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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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Montgomery County police officers will accept the drugs at police stations in Rockville, Germantown, and Bethesda on Saturday.Localities across the country will participate in an effort to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs this weekend as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's "Drug Take-Back Day."Officer Janelle Smith of MCPD says they will take any med...
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While he served two terms as both governor and comptroller, Schaefer will be remembered most for the four terms he spent as mayor of Maryland's biggest city.And that was primarily the focus for those who eulogized him. That, and his legendary impatience and temper.Lainey Lebow-Sachs was a longtime aide and friend to Schaefer and was with him when he died April 18 at the ...
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The wide-ranging report touches on several issues and offers 30 recommendations to the utility on ways to improve its service reliability and customer outreach.But Montgomery County council members focused on one finding when they received the report: the one noting that PEPCO's profits have not fallen even as its service has been the subject of much criticism during the past f...
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County Executive Isiah Leggett called for the report in 2010, after Pepco struggled numerous times to prevent widespread and lengthy power outages following storms. The report offers 30 recommendations for the utility, according to Leggett."This is not designed for a quick fix. As it indicated, we didn't get into this problem overnight, and we're not going to get out of it over...
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Hundreds of mourners filed past Schaefer's flag-draped casket in the state house Monday, most of them current or former state workers who served under him during his tenure as governor.But there were many others, like Steve Ames, who came to pay their respects even though they had never met Schaefer. Ames worked for the City of Baltimore during Schaefer's time as mayor."...
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In 1994, Juanita Cage-Lewis was working in Annapolis when she received word that her mother's health was rapidly deteriorating. Her mother lived in Cumberland, four hours away. At the same time, a storm hit Maryland, closing major roads and stopping Cage-Lewis from being at her mother's bedside.Schaefer learned of this, and made sure that a state trooper drove Cage-Lewis to be...
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All three destinations have growing biotechnology sectors, something Maryland leaders are hoping to tap into."Maryland has about 2 percent of the population. Eight percent of America's biosciences industry is located in Maryland. And that's just the industry side. All the governmental regulatory functions, the FDA, and NIH, are located here," says Christian Johansson, the state...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley hosted a delegation from Seoul, South Korea, Thursday at the Statehouse in Annapolis. It included the city's mayor, Oh Se-Hoon. Both areas have a large number of biotechnology companies and research firms, and O'Malley believes Maryland businesses can expand their reach into Asia through South Korea's capital city, and vice versa."There is more research tha...
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Right now, the area next to the 7-Eleven along Eastern Avenue in Silver Spring is just an empty grass lot. D.C. lies just across the road. But by the end of next week, this will be the tenth community garden in Montgomery County.Two years ago, there were no such gardens. There are many reasons for their popularity -- but one factor being cited more and more frequently is that...
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The state has now acquired the land that will allow the third and final part of the road to be constructed. It will run from Interstate 95 to Route 1 in Prince George's County, and serve a new development plan called Konterra. That project is something the county has long looked forward to, according to Carla Reid, who heads the county's economic development department.The Ma...
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Schaefer was one of the dominant characters, if not the most dominant character, in Maryland politics. He served as governor from 1987 to 1995, but it was his four terms as mayor of the state's largest city that he will be most remembered for.He championed the development of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and Camden Yards -- the stadium that houses the Baltim...
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The sound of cars and tractor trailers whizzing down Interstate 95 may not be for everyone, but it's sweet music to Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker."The traffic coming back and forth -- for those of us in Prince George's County that is a beautiful sound," he says. "That is the sound of potential jobs coming our way. That means the growth we're going to see in thi...
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The council has held hearings all week on budget cuts, ranging from the minor to the very large. In nearly every case, each cut is facing opposition from a group it would affect.For example: The fire department is seeing just a small drop of less than two percent in its budget from the 2011 level, while other county departments are seeing their spending slashed upwards of 15 pe...
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The County Council has the final say on what gets funding and what doesn't, so members are hearing the final sales pitches from any and all who receive county money.Thursday it was the Fire Department, which is seeing a relatively small cut of less than 2 percent to its budget....
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While the legislature did approve a hike in the alcohol tax, with much of the money going to school construction, it did not OK a plan to raise the state gas tax. The money raised by that would have gone to transportation projects.Raising the tax as the cost of gas hits $4 a gallon isn't popular, but Lisa Fadden of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce says it's still neede...
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County Executive Rushern Baker pushed for the reforms when he successfully ran for the office last year. He says the state's actions will help a county that has long been tainted by scandals involving developers and public officials.It limits the amount of people within county government that can receive a county-issued credit card."It also limits contributions when ther...
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Earlier Monday, the bill seemed in jeopardy, after a Republican David Brinkley filibustered by reading a book aloud. Brinkley relented on blocking the measure after the it was amended to change the requirements that illegal aliens must meet to qualify for in-state tuition.But he still did not vote for the bill."I don't think that it's appropriate, that we be passing alon...
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But amidst all the new programs, benefits, fees and tax hikes, O'Malley felt one area of the General Assembly's work was being overlooked."This General Assembly came together in order to close a $1.4 billion gap, caused by the recession, between our revenues and our anticipated expenditures," he says.Two of the governor's top priorities, wind power and a septic tank ban ...
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The bill stands in a conference committee because of changes the House made to it after it received approval by the Senate. Monday, the Senate initially gave preliminary approval to the House version -- by a single vote.Then to prevent a final vote, Sen. David Brinkley (R) started filibustering by reading a book.Supporters didn't have enough votes to stop the filibuster,...
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A festival spokeswoman says if there is a government shutdown, the parade route on Constitution Avenue will have to be shortened because part of the road is under National Park Service jurisdiction.In the event of a government closure, the parade will run Saturday morning on Constitution from 7th Street to 14th Street to avoid crossing into Park Service territory. D.C. police w...