Don Rush http://delmarvapublicradio.net en $50,000 Loan Not Inappropriate, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/50000-loan-not-inappropriate-says-mcdonnell-corruption-trial <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he did not think it was inappropriate to take a $50,000 loan from a Virginia businessman to help cover the ownership costs of vacation rental properties.</p><p>McDonnell was back on the witness stand Friday for the third straight day as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond.</p><p>The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:33:26 +0000 Don Rush 59957 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net $50,000 Loan Not Inappropriate, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial MD Grain Alcohol Ban Crimps Style of Violin Makers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-grain-alcohol-ban-crimps-style-violin-makers <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.</p><p>Silver Spring violin maker Howard Needham tells The Washington Post that nothing works better than Everclear grain alcohol for making the varnishes he uses to repair chipped or broken musical instruments. He's been hoarding whatever grain alcohol he can get his hands on since the ban took effect last month.</p><p>Other violin makers report similar concerns.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:37 +0000 Don Rush 59956 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Grain Alcohol Ban Crimps Style of Violin Makers Trolley to Connect Salisbury University and Downtown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/trolley-connect-salisbury-university-and-downtown <p>SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A new bus service will better connect downtown Salisbury to the students at Salisbury University.</p><p>Bus service dubbed the Downtown Trolley will begin Thursday in the city.</p><p>The <a href="http://delmarvane.ws/1pOSKVx">Salisbury Daily Times</a> reports that the bus service is funded through a $50,000 state grant, with an additional $16,000 from the city.</p><p>The bus, built to resemble a trolley, will run during the fall semester on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fares will be $1 each way.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:36:56 +0000 Don Rush 59948 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Trolley to Connect Salisbury University and Downtown Body in Taxi Identified and Ruled Homicide in Millsboro http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/body-taxi-identified-and-ruled-homicide-millsboro <p>MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say the driver of a taxicab was found dead in his vehicle parked on the shoulder of a road in Millsboro.</p><p>Police say a passer-by called troopers and reported the suspicious taxicab around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers found 45-year-old William Toomey of Millsboro dead inside the passenger compartment. Toomey was a driver employed by Delaware Beach Taxi.</p><p>Troopers say Toomey's death is a homicide. Police say they will not release the cause or manner of death to avoid compromising the investigation.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:32:08 +0000 Don Rush 59947 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Body in Taxi Identified and Ruled Homicide in Millsboro Ferrari Ride: No Big Deal says McDonnell in Corruption Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ferrari-ride-no-big-deal-says-mcdonnell-corruption-trial <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell downplayed the significance of his joy ride in a Ferrari owned by a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker.</p><p>McDonnell testified about his use of the sports car Thursday at his corruption trial in Richmond. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's supplements.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:29:44 +0000 Don Rush 59946 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ferrari Ride: No Big Deal says McDonnell in Corruption Trial Drug Charges Dropped Following Lab Scandal in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/drug-charges-dropped-following-lab-scandal-delaware <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.</p><p>The charges against 31-year-old Braaheim D. Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:25:48 +0000 Don Rush 59945 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Drug Charges Dropped Following Lab Scandal in Delaware Matt Haley Honored at Culinary Event in Rehoboth http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/matt-haley-honored-culinary-event-rehoboth <p>Restaurateur Matt Haley who was killed in a motorcycle accident in India earlier this week was honored last night at the 2<sup>nd</sup> annual Taste of Rehoboth.</p><p>After a moment of silence Matt Dickinson who is director for Haley’s company spoke of his late boss’s humanitarian spirit and brought tears to the eyes of some in the crowd with stories about Haley.</p><p>Jay Caputo, who owns the Espuma restaurant and is an organizer of the event, told WBOC that he was in disbelief at Haley’s death.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:23:35 +0000 Don Rush 59944 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Matt Haley Honored at Culinary Event in Rehoboth New Castle Officials Fail to Act in Overbilling of Sewer Customers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-castle-officials-fail-act-overbilling-sewer-customers <p>Two top New Castle County official knew there was a problem with billing errors for sewer ratepayers but took no steps to fix the problem.</p><p>That’s the conclusion of a draft report which found that the county’s finance department should have notified County Executive Tom Gordon about the problem.