Don Rush http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Revenues Continue to Decline for Delaware Casinos http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/revenues-continue-decline-delaware-casinos <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say competition from casinos in neighboring states continues to squeeze revenues at Delaware's three casinos.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1pEPaJm">Delaware State News</a> reports that the Video Lottery Advisory Council met for the second time this year to discuss the state of the gambling industry.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:56:51 +0000 Don Rush 58648 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Revenues Continue to Decline for Delaware Casinos Maryland Health Secretary Joining Johns Hopkins Faculty http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-health-secretary-joining-johns-hopkins-faculty <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health secretary will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.</p><p>The school announced Wednesday that Dr. Joshua Sharfstein will be the new Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, effective Jan. 1.</p><p>Sharfstein was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's principal deputy commissioner before returning to be Maryland's top health official in 2011. He served as Baltimore's health commissioner before the FDA in 2009.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:46:26 +0000 Don Rush 58647 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Health Secretary Joining Johns Hopkins Faculty Ocean City Heads Towards the End of the Tourist Season http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ocean-city-heads-towards-end-tourist-season <p>Now is the time that businesses along the Delmarva coastline are heading toward the end of the summer season. And, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt out to see how the tourist season has been doing.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:05:10 +0000 Don Rush 58645 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ocean City Heads Towards the End of the Tourist Season 89th Annual Pony Swim Gets Underway in Chincoteague http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/89th-annual-pony-swim-gets-underway-chincoteague <p>The 89<sup>th</sup> annual Pony Swim at Chincoteague gets underway today with the Saltwater Cowboys saddling up to take the herd of around 100 across the channel from Assateague Island.</p><p>The event is expected to attract some 40-thousand visitors and the swim is set to occur sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.</p><p>The town has been preparing for weeks for an event that a number of businesses see as better than Memorial Day Weekend.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:26:20 +0000 Don Rush 58643 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 89th Annual Pony Swim Gets Underway in Chincoteague Body Found in Elsmere http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/body-found-elsmere <p>ELSMERE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a wooded area behind a store in Elsmere.</p><p>Troopers say a landscaper working behind BJ's Wholesale Club found the body about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.</p><p>Police say the age or gender of the partially clothed body could not be immediately determined.</p><p>The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to identify the remains, and to determine the cause and manner of death.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:05:41 +0000 Don Rush 58641 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Body Found in Elsmere Trimper Rides Sued Over Accident That Injured 2 Year Old http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/trimper-rides-sued-over-accident-injured-2-year-old <p>A $1 million lawsuit has been filed against Trimper Rides and Amusements in the wake of an accident involving a 2-year old who was injured on the park’s kiddie ride.</p><p>The plaintiff, Raffinee McNeill from Accomack County, claims that a ride operator’s mistakes caused her young son Jadyn to suffer a skull fracture when he fell.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the lawsuit filed in federal court charges that the incident occurred two years ago in June on a ride where kiddie sized cars and trucks go around in a circle.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:58:03 +0000 Don Rush 58640 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Trimper Rides Sued Over Accident That Injured 2 Year Old Secessionism Enters Anne Arundel County Council Race http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/secessionism-enters-anne-arundel-county-council-race <p>GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - A Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council has scheduled a news conference to discuss recent controversy about association with a group with secessionist positions.</p><p>Michael Peroutka has scheduled a Wednesday news conference in Glen Burnie.</p><p>In an email, the Peroutka campaign says he will address allegations made against him by Carl Snowden, an organizer of the Caucus of African-American Leaders who asked Republicans to disavow Peroutka's candidacy.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:46:10 +0000 Don Rush 58639 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Secessionism Enters Anne Arundel County Council Race Campground Hit by Tornado to Open Friday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/campground-hit-tornado-open-friday <p>CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - The Northampton County Sheriff's Office says the Eastern Shore campground that was struck by a tornado, resulting in two deaths may reopen soon.</p><p>The sheriff's office released a statement on Tuesday saying the Cherrystone Campground on the Chesapeake Bay is expected to reopen on Friday morning.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:21:59 +0000 Don Rush 58637 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Campground Hit by Tornado to Open Friday MD Doctors' Group Dropping Opposition to Criminal Background Checks http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-doctors-group-dropping-opposition-criminal-background-checks <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Board of Physicians is reversing its opposition to criminal background checks for medical license applicants.</p><p>The agenda for Wednesday's meeting in Baltimore includes discussion of a legislative proposal the board is developing to enable it to conduct background checks.</p><p>The reversal follows a revelation that Dr. William Dando, a family practitioner licensed in 1996, was convicted and imprisoned for raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida 10 years earlier.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:11:55 +0000 Don Rush 58636 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Doctors' Group Dropping Opposition to Criminal Background Checks Senate Approves Strategy to Force Long-Term Solution for Highway Fund http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/senate-approves-strategy-force-long-term-solution-highway-fund <p>The Senate approved a strategy to force a solution to the nation’s Highway Trust Fund pushed by Senator Tom Carper.</p><p>The Delaware Democrat’s legislation would ensure that the fund would be secure only through December.</p><p>That’s in contrast to a House bill that would keep it going through May.</p><p>Carper hopes the earlier deadline will force lawmakers to devise a long-term funding solution during a lame duck session of congress at the end of the year.</p><p>On the floor of the Senate yesterday Carper noted that there had been 11 short-term extensions over the last five years.