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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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Fire and rescue officials in Montgomery County are urging residents to learn CPR, and say that becoming certified in the life-saving technique takes much less time now. It was his 32nd birthday, but Michael Liu had already received the best present months earlier. In May, when he collapsed while jogging in Rockville, passerby Heather Von Kurtz performed CPR on Liu. It saved ...
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Montgomery County's Michael Liu turned 32 today, but he wasn't the one doling out gifts. Liu almost didn't see his birthday this year. In May while jogging, Liu collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a park in Rockville. A passerby, Heather Von Kurtz, performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Liu had stopped breathing for about 10 minutes, and then spent 10 days in a coma. Bu...
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Drivers who use Connecticut Avenue inside the Beltway in Montgomery County might want to find an alternate route for the rest of the week. The State Highway Administration is repaving the stretch of Connecticut Avenue, which in Maryland is also State Route 185, from the East-West Highway to the D.C. line. The project started about two weeks ago, and as crews took...
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Maryland's lone Republican Congressman says subpoenas have been sent in an investigation into Maryland's badly flawed health exchange website. Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris said in a statement yesterday that an audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Hum...
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At the casino's opening, waiters on tricycles were delivering champagne to guests. (Matt Bush/WAMU) The newest casino in Maryland is open this morning....
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A new casino located in downtown Baltimore opens tonight. The Horseshoe Casino, owned by Caesars, opens its doors at 9 p.m. this evening. It's located right off of Interstate 95, just south of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. It will feature more than 2,500 slot machines, as well as table games like blackjack and roulette, a live poker room, an...
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Yorktown. Gettysburg. Normandy. Iwo Jima. Those are some of the greatest victories and finest hours in the history of the United States. The 1814 Battle of Bladensburg in Maryland... isn't. In fact, it's arguably the most embarrassing defeat the U.S. has ever endured. Regardless, this weekend Prince George's County will mark the 200th anniversary of the battle. The...
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We will postpone the launch of the #MobileMayor because of the Press Conference ref. the 3 yr old little girl killed. We will reschedule— Eugene W. Grant (@MayorGrant) Aug...
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Members of the Washington Redskins waded into a political controversy last night. But this one had nothing to do with the fight over the team's name. Eleven players on the team emerged from a FedEx Field tunnel last night before an exhibition game with the Cleveland Browns with their hands raised...
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The start of classes is less than a week away and the Montgomery County school system is asking for donations to ensure students living in poverty have all the supplies they need for the start of the school year. The school system's Give BACKpacks campaign is raising money to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need, which will be distributed at th...
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Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan faced off—sort of—for the first time since each man secured the nomination of their party to be Maryland's next governor. Democratic nominee Brown and Republican pick Hogan both addressed the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference ove...
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Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is praising a federal judge's ruling that upheld the state's ban on assault rifles and large ammunition clips. In a statement, Brown called judge Catherine Blake's ruling important in "ensuring that al...
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A federal judge in Maryland has upheld the state's new ban on certain assault rifles and large ammunition clips which was passed by the General Assembly last year. Two gun owners, five gun rights groups and two stores that sell firearms sued the state of Maryland, saying the ban on 45 assault rifles and ammunition clips of greater than 10 rounds was unconstitutional and violat...
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A faux presidential motorcade will be filmed this weekend in D.C., but neither President Obama nor a certain fictitious commander-in-chief will actually be there. The hit Netflix show House of Cards will be filming in the city on Saturday. The shoot will include footage of a mock presidential motorcade, as well as B-roll footage. The show, which chronicl...
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Two men on Maryland's Eastern Shore will remain in prison after authorities say they attacked another man this week forcing part of his arm to be amputated. Law enforcement believes the incident occurred because of a dispute over the rap group the Insane Clown Posse. A judge has ordered the two men held without bond on charges of attacking a housemate and trying to forcibly ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is adding his name to growing chorus of those who believe the Washington Redskins should change their name. In an appearance on Fusion Television this week, O'Malley said he believed it was time for the team to change its name, stating that every generation has seen more understanding, inclusion, and respect for all individuals and all cultures....
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A nearly 30-year-old law in Montgomery County is frustrating customers who are looking to trade-in cell phones and other electronics to get the latest versions of them. When it was passed in 1985, the county's so-called "pawn shop" law prevented stores from giving cash to customers who brought in goods to sell — stores could only give them checks. It was designed to stop c...
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When they get back to work next month, Montgomery County lawmakers will take up a measure that would update parts of the county's nearly 30-year-old "pawn shop" law, which is causing unintended problems for consumers. When it was passed in 1985, the law was designed to help police stop criminals who were selling stolen merchandise to pawn shops in exchange for cash. Those st...
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The majority of Maryland's Congressional delegation is urging President Obama to reconsider a proposal regarding a technique to look for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, including off the state's shoreline. Who isn't behind the push is just as telling as who is. Eight of Maryland's 10 Congressional members wrote the President, asking him to think twice about a plan that wo...
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A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to offering rides to intoxicated people and then using their ATM cards to withdraw money from their bank accounts. Nyerere Mitchell of Clinton plead guilty in D.C. Superior Court to five counts of felony fraud, and now faces up to 50 years in prison when he senten...