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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 Maryland, several laws have been past in recent years targeting distracted drivers. This holiday season, police in Montgomery County will be focusing on distracted shoppers. Distracted shopping isn't a crime, but police say it does make a person more likely to become a victim of one during the holiday season.Lake Forest Mall is one of several places officers will be increasi...
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Last winter was historic in the D.C. region. Authorities are now preparing in case it happens again.Keith Compton is the head of Montgomery County's highway maintenance team, which includes snow removal. He says last winter's historic weather means very little when preparing for this winter."You really don't form a game plan for this year based on what happened last year...
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In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive-elect Rushern Baker made remarks to the media around 5 p.m. His comments are his first since last week's arrests of current County Executive Jack Johnson.Baker, who will take office in less than one month, says "these are not sad days" for the county, despite Johnson's arrest and the...
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Maryland's projected budget deficit for next year continues to grow. New numbers released this week show that the projected deficit stands at close to $1.6 billion, about one-third more than earlier estimates.The new projections could mean a stronger push next year by state lawmakers to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions onto counties. State Senate President Mike Mill...
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In Maryland, the last portion of the new Silver Spring Civic Building in Montgomery County has been dedicated. The building itself opened over the summer, but it's outdoor entrance, named Veterans Plaza, wasn't officially dedicated until today, Veterans Day.The dedication ceremony featured veterans of wars dating back to World War II, with a special focus on Native American vet...
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Tuition rates at state universities in Maryland were a major issue during the recent gubernatorial election.During his successful re-election campaign, Gov. Martin O'Malley touted the fact he was able to keep tuition rates level during his time in office, as opposed to the increases seen during his predecessor Bob Ehrlich's term.But those rates won't be staying that way,...
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In Maryland, the fight over the future of horse racing is heating up following last week's referendum vote in Anne Arundel County.Voters in Anne Arundel County approved the construction of the state's largest slots machine casino at Arundel Mills Mall, and in turn defeated a plan to build the casino at the Laurel Park racetrack. The Maryland Jockey Club says the vote means the ...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to push his goals for his second term around Maryland.In a speech at Towson University before students and faculty, O'Malley says he doesn't have a crystal ball when it comes to the direction the economy is taking as the start of his second term nears. But he does believe Maryland is well-positioned to weather continued economic woes, saying only ...
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Fresh off his successful re-election campaign, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is pushing his goals for his second term. The governor is starting with a plan he first proposed two years ago.In 2008, O'Malley formed a partnership that included the Governor's Office for Children and the non-profit Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger in Maryland by 2015.One of the ways...
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A 19-year-old man has plead guilty to shooting to death D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts at his home in Silver Spring, Md., last April.Alante Saunders is one of four men charged in the killing of Betts, who was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the chest. Saunders has plead guilty to shooting Betts, whom he planned to rob after meeting the principal on a se...
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A 19-year-old man has plead guilty to shooting to death D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts at his home in Silver Spring, Md., last April.Alante Saunders is one of four men charged in the killing of Betts, who was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the chest. Saunders has plead guilty to shooting Betts, whom he planned to rob after meeting the principal on a se...
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A District man has plead guilty to shooting D.C. middle school Principal Brian Betts to death in his Silver Spring, Md., home last April.Police allege Alante Saunders and three others planned to rob Betts at his house after Saunders met the principal on a phone chat line. While on that chat line, Betts agreed to leave his house unlocked so that Saunders could enter.Saund...
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A District man has plead guilty to shooting D.C. middle school Principal Brian Betts to death in his Silver Spring, Md., home last April.Police allege Alante Saunders and three others planned to rob Betts at his house after Saunders met the principal on a phone chat line. While on that chat line, Betts agreed to leave his house unlocked so that Saunders could enter.Saund...
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Democrats in Maryland had a good night at the polls, unlike their colleagues across the country.On a stage full of Democratic lawmakers who won re-election, O'Malley thanked each of them for helping him do the same. But O'Malley was quick to add the difficult times the state faces won't be going away anytime soon. A massive budget shortfall awaits the governor next year. O'Mall...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been elected to a second term in office.A visibly moved O'Malley took the stage to raucous cheers, after which he thanked his family, supporters and the countless number of Democratic politicians who joined him onstage. One name he never mentioned: his twice vanquished opponent, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich. But O'Malley did thank tho...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been elected to a second term in office.A visibly moved O'Malley took the stage to raucous cheers, after which he thanked his family, supporters and the countless number of Democratic politicians who joined him onstage. One name he never mentioned: his twice vanquished opponent, former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich. But O'Malley did thank tho...
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In Maryland, Prince George's County's new executive-elect will have little time to savor his victory.Rushern Baker received plenty of hugs and handshakes congratulating him on his victory at the Democratic election night party in Baltimore. But in just a month, he will take office. And that has his focus."I think for us, if we can get the right men and women into every p...
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Voters today in Maryland's Anne Arundel County will determine whether the state's largest slots casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Baltimore-based Cordish Company is looking to build the casino at the mall. Company President Joe Weinberg says they chose the mall site over Laurel Park Racecourse for a number of reasons."There are less residents who live around Aru...
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Turnout at this polling place at Old Mill High School in Millersville has been steady this evening, aided by the contentious ballot question over whether a slot machine casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Ehrlich scored his biggest victory in Anne Arundel County four years ago when he was defeated by Democrat Martin O'Malley, and a st...
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Voters today in Maryland's Anne Arundel County will determine whether the state's largest slots casino will be built at Arundel Mills Mall.Baltimore-based Cordish Company is looking to build the casino at the mall. Company President Joe Weinberg says they chose the mall site over Laurel Park Racecourse for a number of reasons."There are less residents who live around Aru...