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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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When Montgomery County planners released the "Wedges and Corridors" plan, it was designed to shape development in county for the next 50 years."The projections made...40 or 50 years ago, with respect to population, are bang on," says Rollin Stanley, the current direc...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced Sam Abed will head Maryland's troubled Department of Juvenile Services.Previously, Abed was the chief deputy director for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Virginia. Abed worked at the Virginia Department for nearly five years.He takes over a department that has seen it's share of problems for many years, culminating in the murder o...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to introduce a bill this week or next that will force utility companies to meet certain performance standards or face fines.Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner has received hundreds of e-mails about Pepco since last week's storm. They range from anger over an inability to reach anyone at the utility's customer service ce...
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In Maryland, groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday for the state's largest slots machine casino, to be built at Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County.After a legal battle that lasted nearly two years, Baltimore developer David Cordish can finally start construction on the casino. Owners of the Laurel Park racing track tried to get the casino built there, but voters in Anne A...
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In Maryland, with the state and local governments facing rising budget deficits, "consolidation" has become one of the most discussed ways to cut costs.In his budget proposal, Gov. Martin O'Malley relies on consolidation in several departments to cut costs, including a call to merge together all the state transportation ...
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Click here for the latest on this story.CORRECTION: Metro says there was no fire and that brake caused smoke but there was no fire.ORIGINAL POST: The Forest Glen and Wheaton stations are reopening on Metro's Red Line after a train was evacuated for smoke in the tunnel near Forest Glen in Maryland.It's an od...
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In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing nearly $1.5 billion in cuts without raising taxes. O'Malley says nothing was spared, and federal stimulus money saved the state from having to make these cuts the past two years."We're balancing more than a budget here. It's a real balance in needs and priorities," he says.The governor will seek to merge certain commissions ...
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In Maryland, a two-year battle over the right to build a hospital in upper Montgomery County has pitted Holy Cross against Adventist Healthcare.Maryland's health care commission awarded the right to build the hospital in the fastest growing area of Montgomery County to Holy Cross, based in part on the commission's belief that Holy Cross's parent company is in better financial s...
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In Maryland, the state's health-care commission has made its decision on whether Holy Cross or Adventist HealthCare will run a hospital in upper Montgomery County. Holy Cross, which already operates a hospital in Silver Spring, was victorious.The health-care systems have been bitterly competing for more than two years to build a hospital in the area known as the Upcounty, which...
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Speaking at his inauguration for a second term Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reflected on the state's economic situation and its outlook.There was no parade through the streets of the state capital -- just a few choirs, a single military band, a 19-gun salute and a flyover.On the steps of the state house, O'Malley kept an optimistic and hopeful tone in his sec...
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In the District, members of the Westboro Baptist Church conducted a protest outside American University. They were met with a counter-rally attended by hundreds of students that looked to mimic a more famous rally conducted last year on the National Mall.The A.U. students called their demonstration the "Rally To Reaffirm Sanity." If that sounds familar, it's because the ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wrapped up his series of pre-inauguration forums with a meeting that focused on public safety.The forums focused on the goals O'Malley is hoping to achieve during his second term in office, which starts in six days.When it comes to public safety, the governor says he wants to upgrade technology that allows law enforcement agencies to share i...
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Education funding will headline the first hearing of the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis Thursday.State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick will address a Senate committee Thursday afternoon, as work begins to close a more than $1.3-billion budget deficit. Picking which priorities get cut is likely to spark contentious debate.In addressing his colleagues shor...
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The Maryland General Assembly has convened its yearly session in Annapolis amid talk of respect and bipartisanship.The first day of the session has a lot of ceremony, and a lot of talk -- and not all of it from lawmakers. Lobbyists and groups packed the hallway in the state house between the House and Senate chambers, looking to grab a lawmaker so they can make their pitch....
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Click here for the latest on this story.The Maryland General Assembly starts it's legislative session Wednesday in Annapolis. This year's session promises to be contentious, as lawmakers will attempt to close a more than $1.3 billion budget deficit.Gov. Martin O'Malley says he wants to close the deficit without raisin...
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In Maryland, the search for a new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County is beginning to intensify.Longtime superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast is retiring at the end of the school year. The county's board of education is taking its time in naming a replacement.A search firm has been hired to assist, and six public forums for parents have been scheduled for the end of...
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In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is warning residents that he will be making very unpopular decisions as he puts together a county budget.During the first of several forums on the $300 million in budget cuts he must make, Leggett said everything the county funds is on the table. That includes public safety and education, areas that are usually safeguarded ...
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In Maryland, many local leaders are happy with Gov. Martin O'Malley's pledge to not share the burden of teacher pensions between the state and county governments, a move that was looked at to help close Maryland's budget deficit.While O'Malley says he will not push to share pensions, he did tell a gathering of the Maryland A...
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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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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...