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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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 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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8:16 am
Wed August 22, 2012

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Shore's Up the Island

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has more than 3 million cubic yards of new sand protecting the Wallops Island shoreline.


The storm damage reduction project was completed earlier this month.


The project was designed to help buffer Wallops' critical launch assets from the ocean.


Workers are now installing sand fencing to help protect the beach from erosion. In the fall, beach grass will be planted.


More sand is planned for the island ever three to seven years, depending on the need.



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3:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Alleged Harassment Ends Berlin Funding of Volunteer Firefighters

The town of Berlin eliminated $600-thousand in funding effective today for its volunteer fire company because of alleged workplace harassment.


Berlin Mayor Gee Williams called it “a culture of intolerance and ignorance...that the city would not be part of.”           


The allegations include harassment of paramedics by both their colleagues and the Fire Company volunteers involving sexual orientation, race and sex.

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2:57 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Delaware GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate to Speak at National Covention

Delaware Republican Sher Valenzuela, who is challenging Lt. Governor Matt Denn in this fall’s elections, has been given a prime-time speaking slot on August 28th at her party’s national convention in Tampa.


Valenquela and her husband founded an upholstery manufacturing business in the late 1990’s in Milford. Her address will focus on small business growth.


Reince Priebus, national chair of the GOP, said he was thrilled with her appearance and said he saw it as a way to tell the nation about her experience as the owner of a small business.

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2:55 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

CSX Train Derailment

A CSX train hauling coal derailed and fell from a bridge in Ellicott City outside Baltimore.


It killed two young women and crushed vehicles parked below.


Twenty-one of the train’s 80 cars went over around mid-night and fell into a nearby county-owned lot.


The two people killed were not railroad employees and were on the rail bridge at the time of the accident. 


Their identities have been withheld.


The two train operators were not injured.   

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2:53 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Frederick MD School Officials Show Off New Bus Cameras

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick County authorities showed off some technology designed to catch drivers who illegally pass school buses.


Officials from the sheriff's office and the public school system demonstrated the school-bus cameras Tuesday morning in Frederick.


The Frederick News-Post reports that Frederick is the first county in Maryland to permanently install cameras on buses under a state law passed last year. The state education department says Charles, Montgomery and Washington counties are running pilot programs this year.

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9:03 am
Tue August 21, 2012

MD Farmers Encouraged to Buy Crop Insurance

SALISBURY,  Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture officials are encouraging farmers to buy crop insurance.


Steve Connelly, an Agriculture Department marketing specialist, told The Salisbury Daily Times  that the department is increasing its budget for advertising and translating insurance materials into other languages to promote the use of crop insurance. Connelly says the insurance helps farmers manage risk and offset losses.  

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9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

NASA Wallops Launch Set for Thursday

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is set for another suborbital rocket launch this Thursday.


It will give students hands-on experience in designing, building, testing and carrying out four experiments.


The RockSat-X is a joint effort by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


The experiments range from an analysis of atmospheric particles by students at the University of Puerto Rico to measuring nitric oxide and atmospheric dust by students from Virginia Tech and Baylor universities.

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8:58 am
Tue August 21, 2012

OC Police Keep Eye on Seat Belt Violators

Buckling up is a must in Ocean City.


The resort’s bike officers are checking drivers at stop lights to make sure that motorists have their seat belts on.


Police Chief Bernadette DiPino told the Salisbury Daily Times that making sure that people are buckled up is a priority because it saves lives.


She called it a directed enforcement meaning that a supervisor tells the officers to take time out to look for seat belt violations.

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8:56 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Gov. Jack Markell At Discussion of Education and Global Competition

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in a panel discussion on the link between early childhood education and global economic competition.


Markell was to speak Tuesday in Washington, D.C. regarding a report released by the Center for American Progress and Center for the Next Generation focusing examining workforce investments by China and India and the effects on U.S. competitiveness. 

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8:53 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn Announces Reelection Bid

Lt. Governor Matt Denn has kicked off his re-election campaign appearing with Governor Jack Markell during a 3 county tour. 


