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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


Articles Written by Matt Bush

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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...
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Vaudeville star Jack Norworth was riding a subway train in New York in 1908 when he saw a sign: "Baseball today...Polo Grounds." It inspired him to write a song that became the sport's unofficial anthem.The original recording of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is one of 25 such tapes that will be added to National Recordings Registry in 2011.Another is Tammy Wynette's 1968...
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The legislation would give governors 180 days to decide whether inmates serving life sentences should be paroled. The state parole board makes recommendations for release, but under the current system, the governor doesn't face a deadline to act on them.Under the proposed legislation, if the governor doesn't act by the 180-day deadline, the parole would take effect.Until...
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Foundation officials say assessments are under way, but none is comprehensive. The foundation and other environmental groups are concerned about a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which uses water and chemicals to break rock formations and free gas in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath western Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.A 2005 l...
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The Bethesda Row shopping district is clogged nearly every Saturday with shoppers and restaurant-goers. Many take advantage of the free parking allowed at Montgomery County-owned parking lots and garages.But County Executive Isiah Leggett wants to start charging for parking on Saturdays, saying money is needed for maintenance and upkeep of the lots and garages. Many businesses ...
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The Jockey Club, which in part owns both the Pimlico and Laurel Park horse racing tracks, would receive a loan of around $3.6 million if a bill is OK'd by state legislators.The club says it needs the money to balance its books because of legal costs regarding a lawsuit against a Baltimore-based developer that is building the state's largest slot machine casino in Anne Arundel C...
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Steve Nash is with the county's Department of Transportation. He says the first meters that can be paid for via cellphone are in Bethesda."Every single meter has a little decal that identifies what that unique meter number is and the phone number to call," Nash says.He adds that text messages are sent when you have just five minutes left on the meter, at which point you ...
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Opening day is all about pomp and circumstance. And while there was plenty of that, the game that was played is just one of 162.And the Nationals dropped that first one, falling 2-0 to the Braves.Much of the optimism among fans had to do with the Nats' off season free agent acquisitions. That optimism will have to wait for another day to come true, as Jayson Werth, he of...
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The boy, not identified because he is a juvenile, told authorities he brought the gun to school because he was being threatened.In court, prosecutors alleged they found a blue bandanna on the boy, a sign he might be part of the Crips gang. They also said the boy was involved in an incident at the school March 15, but would not elaborate further.Frederick County state's a...
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Because of a lack of revenue, Leggett wants to start charging for parking in county lots and garages in Bethesda on Saturdays, something that is currently free, and contributes to scenes of shoppers filling stores and sidewalks in places like Bethesda Row on weekends.County Council Member Roger Berliner represents the area. He says he's taking his cues on the issue from the Bet...
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It was at Tuscarora High School that the boy was arrested Tuesday after other students tipped off a school resource officer that he had the gun. The boy, unidentified because he is a juvenile, faces four charges.A judge ruled Wednesday that he will remain at a juvenile detention center for at least the next three weeks. Frederick County state's attorney Charlie Smith says the b...
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County Council Member George Leventhal says the move was prompted by complaints from residents."We had one constituent tell us that one of her neighbors, his wife has emphysema and he cannot smoke in his own apartment. So the guy goes out in the hallway frequently and fills it with his cigarette smoke and inflicts it on other people. That's rude, but it's also unhealthy and a p...
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The group Environment Maryland calls grass grown for lawns, golf courses and parks the biggest crop in the state, saying it takes up more acreage than that of corn or soy.Megan Cronin of Environment Maryland says the fertilizers used to grow that grass, common because soil in the state is usually not conducive for growing grass, is currently unregulated."Fertilizer conta...
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Eleven states in the United States issue Blue Alerts, which are similar to the Amber Alerts, sent whenever a child is kidnapped. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland says he wants the Blue Alerts extended nationally."It's been very successful. The information gets out quickly. But as you know, the suspect could cross state lines, so it's important that we establish this nationally," he ...
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The use of fertilizer is one of the biggest contributors of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the group Environment Maryland. Megan Cronin is with the group, and says many conventional fertilizers contain phosphorus and nitrogen, two of three chemicals federal authorities are trying to lessen in the waters of the Bay....
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Twenty six percent of the restaurants that have been inspected have not posted any information, while another 22 percent have partially complied with the law.County Council Member George Leventhal successfully pushed for the menus, feeling they will be a benefit for customers and may also get restaurants to improve the quality of the food they serve. The county was supposed to ...
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Montgomery County police arrested 35-year-old Rohan Goodlett and charged him with two killings that took place earlier this month. Court records show that Goodlett was under mental health supervision from the state after a separate arrest in 2008, but he was not considered to be a danger to himself or others.Goodlett was later acquitted of those charges. Montgomery County Counc...
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A report in the Washington Post said because of bond issues and borrowing O'Malley has pushed for during his time as governor, the state will have to raise property taxes next year or enact severe spending cuts.O'Malley likened the story to the character of Cassandra in Greek mythology, who offered predictions no one believed. He defended his use of bonds to pay for things like...
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Under the bill being pushed heavily by Governor Martin O'Malley, utilities in the state would be forced to sign long-term contracts that would require they purchase a certain amount of their power from wind farms off the shore of Ocean City.Many opponents fear the contracts would lead to sharp rate increases for consumers. In a move to court some of those opponents, O'Malley of...