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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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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...
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In Maryland, Discovery Communications, which owns the Discovery Channel, is launching a jobs skills program for students in community colleges. Discovery didn't have to go far to find a school where they could start the program.Discovery's headquarters are in Silver Spring, and the first school that will benefit from the program is Montgomery College, which has a campus just do...
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Summer is drawing to an end, and that means less daylight. Police in Montgomery County say that could lead to an increase in crime if residents aren't careful.The warning comes after a woman jogging early Monday morning was sexually assaulted in Bethesda. The incident occurred on Old Georgetown Road just before 6 a.m. when a man grabbed her from behind.Police say the sus...
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Both sides of the debate on Maryland’s DREAM Act are applauding last week's decision from the federal Department of Homeland Security regarding deportations.Supporters of Maryland's DREAM a=Act, which was signed into law earlier this year and would grant...
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A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.The Chinese team, the Bayi Rockets, went to the Beijing airport today to reconcile and see off the departing Hoyas ahead of a rematch Sunday in Shanghai.A brief statement from Georgetown said head coach John Thom...
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AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.The newest camera to draw AAA's ire is located along Metzerott Road just north of the University of Maryl...
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A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.The speed cameras that issue tickets to drivers is on Metzerott Road just north of the University of Maryland. The camera is on the roadside between Adelphi Road and University Boulevard. It is one of five in College Park.Among the long l...
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Farmers markets all across the region are currently filled with the bounty of this year's harvest. Come winter, state farmers will continue to grow -- but these crops will never make it to market.The only purpose of the "cover crops" several Maryland farmers will plant this fall is to clean the environment.Joe Layton is one of the owners of Lazy Day Farm and Layton's Cha...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is celebrating one milestone in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's getting ready for a fight on another.O'Malley says the state's cover crop program has seen record enrollment this year. It offers farmers grants if they plant cover crops, which grow during the winter months and take up unused nutrients in soil, such as nitrogen. Soil r...
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The campus at the University of Maryland, College Park is very large, and some students may not feel safe walking alone. But a new application for their smartphones is meant to ensure that campus police are just seconds away.The app was created in a lab at the school, and can connect a student to campus police with just a push of button.Through the phone's camera and mic...
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Starting next month, students at the University of Maryland in College Park can have a "virtual escort" on campus to keep them safe.UMD's College Park campus is very large, and at night, there are places that can be very dark. If a student feels unsafe, a new smartphone application designed at a lab on campus can now immediately connect them to campus police.Through the ...
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Four of Metrorail's five lines will be seeing track work this weekend, meaning longer waits for riders.It’s another weekend of rail maintenance for Metro workers.On the Red Line, riders can expect trains to single track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations, and Takoma Park and Forest Glen stations.On the Blue and Orange Lines, single tracking will take place...
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Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.Starting today, drivers can dial "511" to get the latest on traffic related news, such as traffic jams, lane-closing roadwork, and weather-related delays.A State Highway Administration spokeswoman says callers also can choose to receive information about the Baltimore an...
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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.A nearly $20 million project is underway to repaint the bridge in its signature shade of gray, starting with the westbound span.A spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority says most of the work is scheduled to be performed from the water to minimize the effect on traffic. This is t...
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Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.The reenactments of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam will not actually take place on the battlefields where they were fought, but rather on private land in nearby Boonsboro.The reenactments will occur on September 8 and 9 of ...
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Maryland's transportation secretary says toll increases for state bridges, tunnels and roads will most likely be delayed.The state has been holding public hearings on the proposed toll increases, and those hikes have been met with staunch opposition, according to an Associated Press report.Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley says because of changes be...
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Eventually, the intersections at Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road, and Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road will all see newer and wider lanes.The highway administration has decided to start accepting contract bids for the first portions of all those upgrades, banking on the idea that it will later receive reimbursement from the federal go...
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The accident happened just before 10 a.m. today. Division chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department says a 30-foot by 40-foot concrete wall, weighing about 25 tons, fell on the two workers."The wall was in an upright position," Cox says. "We do know that the victim that received the fatal injuries was working from a lift at the time that the wall fell, while ...
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The SHA is accepting bids for the projects that will eventually add lanes and widen the intersections at Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road, Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, and Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road.The first phase will cost $11 million, and the SHA believes it will eventually be reimbursed by the federal government, but there are no guarantees.An SHA...
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The beginning of the problem dates back about 30 years, to a time when the number of students was declining, says James Sung of Montgomery County Public Schools."Back in the early and mid-'80s, we closed approximately 50 schools because of the downtrend in student enrollment," he says. "We pretty much surplussed all those properties to the county, which many of them became park...