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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9:54 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Maryland Milestone Reached for Cover Crops

Agr. Secy Buddy Hance, msa.md.gov

SPARKS, Md. (AP) - It's going to be a record year for cover crops in Maryland's coming season.


Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance are scheduled to join agricultural leaders and farmers on Thursday to announce the milestone.


They will be talking about the program at Cold Bottom Farms Inc., in Baltimore County.


The family-owned farm has been one of the biggest participants in the program. It's set to plant 2,000 acres this fall.

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9:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Potential Ethics Problem at Charter Business Hgh School

Education, 123rf.com

Pencader Charter Business and Finance High School is considering a contract with a company that is connected to its outgoing board president.


That concerns the Delaware state Department of Education which has told the Board this raises “ red flags” that must be addressed.


The Board is expected to accept the resignation of Vince DiMauro as its president today even while it considers a contract with his Wilmington based Integrate LLC which charges up to $245 an hour for its work according to the state Department of Education.

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9:21 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Delaware High Court Approved Big Attorneys Fees

Justice System, 123rf.com

The award by Delaware’s Chancery Court was $2 billion with an equally unprecedented $304 million in attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs.


That’s $35-thousand an hour for those lawyers.


The judgment was upheld by the state Supreme Court on a 4-to-1 vote in the suit filed by Southern Copper shareholders against Grupo Mexico SAB. 


That firm was accused of directing its subsidiary Southern Copper to acquire a third mining company for an over-inflated price.


That led to the suit by the shareholders of Southern Copper.

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9:16 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Crime Fighting Grants for Delaware

Handcuffs, 123rf.com

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are set to announce the latest round of federal crime-fighting grants for law enforcement agencies in the state.


Members of Delaware's congressional delegation planned to join other officials Thursday to announce the state's Justice Assistance Grant recipients for this year.


The JAG Program was created by Congress in 2004 to streamline justice funding and grant administrations.


The Delaware Criminal Justice Council received a JAG grant of almost $1.3 billion last year.

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9:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Delaware State Grant to Build Science Learning Center

Iron Hill Museum, ironhill-museum.org

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Academy of Science has received a $233,000 state grant to help build a learning center on its property in Newark.


The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports the money will go toward the construction of sewer and water facilities for the center. The 2,800-square-foot building would be located about 300 feet away from the academy's Iron Hill Museum.


The academy's past president, Jim Neal, says the academy will begin soliciting bids for the project and a groundbreaking could be held as soon as November.

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3:01 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Big Mortgage Payoff for MD Homeowners

MD Atty Gen. Doug Gansler, ioag.state.us

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Maryland homeowners have received more than $220 million so far from a national mortgage settlement.


Gansler said Wednesday that 2,825 Maryland homeowners received the assistance between March 1 and June 30. The figures are part of an initial progress report.


Maryland's share of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement has been estimated at nearly $1 billion.

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2:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Beefing Up Sustainable Energy Effort in Delaware

Energy, shutterstock.com

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's renewable energy task force is recommending that the state's Sustainable Energy Utility be involved in an upcoming procurement process for solar renewable energy credits.


The task force voted Wednesday to recommend the SEU's involvement in the 2013-2014 procurement process, despite concerns about ongoing annual administrative costs of about $200,000 for the SEU and its contractor under a 2012 pilot program.

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2:50 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violent Crime Down in Maryland

Crime, 123rf.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says homicides, violent crime and property crime have dropped to the lowest levels since 1975 in Maryland.


O'Malley released year-end crime data on Wednesday for 2011. The Maryland State Police compile the data, which is submitted each year to the FBI.


O'Malley, a Democrat, says the total number of crimes has dropped 4.6 percent, compared to 2010. The governor says it's the lowest total crime rate reported in Maryland since the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted in 1975.

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9:20 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Sher Valenzuela Addresses GOP Convention

Republican National Convention, 123rf.com

The GOP’s candidate for Lt. Gov. in Delaware went after President Obama during her address to the Republican National Convention last night.


Sher Valenzuela is a small business owner and charged that the President has imposed new regulations that have cost businesses billions of dollars and millions of hours in paperwork requirements.


And the Delaware Republican praised the business background of her party’s nominee Mitt Romney.

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9:14 am
Wed August 29, 2012

GOP Delegate Predicts Big Win For Romney in November

Bonnie Luna, PAC 14

Bonnie Luna,, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, says she is hopeful her party's nominee Mitt Romney will win big in November against President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with her about the campaign.

