Don Rush http://delmarvapublicradio.net en 2 Dead, 20 Injured After Storm Hits Campground in Northampton http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/2-dead-20-injured-after-storm-hits-campground-northampton <p>Virginia State Police say at least two people have been confirmed dead and at least 20 people injured in Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton this morning after a storm moved through the area in Northampton County.</p><p>County Sheriffs and EMS teams are on their way to the scene with all those who were injured being taken to nearby hospitals.</p><p>There were also rescue squads from Virginia Beach, who met with Eastern Shore ambulances at the visitor’s center plaza on the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to take some of the injured to get medical care.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:33:50 +0000 Don Rush 58325 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 2 Dead, 20 Injured After Storm Hits Campground in Northampton I-495 Bridge Repair Enters Critical Stage http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/i-495-bridge-repair-enters-critical-stage <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Transportation says it's preparing for a jacking operation that it calls a critical phase of repairing the damaged Interstate 495 bridge.</p><p>The agency says engineers and a contractor are working this week on a jacking system to enable crews to build eight temporary towers beneath the southbound bridge deck.</p><p>Meanwhile, crews are strengthening the jacking towers by tethering them to anchor points with steel cables.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:19:23 +0000 Don Rush 58324 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net I-495 Bridge Repair Enters Critical Stage No Charges Against MD State Police in Salisbury Shooting http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-charges-against-md-state-police-salisbury-shooting <p>Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello said yesterday no criminal charges will be filed against two Maryland state police officers involved in the shooting death of Winfield Fisher in April at the state barrack in Salisbury.</p><p>Captain Anthony Myers was struck by Winfield’s car as the suspect left the barrack after initially coming in with a repair order for his 1995 Oldsmobile 98.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Myers and fellow trooper Jeffrey Wilkins fired their weapons at Fisher’s car which subsequently crashed north of the barrack on Route 13.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:13 +0000 Don Rush 58314 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No Charges Against MD State Police in Salisbury Shooting Tri-County Area Set for Maintenance Repairs on Five Bridges http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tri-county-area-set-maintenance-repairs-five-bridges <p>Motorists on the Eastern Shore should get ready for work on five bridges in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties beginning this Friday.</p><p>Work crews will be setting up this weekend for cleaning and painting the bridges.</p><p>The Maryland State Highway Administration says it does not anticipate any lane closures or detours but says the staging areas for the maintenance will be set up on the shoulders for each bridge.</p><p>Another five bridges will be cleaned and painted later this year for a total cost of just over a million dollars.</p><p><strong>Bridges</strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:13 +0000 Don Rush 58313 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tri-County Area Set for Maintenance Repairs on Five Bridges Del. Senator Pushes for Permanent Solution to Highway Funding http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/del-senator-pushes-permanent-solution-highway-funding <p>Senator Tom Carper says he wants a permanent fix to ensure that the nation’s Highway Trust Fund has plenty of money to take care of the country’s roadways.</p><p>Last year the Delaware Democrat opposed a temporary fix that kept the government from going over a fiscal cliff.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that this year he is introducing an amendment that would force Congress to provide a long-term solution before Christmas.</p><p>The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer if Congress does not act.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:12:14 +0000 Don Rush 58312 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Del. Senator Pushes for Permanent Solution to Highway Funding New Emergency Alert System in Rehoboth Beach http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-emergency-alert-system-rehoboth-beach <p>REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach residents, workers and business owners can now sign up to get alerts about fires, severe weather and other emergencies.</p><p>City Manager Sharon Lynn found and launched the system, called CodeRED. She tells <a href="http://delmarvane.ws/WDU4jh">The Salisbury Daily Times </a>that it will cost $2,750 a year.</p><p>Residents can sign up for alerts at www.cityofrehoboth.com.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:03:16 +0000 Don Rush 58311 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Emergency Alert System in Rehoboth Beach LNG Pier Approved by MD Panel for Cove Point http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lng-pier-approved-md-panel-cove-point <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.</p><p>The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the license to enable Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River. The company needs the pier to bring in equipment to build the facility.</p><p>Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:47:47 +0000 Don Rush 58310 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net LNG Pier Approved by MD Panel for Cove Point Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-river-shoreline-project-could-endanger-birds-environmentalist-say <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmental groups want the state to hold a public hearing on a plan to restore and protect Delaware River shoreline at docks near Delaware City.</p><p>Delaware Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon said in a letter to state environmental regulators that PBF Energy's plan could attract birds near an area they say is at risk for oil spills.</p><p>PBF's plan for its docks at its Delaware City refinery includes refilling shoreline and replacing nearly 1,000 5-foot high wave dampeners. Pilings would be driven to anchor oil spill containment booms.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:52 +0000 Don Rush 58309 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-governor-pushes-locally-grown-food <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.</p><p>The governor and the first lady will host a buy local cookout at the governor's residence in Annapolis on Thursday.</p><p>It is the seventh annual cookout that is being hosted at the residence.</p><p>The cookout highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers to calling attention to food produced in Maryland.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:51 +0000 Don Rush 58308 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food Naval Academy Has New Superintendent http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/naval-academy-has-new-superintendent <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice Adm. Walter Carter is the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.