Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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11:26 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Prosecutors: "Corrupt Understanding" in McDonnell Trial

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking jurors to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

In their closing arguments Friday, prosecutors' asked the panel to think about why a Virginia businessman gave the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why the McDonnells accepted.

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11:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Deadline Looms for Eligiblity Verification Under ACA

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delawareans whose eligibility for insurance coverage under the federal health care reform law is uncertain that they have one more week to submit verification documents.

Federal officials sent notices earlier this month to more than 300,000 people nationwide, including about 700 in Delaware, with inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration data. Many recipients had not responded to previous outreach efforts. 

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10:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Wife of Rep. Andy Harris Dies Suddenly

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The wife of Congressman Andy Harris has died.

Sylvia Cookie Harris passed away yesterday after being taken to the hospital.

There were no immediate details but a spokesperson for Harris said that they were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

But one media outlet is reporting that she died from a sudden heart attack.

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman issued a statement last night expressing shock and deep sadness at her death.

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10:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Police Oversight Board Comes Up in Salisbury NAACP Forum

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The relations between the community and police in Salisbury took center stage at a forum held by the Wicomico County branch of the NAACP last night.

The gathering at the Chipman Cultural Center featured Charles Phillips a conciliation specialist for the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Justice Department.

During the two horu meeting, there were a number of residents who expressed interest in an oversight board for the police.

Local resident April Jackson said that while she has not been afraid of the police in the past, she is beginning to now.

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9:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downtown Trolley Comes to Salisbury

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It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

And, Salisbury City officials were out yesterday to inaugurate its service that will run from Salisbury University to the downtown area Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m. through 2 p.m. for a dollar a ride.  

Mayor Jim Ireton told the gathering that the trolley was part of the revitalization of the downtown area.

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9:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Essay: Lost in a High Tech World

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In this age of high tech we often forget about the work that gets our hands dirty.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill observes that the new age may be separating us from the richness of everyday life.

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8:52 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Rallying Against Violence in Dover

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Dover residents as well as city and state officials gathered in the parking lot behind Father’s Kingdom Church to call for an end to the recent violence that has struck the city.

Last night’s vigil took place within a hundred yards of two of three shootings that have occurred in the state capital since Sunday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two people were killed and two others injured in three separate incidents that took place within a mile of each other.

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8:47 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Shellfish Harvest Ban in Parts of Dorchester County

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State environmental officials have closed parts of some waterways in Dorchester County to shellfish harvesting after unacceptable bacteria levels were detected.

The Maryland Department of the Environment said Thursday that the Hurst Creek and Whitehall Creek areas and a portion of the upper Choptank River were closed to shellfish harvesting earlier this week.

About 308 acres of the waterways are affected.

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8:42 am
Fri August 29, 2014

No Chip Flowers on Delaware Ballot This Year

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two weeks after tearfully announcing that he was ending his re-election campaign, state treasurer Chip Flowers is officially out of the race.

Elections commissioner Elaine Manlove said Flowers called her Thursday afternoon and said his withdrawal, which was set to take effect at 4 p.m., would stand.

The decision ends any speculation that Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with the Democratic Party establishment and was the subject of a recent harassment complaint by his former deputy treasurer, might change his mind and stay in the race.

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8:36 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Most Expensive GOP Primary in Anne Arundel County History

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County Republican primary for county executive was the most expensive in county history.

The Capital reports that Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh spent $2.4 million. That's double what all seven candidates, Democrats and Republicans combined, spent in Anne Arundel's last primary for county executive in 2006.

Schuh won the June GOP primary with 54 percent of the vote. He outspent Neuman by $600,000.

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8:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fate of Wilmington Charter School Close to a Decision

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are getting closer to a final decision on the fate of a struggling charter school that serves mostly low-income black children in Wilmington.

The state Charter School Accountability Committee was to hold a final meeting Friday regarding Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute.

The committee will issue a final report next week for the state board of education to consider on Sept. 18 following a public comment period.

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8:17 am
Fri August 29, 2014

2nd Debate Set for Maryland's Gubernatorial Candidates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second televised debate has been set for Maryland's governor's race.

The debate, announced Thursday, will be co-hosted by three Washington-area media outlets, including The Washington Post, WTOP Radio and NewsChannel 8.

The hour-long debate between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled Oct. 13 on NewsChannel 8.

The second debate will take place one week after the first one, which is scheduled in the Baltimore media market on CBS affiliate WJZ-TV.

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8:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Closing Arguments Today in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Closing arguments are set for Friday morning in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

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11:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Maryland VA Partners with Everygreen Health Care

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BALTIMORE (AP) - VA Maryland Health Care System is partnering with Evergreen Health Care to improve health care access for veterans.

The system announced Thursday it has awarded a one-year contract for up to $485,000.

The contract enables the system to refer new veteran patients to Evergreen for general outpatient care and preventive health and education services. It also allows the system to refer new veteran patients for various medical screenings.

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11:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Closing Arguments Begin in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Testimony has wrapped up in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

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11:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Celebration of Matt Haley's Life Set for Late September

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The life of the late restaurateur and humanitarian Matt Haley will be celebrated next month on September 28th at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville.

