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Because of a lack of revenue, Leggett wants to start charging for parking in county lots and garages in Bethesda on Saturdays, something that is currently free, and contributes to scenes of shoppers filling stores and sidewalks in places like Bethesda Row on weekends.County Council Member Roger Berliner represents the area. He says he's taking his cues on the issue from the Bet...