</p><p>Auditor Bob Wasserbach told the Wilmington News Journal that he found it troubling that the widespread billing problems were not addressed until he was informed.</p><p>He said apparently the finance department decided to address the issue on a customer by customer complaint basis.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:16:09 +0000 Don Rush 59942 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Castle Officials Fail to Act in Overbilling of Sewer Customers No New Court Appointed Attorney for Tonya Bundick http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-new-court-appointed-attorney-tonya-bundick <p>ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting a series of fires along Virginia's Eastern Shore has been denied a request for a new court-appointed attorney.</p><p>Media outlets report a judge in Accomack County denied Tonya S. Bundick's request Thursday.</p><p>A jury last month convicted Bundick of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. In January, Bundick entered an Alford plea to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa.&nbsp;</p><p>She'll be sentenced in both cases Sept. 4.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:59:45 +0000 Don Rush 59941 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No New Court Appointed Attorney for Tonya Bundick Al Gore Vs. Al Jazeera http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/al-gore-vs-al-jazeera <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former Vice President Al Gore are challenging an effort by Al Jazeera America to keep details of a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit secret.</p><p>Gore and his Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt claim in the lawsuit filed last week that Al Jazeera is improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million last year.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:57:20 +0000 Don Rush 59940 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Al Gore Vs. Al Jazeera Officials Struggle With Hoopers Island Channel Dredging Issue http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/officials-struggle-hoopers-island-channel-dredging-issue <p>The popular channel near Hoopers Island finds the Dorchester County Council struggling to get it dredged.</p><p>The channel has not been cleaned up in the last four years.</p><p>Council president Jay Newcomb tells WBOC that the Army Corp of Engineers has cut back on the general maintenance of the channel.</p><p>He adds there is no specific project that would result in clearing up the waterway and no funding for dredging.</p><p>The Army Corp of Engineers also told the television station that while they recognize the importance of dredging the channel there was no money for it now.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:48:54 +0000 Don Rush 59939 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Officials Struggle With Hoopers Island Channel Dredging Issue Body Found Inside Taxicab in Millsboro http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/body-found-inside-taxicab-millsboro <p>MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State police say a man was found dead inside a taxicab parked on the shoulder of a road in Millsboro.</p><p>Police have classified the death as suspicious. The man's name hasn't been released.</p><p>Police say a passer-by called troopers and reported the suspicious taxicab around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers found the man's body inside the passenger compartment.</p><p>An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:20:45 +0000 Don Rush 59892 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Body Found Inside Taxicab in Millsboro Wife Lived Separate Life, Says McDonnell in Corruption Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wife-lived-separate-life-says-mcdonnell-corruption-trial <p></p><p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that his time in public office took a toll on his marriage.</p><p><strong>Separate Lives </strong></p><p>McDonnell went back on the witness stand Thursday as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond. He said his wife, Maureen, developed something of a separate life from him as she raised their five children and he devoted time to being a state legislator, Army Reservist and lawyer in private practice.</p><p><strong>Tension</strong></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:16:10 +0000 Don Rush 59891 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wife Lived Separate Life, Says McDonnell in Corruption Trial Virginia Holds Craft Beer Fest http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-holds-craft-beer-fest <p>ROSELAND, Va. (AP) - More than 50 breweries from across Virginia are showcasing their beers at the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest in Nelson County.</p><p>The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is hosting the event Saturday at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, which includes the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition.</p><p>The event is part of the state's third annual craft beer month.</p><p>Tourism officials say craft breweries are a growing tourism attraction opportunity statewide with an economic impact of more than $622 million.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:08:57 +0000 Don Rush 59890 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Holds Craft Beer Fest Matt Haley's Death Shocks Delmarva http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/matt-haleys-death-shocks-delmarva <p>Shock has set in for the culinary community of Delmarva.</p><p>Award-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley died Tuesday night while being transferred to a medical facility in New Delhi.</p><p>Haley’s business partner, Scott Kammerer, said that he was informed by State Department officials yesterday.