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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12:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Delaware Legislator Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charge

Brad Bennett Reelection Campaign

State Representative Brad Bennett pleaded not guilty in court last Friday in his arrest on drunken driving charges in Wilmington.

The Delaware Democrat is facing four criminal counts including leaving the scene of an accident in April.

Police alleged that he was drunk behind the wheel and sideswiped a patrol car.

He could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 days in jail.

This is the second time he has been arrested for a DUI.

Two years ago he pleaded guilty and completed a probation program.

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9:16 am
Tue August 7, 2012

House Drought Relief Measure Slammed by CBF

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Website

The House of Representatives has approved a drought relief measure that environmentalists say will take money away from restoration efforts for the Chesapeake Bay. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush interviewed John Siglin, lobbyist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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9:06 am
Tue August 7, 2012

State Drought Warning for Eastern Shore

Department for the Environment

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Department of the Environment says a drought warning has been issued for most of the Eastern Shore.

The warning issued Monday covers all of the Eastern Shore except for Cecil County. MDE says during a drought warning local water systems should implement conservation measures and residents and businesses should look to cut non-essential water use. MDE says rainfall has been about 70 percent of normal since the end of January, and it isn't aware of any jurisdictions implementing voluntary or mandatory restrictions.

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9:01 am
Tue August 7, 2012

MD Casino Revenue UP

Hollywood Casino Website

Overall the state's three casinos collectively had a record month in July as the Maryland legislature is holding a special session to add table games and a sixth casino in Prince Georges County.

The Maryland Lottery announced yesterday that Perryville, Maryland Live and the Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County took in just over $48 million last month.

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8:54 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Eleven Boats Out On the Waters For the White Marlin Open

Ocean City Website

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City's annual White Marlin tournament is under way.

Tournament officials say 11 boats went out Monday, the first day of the tournament, which runs through Friday. Organizers say the open is the world's largest billfish tournament and anglers are competing for a projected $2 million in prize money.

In addition to white marlin, competitors are fishing for blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark.

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8:47 am
Tue August 7, 2012

MD Boat Excise Tax Could Be Hurting State Sales

The Maryland’s vessel excise tax of 5 percent of a boat’s value could be driving owners to other states like Delaware.

Brokers say that purchases lag in the state because residents go to tax-free Delaware or Virginia where the rate is only 2 percent with a $2-thousand cap.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the excise tax is becoming a key issue for the boating industry with some saying that it’s why Maryland did not enjoy a rebound in boat sales last year.

Maryland sales fell from $183 million in 2010 to $162 million last year.

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8:45 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Woman Charged With Death of Daughter in Traffic Accident

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman has been charged in the death of her 11-year-old daughter after police say she ran her vehicle off the Salisbury bypass while impaired by drugs.

State police tell The Daily Times of Salisbury that the girl was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, which overturned on the southbound Route 13 Bypass Sunday afternoon.

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2:21 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Perryville Casino Bows to Competition

Casino Website

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The casino in Perryville has notified Maryland officials that it plans to return 400 to 500 slot machines to the state because of declining revenues.

Bill Hayles, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino, sent a letter on Friday to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs to let her know the casino plans to return about one-third of its 1,500 machines. The state leases slot machines to its casinos.

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11:27 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Beebe Medical Center Could Pay Millions in Bradley Case

The Beebe Medical Center could pay millions to settle a class action lawsuit in the Earl Bradley child molestation case.

The Wilmington News Journal is reporting that the financial details are still being kept confidential.

An attorney for the child victims told the paper that it means once an agreement is reached with all defendants, monetary terms will be disclosed publicly.

The Beebe Medical Center is where Bradley once worked as a pediatrician. 

In 1996 a nurse at the medical facility reported that he had conducted inappropriate exams.

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11:25 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Comptroller Kicks Off Shop Maryland Week

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Comptroller Peter Franchot is in Hagerstown to promote an upcoming week of tax-free shopping.

His news conference Monday at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets kicks off a series of media appearances around the state in advance of Shop Maryland Week.

Starting Sunday and continuing through Aug. 18, 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.

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8:58 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Anglers Set for White Marlin Open

Ocean City

The 39th annual White Marlin Open kicked off today in Ocean City.

Hundreds of anglers descended on the resort competing for the $2 million in prize money.

