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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 less then two weeks, the second portion of the Intercounty Connector, running from Georgia Ave to Interstate 95, opens up to drivers. State officials like Maryland Transportation Authority executive secretary Harold Bartlett are expecting traffic to be very heavy on the new toll road. "We're very confident that the second phase will be even more successful, because as you m...
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It's going to cost more to feed the pilgrims this Thanksgiving. Each year, the Virginia Farm Bureau puts out a survey of grocery stores which gauges the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This year's indicates that feeding a group of 10 adults will cost $48.03. That's $4.46 more than last year.  The survey menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, pe...
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The House Veterans Affairs Committee is honoring dogs that worked in Iraq, as well as at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center during the 9/11. They're the winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The recipients include Roselle, a seeing-eye dog that led its handler, Michael Hingson, down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center...
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After searching for the perfect location, a group of Cub Scouts, along with the environmental group Conservation Montgomery, spent Saturday morning planting trees in the Montgomery Hills section of Silver Spring. A lab at the University of Vermont identified Montgomery Hills as having the lowest tree canopy of any urban area in the county, at 8 percent. The school's Tree Canop...
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When you change your clocks this weekend, fire authorities in Montgomery County say it's also a good time to check the batteries in them, as well as the batteries in other appliances such as smoke detectors. Fire chief Richard Bowers also advises residents to replace any smoke detector that is 10 years or older. The county fire department will provide and install smoke alarm ...
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The D.C. area saw the first appearance of snow this season over the weekend, which served as a reminder: removing snow is often a costly business. Montgomery County has already implemented GPS tracking of its plows for residents, and this year, it's putting those GPS systems inside the cabs of trucks to lend a hand to drivers as well.  Storms can be devastating, esp...
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  The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can be a long  and expensive one for immigrants, but a new program in Maryland is trying to ease at least one of those burdens. Take Edward Zayzay, a native Liberian, who first came to the United States to go to college. After graduating with a degree in accounting, he decided to stay. There were a lot of economic reas...
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In Maryland, the immigrant services group Casa De Maryland is launching a program that offers micro loans to those seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.  The loans have a narrow purpose. The fee to enter the naturalization process tripled over the past few years. It now costs around $675, and that's a lot...
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Maryland is receiving a federal grant of more than $2 million to stop violence against women. The money will go to as many as 50 organizations around the state, which is in the upper half of states in terms of the number of calls received by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Governor Martin O'Malley says all of them are committed to his goal of reducing violence aga...
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The race in Maryland's newly drawn 6th Congressional District will begin to heat up this week. On Tuesday, Democratic State Sen. Rob Garagiola is expected to announce he will seek his party's nomination for the seat. He'll be looking to knock off incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who's held the 6th District seat since 1993. The district saw the biggest changes under ...
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  A Maryland man has sued over the Congressional redistricting map that was passed by the General Assembly last week. Western Maryland resident Howard Gorrell, who attended all 12 redistricting hearings this summer, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Co...
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Kevin Ring, a former lobbyist from Kensington, Maryland and former rising star under Jack Abramoff's tutelage, was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets on employees of then-Republican Representatives John Doolittle of California and Ernest Istook of Oklahoma. He argued up until his emotional sentencing hearing that he...
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Protesters with Occupy Baltimore say city officials want them to scale back their presence at a downtown plaza. A copy of the city's response to Occupy Baltimore's permit obtained by The Associated Press shows that, starting Wednesday, only two people will be allowed to stay overnight as night watchmen in one tent in McKeld...
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A high school honors student from Maryland pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he helped the American terrorist dubbed "Jihad Jane'' raise money and recruits for a Muslim holy war. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, of Ellicott City entered the plea at his first public court appearance since his July 6 arrest.   Federal prosecutors allege Khalid tried to recruit men to ...
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Planning developers in Montgomery County are asking residents to address their thoughts on a countywide bus system, which is still in the early phases of planning. Residents are encouraged to attend the planning board's headquarters in Silver Spring Monday night, to give their thoughts on the system and whether or not they would use it. Rapid busses would run along 150...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new Maryland Congressional district map into law earlier this week, but now some members are planning to legally challenge the new district lines. One of the map's biggest opponents, Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, proposed her own redistricting plan this week, feeling the one that eventually passed harmed the voting influence of Maryland's growi...
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The special session of the General Assembly is over, but lawmakers will return to Annapolis in less than two months for their regular meeting. At that time, lawmakers will take up several proposals that are spurring controversy. At the top of that heap is Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to raise Maryland's gas tax 5 cents for the next three years. Sen. President Mike Miller predi...
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In Gaithersburg, the extension of Watkins Mill Road from Rockville Pike to Interstate 270 may not seem all that different from other new roads in the area.It will bring with it new development, including condominiums, a hotel, and a police station. What makes this different, at least in Montgomery County, is that one quarter of the road extension has been paid for with private...
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After a week of heated debate, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has signed a new Congressional district map into law, ending a special session of the state's general assembly. An intera...
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The Maryland State Senate has given its OK to the Congressional redistricting map pushed by governor Martin O'Malley. The vote in the Senate reached the super majority needed to make sure the newly drawn districts are ready for next year's primary elections, and was almost exclusively down party lines. Democrats supported it, Republicans didn't. The Maryland House of Delegat...