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:49 +0000 Don Rush 58635 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Senate Approves Strategy to Force Long-Term Solution for Highway Fund Sales Tax Free Weekend for School Supplies in Virginia http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/sales-tax-free-weekend-school-supplies-virginia <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.</p><p>Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday.</p><p>During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.</p><p>Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:51:39 +0000 Don Rush 58634 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sales Tax Free Weekend for School Supplies in Virginia Teacher Compensation Reviewed by Delaware Panel http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/teacher-compensation-reviewed-delaware-panel <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A committee formed by state lawmakers to develop a new compensation system for Delaware's public school teachers is having its first meeting.</p><p>Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to attend Wednesday evening's inaugural meeting of the Committee to Advance Educator Compensation and Careers at the Tatnall Building in Dover.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:37:16 +0000 Don Rush 58633 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Teacher Compensation Reviewed by Delaware Panel Delaware Governor Signs Bill To Bar Minors From Tanning Beds http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-governor-signs-bill-bar-minors-tanning-beds <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents under age 18 soon will no longer be able to use tanning beds.</p><p>Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, on Monday signed into law a bill passed this year by the Delaware General Assembly. The law takes effect Jan. 1.</p><p>Currently, those ages 14 to 18 can use tanning beds with parental permission.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:23:45 +0000 Don Rush 58632 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Governor Signs Bill To Bar Minors From Tanning Beds Corruption Trial of the McDonnells Opens With a Family Twist http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/corruption-trial-mcdonnells-opens-family-twist <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.</p><p>The statement came during the couple's corruption trial.</p><p>The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:12:23 +0000 Don Rush 58628 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Corruption Trial of the McDonnells Opens With a Family Twist School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/school-board-frustration-over-expected-immigrant-students <p>Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.</p><p>The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.</p><p>Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in recent years there has been a surge of overall student population including Sussex Central High School.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:03:20 +0000 Don Rush 58586 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students University of Maryland Gets Grant to Study STD's http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/university-maryland-gets-grant-study-stds <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - The University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry and Medicine have received a $10.7 million grant over five years to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases.</p><p>The schools announced the grant on Tuesday from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.</p><p>The long-term goal of the research is to develop strategies to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections and diseases worldwide, particularly chlamydia and gonorrhea.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:22:38 +0000 Don Rush 58574 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net University of Maryland Gets Grant to Study STD's Chincoteague Prepares for Annual Pony Swim http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chincoteague-prepares-annual-pony-swim <p>In Chincoteague they’re gearing up for the annual pony swim.</p><p>Yesterday, the Saltwater Cowboys paraded the northern herd of the ponies down the beach on Assateague Island.</p><p>Visitors from across the nation and abroad will be attending the annual pony swim to witness the herd crossing the Assateague Channel tomorrow.</p><p>On Thursday, the foals will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and maintains the herd.</p><p>The swim was made famous by the 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:08:14 +0000 Don Rush 58569 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chincoteague Prepares for Annual Pony Swim Appeals Court Rules Virginia's Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/appeals-court-rules-virginias-same-sex-ban-unconstitutional <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An appeals court's decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday ruled that state laws barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.</p><p>It's the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:54:19 +0000 Don Rush 58566 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Appeals Court Rules Virginia's Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional No More Tanning Beds for Minors in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-more-tanning-beds-minors-delaware <p>Minors will not be allowed to use tanning beds in the state of Delaware.</p><p>Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law yesterday.</p><p>Previously those who were between the ages of 14 to 18 could use the beds with parental consent.</p><p>Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, said it was a matter of preventing skin cancer.</p><p>The measure passed with a near unanimous vote in the state legislature.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:45:13 +0000 Don Rush 58565 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No More Tanning Beds for Minors in Delaware Dewey Beach Shop Owner Loses Free Speech Case http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/dewey-beach-shop-owner-loses-free-speech-case <p>DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A Delaware shop owner has lost his free speech fight over the decor of a beach store.</p><p>The <a href="http://delonline.us/1qI45cd">Wilmington News Journal</a> reports that U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark has ruled the store's owner wasn't persuasive in claiming Dewey Beach overstepped in repeatedly issuing fines over decorations.</p><p>Jason Fruchtman, the owner of Jeremiah's, had contended that regulating his store's appearance just because town officials thought it was ugly infringed on commercial free speech.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:32 +0000 Don Rush 58564 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Dewey Beach Shop Owner Loses Free Speech Case Redevelopment of Downtown Newark Center Hits a Snag http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/redevelopment-downtown-newark-center-hits-snag <p>The Newark City Council turned down a developer’s request to alter plans for a six-story residence that would provide 220 apartments.</p><p>It is part of a redevelopment of the Newark Shopping Center.</p><p>The vote was 4-to-2.</p><p>Among other concerns were the quality and the material being used for the new façade.</p><p>But other council members said these were mere cosmetic change.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that the council members told the developer to take the plans before the design committee of the Downtown Newark Partnership.