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.


8:56 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Delaware Democrat Returns Campaign Contributions

Mitch Crane,

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Democratic Party's endorsed candidate for insurance commissioner is returning more than $7,000 in political contributions to ensure compliance with campaign finance laws.

Mitch Crane's campaign told elections officials Monday that it will return $7,200 to several limited liability companies associated with New York real estate magnate Leonard Litwin.

The Crane campaign previously refunded $300 each to seven LLCs because their $1,500 checks exceeded the $1,200 limit.

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3:53 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Suspect in Custody in Shooting at Perry Hall Shopping Center (Update)

Perry Hall High Schoolting, Megan McHargue

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - A student has been shot at a Baltimore County high school, and police say a suspect is in custody.

County police say the Perry Hall High School student was flown to a hospital after being shot Monday morning. Police say a suspect was taken into custody after the shooting but did not provide additional details.

WJZ-TV showed video of a shirtless male with his hands behind his back being put into a police cruiser.

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3:44 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Delaware City Refinery, Second Gas Emission in August

Delaware City Refinery,

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the Delaware City Refinery released 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

The incident occurred late last night for the second time in August.

The cause is still under investigation.

State officials say the company released the chemical into the air in early August.

In that instance it was due to an equipment malfunction that has since been fixed.

The Environmental Protection Agency has classified Sulfur dioxide as a hazardous substance.

12:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

School Bus Collisions in Delaware

School Bus,

There has been a collision on Noxontown Road and Delaware Route 71 involving two school buses two SUV’s and house.

The accident occurred around 7:25 this morning.

Authorities say that a southbound Appoquinimink bus struck the rear of a southbound Chryler Pacifica that was stopped to turn left onto Noxontown road.

The SUV was pushed into the northbound lanes where it hit the northbound Christina school bus which ended up in a ditch.

A Kia Sedona swerved off the roadway to avoid a collision and struck a house.

9:22 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Storm Hits Delmarva

Woman in Rain,


The southeastern part of Sussex County got the brunt of heavy rains over the weekend.

The heavy downpour hit Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk the hardest and backed up its storm drain under 7 inches of rain.

That also resulted in flooding of the underground garage at Brighton Suites.

Another five inches poured down on the Sussex County Airport near Gerogetown.

Lightning strikes from the weekend storms caused at least 7 house fires just within one day in Sussex County resulting in $1 million in damage.

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9:16 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Del. Lt. Gov. Hopeful to Speak At GOP Convention

Sher Valenzuela

MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A Delaware business owner and political hopeful will be taking the stage at the Republican National Convention.

Sher Valenzuela, the Republican challenger to Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, is scheduled to speak about the upholstery business she started more than 15 years ago in a Milford garage to help pay for autism therapy for her son.

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9:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Maryland Program for Energy Efficient Farms

Sustainable Energy

There’s a new energy efficiency grant for farmers.

The Maryland Energy Administration says its new program would cover up to 75 percent of the cost associated with such items ranging from insulation and ventilation to irrigation.

The new grant is named in honor of Kathleen Mathias, the late wife of State Senator Jim Mathias, who worked many years for the town of Ocean City.

To qualify farmers and agricultural businesses must increase energy savings by 15 percent.

9:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

UMES Boulevard Round About Considered

UMES Boulevard umes,edu

The Somerset County Sanitary District is expected to announce a date to consider creating a roundabout and laying out a sidewalk project at UMES Boulevard which would link both sides of Somerset Avenue south to Mount Vernon Road.

The State Highway Administration said that the project would require the District to relocate some of the water and sewer lines in the area.

The Sanitary District would have to pay for relocating the lines in the area.

And this would affect about 40 residents who would have to bear the expense.

2:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

MD GOP Concerned Over Dwyer Boat Accident

House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell,

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House Republican leaders say they are troubled by the boating accident involving Delegate Don Dwyer, who has admitted he had been drinking before a collision that hospitalized six people, including the delegate.  