Considered the crown jewel of summer fishing in Ocean City it’s known as world's largest billfish tournament in the world.

The event runs through Friday and fish will be weighed each day beginning at a 4 pm.

There are six types of fish to be caught including tuna, Wahoo, dolphin, shark, Blue Marlin and White Marlin.

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8:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Lower Shore Cities Gearing Up for Tuesday's National Night Out

Along with communities across the county Lower Shore cities will be marking the National Night Out.

Tuesday’s celebration of the fight against crime sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch bringing neighbors and police together.

Eight cities on the Lower Shore will be participating this year including Salisbury, Fruitland, Crisfield, Berlin, Pocomoke City, Snow Hill and Ocean City

There will be free food and activities to mark the occasion.

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8:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Occupy Delaware Pulls Up Stakes In Spencer Plaza

The last of the tents in Wilmington’s Spencer Plaza have disappeared ending that phase of what has become known as Occupy Delaware.

There were more than 20 tents that sprang up nine months ago as temporary homes for the protesters who hung in through the freezing rain and the searing heat.

But yesterday afternoon they were all gone.

Occupy Delaware decided to vacate the plaza a month earlier than was expected under a settlement reached with the city.

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8:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Fire Sprinklers & Connector Road on Wicomico County Council Agenda

The Wicomico County council is expected to vote to extend the exemption of one-and-two family dwellings from a state mandate that requires new homes to include a fire sprinkler system.

Last year those dwellings were temporarily exempted by the council.

Wicomico County officials began talking with Worcester County leaders who also opted out of the law last year.

Many elected officials in Wicomico and Worcester counties expressed concerns that those on well water would not be able to operate the system.

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8:46 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Possible Olympic Bid by Baltimore for 2024 Games

BALTIMORE (AP) - An organizer of the Washington-Baltimore area's unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics is considering putting a bid together for the 2024 games.

Dan Knise was president and CEO of the Washington-Baltimore 2012 Regional Coalition. He tells The Baltimore Sun that he's had "informal discussions" about making another run at the Olympics.

Several people involved in the 2012 bid and local political figures say they would support another bid by the region, although none had spoken directly to Knise.

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8:46 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Possible Olympic Bid by Baltimore for 2024 Games

BALTIMORE (AP) - An organizer of the Washington-Baltimore area's unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics is considering putting a bid together for the 2024 games.

Dan Knise was president and CEO of the Washington-Baltimore 2012 Regional Coalition. He tells The Baltimore Sun that he's had "informal discussions" about making another run at the Olympics.

Several people involved in the 2012 bid and local political figures say they would support another bid by the region, although none had spoken directly to Knise.

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8:46 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Possible Olympic Bid by Baltimore for 2024 Games

BALTIMORE (AP) - An organizer of the Washington-Baltimore area's unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics is considering putting a bid together for the 2024 games.

Dan Knise was president and CEO of the Washington-Baltimore 2012 Regional Coalition. He tells The Baltimore Sun that he's had "informal discussions" about making another run at the Olympics.

Several people involved in the 2012 bid and local political figures say they would support another bid by the region, although none had spoken directly to Knise.

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8:44 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Dark Sand Along Rehoboth Beach Shoreline

Rough weather has brought some black sand to the shores of Rehoboth Beach.

It’s made up of various minerals which may provide some insight into the region.

It first appeared about two weeks ago and covers the length of the city’s beach.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson told the Wilmington News Journal that it has only been seen a handful of times over the last five years.

And the black sand usually shows up after high-energy storms.

There’s nothing harmful about it.

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2:59 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Abduction of Cal Ripken's Mother: Possibly Premeditated

Cal Ripken Junior told reporters today that the kidnapping of his mother may have been premeditated.

The Orioles legend said that the suspect left materials in his mother’s garage that indicate he had planned the kidnapping.

When asked if he thought his family was targeted Ripken said it was quite possible the kidnapping was a random act.

The former baseball player paused during his meeting with the press to regain his composure as he recalled learning of the kidnapping about 12 hours after she was taken.

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2:57 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Pit Bull Bill Possible in MD Special Session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he expects a bill addressing a court ruling that defines pit bulls as "inherently dangerous" will be introduced in this month's special session.

Delegate Curt Anderson, a co-chairman of a task force that has examined the ruling, said Friday that the bill will seek to remove landlord liability for dog bites. Instead, the measure will seek to put liability for bites by any type of dog on their owners.