</p><p>That panel meets next week.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:19:05 +0000 Don Rush 58562 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Redevelopment of Downtown Newark Center Hits a Snag Boy in Coma After Losing Parents to Tornado http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/boy-coma-after-losing-parents-tornado <p>The 14 year old who was injured when a tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Campground last week is now in a coma at a Hampton Roads hospital.</p><p>Lheandrew Balabat’s two parents were killed when a tree fell on their tent.</p><p>He survived when a tree also struck his nearby tent.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his brother confirmed his condition.</p><p>His two younger sisters ages 12 and 7 have been treated and are now back in New Jersey.</p><p>A total of 36 people were injured from the tornado.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:54:39 +0000 Don Rush 58561 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Boy in Coma After Losing Parents to Tornado Delaware WIC Program To Move Off Paper Diet http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-wic-program-move-paper-diet <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say Delaware's Women, Infants and Children program has received a grant of more than $690,000 to implement an electronic benefits transfer system.</p><p>The Division of Public Health said Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the one-time grant. It will allow the state to replace paper food checks or vouchers with a card for use at authorized stores.</p><p>The new cards will be rolled out over a two-year period.</p><p>Delaware's WIC program serves nearly 20,000 low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their young children.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Don Rush 58560 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware WIC Program To Move Off Paper Diet Delaware Residents: Ignore Unclaimed Property Postcards http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-residents-ignore-unclaimed-property-postcards <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are warning residents that postcards about unclaimed property are not from the state and should be ignored.</p><p>State escheator David Gregor said in an email that the postcards stamped "Unclaimed Property Notification" have been distributed in several states and one was reported in Delaware on Monday. He says the postcards tell recipients to call a toll-free number and provide personal information.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:18:54 +0000 Don Rush 58559 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Residents: Ignore Unclaimed Property Postcards Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Jury Selected http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/former-virginia-governor-bob-mcdonnells-jury-selected <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A jury has been selected for the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife.</p><p>The jury of eight men and four women was seated Monday evening for the trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell. Opening statements are set for Tuesday.</p><p>The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:43 +0000 Don Rush 58554 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Jury Selected Employees at Hurlock Chicken Plant Return After Evacuation http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/employees-hurlock-chicken-plant-return-after-evacuation <p>HURLOCK, Md. (AP) - The Dorchester County authorities say staffers at the Amick Farms poultry processing plant in Hurlock have returned to work after an ammonia leak caused the building to be evacuated.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1xo7niu">WBOC-TV</a> reports that the evacuation happened at about 6:15 Monday morning. Hurlock Police Chief Les Hutton says an on-site management team, hazmat and officers from the Hurlock and Cambridge police departments were on the scene. There were no reported injuries.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:38:46 +0000 Don Rush 58511 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Employees at Hurlock Chicken Plant Return After Evacuation Hebron Congregation Mourns Loss of Pre-Revolutionary Church http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hebron-congregation-mourns-loss-pre-revolutionary-church <p>This past Sunday the congregation of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church across Route 50 from Hebron gathered in the sight of the burned out shell of their old church built around 240 years ago.</p><p>The structure went up in flames last Tuesday.</p><p>Yesterday’s service served as an unofficial memorial for the building that was constructed in 1773.</p><p>The church had been undergoing renovation with a new roof, shutters and seat cushion for the pews.</p><p>There were banquet tables and a makeshift pulpit yesterday as Pastor Ron Knapp talked of the past and the future.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:58:12 +0000 Don Rush 58506 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hebron Congregation Mourns Loss of Pre-Revolutionary Church O'Malley Meets Again with Clergy on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-meets-again-clergy-unaccompanied-immigrant-children <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to meet with clergy leaders for the second time to talk about how to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have come across the border from Central America</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1q8rBu8">WBAL Radio</a> reports the meeting will be on Monday in Annapolis.</p><p>Leaders of Catholic Charities, the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland are among those due to meet with the governor.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:38:38 +0000 Don Rush 58505 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Meets Again with Clergy on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children No More Women to be Identified in UD Restroom Camera Scandal http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-more-women-be-identified-ud-restroom-camera-scandal <p>NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of women may have been secretly videotaped from hidden cameras in bathrooms at the University of Delaware, but state officials don't plan to identify any more of the women who were filmed.</p><p>Authorities have arrested a University of Delaware graduate student after cameras were found in women's restrooms on campus. The suspect is 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto, a doctoral student from Mexico.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:28:22 +0000 Don Rush 58504 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No More Women to be Identified in UD Restroom Camera Scandal OC Bridge Reopens http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oc-bridge-reopens <p>The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City is now in working order.</p><p>Repairs were completed on the drawbridge and the span was tested by the State Highway Administration.</p><p>The cause of the problem was the main motor that operates the gears.</p><p>The Harry W. Kelly Memorial Bridge was built in the 1940’s and undergoes regular repairs once a month.</p><p>The State Highway Administration told the Salisbury Daily Times that the bridge was lowered after around 5 hours and with the crews working through the night and into Sunday to repair the bridge.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:16:38 +0000 Don Rush 58502 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net OC Bridge Reopens