He was killed in a motorcycle accident in India where he was on a six week humanitarian trip.

The rain date will be Monday September 29. 

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9:37 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Jack Heath to Replace Terry Cohen on Salisbury City Council

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68-year old Jack Heath is set to succeed Terry Cohen on the Salisbury City Council.

Last night the council met and announced their choice out of dozen applicants.

Heath was the former CEO of Lower Shore Enterprises which provides job assistance and training for the disabled.

He said that he would rely on his decades of business experience in an effort to revive the local economy.

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9:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Wicomico County Public Schools

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Two former Wicomico County public school employees have filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education, alleging gender discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed this week by former employees Stacy Messick and Stephanie Moses. They allege they were fired because the school system held them to different standards than men in similar positions.

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9:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Sussex County Takes In the Most Migrant Children in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Many of the child migrants placed with Delaware families are living in Sussex County.

That's according to new figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 114 minors apprehended by immigration authorities without a parent or guardian since January have been placed with sponsors in Delaware's southernmost county while they await immigration hearings and potential deportation.

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8:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Delaware Panel Hears Pleas for Hiking Minimum Wage

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The Low-Wage Worker Taskforce in Delaware heard activists and workers tell them that increasing the minimum wage will not hurt hiring in the First State.

The hearing was held at the Chase center in Wilmington where around a 100 people showed up.

Harry Way, who is head of maintenance at a Wilmington McDonalds, told the panel that while he makes $8.25 an hour – 75 cents above the state’s minimum wage --  it was not nearly enough to live on.

He said that sometimes he goes without eating to make ends meet.

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8:43 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New Trolley to Connect Downtown Salisbury and University

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The City of Salisbury will inaugurate a new bus service from Salisbury University to downtown today.

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

The service will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The fare will be a dollar.

The project was partially funded by a $50-thousand grant from the Maryland Transit Administration in an effort to connect Salisbury University students with businesses in downtown.

Council President Jake Day says it is part of the effort to bring about a renaissance of the downtown area.

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8:28 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Remains in East New Market Identified

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The human remains found in a shallow grave near East New Market have been identified as that of 40-year old Radames Guzman.

His death has been ruled suspicious.

Guzman was reported missing on August 5th to the Delaware State Police after family members had not heard from him for three days.

He was found by someone who was walking in a wooded rural area off Red Hill Road in Dorchester County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a relative of Guzman contacted police after the remains were found.

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8:21 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Baltimore Casino, A Sign of the Times

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The opening of Baltimore's first casino highlights a nationwide trend of casinos moving from traditional gambling destinations to other cities.

The Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore opened its doors Tuesday night. A spokesman for an agency representing the casino said it hosted more than 15,000 guests in its first 12 hours.

Gambling experts say rust-belt towns like Philadelphia, Cleveland and now Baltimore have become desirable casino locations, especially as gambling destinations like Atlantic City continue to plunge into economic decline.

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8:15 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Delaware GOP Candidates Debate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and state treasurer are taking the stage to explain why they think they can best represent the GOP in November's elections.

The state Republican Party was set to hold its first and only primary campaign debates for party candidates on Thursday night in Dover.

But the debates won't be like those normally seen on television.

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7:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Cover Crop Enrollment to be Announced Today in Maryland

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials will be announcing the state's latest cover crop enrollment figures.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance will be attending the Maryland State Fair on Thursday.

The new cover crop numbers are scheduled to be announced at the fair.

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7:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Six Piping Plover Chicks at Cape Henlopen State Park

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials say eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Beachnesting bird monitors reported that six pairs of piping plovers cared for the chicks until they could fly.

Wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife says two piping plovers nesting in Delaware had been banded in New Jersey.

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7:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Defense lawyers have finished presenting their case to a jury in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Lawyers for the couple wrapped up their case Wednesday. Closing arguments are likely to happen Friday.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker in exchange for promoting his company's products. They could face decades in prison if convicted.

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12:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Beach Patrol Officials Warn of Rip Currents

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Beach patrol officials in Delaware and Maryland are warning late-summer beachgoers of dangerous rip currents.

While Hurricane Cristobal is expected to stay well off the East Coast, it has been generating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The National Weather Service said there would be a high risk of dangerous rip currents along Delaware beaches Wednesday.

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12:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

GOP's Larry Hogan Ahead Cash On, But Probably Not for Long

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has more than three times as much campaign cash on hand than his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown - but it's an edge that's almost certain to evaporate.

That's because Hogan is relying on public campaign financing, which gave him a lump-sum payment of $2.6 million from the state's public financing fund. But, unlike Brown, he's barred from raising additional funds between now and the November election.

Hogan reported Tuesday that he had $2.4 million in the bank, while Brown's campaign had $760,000.

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11:53 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Governor's Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The defense for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has rested its case in his public corruption trial.

His lawyer, Henry Asbill, told the judge Wednesday that he would not call further witnesses in his client's defense. The move comes after McDonnell testified in his own defense for more than four days. The former governor  acknowledged bad judgment but firmly denied any criminal wrongdoing.

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