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9:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gov. Martin O'Malley Crashes GOP Party

Governor Martin O'Malley, BioPic

Governor Martin O’Malley went party crashing in Tampa yesterday.


The Maryland Democrat showed up in a surprise visit as part of his party’s rapid-response center in the Florida enclave.


He slammed the GOP’s presidential standard bearer predicting that Mitt Romney’s economic plans would spell disaster for the middle class.


O’Malley took aim at Romney’s background as a corporate buyout specialist saying that the lessons the nominee learned should not be applied to a national economy.

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9:02 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Pocomoke City Gets Grant to Pave Route 13 Bridge

Pocomoke Bride, cityofpocomoke.com

Pocomoke City has secured $10 million from the Maryland State Highway Administration to pave the bridge over Pocomoke River on Route 13.


The span has been plagued by potholes.


Mayor Bruce Morrison told the Salisbury Daily Times that fixing the bridge has been one of his top priorities since he took office.


But he added he did not expect it to occur until 2014 or 2015.


The bridge decking will be completely replaced on the older northbound bridge which was built in 1959.

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8:56 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Date Set for Referendum on Funding for New Delmar Public Safety Building

Delmar Police, road-police.com

The town of Delmar in Delaware has set the date of September 27th for a vote on a referendum as to whether the city should borrow up to $400-thousand to convert the former town hall into a public safety building.


The vote will take place between 2pm and 7pm.


The Maryland Delmar commissioners voted unanimously to borrow up to $600-thousand to help with the renovation.


Delmar Mayor Carl Anderton in Maryland said that having a new facility would benefit both the department and the community.

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8:46 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Somerset School Will Seek Reacreditation From Middle States Association

Somerset County Schools, somersete.k12.md.us.

Superintendent Majorie Miles told the Somerset County Commissioners that the district will focus on regaining accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


In addition, the Commissioners said they also hoped that Greenwood Elementary and Somerset Intermediate schools would be named Maryland Blue ribbon Schools because of their high test scores.

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8:37 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay

Chesapeake Bay cbf.org

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been awarded a $198,740 grant to work with farmers in Virginia.


The funding announced Tuesday from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation train more Virginia farmers on sustainable grazing management and other environmental-friendly practices. The objective of the partnership is to reduce the flow of pollutants and sediments into the Chesapeake Bay.

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8:31 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Attorney Says Perry Hall High School Student Did Not Intend To Shoot Anyone

Perry Hall High Schoolting, Megan McHargue

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - The attorney for a 15-year-old Maryland boy accused of shooting a classmate on the first day of school says his client did not intend to shoot anyone.


Attorney George Psoras said Tuesday he believes the shotgun Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. was carrying fired accidentally when he was rushed by teachers.


The attorney thinks Gladden brought the gun to Perry Hall High School to intimidate bullies and that Gladden did not aim the weapon at anyone.

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8:27 am
Wed August 29, 2012

911 Call Says Lawmaker's Boat Seemed in "Full Throttle" During Collision

Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel), msa.md.gov

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A witness to a boat collision told police a boat operated by a lawmaker was "flying" at "what seemed like full throttle" before a collision that injured seven people.


The 911 recording of a call made by a witness to last week's accident on the Magothy River was made public Tuesday.


Delegate Don Dwyer, R-Anne Arundel, was operating the motorboat that collided with another vessel. Dwyer said Thursday his blood alcohol content was .2, more than twice the legal limit.

News
4:04 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Safe and Open

Chesapeake Bay Bridge, 123rf.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have declared the Chesapeake Bay bridge safe for travel after unscheduled inspections that snarled morning commuter traffic.


The inspections forced the closure of the westbound span of the bridge Tuesday morning, resulting in huge traffic backups.


The westbound span was reopened to traffic at noon.


Officials said the westbound lanes of the bridge were closed Monday night after workers reported unusual vertical movement. 

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4:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

DART Bus Crash in New Castle

Police Car, 123rf.com

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say more than a dozen people were taken to hospitals after a van struck the back of a DART bus while it was stopped in New Castle.


Police say passengers were entering and exiting the bus on the right shoulder of New Castle Avenue southbound, at Ryan Avenue, when the accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday.


Authorities say 15 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries or an evaluation.


The driver of the van was cited for inattentive driving.

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3:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

MD Election: Two Ballot Campaigns Join Forces

Ballot, 123rf

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Supporters of same-sex marriage are teaming up with backers of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in hopes of building more support for two ballot questions in Maryland in November.


