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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8:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New Offshore Wind Power Project Proposed for Delaware

Wind Turbine, 123rf.com

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, 123rf.com

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, msa.md.gov

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, 123rf.com

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

Prison inmagine.com

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

Dreamers

Dreamers, thefilam.net

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.

News
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.

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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 Rock X, NASA

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.

News
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

Scooter, 123rf.com

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.

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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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9:17 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Blogger Sues Salisbury Mayor

The controversial blogger Joe Albero is seeking $200-thousand from the Mayor of Salisbury Jim Ireton.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the suit was filed in June.


Albero, who established a residence in downtown Salisbury on the second floor of his office in March, is seeking damages for the Mayor calling him Delaware blogger.


The blogger alleges this raises questions about his eligibility to run for office.


City law requires that candidates must be a resident of the city for at least one year before the election.

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9:05 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Cabela Outdoors Store Comes to Christiana Mall

Christiana Mall, twitter.com

By 2014 the Christiana Mall is expected to see the trademark log-and-stone edifice of a Cabela store.


Construction is set to begin next year on the 110-thousand square-foot store -- the first Delaware location for the company.


It is expected to become a mecca for hunters, anglers and other lovers of outdoor activities.


The Wilmington News Journal reports that gun shops and other outdoors outfitters have been relatively sparse in the First State.

News
8:57 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Carrie Subity Steps Down From Chamber

Carrie Subity, Fenwick-Bethany Area Chamber of Commerce

Carrie Subity is stepping down as executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.


She’s been in the job for the last seven years.


Subity says she is leaving for personal reasons but called her experience with the Chamber the most rewarding of her life.


Chamber president Tom Hickman credited her with increasing membership as well as improving marketing and the organizations events.  

News
8:48 am
Thu August 23, 2012

26th Annual Coastal Clean Up Set for September 15th

Delaware Coast, deseagrant.org

On September 15th coastal residents are will be invited to help clean up the beaches.


David Small with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that people can take part from 9 am to noon.


This will be the 26th year for the event that will stretch 97 miles along the Delaware Coast.


There will be more than 40 locations in the state along with sites in Maryland ranging from Pocomoke River and Nassawango Creek to Ocean City and Assateague Island.  

Politics
8:38 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Health Report Finds Concerns in Aging Population

Worcester County, registers.maryland.gov

A new report finds that the population of Worcester County is aging…and facing serious health problems. 


The 2012 Community Health Assessment for Worcester County found that the top causes of death range from heart disease and malignant tumors to non-cardiac vascular diseases and chronic lower respiratory diseases.


Worcester is still considered to be medically underserved with a shortage of doctors and other medical personnel.


Health insurance is also a problem with 16 percent of adults reporting they have no coverage.

News
8:26 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Magothy River Boat Accidents Sends Seven to Hospital

Magothy River, ian.umces,edu

PASADENA, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County fire officials say seven people, including four children, have been taken to area hospitals after two boats collided on the Magothy River near Pasadena.


The accident occurred just after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nearby residents used their own boats to help rescue those injured.


Lt. Keith Hamilton of the Anne Arundel County fire department said late Wednesday that three children, ages 5 to 12, were transported to the Johns Hopkins pediatric trauma center in Baltimore. The 5-year-old, a girl, was the most seriously injured.

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3:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Derailed Coal Train Not Speeding

The coal train that derailed early Monday morning near Ellicott City was going at the authorize speed of 25 miles per hour.


The engineer-in-training was at the controls. 


That’s according to a federal investigator.


National Transportation Safety Board official Jim Southworth told the press that his team was still pulling together evidence and would not speculate on the cause of the crash.

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2:58 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Deal for More State Police in Sussex County

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County officials have reached an agreement with Delaware State Police on state troopers patrolling unincorporated areas of the county.


Authorities are resuming terms of a 2007 contract that pays for additional troopers to be assigned to Sussex County. Under that agreement, the county pays part of the salaries of 40 additional troopers above the normal complement assigned to the three state police units in Sussex.

