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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8:59 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Fruitland Ends Contract For Speed Cameras

The city of Fruitland is ending its contract with RedSpeed USA that has provide the municipality with speed cameras.


The City Council this week gave the company a 60 days’ notice.


Two years ago the town hired the company to monitor the traffic in the area of the Fruitland Intermediate School.


Fruitland Police Chief Mike Phillips says that the current system has not been able to get feedback on trouble areas in the city.


The town may look to the Maryland based Brekford Corporation to pick up the job.

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2:39 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Nutrient Credit Trading in Chesapake Watershed Questioned

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The impact on poor communities of cutting Chesapeake Bay pollution through credit trading is being questioned.   

The nonprofit Center for Progressive Reform said Wednesday that a new report finds that even if trading cuts overall pollution, it might still have a negative impact on low-income and minority communities.

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12:18 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill

Governor Martin O'Malley, Website

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George's County.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.

The Democratic Governor says the second special session of the year has created a comprehensive solution to a number of issues that were affecting Maryland's gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.

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10:03 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Pastor Speaks Out On The James Green Case

Rev. Donald Morton, Facebook

This week African American leaders and activists rallied in Delaware over the police involved shooting death of James Green. One of those leaders is Rev. Donald Morton, pastor at the Perfected Life Church and president of the Black Clergy Consortium.  He spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don  Rush about his concerns as the number of police involved shootings in Delaware surpasses last year.  

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9:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Gambling Expansion Bill Goes to MD Governor

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George's County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.

After the House of Delegates passed the bill 71-58 late Tuesday night, the Senate concurred early Wednesday by a vote of 32-14. The vote send the measure to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Voters would need to approve any gambling expansion in November.

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9:32 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Pit Bull Bill Dies In MD Special Session

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure that Maryland lawmakers hoped would address liability concerns relating to a court ruling on dog bites by pit bulls has died in the recent special session on gambling.

The House and Senate could not reconcile differences between the two chambers by early Wednesday morning.

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9:18 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Alleged Waterboarding May Have Been Experiment In Morse Case

Melvin Morse, Del. State Police

It may have been just an experiment.           

That’s latest from court documents in the case of Dr. Melvin Morse the pediatrician who faces charges for allegedly waterboarding his 11 year old stepdaughter.

The court documents were obtained by the Associated Press.

The affidavit for a search warrant said his waterboarding would fall into the area of study he practices. 

It goes on to say that he has written about and/or researched the topic of waterboarding.

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9:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Delaware High Court to Hear Appeal in Earl Bradley Case

Earl Bradley, Del. State Police

DOVER (AP) — The Delaware Supreme Court is set to hear more arguments in the case of a former pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing scores of young patients.

A three-judge panel initially heard the appeal of Earl Bradley in June, but the justices ordered another hearing before the full court Wednesday. Attorneys for Bradley argue that his conviction should be overturned because a search warrant didn't allow police to seize a flash drive containing videotaped sex crimes against children.

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9:07 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Salisbury Fire Chief Disappointed At Grant Rejection

Acting Fire Chief Rick Hoppes, Dept Website

Acting Salisbury fire Chief Rick Hoppes said he was disappointed that the City Council rejected this week a $1.4 million federal grant that would have temporarily added 12 firefighters to the force over two years.  

Hoppes told the Salisbury Daily Times that despite the vote his department would continue to provide the highest level of service.

Despite a 2 percent increase in the number of calls over the last few years the city has not added any extra firefighters over the last six years.

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9:02 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Fisker CEO Leaves After Less Than A Year on the Job

Fisker Automotive Website

The CEO of Fisker Automotive is stepping down after being in the job for less than a year.

Tom LaSorda said he is returning to retirement.

His replacement is Tony Posawatz.

He is credited with leading the successful launch of the Volt.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the latest shake-up at the top for Fisker which has seen a delay in its effort to launch a second line of plug-in hybrid cars at the former GM plant near Newport Delaware.

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3:11 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Poliquin Drops Out of Race in Delaware

State of Delaware

The race for the 31st Representative seat in Delaware will have one less candidate.

Dover attorney Ron Poliquin intends to take his name out of the running after being hit with a recent court disciplinary action and the revelation that he abused prescription drugs.

Kent County GOP chairman Hans Reigle told the Wilmington News Journal that he talked with Poliquin about his decision this morning and agreed.

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3:05 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Single Lane Closures on Snow Hill Road

The Maryland Highway Administration is allowing single lane closures to install utilities for a developer on Snow Hill Road at the intersection of West College Avenue in Salisbury.

Weather permitting, the utility work begins tomorrow and should be completed by Saturday.

Expect lane closure from 8 pm to 5:30 am.        

Message signs and other indicators will signal to drivers the change in traffic pattern that will cause delays.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Dead Zone in Chesapeake Bay Is Down

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.

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9:31 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Gambling Expansion Goes to Full House in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is set to take up a measure that would pave the way for expanded gambling in the state.

The House is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m. Tuesday to consider allowing table games such as blackjack at casinos, and to permit a new casino site in Prince George's County.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday night to reduce taxes for the operators of a new Anne Arundel County casino and a planned one in Baltimore. The move is aimed at offsetting the economic impact of a future Prince George's casino near Washington.