</p><p>Kammerer said that Haley was involved in a high impact collision with a truck on Monday as he began a six week trip through northern Indian and Nepal.</p><p>Haley ran several southern Delaware restaurants and received the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:31:16 +0000 Don Rush 59881 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Matt Haley's Death Shocks Delmarva Delaware Teachers Score High on Evaluations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-teachers-score-high-evaluations <p>No teachers in Delaware were judged ineffective this past school year by a new state evaluation system.</p><p>And only one percent was deemed to need improvement.</p><p>That left more than 50 percent rated as more effective while the other half were rated as highly effective.</p><p>The new evaluation system has drawn some skepticism because the state announced it would include consideration of standardized test scores.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:23:02 +0000 Don Rush 59880 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Teachers Score High on Evaluations MD State Fair Gets William Donald Schaefer Award http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-state-fair-gets-william-donald-schaefer-award <p>TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Fair will receive the 2014 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.</p><p>State Comptroller Peter Franchot will present the award to Howard "Max" Mosner, the president and general manager of the fair, on Friday.</p><p>The award, now in its third year, is presented to an individual or organization in each county in Maryland that exemplifies the former governor's lifelong commitment to helping people.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:04:14 +0000 Don Rush 59877 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD State Fair Gets William Donald Schaefer Award No Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Today, Supreme Court Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-same-sex-marriages-virginia-today-supreme-court-says <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.</p><p>The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.</p><p>Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:58:10 +0000 Don Rush 59876 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Today, Supreme Court Says Downtown Revitalization Dominates Salisbury Community Meeting http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/downtown-revitalization-dominates-salisbury-community-meeting <p>During the Salisbury City Council’s quarterly community meeting, revitalization of the downtown area took center stage.</p><p>Covering the walls of Parker Place, an antique store,&nbsp; were designs for buildings and space in the downtown area that have been developed by architecture students at the University of Maryland.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:54:15 +0000 Don Rush 59875 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Downtown Revitalization Dominates Salisbury Community Meeting No Special Treatment, Says Former VA Governor in Corruption Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-special-treatment-says-former-va-governor-corruption-trial <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker did not get any special treatment from his administration.</p><p>McDonnell testified that Star Scientific Inc. founder Jonnie Williams got little more than routine access.</p><p>The onetime rising Republican star began his much-anticipated testimony Wednesday. He and his wife, Maureen, are accused of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's products.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:37:42 +0000 Don Rush 59871 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No Special Treatment, Says Former VA Governor in Corruption Trial Space STEM Education Grants for Virginia Community Colleges http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/space-stem-education-grants-virginia-community-colleges <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.</p><p>Officials say the Virginia Community College System is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.</p><p>Thirty-five awards were granted after a solicitation to members of the national Space Grant Consortia. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:34:40 +0000 Don Rush 59870 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Space STEM Education Grants for Virginia Community Colleges 3 Bald Eagles to be Released into the Wild http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/3-bald-eagles-be-released-wild <p>Three bald eagles who were rescued in May are being released into the wild at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge today.</p><p>The Wildlife Center of Virginia says two were picked up on May 12<sup>th</sup>\ when a storm blew down their nest at a Chincoteague campground.</p><p>The third was discovered in Essex County on May 23<sup>rd</sup> where a tornado had destroyed its nest.</p><p>That bird suffered a pelvic fracture but has healed up since.</p><p>The center says each bird has been given a GPS transmitter to track them.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:34:36 +0000 Don Rush 59826 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 3 Bald Eagles to be Released into the Wild Finances Take Center Stage in McDonnell Corruption Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/finances-take-center-stage-mcdonnell-corruption-trial <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A forensic accountant hired as a defense witness will be back on the stand when the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.