</p><p>The academy held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday in Annapolis.</p><p>Carter was recently president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the academy in 1981. Carter also is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun.</p><p>He has commanded the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12. He also was commander of the USS Carl Vinson, one of the Navy's largest nuclear-powered super carriers. He has flown 125 combat missions.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:44:40 +0000 Don Rush 58299 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Naval Academy Has New Superintendent Plans for Two Big Chicken Farms Frustrate Residents http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/plans-two-big-chicken-farms-frustrate-residents <p>Frustration marked yesterday’s public meeting on plans for two large chicken farms in southern Kent County.</p><p>Two separately owned sites near Farmington have neighbors worried about issues ranging from road safety and water quality to the smells from the chicken houses and the impact on property values.</p><p>The two farms could house up to a combined 30 chicken houses.</p><p>But residents were told that the chicken farms were perfectly legal and that the owners planned to go ahead with them.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:54:04 +0000 Don Rush 58252 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Plans for Two Big Chicken Farms Frustrate Residents Historic Church Damaged by Fire in Hebron http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/historic-church-damaged-fire-hebron <p>HEBRON, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.</p><p>Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was reported at St. Paul's Episcopal Church just before midday Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware fought the flames.</p><p>No injuries were reported.</p><p>The Rev. Ronald Knapp, St. Paul's pastor, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the wood-frame building that burned had been in place since 1773.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:53:37 +0000 Don Rush 58249 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Historic Church Damaged by Fire in Hebron Pitch for Country Musical Festival on Farm near Harbeson http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pitch-country-musical-festival-farm-near-harbeson <p>Around a hundred people showed up yesterday at a hearing by the Sussex County Council on a proposed country music festival that would be located on a large 1-thousand acre farm owned by the Baker family in the Harbeson area.</p><p>Alex Pires, the organizer of the event, told the Council that he was seeking a conditional use permit to hold two three-day music festivals in August of next year as well as three one day events for charity.</p><p>He plans to spend more than $5 million on the festivals with around 20-thousand people expected to show up.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:41:13 +0000 Don Rush 58248 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pitch for Country Musical Festival on Farm near Harbeson MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-senator-joins-unlikely-ally-promote-voting-rights-ex-felons <p>Senator Ben Cardin joined an unlikely ally, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, to call for federal legislation that would allow ex-felons to vote in federal elections.</p><p>Paul’s legislation would allow those convicted of non-violent crimes to regain the right to vote while Cardin’s measure is much broader.</p><p>Cardin called this prohibition on voting rights for ex-felons, the Jim Crow laws of our time hitting the African American community especially hard.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:03 +0000 Don Rush 58246 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Red-Tailed Hawks Rescued from I-495 Bridge http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/red-tailed-hawks-rescued-i-495-bridge <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A wildlife rehabilitation group has released a pair of young red-tailed hawks rescued last month from a pier of the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington, Delaware back into the wild.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:31 +0000 Don Rush 58244 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Red-Tailed Hawks Rescued from I-495 Bridge Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-facility-restores-shoreline-after-hurricane-sandy <p>The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is restoring the shoreline lost to Hurricane Sandy which gouged out 1.2 million cubic yards of sand.&nbsp;</p><p>Paul Bull, the deputy chief for facilities at Wallops Island, told WBOC that the beach keeps water away from the NASA launch site and protects $1.2 billion of state and federal assets.</p><p>The restoration is being aided by federal Sandy relief money to help NASA and its partners with the $11.4 million project.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:36:17 +0000 Don Rush 58243 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy Pier Permit Sought for LNG Project in Calvert County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pier-permit-sought-lng-project-calvert-county <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider a wetlands license for Dominion Resources, as it works toward building a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.</p><p>The board is scheduled to take up the matter on Wednesday in Annapolis. The license is needed for Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River.</p><p>Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:01 +0000 Don Rush 58242 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pier Permit Sought for LNG Project in Calvert County New Whistleblower Election Law http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-whistleblower-election-law <p>If you’re a whistleblower you just got some more protection when it comes to reporting on violations of election laws in Delaware.</p><p>Eight bills signed into law by Governor Jack Markell last month includes one that provides protection to whistleblowers who report and refuse to participate in the violation of campaign finance laws.</p><p>It’s part of a major election reform that consolidates the three existing county Boards of Elections into a single board.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:13:37 +0000 Don Rush 58240 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Whistleblower Election Law Public Meeting Tonight on Two Big Chicken Farms Planned Near Farmington http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/public-meeting-tonight-two-big-chicken-farms-planned-near-farmington <p></p><p>Residents concerned about the two big chicken farms that are slated for Southern Delaware will get a hearing at a meeting hosted by Kent County Commissioner Eric Buckson at the Levy Court building Tuesday night.</p><p>Two large chicken operators have plans for facilities that could house as many as 30 chicken houses combined near Farmington.</p><p>While there are chicken farms in the area the size has taken many residents aback.