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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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A bill that would reverse a Maryland court ruling that deemed pit bulls "inherently dangerous" passed an important hurdle in Annapolis today. For the past two years, lawmakers have tried and failed to pass a bill to reverse the ruling that leaves pitbull owners and landlords who rent to them more liable in court if the dog attacks anyone. During that time, the House of Delegat...
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The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land. The bill passed by a 99-36 vote in the House yesterday, but it is not the same as a bill regarding the same land that the Senate passed earlier this month, meaning that either branch will have pass the other's version of the new designations or reach a com...
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The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land. The total Wildland acreage in the state would be extended to 46,000 with this legislation. The bill passed by a 99-36 vote in the House on Tuesday, but it is not the same as a bill regarding the same land that the Sen...
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Much awaited parking meters that take credit cards for payment are finally coming to the streets of Montgomery County. In Bethesda, this is a bit of a pastime: Finding the bars, restaurants, and stores that can turn your paper money into quarters for parking meters. But starting this week, people won't have to do that anymore. Street parking meters in Bethesda are bei...
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How long should residents have to clear their sidewalks? Almost two weeks after it fell, increasingly small piles of frozen dirty snow remain thro...
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Four of five lines on Metrorail will have delays because of track work this weekend. Four stations will be closed on the Orange Line this weekend starting at 10 p.m. Friday. Trains will only run between Vienna and Eastern Market and New Carrollton and Cheverly, and shuttle buses will take passengers through the Potomac Ave, Stadium-Armory, Minnesota Ave and Deanwood stations, ...
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Federal authorities say 25 people have been charged in a wide-ranging scheme to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the D.C. government. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls it the largest health-care fraud case in the city's history. It involved bogus claims for home care services, a category of Medicaid claim that has grown dramatically in the city ...
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Maryland officials say the number children with untreated tooth decay has declined by 41 percent between 2001 and 2011.  The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says a survey showed about 33 percent of school children had at least one dental sealant on their permanent first molars and about 14 percent of school children had untreated dental cavities, compared to 23 p...
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Police in Montgomery County have charged a father with murdering his adopted son. Brian O'Callaghan, 36, of Damascus faces first degree murder and child abuse charges in the death of his 3-year-old adopted son Hyunsu. On Feb. 2, Montgomery County Police were notified the child was at Children's National Medical Center in D.C suffering from brain trauma. He died the next day.&...
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A Baltimore Sun poll shows Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wouldn't get much of a home state advantage should he decide to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. The Sun poll, conducted by Opinion Works of Annapolis, shows O'Malley well behind with Maryland Democratic voters in a potential primary election among the four Democrats rumored to be candidates in ...
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Maryland highway crews are gearing up for another snow storm this evening. Fresh from digging out from the snow the past two days..."We got 29 inches of snow out in Kaiser's Ridge. We got 28 in Westminster. We got 28-30 in Hagerstown and Cumberland," says Dave Buck of the State Highway Administration. "We're just crushed." Buck says they're getting ready again for ...
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A snow emergency remains in effect in Montgomery County this morning. During an emergency, vehicles can not be parked along roads deemed "snow emergency routes," which means most major roads in the county. Large white signs are posted along the roads in question. Any vehicle parked on one of them can be ticketed and then towed. To make up for the lack of parking, ...
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The first day of hearings on several bills that would raise the minimum wage in Maryland took place this afternoon in Annapolis. Today it was the House Economic Matters Committee that took up the six different bills dealing with the state's minimum wage in one way or another.  The headlining measure comes from Gov. Martin O'Malley, and it would raise the wage to $10.10 pe...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to raise the minimum wage in the state isn't the proposal lawmakers in Annapolis will take up this week regarding the pay rate. While the O'Malley's bill would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour, there is another proposal to hike to $12.50. A Republican alternative would leave the decision to county governments on whether to raise the mini...
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Leaders in Montgomery County are already thinking of expanding the number of cameras attached to extending school bus stop signs. The first five cameras just started operating last month. Those first five cameras issued 10 citations in the first month — a number that County Council President Craig Rice says he finds very alarming. Five more have since been installed and anot...
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This week will be crucial for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley if he hopes to get the General Assembly to pass a bill to raise the minimum wage in the state. O'Malley will go before two legislative committees this week to discuss his bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016. Tomorrow afternoon, he will testify before the House Econ...
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Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to be liable in court if they over-serve customers who then cause drunk-driving accidents after leaving the establishment. In 2008, 10-year-old Jasmine Warr was killed as she rode in the back of her parent's SUV on Interstate 270. Their vehicle was struck by another SUV driven by Micheal Eaton of V...
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Members of Maryland's Amish community rallied outside the statehouse in Annapolis yesterday. For a bill in the House of Delegates to be guaranteed a committee hearing — a necessary stop on the way to a full floor vote — it had to be introduced by yesterday evening. One of the many that beat the deadline by just hours is a measure from Montgomery County Democra...
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Prosecutors in Maryland are asking the General Assembly to approve a bill that would create penalties for people who threaten to commit acts of mass violence. Prince George's County state's attorney Angela Alsobrooks says Maryland is one of just a few states where a "legal loophole" exists making it impossible for prosecutors to punish people making the threats. "W...
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Maryland gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur says she'll push for several new regulations on guns if she's elected. Mizeur's proposals include universal background checks on all gun purchases — not just for handguns — as well as raising the minimum age to purchase any gun to 21. Opponents of the expansive gun law that took effect in Maryland last year say the n...