</p><p>The accountant testified Tuesday that the McDonnells and the former governor's sister were financially sound. He will answer more questions about his examination of financial records Wednesday.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:31:40 +0000 Don Rush 59825 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Finances Take Center Stage in McDonnell Corruption Trial Restauranteur Matt Haley has Died (Update) http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/restauranteur-matt-haley-has-died-update <p>REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Award-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley has died following a motorcycle accident in India. He was 53.</p><p>Haley's business partner, Scott Kammerer, said Wednesday he was told by State Department officials that Haley died Tuesday night during a medical flight from Leh, India, to New Delhi.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:57:46 +0000 Don Rush 59820 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Restauranteur Matt Haley has Died (Update) Uproar Over Single-Family Rentals in Ocean City http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/uproar-over-single-family-rentals-ocean-city <p>The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission held a standing room only hearing this week as they heard horror stories about &nbsp;single-family rental homes.</p><p>The home at the center of the controversy was advertised as a property that sleeps 17 people even though the resort has a limit of no more than four unrelated people.</p><p>Phil Hurlock told the commission he lived across the street from one rental that he counted had 22 people in it.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:52:17 +0000 Don Rush 59819 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Uproar Over Single-Family Rentals in Ocean City Henrietta Lacks: The Woman Who Changed Science Forever http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/henrietta-lacks-woman-who-changed-science-forever <p>Henrietta Lacks may not be a household name, but this African American woman who died of cancer in 1951 has probably touched your life. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with her grandson David Lacks about how scientists used her cancer cells for research -- cells that live onto this day.</p><p>David Lacks will be appearing with his sister on the campus of <a href="http://www.salisbury.edu/newsevents/fullstoryview.asp?id=5803">Salisbury University</a> this Thursday.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:42:48 +0000 Don Rush 59818 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Henrietta Lacks: The Woman Who Changed Science Forever Harrington Could Be Site for Country Music Festival http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/harrington-could-be-site-country-music-festival <p>The country music festival envisioned by Alex Pires for Sussex County could be located at the state Fair Grounds in Harrington.</p><p>Yesterday the Sussex County Council agreed to accept his request to withdraw an application for using a farm in Harbeson.</p><p>Both the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Department of Transportation recommended against approval.</p><p>The council vote was 4-to1.</p><p>At issue was a misunderstanding about the kind of details required for the plan at Harbeson.</p><p>The proposal also drew opposition from local residents.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:31:25 +0000 Don Rush 59817 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Harrington Could Be Site for Country Music Festival Tomorrow Same-Sex Marriage Might Be Legal in Virginia http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tomorrow-same-sex-marriage-might-be-legal-virginia <p>NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal in Virginia.</p><p>The State Registrar of Vital Records is drafting a revised marriage license form that will be used if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' order ending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban goes into effect Thursday morning.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:27:48 +0000 Don Rush 59816 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tomorrow Same-Sex Marriage Might Be Legal in Virginia Former VA First Lady Infatuated With Nutrition Company CEO http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/former-va-first-lady-infatuated-nutrition-company-ceo <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Another defense witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial has described McDonnell's wife as difficult and prone to angry outbursts.</p><p>Kathleen Scott was a special assistant to onetime first lady Maureen McDonnell. She testified Tuesday that her ex-boss became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances. Other witnesses have described similar behavior.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:17:06 +0000 Don Rush 59815 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Former VA First Lady Infatuated With Nutrition Company CEO Delaware Drug Testing Lab Was in Disarray http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-drug-testing-lab-was-disarray <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The manager of Delaware's controlled substances lab says the office was in serious disarray when she took over last year.</p><p>Robyn Quinn testified Tuesday at a court hearing involving two drug crime defendants that could determine the fate of hundreds of drug prosecutions in Delaware.</p><p>The hearing regards an evidence-tampering scandal at Delaware's controlled substances lab that already has led to the arrests of two employees and dismissals or plea bargains in scores of drug cases.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:13:32 +0000 Don Rush 59814 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Drug Testing Lab Was in Disarray