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9:28 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Two Political Families Used Inmate Day Labor Program

Commissioner Carl Danberg Official Web Site

Two politically connected families have been found to be the primary beneficiaries of the inmate day-labor program in Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the result of a nearly two-month investigation by the Delaware Department of Correction.

The paper reports that only state representative John Atkins and his father-in-law David Allan Baker are listed as people who took out inmates for single-day work assignments this year.

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9:21 am
Tue August 14, 2012

African American Leaders Call for Probe Into Delaware Police Shooting

Rev. Donald Morton, Perfected Life Church Facebook.com

African American leaders, activists and community members gathered at a rally yesterday where a 27-year old man came to rest after being shot by a New Castle County police officer.

They are calling for an investigation into the fifth police-involved shooting this year.

Those attending were members of the Black Clergy Consortium, the Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks of Wilmington as well as state and local branches of the NAACP.

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9:14 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Additional Firefighters Not Coming to Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council rejected a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would have funded 12 new firefighting positions over the next two years.

During last night’s work session Council member Debbie Campbell cited a bureaucratic requirement that the governing body approve the application before being submitted.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that Council President Terry Cohen said she wanted to know how the new positions would be affected if the city had to lay off staff members.

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9:10 am
Tue August 14, 2012

MACo Meets Amidst Fiscal Worries

Ingrid Turner, MACo President, Official Website

When the Maryland Association of Counties gathers in Ocean City this week there will be some tough questions about the cuts that local government leaders are now facing.

Many have seen their budgets slashed with falling property tax revenues in the wake of the housing bust.

And they face footing the entire teacher pension bill.

Howard County executive and former president of the Association Ken Ullman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a real tension between county leaders and the state.

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9:05 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator Cardin On Chesapeake Bay Restoration at MACo

Senator Ben Cardin Website

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be in Ocean City this week discussing Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The Maryland lawmaker says he plans to participate in a panel discussion on Thursday at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference. The panel will discuss local and federal support for efforts to restore the bay. Shawn Garvin, the mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also scheduled to participate on the panel.

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9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Ping Pong Summer" Filming Next Month in Ocean City

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An independent movie will begin filming in Ocean City next month.

"Ping Pong Summer," a comedy, is written and will be directed by Maryland native Michael Tully.

The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and John Hannah.

The movie takes place during the 1980s and is based on Tully's annual vacations.

The Maryland Film Office says production could result in the hiring of 90 local crew, actors and extras, and the purchase or renting of goods and services from some 140 Maryland businesses.

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8:46 am
Tue August 14, 2012

New Radio System For Improving Communications at Delaware Prisons

State of Delaware

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are unveiling a new radio system that improves communications within Delaware's prison system.

A demonstration of the new 700 megahertz radio system was planned Tuesday at the state women's prison in New Castle.

Officials say the new system supports communications both inside prison facilities and, for the first time, provides communications between facilities and directly with first responders.

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3:39 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rezoning of Farmland Overturned in Queen Anne's County

msa.md.gov

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation hailed a decision by the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court that overturned a decision to rezone nearly 600 acres of agricultural lands for commercial and residential development. 

By a 3-to-2 vote in November of last year the County Commissioners approved the rezoning, despite objections by two of the commissioners that this would have an adverse impact on neighboring residents.

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3:22 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Calvert Cliff's Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Shut Down

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One of the two reactors at Calvert Cliff’s nuclear power plant has been shut down because of an unplanned insertion of a control rod into the reactor core.

A spokesman at the plant in southern Maryland told the Baltimore Sun that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon resulting in a reduction of power generation.

The rods are used in the reactor to limit the fission taking place among the enriched-uranium fuel rods.

A plant spokesman told the paper that there was no risk to the public but could not say when Unit 1 will be back in operation.  

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3:13 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD Sales Tax Holiday Draws Shoppers

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state's week long sales tax holiday.

Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.

In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday. 

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3:05 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Baltimore Delegates Press Concerns Over 6th Casino

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the Maryland House of Delegates are starting to define proposed changes to a measure to expand gambling in the state.

Baltimore lawmakers met Monday morning to discuss amendments.

They are concerned about when a Prince George's County casino could open.

A bill approved by the Senate says the casino could open July 1, 2016 or 30 months after a casino opens in Baltimore in 2014. Baltimore lawmakers want to specify opening at 30 months after the Baltimore casino opens.

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12:41 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Reflections on the Sikh Temple Shootings

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Worshippers gathered at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin for the first time, since a white supremacist gunned down six members this month. The event capped a weekend that marked the killings. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mona Sigh with the Sikh Center of Delaware about the tragedy.

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12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.

The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O'Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.

The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George's County. 

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12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Delaware To Require Health Coverage For Autism

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Monday requires coverage and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under 21 years old.

The law also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

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12:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-School Shoppinig

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state's week long sales tax holiday.

Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.

In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday.

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10:18 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Second Town Resignation in Dewey Beach

City of Dewey Beach

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The finance director of Dewey Beach has announced he is resigning, making him the second town leader to step down in less than a month.

The Daily Times of Salisbury (http://tinyurl.com/8sypjxo ) reports Bill Brown will leave his post on Aug. 30. He has spent two years in the position.

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