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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 Maryland House of Delegates has given final approval to a bill raising the minimum wage in the state. The measure now heads to the Senate. Debate before the final vote lasted about an hour on the House floor. Opponents argued the state should defer to the federal government on whether to raise the minimum wage, as Maryland's neighboring states like Virginia are not hikin...
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In Maryland, opponents of a bill to ban smoking electronic cigarettes in public places lined up in Annapolis to speak against the measure. Rick Mulder of Easton was one of many standing in the hallway "vaping" outside of the House Economic Matters Committee room. He started smoking e-cigarettes about five years ago, and enjoys them so much he'll never return to traditional c...
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On Wednesday the Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 by 2017. Delegates debated the bill for more than two hours, as several attempted changes were beaten back. Del. Dereck Davis (D-Prince George's), who chairs the committee that worked on the bill and first approved it earlier this wee...
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One Montgomery County delegate fears a mass shooting will occur in Maryland if a simple fix isn't made to computer systems in the state. Currently, Maryland has a gun registry that lists who owns firearms. There is also the criminal database which contains information on who is disqualified from owning a gun because of a criminal convictions. But those two system...
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Ex-offenders trying to re-enter society after prison face many obstacles, and many end up homeless. A group of those people rallied in front of the statehouse in Annapolis on Thursday asking lawmakers to pass a series of bills they feel will help them. There are five bills in particular, but it's the Second Chance Act that has marchers fired up. It would seal records of conv...
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For the third day in a row, the Maryland Senate is expected to take up a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender people — but the bill is facing obstacles. Delays in moving the bill forward have been caused by wording that has cause senators to ...
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A sweeping gun control measure was the headliner of all the bills passed in the Maryland General Assembly last year. This year, there are many more bills that deal with guns, but given that it's an election year just months removed from last year's tough fight, all of them face a long road to approval. Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks is urging lawma...
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Despite threats from the producer of the hit series "House of Cards" that if they do not receive additional credits they'll leave and film the show somewhere else, Maryland lawmakers remain undecided on whether to increase tax credits to film companies in the state. Gov. Martin O'Malley recently received a letter from the popular show's producers threatening to leave the st...
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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, ...