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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 town of Goldsboro is near Maryland's border with Delaware, and many of its homes and buildings have septic tanks. Just outside of town, tucked behind the trees, is Lake Bonnie. Fifteen years ago, it was closed to swimmers because of pollution, much of which comes from septic tanks in Goldsboro.Swimming is still banned today, but that did not stop O'Malley (D) from wading in...
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This year, the largest scofflaws by far are Jacques and Marlene Rubin, who owe the state more than $4.5 million in back taxes. The Rubins don't even live in Maryland anymore.Comptroller Peter Franchot says they live in Palm Beach, Fla. Franchot would not go into the specifics of how the Rubins were able to run up such a large liability, but he did say they know how much they ow...
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An independent study called the utilities plan "cobbled together," saying it was created with a "ready, shoot, aim" approach. Pepco put together the plan following a rash of lengthy power outages caused by snow and thunderstorms last year.Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner agreed with the report that Pepco did not put a lot of thought into its plan, adding ...
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The report goes on to say the plan may not work because enough study was not put into it.Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner has been one of Pepco's loudest critics, and he says the latest report just continues to show the utilities leadership is lacking. But he says blame for Pepco's troubles doesn't just lie with the utility -- the Public Service Commissio...
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On the Orange lines, there will be no service between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton stations, while on the Blue Line, trains will not run from the Stadium-Armory to Benning Road stations.The closures are because of scheduled track maintenance. Metro is offering shuttle bus service at all of the closed stations, but riders are urged to add 40 minutes to their travel time...
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O'Malley will urge lawmakers to support a bill to to require Maryland utilities to sign multi-decade contracts to buy offshore wind energy. The measure would make the state's four utilities sign fixed-price contracts of at least 20 years with offshore wind developers who are expected to build wind turbines a dozen miles off the coast of Ocean City. The wind turbines would take at leas...
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Del. Anthony O'Donnell, the House minority leader, says the GOP will propose a variety of spending reductions beyond the cuts included in Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget.Last year, House Republicans proposed making hundreds of millions of dollars more in cuts than O'Malley did in his budget proposal, but the GOP's plan was rejected by the Democratic-controlled House of...
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Attempts to raise the state's alcohol tax, which has not been increased in more than 50 years, have been routinely voted down by lawmakers in Annapolis. But this year, it appears things could be different.With the state facing a massive budget deficit, more and more legislators see raising the tax as a way to prevent cuts to healthcare and programs for the disabled.Senat...
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The burglaries took place last year, and police have been able to return about half of what was stolen to its owners. But more than 200 pieces of jewelry, as well as laptops, a few TVs and video game systems, DVDs and stacks of international currency remain.Police would also like homeowners to take some precautions to make sure they don't find themselves in this situation. On...
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The bill was given preliminary approval by the state Senate by a 25-22 vote, with a final vote on the measure scheduled for Thursday morning.Opponents of the bill tried to attach several amendments to it Wednesday, and many failed, including one that would have barred any mention of same-sex marriage in public elementary schools.Republican Bryan Simonaire lamented issues...
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More than 200 pieces of jewelry remain on a table in a police station in Germantown. It's joined by several laptops, a couple of video game systems, some handbags and a few small piles of international currency from places like Italy, Canada and Thailand.All of it was stolen during a string of burglaries last year in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and Germantown. It's about h...
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Public safety was on the minds of those gathered, who all expressed concern over the recent rash of fights -- particularly among teens -- on Metro trains.D.C. Police talked about how they try to break up large groups of teens as they attempt to board a single train car. That was something that caught the ear of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker."If you're do...
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The meeting focused on three topics, including public safety and transportation. But economic development was at the forefront.Mayor Vincent Gray said the city has five to six major development projects on its horizon, but one in particular will have a big impact on its Maryland neighbors."We have 62 acres that will be turned over to us at Walter Reed. That will be an op...
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Roadside solicitation has been banned in seven counties in Maryland, and two others have a permitting process. Montgomery County does neither, and officials there worry the county is becoming a destination for panhandlers.Council Member George Leventhal says panhandling does need to be limited, but he adds the factors that lead to begging -- homelessness and drug addiction amon...
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The gay marriage measure now heads to the full Senate, which could vote on it as early as next week. Supporters there say at this point they are one vote shy of the 24 needed to pass the bill.Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs says it appears any attempt to filibuster the bill will fail. Leaders in the House say they're confident the measure will pass that chamber.The S...
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Some Montgomery County Council members believe the proposal to introduce permits for solicitation doesn't go far enough.Panhandling is a problem, according to Council Member George Leventhal. But he adds the reasons why individuals are forced to do it, namely homelessness, are a problem as well."Legislation to require a permit before someone can solicit on the roadside ...
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The new Web site not only tracks infectious disease, cancer, diabetes, drug use and heart disease rates, but also several economic and social factors. And according to Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county's chief health officer, those indicators paint the public health picture in the county.Tillman says one of the first numbers that jumped out at her was the county's lack of affordabl...
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The list for state funding is topped by the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway -- two projects the council wants to see built as light rail.But the agreeing ends there.Some, like council Vice President Roger Berliner, want funds for a rapid bus system that would run throughout the...
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The fines are issued for those who break the county's erosion and sediment control law.The council has approved raising the fine to the maximum state law allows, $1,000. Council Member George Leventhal says he was puzzled the construction and building industries didn't push back against the higher fines."To the extent that there are any in private industry who say in the...
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The long legal battle that led up to the casino's groundbreaking is starting up again.Baltimore-based Cordish Companies announced it is suing the Maryland Jockey Club and its owners, Magna Entertainment and Penn National Gaming. Cordish claims the defendants conspired to defame them, and is seeking $600 million.The Jockey Club led opposition to the casino, as it sought t...