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2:55 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

A $200,000 Federal Grant for Historic Tubman Cabin

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $195,000 grant to restore a historic slave cabin on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Ben Cardin made the announcement Friday.

The cabin, located between President and Denton, is expected to open to the public in time for the 100-year commemoration of Tubman's death next year.

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12:10 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Delaware Olympian Swimmer Does Not Advance to Finals

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington resident and Olympic swimmer Andrew Gemmell won't advance to the finals of the 1,500 meter freestyle event in London.

The 21-year-old swam in the qualifying heat Friday and placed ninth. The top eight swimmers advance to Saturday's final. Gemmell's teammate Connor Jaeger of New Jersey came in seventh and will swim again Saturday.

Gemmell graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington in 2009 and is attending the University of Georgia, where he is majoring in economics. His father is a swim coach and his mother is an accountant.

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11:21 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drought Hits Maryland Hard

BALTIMORE (AP) - More than half of Maryland is in a moderate drought and more than 28 percent is in a severe drought.

That's according to figures from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The figures show 51.45 percent of the state in moderate drought, down from 52.44 percent the week before. And 28.55 percent of the state is in severe drought, up sharply from 19.93 percent the week before.

The most severely affected areas are on the lower Eastern Shore and southern Maryland with the least affected areas along the Pennsylvania border in central Maryland.

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11:19 am
Fri August 3, 2012

DE Gov. To Sign Bills For People With Hearing & Speech Disabilities

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Markell says he will sign two bills providing services for people with hearing and speech disabilities.

Markell's office says the governor plans to sign the bills Friday morning at the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington.

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11:16 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Ocean City Now Has A Song

Yes, for the first time ever Ocean City now has a Song of the Summer.

Town officials say Baltimore-based musician Chuck Conjar’s tune  ”Ocean City Days” won the resort’s contest for an official song.

The announcement was made on the town’s Facebook page where fans were able to vote on the three finalists.

Conjar’s song begins with happy times in Ocean City when he spent summers with his family as a child.

The tune, then, moves through to his adult years and summer on the Eastern Shore.

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11:15 am
Fri August 3, 2012

DuPont Loses $1 Billion Patent-Infringement Case

DuPont has been hit with a $1 billion bill in a patent-infringement case over a competitor’s seed technology.

The federal jury took only 45 minutes to deliver the largest award in the nation this year. 

The jurors found that DuPont’s Pioneer seed unit violated Monsanto’s patents on engineered seeds for herbicide-tolerant soybeans.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Roundup Ready crops are at the heart of the $13.7 billion in annual revenue for Monsanto.

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11:13 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Delaware State Police Sexual Harassment Claim Rejected by Jury

A Superior Court jury rejected a sexual harassment claim by former Delaware State Police employee Diana Miller.

Miller alleged that she had been coerced into having sex by her superior during her time at Troop 2.

Captain John Laird who was accused of the harassment retired in 2007 shortly after Miller first made her accusations.

The Deputy Attorney General Michael McTaggart told the jury that the relationship was consensual.

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11:11 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Surf Injuries Up With Beach Replenishment

A rash of surf-related injuries has hit Delaware’s shores with the increase in beach replenishment over the last three years.

Surf instructor Roy Harrell told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has heard of a lot more injuries since officials have ramped up beach replenishment.

Surfers have made similar claims in New Jersey.

Paul Cowan at Beebe Medical Center told the paper that his review of surf-related injuries found that there has been a steady increase.

He says there are a number of factors including beach replenishment.

Delmarva Today
9:47 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Delmarva Today 08-03-2012

Delagate Norm Conway
Maryland Manual On-Line http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/html/mmtoc.html

The Maryland General Assembly is set to take up a proposal to add table games and a 6th casino in Prince George's County.  Governor Martin O'Malley has called for a special session that must be finished quickly with its work so that it will be ready for voters in November.

Guests:

Norm Conway, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Distinct 38b

News
2:48 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Too Close For Comfort At Reagan National Airport

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say they are investigating what happened when three commuter jets flew too close to one another near Washington. But they say none of three planes ever were on a collision course.

Michael Huerta is the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He said during a news conference Thursday that none of the planes was ever headed directly for one of the others.

Huerta says the planes flew too close together based on distances established by federal regulations.  

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