Delegate Anthony O'Donnell, the House minority leader, and Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, the minority whip, released a short joint statement on Friday about the accident, which happened Wednesday night on the Magothy River.

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2:32 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Dropping Water Levels in Milford's Silver Lake

Silver Lake,

MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware state environmental officials are monitoring dropping water levels in Milford's Silver Lake.

Officials said Friday that engineers and biologists have been at the site since Wednesday, and that a preliminary assessment has found no problems with the dam's embankment. Frank Piorko, director of the Division of Watershed Stewardship, says investigators believe the change in water levels is due to rotted timbers at the pond outlet.

2:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ellicott City Considers Reopening Route 144 After Train Crash

Railroad Crossing,

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Ellicott City are considering reopening Main Street four days after a train derailment that killed two women.

Howard County police said they planned to meet late Friday afternoon with CSX Corp. officials overseeing the cleanup of coal spilled from 21 derailed cars.

Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn says they'll make a decision based on Friday's cleanup progress.

The street is part of state Route 144. A nearly quarter-mile section running beneath the tracks has been closed since late Monday night. 

12:26 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Circus Comes to Town

Circus Elephant, gotothecircus

Just east of Newark The Cole Brothers Circus began setting up the big top on the grounds of Our Lady Grace home for children on Hill Road.

The circus features 5-year old Halley Friscia who performs with a 1 year-old elephant names Val.

Halley is the youngest to perform with elephants in the circus’s history. 

Other attractions include tigers, motorcycle stunts and clowns.

There will also be face painting, as well as elephant and pony rides 1 hour before the shows.  

12:20 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Appeal of Casinco License in Baltimore


BALTIMORE (AP) - Two groups say the bidding process for a casino license in Baltimore should be reopened now that lawmakers have paved the way for the casino to have more gambling options and lower taxes than under the previous bidding.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore City Entertainment Group and Harborwest Partners LLC filed appeals with the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals last month.

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Delmarva Today
10:02 am
Fri August 24, 2012

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Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, PAC 14

"Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption" recounts the 1984 rape case that sent Ronald Cotton to prison after mistakenly being identified by Jennifer Thompson.


Authors Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson.

9:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

NASA Launch Scrubbed at Wallops Island Flight Facility

Wallops Island Facility,

This morning NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility scrubbed a suborbital sounding rocket launch that carries experiments by students from four universities, because of the presence of boats in the Atlantic Ocean.

NASA says the four university experiments are designed by students under the RockSat X program that allows them to experience designing, building, testing projects in space flight.

The rocket will soar to a height of 98 miles.

The flight will last 15 minutes with the payload splashing down around 65 miles off the Virginia coast.

9:03 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Back to School on Delmarva

Back to School,

It’s back to school.


In Wicomico County there will be some clothing changes under a pilot project called the Consistent Attire Program at nine schools. 

The District is restricting attire to polo shirts, oxfords and turtlenecks for tops and khakis, capris, skorts and jumpers for pants.

These can be bought at a variety of stores ranging from Target and Sears to Old Navy and Walmart.

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8:54 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Funeral Today For Victim of Ellicott Train Derailment

Elizabeth Conway Nass, Howard County Public School System

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled for one of two teens killed in a train derailment in Maryland’s Ellicott City.

A memorial Mass for Elizabeth Conway Nass, a student at James Madison University in Virginia, is planned for Friday at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. Nass and her friend Rose Louese Mayr, a nursing student at the University of Delaware, were killed earlier this week when a train carrying coal derailed.

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8:48 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Del. Dwyer Admits Drinking Before Boat Accident

Delegate Don Dwyer,,gov

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker admitted that he was drinking before operating a motorboat that collided with another vessel, injuring him and five others.

Delegate Don Dwyer said at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Shock Trauma in Baltimore that he regretted his actions, saying no one should ever drink and operate a motor vehicle or powerboat.

Dwyer did not take questions at the news conference, where he appeared in a wheelchair, with an Ace bandage on his left foot.

8:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New Offshore Wind Power Project Proposed for Delaware

Wind Turbine,

There could be another offshore wind power project in Delaware.

Researchers at the University of Delaware in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado has a proposal for a test project in the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware’s congressional delegation announced their application with the US Department of Energy yesterday along with a letter of support by Secretary Steven Chu.

The Energy Department has offered $180 million for demonstration projects.

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8:38 am
Fri August 24, 2012

$22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Trumpeter Swan,

BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says the 41 projects will reduce runoff of sediment as well as sewage, fertilizer and other pollution that feeds harmful algae blooms in the bay. The projects are located across the bay's six-state watershed, which runs from Virginia to New York and also includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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4:09 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Del. Dwyer Gets Blood Alcohol Test in Boat Accident

Don Dwyer,

SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - A police spokesman says a Maryland lawmaker was operating a boat that was in a collision causing serious injuries, and a blood sample was taken from him because investigators believe alcohol could have been a factor.

Capt. Jerry Kirkwood, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, said Thursday the sample was taken after Delegate Don Dwyer was taken to a Baltimore Hospital.

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4:03 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

$123 Million Federal Grant for MD Health Exchange

Health Care Reform,

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has received a $123 million federal grant to support development of the state's health benefit exchange.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown made the announcement Thursday in Baltimore.

Under the federal health care law, Maryland's exchange is due to be operational by October of next year. The grant is to be used to continue the development and implementation of the state-based health benefit exchange.

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3:37 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Inmate Shot Rather Than Return to Prison


CHURCH HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities have identified an inmate who was fatally shot after he walked away from a prison and allegedly said officials would have to kill him before he went back.

Police on Thursday identified the inmate as 25-year-old Michael Schluderberg. Baltimore was his last known address.

Police say he walked away from Church Hill's Eastern Correctional Institution on Wednesday. He then allegedly broke into a Centreville home and stole a gun.

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1:06 pm
Thu August 23, 2012



President Obama created a new program that will allow young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation for the next two years.  Delmarva Public Radio presents two features. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided repetorial work on the Festival Hispano segment.

12:45 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Recollections of an Irish Lady

Essay on Aging, 123rf

As we aging there are many people we remember. Some are relatives, some just neighbors. In this essay in our series on aging, Carlton Spitzer recalls an Irish lady that became a fixture in his life.

12:26 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Autopsies: Crushed to Death in Train Derailment

Rose Mayr, School Photo

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County Police say autopsies of two young women killed in an Ellicott City train derailment concluded they were crushed to death by coal from the train.

Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Thursday that autopsies by the state medical examiner's office found the women died of accidental "compressional asphyxia."

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12:15 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

NASA Rocket Launch Rescheduled


NASA has rescheduled the launch of this morning’s suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Island Flight facility for Friday between 6:30 am and 10:30 am.

The university experiments on board are part of the educational project called RockSat X.

Program is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to design build and test their experiments.

The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.

9:37 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Aquaculture Project in Delaware

Aquaculture, 123rf

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Commercial shellfish aquaculture is a multimillion dollar business in states up and down the East Coast, but not in Delaware.

Delaware is the only coastal state without a commercial shellfish aquaculture industry, but officials with the Center for the Inland Bays are exploring the possibilities of creating one.

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9:31 am
Thu August 23, 2012

New Scooter Laws in Maryland


Coming this October all scooters and mopeds in Maryland must have titles and be insured.

In addition, drivers and passengers will have to wear helmet and eye protection.

And scooter drivers must also carry proof of insurance.

They are already required to have a valid driver’s license.

Ocean City police told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are just too many scooter crashes often coming from those who are unfamiliar with how to drive.

9:27 am
Thu August 23, 2012

$500,000 Grant For Geoscience at UMES

Eaerth, NASA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been awarded a $500,000 grant from National Science Foundation to help prepare students for science jobs.

The grant was announced by Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin on Wednesday. It will be used to help high school students complete undergraduate and advanced degree programs in order to prepare them for careers in geosciences.

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