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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 Maryland, local leaders across the state received news from Gov. Martin O'Malley, that many were happy to hear. But the news comes with a word of caution from the governor.The state is facing a budget shortfall of around $1.3 billion. One of the ways that was being looked at to close that deficit was to partially shif...
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Members of a commission in Montgomery County. Md., looking into power outages at PEPCO heard fiery testimony from county residents.If testimony at the hearing in Rockville Wednesday night is any indication, the anger many Montgomery County residents have for PEPCO following lengthy power outages last summer has yet to s...
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In Maryland, Montgomery County police have made an arrest in the killing of a worker at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on New Year's Day. The suspect was a fellow employee of the victim.Keith Little is accused of stabbing Roosevelt Brockington to death in a boiler room of the hospital Saturday, and now faces first-degree murder charges. County Police Chief Thomas Manger says Lit...
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Health care advocates in Maryland will again push to raise the state's alcohol tax during the upcoming legislative session.Attempts to raise the tax 10 cents for every drink served have routinely failed, with the measure failing to get out of committee last year. Supporters this year are banking on what they say is overwhelming public support to raise the tax. Steve Raabe is pr...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is continuing a series of forums on a variety of topics before his inauguration later in January. Monday's focus is education.O'Malley wants the state to improve job training programs and classes, particularly at the community college level. He says that can then help with the most pressing problem facing the state, which was discussed at ...
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Wednesday the University of Maryland is facing East Carolina in the Military Bowl college football game at RFK Stadium.Other schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference received invites to bowls in Orlando, Atlanta, Shreveport, Louisiana, and El Paso, Texas. Maryland got to play just 20 minutes from campus. Many Terrapin fa...
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In Maryland, tax increases is expected to be one of the most hotly debated topics during January's legislative session in Annapolis.The state budget faces a massive deficit that continues to grow. And early indications are that lawmakers will try to balance strictly through spending cuts.A recent report that recom...
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In Maryland, state lawmakers are gearing up for the legislative session in Annapolis, which starts in less than two weeks. Given the massive budget deficit facing the state, one of the biggest questions to be answered during the session is whether taxes be raised and, if so, which ones. The early signs point to no tax increases...
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Wednesday, the University of Maryland faces East Carolina University in the Military Bowl college football game at RFK Stadium.During its first two years, the game was known as the EagleBank Bowl. But this year, Northrop Grumman took over as chief sponsor, giving the game a whole new identity according to Steve Beck, the bowl's president."It's sort of right in your face....
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During the planning stages, D.C.'s college football bowl game was known as the Congressional Bowl. And for its first two years, it was known as the EagleBank Bowl. But this year, thanks to a new sponsor, Wednesday's contest at RFK Stadium will be the Military Bowl.Steve Beck, the bowl's president, says the switch to Northrop Grumman as the main sponsor will ensure the game retu...
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In the District, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has named two more members to his education team, but he will hold off on naming a schools chancellor.DeShawn Wright will be the deputy mayor for education, while Hosanna Mahaley will be the state superintendent of education under Gray. As for the top job, chancellor, Gray cited the 2007 law that created the position in saying he isn't ...
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The region's airports are expected to start swelling with holiday travelers Wednesday morning. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days at both Reagan National and Dulles International airports.Much has been said about the new extensive security searches at aiports this year, and AAA Mid-Atlantic believes those searches are one reason more people will ...
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Holiday travel will start in earnest Wednesday, as the D.C. region is expected to see a slight increase in travelers compared to this time last year.Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. But according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, nearly all of the more than 2.2 million D.C.-region residents expected to t...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make dire predictions for next year's state budget, as he prepares to be inaugurated again.O'Malley will be inaugurated for his second term in office in less than a month, and he's embarking on a set of forums across the state to focus on the many goals he has...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says his second term in office will focus on many things, but jobs will be at the top.The first of five forums O'Malley will hold before his inauguration focused on jobs and the economy. Speaking at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, O'Malley s...
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Close to 2 million Maryland residents are expected to travel more than 50 miles this holiday. AAA Mid-Atlantic says almost all of those expected to travel will do so by car, despite an 18 percent increase in the price of gas over the past month.That will mean a lot of traffic on Interstate 95, but state highway spokesman Charlie Gischlar says congestion may not be so bad becaus...
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The state highway administration is getting ready to treat roads should the weather forecast call for it on Sunday. And the products they'll be using can be found in a jar of pickles or in a bottle of blackstrap rum.Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, says the concoction used on the roads will vary by location."We'll be using the ...
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The superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County is preparing for a fight over potential cuts to school funding.Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast says his budget proposal for the coming year does not ask that more money be spent per student than last year."Just give us the amount for the new kids. That's fair," Weast says.The school system expects to add mor...
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Just in time for the snow, the Montgomery County has a new interactive map on its Web site, where residents can check to see if snow plows have cleared the roads in their area."So if you're sitting home in a cul-de-sac, and you're trying to make an informed decision of whether you should go to the airport or head to New ...
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Click HERE for an update on this story.Residents in Montgomery County, Md., will soon have a new way to determine whether it's safe for them to drive after snowstorms.Tuesday afternoon, the county will unveil a new Web site that will show the progress of snow plows following a snowstorm. The site will track snow p...