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2:57 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

New Castle County Police Academy Named After Fallen Officer

New Castle County Council has named the police academy after Lt. Joseph Szczerba who died in the line of duty last year. He was fatally stabbed while struggling with a suspect last September.


During last night’s meeting council member Bill Bell offered up a resolution and recalled Szczerba’s career with the county police department.


The police academy trains candidates for the county's police department 

News
12:48 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Woman Injured When Car Hits Senior Center in Milford

39-year old Cheryl Flowers was sitting in the window seat at the Milford Senior Center when a car came crashing into the building this morning.


Police say she was tossed across a classroom.


Afterward she was eventually taken to Christiana Hospital in Stanton due to the extent of her injuries.


The accident occurred when two vehicles collided after 10 am at the intersection of Northeast Front and North Washington streets.


Three people in one of the vehicles were also injured.  

News
12:25 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Senator Mikulski to Address Democratic National Convention

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.


Mikulski's office said Wednesday that the senator will lead the podium program highlighting Democratic women candidates for Senate in 2012. A record number of 12 Democratic women are running for Senate this November.


Mikulski is the longest serving woman in the history of Congress.


The convention will be held from Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.

News
12:22 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

MD Opens First Trade Office in Africa

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland agency has announced the opening of the state's first trade office in Africa.


The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development announced Wednesday that the trade office will be based in Nigeria.


The department says it will operate entirely on a contingency basis. That means funding will be based solely on the ability of office representatives to attract companies and jobs to Maryland.

News
8:34 am
Wed August 22, 2012

UD Student Killed in Ellicott Train Derailment

One of the two women killed in the train derailment in Ellicot City around mid-night on Monday was a student at the University of Delaware in Newark.


Rose Mayr was a junior majoring in nursing. 


UD spokeswoman Meredith Chapman said that the University of Delaware community was saddened by the tragic loss of life.


The other woman killed was Elizabeth Nass who was a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


It is not clear if their presence had anything to do with the derailment.

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8:32 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Famed Delmarva Artist Jack Lewis Dies at 99

Jack Lewis, an artist noted for painting vivid depictions of life in Delaware and the Eastern Shore, died at his home in Maine on Monday just days before reaching his 100th birthday.


Sheila Bravo, Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League, said he is considered one of the state’s founding artists.


Lewis was known for his landscapes and coastal scenes.


He was commissioned to paint 10 murals to hang in Legislative Hall in anticipation of the 1987 bicentennial of Delaware’s statehood.

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8:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

DuPont Provides Biggest Corp. Donation To UD Lab

The DuPont Company is donating $5 million to the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.


It is the largest corporate contribution the lab has seen.


In exchange the facility will be called the DuPont Science Learning Center.


In addition, Monica Taylor, vice president for development and alumni relations, said another $10 million contribution will come from a UD graduate.


That would be the largest from an individual who wished not to be identified. 

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8:28 am
Wed August 22, 2012

PRMC Takes In Patients From "Cancer Support Community"

Peninsula Regional Medical Center will absorb a non-profit that specializes in taking some of the strain off of cancer patients.


The Delmarva chapter of Cancer Support Community is closing its doors but it services will now be carried out at PRMC.


Much of the organization’s activities in recent years have centered on hosting therapist-run cancer support groups.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports those meetings will now be offered free of charge at PRMC.

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8:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Ocean City Gets New Communications Manager

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City has named a former police spokeswoman as its new communications manager.


The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Jessica Waters beat out nearly 100 other applicants for the position. The 28-year-old replaces longtime Ocean City spokeswoman Donna Abbott, who has been promoted to tourism director.


Waters has worked for the police department since 2007, and spent a year in a part-time advertising and marketing role with Northside Park. 

News
8:23 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Maryland High Court Modifies Pit Bull Decision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has removed cross-breeds from its strict liability ruling on dog bites caused by pit bulls.


The Maryland Court of Appeals made the change on Tuesday in response to a request for reconsideration.


The court's decision still holds owners and landlords liable for pit bull bites. Plaintiffs in civil lawsuits won't have to prove the animal's prior violent behavior for the owner or a landlord to be liable for damages.

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