Equality Maryland, the state's gay and lesbian civil rights group, and CASA de Maryland, the state's largest Latino and immigrant rights organization, held a news conference in Hyattsville on Tuesday to announce the partnership.

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3:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Virginia Governor To Deliver Rhetorical "Red Meat" at GOP Convention

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and Cong. Paul Ryan, facebook.com

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell is planning a speech that offers the crimson red meat to hungry conservatives attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa.


McDonnell's speech Tuesday night will reprise familiar Republican attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama, notably his "you didn't build that" comment from a July speech in Roanoke.


In excerpts of the evening speech released by the convention, McDonnell poses a choice between "the status quo of an entitlement society, or dynamic change to an opportunity society."

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12:38 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Alleged Perry Hall High School Shooter Identified (Update)

Chief James Johson, baltimorecountymd.gov

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-boy has been charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder in a shooting at a Baltimore County High School.


Baltimore County police said Tuesday that Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., also has been charged with first-degree assault. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.


WBAL TV.com says that his Facebook page yesterday morning under the name “Suicidal Smile,” Gladden wrote, “First day of school, last day of my life.”

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9:51 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Delays

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Traffic baybridge.tv

Expect delays on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge today.


The Maryland Transportation Authority says that the westbound span will be closed for inspection.


The Authority says that there was unusual and slight vertical movement on the bridge last night.


Workers were ordered off the span.


Inspectors are set to go over the bridge during the light of day.


The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge will be open to two-way traffic.  

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9:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Famed Ocean City Bartender is Mourned

Mourning, 123rf.com

Ocean City is mourning the loss of 50 year-old Patrick McCusker.


He was a longtime resort bartender known to his friends as “Scunny”.


In north Ocean City the marquee of the Greene Turtle reads, ”Scunny, OC will always remember you.”


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that McCusker was hit by a bus while riding his bicycle on 132nd Street and died Friday.


The bus driver has not been disciplined or charged.


The investigation is still underway.

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9:31 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Delaware GOP Candidate Gets National Exposure Tonight

Republican National Convention, 123rf.com

Delaware Lt. Gov. hopeful Sher Valenzuela takes the national spot light tonight when she is scheduled to address the Republican National Convention.


The Republican is challenging Democratic incumbent Matt Denn.


Delmarva Public Radio spoke with Valenzuela about her speech and the issues facing the GOP.


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9:18 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Perry Hall High Shooting, Random

Chief James Johnson, baltimorecountymd.gov

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a student who was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school was shot at random.


Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said at a news conference Monday afternoon that officers believed that the shooter, who was also a student at Perry Hall High School, fired at random and struck the 17-year-old victim.

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9:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

National Park for Delaware Up for Discussion Tonight

Senator Tom Carper, Official Website

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are holding a public meeting on efforts to establish a national park in Delaware.


U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has tried for years to get a national park in Delaware, the only state without one. Carper has proposed linking several sites across the state focusing on early colonial settlements and Delaware's role in ratifying the Constitution.

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9:10 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Salisbury City Council Okays Firefighter Grant

Council Vice President Debbie Campbell, ci.salisbury.md.us.gov

The Salisbury City Council approved an application for a nearly $1.5 million federal grant last night.


It would add another 12 firefighters over the next two years and comes just two weeks after the council rejected the grant over technical issues and concerns about its impact on future layoffs.


During last night’s nearly two hour session…council members heard form uniformed firefighters who called on the council to approve the grant.

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9:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

70,000 Dead Chickens Found in Delmar

Chicken, freefoto.com

A Delmar farmer is now facing criminal charges after the deaths of nearly 70-thousand chickens.


21-year old Joshua Shelton allegedly shut off the power to three chicken houses.


Lt. Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s department told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is believed that he may have been searching for a light switch.


The chickens belonged to Mark Shockley and are reported to have been valued at around $20-thousand.


The charging documents say only around 100 chickens remained.   

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8:59 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gun Restrictions in Delaware Public Housing Challenged

Gun Restrictions, 123rd.com

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge's ruling upholding restrictions on guns in Delaware public housing is being challenged.


The judge last month ruled that the Wilmington Housing Authority could prohibit residents from possessing guns in common areas except when they are taking firearms to or from their living quarters.


Two plaintiffs who challenged the restrictions filed notice Monday that they are appealing the ruling.

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