Denn emphasized education telling the gatherings the he wants to ensure students have the best teachers and reward those who demonstrate excellence.


In addition, he said Delaware had under-performed in getting the most from its workforce training dollars.


Governor Markell, who has not made his formal reelection announcement, said he was thrilled to serve with Denn.  

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8:48 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Hate Crime Near Newark

New Castle County Police say they have found spray-painted slurs on the sidewalk outside the victims home on Laurel Lane in the Barrington community.


Authorities report that the incident took place near Newark overnight on Saturday and has been classified this as a hate crime.


Similar graffiti was also found in front of several other houses in the area as well.


 

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8:46 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Beach Replenishment Not Connected to Injuries

Beach In a two year study, Paul Cowan, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beebe Medical Center replenishment may not cause an increase in injuries after all.


Medical Center, found that the number of injuries in 2010 and 2011 were nearly identical.


He said that the injuries come in clusters with 10 to 20 one day and none the next.


He told the Salisbury Daily Times that if beach replenishment were the most important factor there would have been a steady stream of injuries from day to day.   

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8:44 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Wicomico County Council Set to Take Up Redistricting

The Wicomico County Council is expected to take up today a proposed redistricting plan after last night’s public hearing.


The council said its wants to take a look at a Plan B after members expressed concerns over the first plan.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council member Stevie Prettyman expressed concern about the expansion of the number of precincts from 38 to 50.


The plan would also move Fruitland voters on east Camden Avenue into District 3.


That would leave the city of Salisbury divided into four districts.

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12:16 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

RR Xing South of Seaford Closed Until Friday

The railroad crossing on Bethel Road between O’Neal’s Road and alternate 13 or Seaford Road south of Seaford will be closed for repairs Through 5 pm on Friday.


The Delaware Department of Transportation has posted signs guiding motorists on Bethel Road in both directions to a short detour. 

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12:12 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Governor O'Malley to Speak at Democratic National Convention

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month.


The Democratic National Convention Committee announced additional speakers on Monday.


O'Malley has a high profile in the party, frequently appearing on national television shows. O'Malley also is the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.


O'Malley, who is in his second term, also had a speaking role in the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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8:27 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Smyrna Studies Development Along US Route 13

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The town of Smyrna is launching a week long study of the U.S. Route 13 commercial corridor in an effort to shape future development in the area.


The News Journal of Wilmington reports that town officials, regional planners and local stakeholders will begin meeting Monday with the aim of producing a master plan that Smyrna planners would use to regulate growth along the corridor.

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8:24 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Dover Air Force Base Conducts Emergency Response Exercise

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force are conducting a three-day exercise to test their emergency response capabilities.


The exercise to test the 436th Airlift Wing's ability to respond to a major accident begins Monday.


The exercise will be conducted within the base and its training areas but will include local law enforcement and emergency management teams.


Officials say all base personnel will participate and that visitors could be treated as participants as well.

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8:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Hot Debate In Wilmington's Mayoral Race

It was a hot debate yesterday among the Democratic contenders for Mayor of Wilmington.


The Wilmington News Journal reports that the sharpest exchange came over the police department.


During the two hour debate State Representative Dennis Williams called for get tough measures by the city police to curb recent violence.


But William Montgomery the former chief of staff for the current Mayor James Baker shot back questioning the value of Williams’ police experience which he noted “came before cell phones”.

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8:16 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Princess Anne Expected to Okay LED Signs

In Princess Anne the Volunteer Fire Company could get the okay to put up an electronic sign.


During tonight’s special session the Commission is set to take up legislation that would allow government or quasi-government agencies the right to have LED signs.


A final vote is set for September 10th.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Commissioners than will need to revise the rest of the ordinance to cover electronic signs for businesses.

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7:59 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Gov. Markell Vetoes Wilmington Police and Fire Pension Bill

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has issued his second veto this year to reject a measure that would have provided state payments to Wilmington fire and police retirees.


The governor says he recognized that some would be disappointed by the veto, but said payments to individuals could balloon under the program and would not be sensible. The governor added he believes the decision is the city's not the state legislature.

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