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.


8:44 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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

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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2:45 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kimberly Hudson Appointed to Wicomico County Board of Education

Kim Hudson, co-founder of Parents in Action, was named to the Wicomico County Board of Education by Governor Martin O’Malley yesterday.

Hudson told the Salisbury Daily Times, “It’s not about politics it’s about education.”

Hudson was one of the people who applied directly to the state for the opening and was not suggested by the Republican Central Committee.

She has two students in the school system is involved in the PTA and has been an advocate for school funding.

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12:23 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Convicted Pedophile Earl Bradley Writes to Delaware High Court

Convicted pedophile Earl Bradley has sent a letter to the Delaware Supreme Court…just weeks away from a second review of his conviction on dozens of counts of child molestation.

The 16 page letter was obtained by the Wilmington News Journal.

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12:14 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Internet Gambling Could Be Considered Next Week in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the possibility of developing Internet gambling in the state will be under consideration in a special session next week.

The speaker briefly noted the possibility in a memo sent to members of the House of Delegates on Wednesday evening.

Busch, D-Anne Arundel, noted that an important component of the special session will be to ensure Maryland has a sustainable gambling program that is competitive with surrounding mid-Atlantic states.

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8:37 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Gun Carry Permit Laws In MD Still In Force

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland can continue enforcing its gun permit law requiring residents to show a "good and substantial reason" to carry handguns until a federal appeals court decides the matter.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond granted a stay in the case on Wednesday. That's after a federal judge decided to lift a stay on his finding that the state's law was unconstitutional.

The court has directed that the case be expedited and tentatively scheduled for arguments in October.

8:35 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Court Clears Hurdle for Ruddertowne Development

The Ruddertowne development has been given the green light to move forward with a court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit against Dewey Beach Enterprises and the town of Dewey Beach.

Vice Chancellor John Noble denied motions by the plaintiffs for rearguments because they missed the 60 day filing deadline. 

Noble emphasized that his ruling was not an endorsement of the Town Council’s approval of the Mutual Agreement for the Ruddertowne project.

Local residents had sought to prevent renovation of the Ruddertowne complex that involves a 45 foot high mixed-use property.

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8:33 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Jobless Rates Inch Up For Salisbury and Dover

The unemployment rates for Salisbury and Dover were up in June.

Salisbury’s jobless rate was 9 percent up from 8.4 percent in May.

That’s still below 9.5 percent a year ago.

Statewide, Maryland’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent up from 6.6 percent a month earlier.

But that was still below the 7.7 percent a year ago.

For Dover June saw an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent up from 6.5 percent in May.

Again the June rate was lower than the 7.8 percent a year ago.

8:31 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Attendance Down, Revenues Up, at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attendance at this year's Delaware State Fair was down slightly, but the overall box-office revenue at $2.4 million was the third-highest in fair history.

The 93rd state fair held was held in Harrington and ran for 10 days, beginning July 19. It featured a monster truck show, and culinary and homebrew beer contests.

Officials say about 259,000 people attended the fair, down less than 1 percent from last year's total. 

8:29 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Funnel Clouds Spotted Again in Accomack County

For the second time this week yesterday funnel clouds were seen in Accomack County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that around a half a dozen residents called 911 who said they saw a large waterspout in the Guard Shore area late in the morning.

There were other sightings from Bayside Road near Parksley to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Accomack County director of Public Safety C. Ray Pruitt told the paper that a waterspout came ashore in a marshy area but dissipated without causing damage.

There was also a tornado warning in Accomack yesterday.  

11:28 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.

In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.

11:25 am
Wed August 1, 2012

DUI Checkpoint Strikeforce Nabs Nearly 20 People in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say 17 people have been arrested as part of a statewide crackdown on driving under the influence.

Officials say the arrests were made last month during the fifth weekend of the 2012 Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI prevention campaign. That brings the total of DUI arrests made during the campaign to 59.

In addition to the DUI arrests, officials say they apprehended nine people who were wanted, made three drug arrests and issued many citations.

9:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Poultry Industry Calls for Easing EPA's Ethanol Corn Requirement

National poultry organizations are asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to ease up on the requirement that 40 percent of the corn crop go to ethanol production.

The request comes amidst a drought that has – in some cases – virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.

On Monday, the National Chicken Council handed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a petition asking for a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standards regulations for the next year.  

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8:58 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Delaware AG Delays Investigation Into Sussex Inmate Work Release Program

Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden is going to wait for an internal probe by the Delaware Department of Correction into an inmate day-labor program that was abruptly shut down in Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that outraged Republican state representatives Greg Lavelle and Deborah Hudson who called for an independent investigation.

John Fluharty, executive director of the state Republican Party, charged that the Democrats were “clearly kicking the can down the road hoping nobody will be held accountable until after the election.” 

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8:55 am
Wed August 1, 2012

MD Septic Regulations Curtails Development in Somerset County

The new Maryland state laws that regulate the placement of septic tanks will seriously limit new construction in large parts of the mostly rural Somerset County.

The County Planning director Gary Pusey told the Commissioners yesterday that this will have a dramatic impact on residential development in the county.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that under the new state law counties are required to map out four zones with various restrictions.

8:53 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ocean City Ready to Pony Up $100,000 for Movie Production

Photo by Angela Byrd

There could be a $100-thousand from Ocean City for the making of an independent movie to be produced in the resort.

With a unanimous vote Town Council President Jim Hall noted that the movie including the trailer will be shot on the Boardwalk.

He pointed out the benefit to the town of Berlin when the film Runaway Bride was filmed there.

“Its $100-thousand worth of advertising that’s going to say come to Ocean City,” Hall said.  

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this does not mean it’s a done deal.

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8:47 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Medicaid Drug Settlement in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says the state is recovering $115,000 for its Medicaid program as part of a settlement with one of the nation's largest drug wholesalers. Delaware is among 30 states involved in the settlement with the McKesson Corporation.

Biden's office announced Tuesday that the settlement resolves claims the company artificially inflated prices Medicaid paid for prescription drugs.

8:46 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Senator Cardin at Hearing on Climate Change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin is scheduled to take part in a hearing on climate change.

The hearing in Washington on Wednesday is being held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Cardin, a Democrat, says he will co-chair the second panel at the hearing. That panel will include Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources John Griffin.

Griffin is scheduled to talk about efforts that are needed and projects that are already underway to protect communities.

8:44 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Delaware Beach Exhibition Opens Today in Newark

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware's Morris Library is opening a new exhibition focusing on books about Delaware's beaches.

"Delaware Beaches: Tales from the Deep End" opens Wednesday and is on view through Sept. 4.

The exhibition will feature books about shipwrecks off the Delaware coast and legends and local lore surrounding the shores of Delaware.

The exhibition will also be available online.