</p><p>They are particularly concerned about the impact on property values because of the smell from the farms.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:48:25 +0000 Don Rush 58239 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Public Meeting Tonight on Two Big Chicken Farms Planned Near Farmington Tainted Artesian Water Company Well Near New Castle http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tainted-artesian-water-company-well-near-new-castle <p>NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest residential water supplier says it has shut down a well near New Castle after high levels of a toxic chemical were detected.</p><p>The <a href="http://delonline.us/UlL5Bw">Wilmington News Journal</a> reported Tuesday that state public health regulators posted a notice in mid-June of an elevated level of perfluorooctane sulfonate in the Wilmington Manor supply well owned by Artesian Water.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:29:14 +0000 Don Rush 58180 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tainted Artesian Water Company Well Near New Castle Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/five-district-plan-headed-salisbury-city-council-session <p>Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.</p><p>Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11<sup>th</sup> meeting agenda.</p><p>Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9<sup>th</sup> primary next year.</p><p>But objections came from to other council members.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:17:00 +0000 Don Rush 58169 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session Oyster Harvest in Virginia, Up Dramatically http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oyster-harvest-virginia-dramatically <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.</p><p>Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.</p><p>Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.</p><p>The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:07:18 +0000 Don Rush 58168 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oyster Harvest in Virginia, Up Dramatically O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-meets-faith-leaders-immigrant-children <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.</p><p>O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.</p><p>Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:56:02 +0000 Don Rush 58167 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children Overhauling Mental Health System in Virginia http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/overhauling-mental-health-system-virginia <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country.</p><p>A new mental health reform panel met for the first time Monday in Richmond.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:37:44 +0000 Don Rush 58166 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Overhauling Mental Health System in Virginia Worry in Delaware About Companies Relocating Abroad http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/worry-delaware-about-companies-relocating-abroad <p>Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.</p><p>The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.</p><p>Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.</p><p>Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:28:37 +0000 Don Rush 58165 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Worry in Delaware About Companies Relocating Abroad Worcester Bar Owners Free to Buy Liquor on Open Market http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/worcester-bar-owners-free-buy-liquor-open-market <p>Bar owners in Worcester County can now buy their liquor from outside wholesalers.</p><p>The exclusive right of the county’s Department of Liquor Control on spirits to liquor licensees ended this month.</p><p>The county dispensary charges them more than wholesale and uses the money as a form of revenue.</p><p>That money is divided between the county and four major towns at the end of the fiscal year.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:13:16 +0000 Don Rush 58160 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Worcester Bar Owners Free to Buy Liquor on Open Market Johns Hopkins' Big Pay Out in Gynecologist Scandal Settlement http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/johns-hopkins-big-pay-out-gynecologist-scandal-settlement <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.</p><p>Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker spotted the pen-like camera he wore around his neck and alerted authorities.</p><p>Levy committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:53:51 +0000 Don Rush 58159 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Johns Hopkins' Big Pay Out in Gynecologist Scandal Settlement Gun Deaths Fall in MD, Court Hears Challenge to Gun Law http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-deaths-fall-md-court-hears-challenge-gun-law <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - With a federal court hearing looming, a supporter of Maryland's 2013 gun-control law says there are early indications it's helping to reduce fatal shootings.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1qWNn4D">Daily Record</a> reported in its Monday edition that overall gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. The statistics come from Maryland State Police and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:51:10 +0000 Don Rush 58114 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Deaths Fall in MD, Court Hears Challenge to Gun Law Local Officials Approve Site for MGM Casino at National Harbor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/local-officials-approve-site-mgm-casino-national-harbor <p>UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A building plan for a $925 million MGM casino and hotel near the nation's capital has been approved by local officials in Maryland.</p><p>A Prince George's County panel meeting in Upper Marlboro voted 8-1 for the plan at National Harbor Monday.</p><p>The vote paves the way for construction of the resort, which could open in July 2016.</p><p>The casino is slated to have 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Plans also call for a 300-room hotel.</p><p>MGM officials now will seek a building permit, which could be obtained next month.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:34:43 +0000 Don Rush 58112 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Local Officials Approve Site for MGM Casino at National Harbor Two Big Chicken Farms Coming to Southern Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/two-big-chicken-farms-coming-southern-delaware <p>FARMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Plans for two enormous chicken farms in southern Delaware are testing the region's long-held faith in the poultry industry.</p><p>The <a href="http://delonline.us/1rCjB6G">Wilmington News Journal</a> reports that at peak production, the two farms would produce almost 1.5 million chickens a year. That's more than there are people in Delaware.</p><p>The separately owned operations would be jammed into just over one square mile of southern Kent County, near Farmington.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:21:33 +0000 Don Rush 58111 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Two Big Chicken Farms Coming to Southern Delaware