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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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A construction error at the unopened Silver Spring Transit Center has council members in Montgomery County considering legal action. The center, which will be named for former Maryland senator Paul Sarbanes, has faced numerous construction and funding issues, but the latest problem has lawmakers at the breaking point. On the center's second level, concrete slabs were not poure...
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Montgomery County Council members are expected to give an update on the Silver Spring Transit Center's delayed opening Monday morning. The center was supposed to open last year, but because of construction errors and delays, it's not expected to open until this summer at the earliest. In a rare scheduled closed session, council members will discuss possible lega...
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Some residents in Potomac, Md. say deer are overrunning their community. Montgomery County authorities want to do more, but they can't because of state regulations. The county does conduct controlled deer hunts, and those are killing more deer than ever before. But the number of deer-vehicle collisions in Montgomery County is at its highest point in a decade: 2,000 such crashe...
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A Maryland delegate from the Eastern Shore is pushing two bills that would make drastic changes to how voter petition drives are certified. The certification issue arose during last year's effort to add to the ballot a referendum on the state's "DREAM Act,"...
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Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow college students to buy class textbooks without paying state sales tax. The bill's supporters say it will not only give students a break, but help campus bookstores that are losing sales to online retailers.  Lindsay Dodd is a senior at Washington College on ...
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Montgomery County already has plenty of cameras stationed on roads to catch drivers breaking laws, and soon there could be more. But these cameras would be on school buses. They wouldn't be watching students; they'd be looking for drivers who go around school buses when they're stopped, which is against the law. Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin pr...
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Council members in Montgomery County have okayed a major change to the Corridor Cities Transitway. In late 2009, the council voted in favor of making light rail the preferred option for the CCT, which would run from the Shady Grove Metro station west and then north to Clarksburg. Cost concerns led county executive Isiah Leggett to ask them to reconsider, so the council today u...
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Virginia delegate Bob Marshall has introduced legislations that would allow the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the state. The Prince William County Republican says he doesn't want the federal government telling Virginians what kind of light bulbs to use.   If passed, his bill would go into effect before new federal energy standards take ...
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Council members in Montgomery County are a step closer to a big change to a major transportation project. The Corridor Cities Transitway is a proposed mass transit line that would run from the Shady Grove Metro station west and then north, ending in Clarksburg. More than two years ago, council members voted to make light rail the preferred transit option for the line. ...
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In Maryland, several Democratic state legislators are asking Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which nearly two years ago changed campaign finance laws. Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin says there had always been an understanding throughout U.S. history that corporations were not people and did ...
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Students at George Washington University are competing to collect used cell phones. Today is the first day of the month-long challenge, as student organizations are competing to collect the most phones. The one that collects the most will get $3,000 from the university, with second and third place worth $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.  The phones will be recycled, and th...
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority received high marks from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.). All three praised Metro's improving performance, pointing to the fact there were no fatalities on the system last year, and the number of injuries were also down. While Gray, McDonnell and O'Malley agreed to meet ...
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For the fourth year in a row, public schools in Maryland have been given the number one ranking in the U.S. by Education Week magazine. Despite taking the top spot, Maryland schools still didn't get an A. B+: that's the grade Maryland schools received from Education Week. While that ...
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Day one of the Maryland General Assembly's yearly session started with a curveball, as governor Martin O'Malley talked about the possibility of raising the state sales tax. O'Malley said he'd rather raise the sales tax one penny to pay for transportation projects than ask lawmakers for hikes in the gas and flush taxes. The sales tax did go up a penny during his first year in offic...
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Today is the start of the Maryland General Assembly's yearly session in Annapolis and several big-ticket proposals are on the agenda this year. The legalization of same-sex marriage, a hike in the state gas tax, expansion of wind power and contentious plannin...
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The annual session of the Maryland General Assembly starts Wednesday, and governor Martin O'Malley started outlining his top priorities for lawmakers today. O'Malley announced he will set aside $370 million for school construction and renovation in the state. Eight years ago, a commission headed by state treasurer Nancy Kopp recommended that $250 million be spent yearly by the...
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For the first time in Maryland's history, two American Indian groups indigenous to the state were formally recognized by the governor. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed executive orders Monday officially recognizing the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and the Piscataway Indian Nation in southern Maryland. More than $17 million in potential funding may now become available to the state an...
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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced an agreement with Wells Fargo over allegedly deceptive marketing of adjustable rate mortgages. Gansler says the settlement involves mortgages written by two companies Wells Fargo acquired in 2008: Wachovia and Golden West Financial. The settlement will create loan modifications for some customers. Gansler says Wells Fargo h...
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Garrett Park Elementary was one of three schools in Montgomery County that re-opened this week following extensive renovations. It now has a gym, wider hallways and lockers in those hallways. After 18 months of work, the school opened this morning. Principal Elaine Chang-Baxter says students like the lockers best, while parents love the gym. Chang-Baxter welcomes all the chan...
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Former Montgomery County councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg has ended her campaign for Congress. Trachtenberg says she has had a recurrence of breast cancer, and will drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional district. She made her announcement the same day that Republican State Senator David Brinkley said he will seek the GOP nomination f...