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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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Emergency officials in Montgomery County, Md. are touting the enhancements they have made since the 9/11 attacks ten years ago.County fire chief Richard Bowers says training offered to firefighters has improved at all levels, but once they get on-scene, communications still present a problem that all jurisdictions have yet to fully fix."It's a shame that we have an as...
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It was just moments before the Redskins took on the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., yesterday, and family members of those who lost their lives at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on 9/11 took the field. They were joined by family members of the Pentagon Police and first responders from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. One of those ...
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The Washington Redskins will kick off their season Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants at FedEx Field.Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will do the coin toss and be an honorary captain for the team, while around 150,000 family members affected by the attacks on the Pentagon will be honored prior to kickoff, and will stand with both teams during the playing...
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Yesterday, rain caused roads to flood and strand drivers, meaning swift water rescue teams from around the region -- but particularly in Maryland -- had to pull several people from their vehicles.Many roads are still shut in some areas of Prince George's and Montgomery counties...
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Maryland's lieutenant governor Anthony Brown is the highest ranking politician in the U.S. who is a veteran of the Iraq War. He served with the Army's 353rd Civil Affairs Command for around nine months in 2004 and 2005. Before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, WAMU Maryland reporter Matt Bush sat down with Brown in his Baltimore office to discuss what he and so many veterans o...
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Several events in Maryland this week will mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.The marquee event of the anniversary in the state will be Sunday's unveiling of Maryland's 9/11 memorial, located at the Baltimore World Trade Center in the city's Inner Harbor. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) says residents should ...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says the response to Hurricane Irene and last month's earthquake shows how far the state has come in improving its response to emergencies since the 9/11 attacks.During a cabinet meeting in Annapolis, the governor received a report detailing what went right and what didn't following Hurricane Irene. O'Malley pointed out one item in particu...
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One of the largest solar panel arrays in the DC-region is now generating electricity at the University of Maryland in College Park.On top of the school's Severn Building on Greenbelt Road sits more than 2,600 solar panels. It only took two months to install them and get the array operational. That quick turnaround is one of the major attractions for users of solar power....
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Pepco has set a deadline to get service restored to all of its customers following Hurricane Irene.Thomas Graham, Pepco president, says those still without power won't have to wait much longer."We will be done by Thursday at 7 p.m.," Graham says. "All customers will be restored. That's the goal we're shooting for. The vast majority of our customers will be restored befor...
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The University of Maryland in College Park is unveiling a new solar panel array on one of its buildings. The school calls the facility one of the largest in the region.The more than 2,600 panels are located on top of the school's Severn building, on Greenbelt Road. In addition to providing power to the school and neighboring College Park, the array will also be used as part of ...
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In Maryland, the state's top two leaders spent the day inspecting damage from Hurricane Irene and checking on efforts to restore power to those who still don't have it.Governor Martin O'Malley spent the day in southern Maryland, where the damage was the worst and where larger numbers of power outages still remain.His number two, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, checked in on Pepc...
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In the 24 hours after Hurricane Irene passed, PEPCO was able to restore power to two-thirds of the customers who lost it. But one of the utility's harshest critics is still not impressed.Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner says the lower than expected number of power outages had more to do with Irene than with PEPCO's much publicized changes."This was...
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Hurricane Irene provided plenty of sights to see in its aftermath for those who didn't have to worry about storm damage.On Kent Island, at the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Irene's impact was still easy to see after the rain. Whitecaps nearly big enough to surf on viciously lashed the shoreline, and several people ...
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It's the first day of school for students in Montgomery County, and it's also the first day of classes for new superintendent Joshua Starr. Starr took over in July for former superintendent Jerry Weast, who retired after nearly 12 years in the position. WAMU Maryland reporter Matt Bush sat down with Starr to discuss his plans for a school system consistently ranked among the best in t...
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Thousands of Pepco customers remain without power Monday afternoon. Reactions from Maryland leaders to the beleaguered utility's work following Hurricane Irene have been mixed.Following phone conversations with Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett, Gov. Martin O'Malley gave Pepco's efforts a thumbs up."He and I both were very impressed with the speed with which Pepc...
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Hurricane Irene's overnight visit left hundreds of thousands without power in Maryland Sunday morning. And around 200,000 of those customers are in Prince George's County, 65,000 are in Montgomery County, and the rest are in the District.BGE's biggest power outage numbers are coming from the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. Areas have more than 100,000 customers each ...
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Despite it's woeful track record, Pepco says it is ready for Hurricane Irene.Last summer, all it took were thunderstorms to knock out power to Pepco customers for nearly a week. Since then, the company has embarked on a much-publicized campaign to upgrade its reliability.Hurricane Irene will be the first test of those improvements, according to says Joe Rigby, president ...
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Stores around the D.C. area are packed, as residents heed the warning from PEPCO to purchase supplies in anticipation of the possible power outages from Hurricane Irene.Related LinksRegional emergency resources (By County/City)...
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Officials have already evacuated Ocean City, Md., and now state officials are also encouraging those in other low-lying coastal areas to seek higher ground.Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) says the lower Eastern Shore will likely see the heaviest flooding following the storm. But he adds residents across the state will also feel Irene's fury."Citizens should anticipate long peri...
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As Hurricane Irene approaches the D.C. area, a Montgomery County company is using lightning to track the storm in a new way.Mark Hoekzema, chief meteorologist for Earth Networks in Germantown, says his company's update sensor system will allow them to look at lightning in a way that has never been done.Lightning may no...