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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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This afternoon, the council's transportation, infrastructure, energy, and environment committee will look into PEPCO's tree-trimming plan, which is part of the much-maligned utility's overall plan to improve the reliability of its service.PEPCO says it has run into resistance from some property owners about trimming trees on private property. The utility believes the county's ...
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They serve two main purposes, either keeping the building cool or absorbing storm water.Montgomery County is building a new equipment and maintenance operations center near the Shady Grove Metro station, which will be equipped with a green roof.The Furbish Company of Baltimore will build it, and president Michael Furbish says the goal for this particular roof is absorbin...
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Bill would protect newly oil-rich countriesOil was first discovered in the country of Ghana in West Africa in the 1970s, but it wasn't until four years ago that commercial quantities of it were found. Quickly, the country of just over 24 million people saw companies flocking to it, because oil is money -- big money."This is a country that wants to produce oil," says Mo...
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Maryland State Police say the 24-year-old mother suffered a cut on her head, and the baby was not hurt.The suspect, Terron Alvin White, 22, of Baltimore was charged with fleeing and alluding police, hit and run, and negligent driving.Police say the suspect forcibly entered the woman's car in Baltimore Wednesday night, and drove away with the woman and baby inside. The ca...
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The county's new equipment and maintenance operations center will be tucked up against the Metro station, as well as the brand new Inter-county Connector. It will cost just under $37 million, but county executive Isiah Leggett says this is part of a plan that over time, will cost the county nothing.He explains this facility will replace a similar one in the same area, and give ...
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By unanimous vote, council members banned smoking in common areas of apartment buildings, including hallways, lobbies, and laundry rooms. They also extended the ban to cover the playgrounds in apartment complexes and housing subdivisions.Eight years ago, Montgomery County was the first jurisdiction in the region to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.Councilman Phil Andr...
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If approved, the curfew for those 18 and under would be from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and midnight to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Crime is down overall in Montgomery County. Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield says they want to keep it that way, and a curfew will help in areas where juveniles are known to gather."Some of the areas, particularly those close to t...
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Several groups are expected to band together in support of same-sex marriage starting today with an announcement at Baltimore City Hall. Among them are Equality Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Service Employees International Union, and the ...
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Board members have two charter school proposals to consider. One would build the Community Montessori Public Charter School, a pre-kindergarten through third grade school in Kensington with a focus on social services. The other would construct a K-8 school in Germantown with a focu...
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Fireworks are illegal in the county -- even sparklers. So-called snap pops, snakes, and party poppers are the only legal items. Those caught lighting the illegal fireworks can receive fines of up to $1,000.But there will two places where residents can watch professional displays for July 4. One takes place at the Soccerplex at the South Germantown Recreational Park. The Baltimo...
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After trying for several years, supporters of the increasing the tax finally succeeded in Annapolis, though not all of the money raised by the hike will go to mental health programs as they wished.For the first year, a sizable chunk of revenue will go to school construction.But in addition to new revenues, supporters say the tax hike will also lead to a drop alcohol addi...
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The county police report officers responded to more than 4,000 calls involving people with mental illness last year. A common one is a person suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia who has gone missing.Shelly Edwards, of the Alzheimer's Association in Fairfax, Va, is one of the mental health professionals who take part in the training."People with dementia don't think t...
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Every drink of alcohol in the state will cost ten cents more starting tomorrow.Efforts to raise the tax routinely failed for many years in the general assembly, until this year.Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell, one of the bill's sponsors, says the sour economy and lack of new revenue finally got lawmakers to act on the increase."It's time to try to tap into this revenu...
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Officer Scott Davis is the coordinator of the program, and he says he has first-hand experience with how it benefits police and residents. Several years ago, Davis received a call about a man on a bus with a knife."He was jumping on and off RideOn buses saying that people were following him and trying to kill him. When I came on scene, I walked up to him, and he pulled a 12-inc...
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Disability benefits will now be awarded through a two-tier system: partial and full incapacity. Council member Phil Andrews pushed for the changes, saying the new system can distinguish between a "bad back" and paralysis. He adds the old disability system was easy to abuse."Between 2004 and 2008, 62 percent of police officers who retired during that time frame, retired with di...
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By a 7-1 vote, the council OK'd the bill, which institutes a two-tiered system, creating full and partial incapacity categories."What this bill would do in addition to establishing a two-tier disability benefit that distinguishes between a bad back and paralysis, it would also say that if an employee has committed misconduct that would get them fired, they would not be eligible...
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After a brief video tribute, Weast gave his farewell address to board members. As he looked at pictures of past superintendents in the board room, Weast commented he lasted far longer in the job than most of them. During his tenure, county schools were routinely ranked among the best in the nation."It is the impossible dream to educate everybody at the highest level," he says. ...
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Of the two proposals, the plan to build the Community Montessori Public Charter School in Kensington would seem to have the inside track, as superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast recommended that board okay the plan. The school would serve pre-kindergarten through third grade students, and have a focus on social services.The non-profit Crossway Community would operate the school. John...
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Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast supports the plan to build the Community Montessori Public Charter School in Kensington, Md.The school would serve pre-kindergarten through third-grade students, with a focus on social services. There are no public charter schools in Montgomery County, in part because the county has very strong traditional public schools, which are typically ranke...
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Johnson was first arrested last November along with her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, as part of a federal investigation into corruption in Prince George's County government.Prosecutors allege Jack Johnson told his wife to flush a $100,000 dollar check from a developer down a toilet, as well as hide tens of thousands of dollars in cash in her underwear when fed...