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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10:59 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Twelve Year Old Girl Dies Of Gunshot Wound in Willards

A twelve year old girl has died from a gunshot at her home in the town of Willards.

Authorities say it appears to have been an accident. 

Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said that Taylor Lewis was shot in the head while inside her home on State Street at around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.

She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by ambulance and died of her injuries.

Sheriff Mike Lewis, who is not related, told the Salisbury Daily Times that a rifle, not a handgun, has been taken into evidence.

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10:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Delaware State Fair Wraps Up This Weekend

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - It's the last weekend of the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

The fair, which began July 19, ends on Saturday. There are still a host of events left. On Friday, those include a men's horseshoe pitching contest, a blueberry cooking contest and a demolition derby. On Saturday, there's a 4-H fashion show planned along with a concert by country music singer Miranda Lambert.

Admission is $6.25 for adults and children 10 and older. Children 9 and under get in free. Admission to the demolition derby and Lambert concert are extra. 

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10:56 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Nearly 70 Ponies Auctioned In Chincoteague

Unofficially, 67 foals were sold at yesterday’s auction in Chincoteague as part of the 87th annual Pony Auction.

The average price was just over $13-hundred each and brought the Auction brought in $92-thousand for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

The fire company uses the money to purchase firefighting equipment and for veterinary costs in taking care of the ponies.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during the parade for the bidders several of the fillies and colts kicked up some clouds of dirt as they reared back on the Saltwater Cowboys.

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10:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Salisbury Gets $1 Million Grant for More Firefighters

The Salisbury Fire Department will get $1 million in federal funding to hire 12 more firefighters.

The grant comes from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that because of the economy over the last four years two of the city’s three stations have not been able to hire the firefighters necessary for a full staff.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) said with threats ranging from natural disasters to possible terrorist threats…communities cannot shoulder the burden alone.

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10:52 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Markell Vetoes Loosening Dismissal Criteria in New Georgetown Charter

Georgetown officials will have to go back to the drawing board to update their city charter after Governor Jack Markell vetoed their latest version.

At issue is the language that expanded the reasons for kicking elected officials out of office.

It added failures of personal conduct as grounds for dismissal.

These ranged from any intent to deceive and an unapproved outside job to displays of insubordination and horseplay.

Markell said that such vague language offers opportunity for political mischief.

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10:50 am
Fri July 27, 2012

State Grants Available for Tree Management

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available to homeowner groups and municipalities from the Delaware Forest Service.

The News Journal of Wilmington  reports that the grants can be used for projects that increase tree canopy, develop and implement tree management plans, remove hazardous trees or use trees to mitigate storm water runoff.

Applicants must match grants in 50-50 cost sharing with nonfederal funds or in-kind services such as volunteer or staff time.

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12:12 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

O'Malley Sets Up PAC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has set up a political action committee with the Federal Elections Commission.

Documents for the "O'Say Can You See" PAC were filed Monday with the FEC.

PACs are used to raise money to campaign for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. In the documents filed with the FEC, a box is checked indicating that the committee supports or opposes more than one federal candidate.

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9:08 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Delmarva Hunkers Down For Heat Wave

It’s hot.

Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees today with the heat index hitting 109 through this evening.

There’s only a 20 percent chance of some rain and thunderstorms.

A heat advisory will go into effect by noon today and run through 7 pm tonight.

Hospitals are expected to stay busy as victims of the heat wave seek help for such illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat rash.

Local officials are recommending that people stay in-doors with air conditioning.

Check for cooling stations at your local libraries.

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9:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Wild Ponies Up For Auction Today in Chincoteague

The Ponies made the swim and now they’re up for auction.

At about 9 am yesterday around 140 wild ponies were led across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island by the Saltwater Cowboys as thousands looked on for the annual event.

The crossing lasted a little more than 6 minutes.

Many visitors fell in love with the ponies as a result of Marguerite Henry’s famous book “Misty of Chincoteague “.

And they came from as far away as Cleveland.

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9:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md  (AP) House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.

O’Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.

Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.

The session would look at adding a 6th casino site in Prince George’s County and adding table games such as blackjack.

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8:58 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Maryland Concealed Gun Carry Law Could Be Loosened

Marylanders will be able to legally carry a concealed loaded gun after August 7th without having to show a good and substantial reason for doing so.

That’s the date set by Federal Judge Benson Legg, who required officials to get rid of that requirement on applications.

Maryland State Attorney General Doug Gansler has filed an appeal in federal court to vacate the ruling.

There are 12-thousand Maryland residents who have such permits.

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8:56 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Calls in Delaware to Crackdown on Roadside Signs

It’s a cat and mouse game in Delaware.

Despite fines imposed over the last seven years to deter people from putting up temporary signs along the roadside state officials say they can’t keep up with them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they have been sprouting like weeds hawking such things as pizza specials and fast cash now.

Officials say many of – what are called sign bandits – have been climbing up utility poles to put up their thin often fluorescent signs.

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8:54 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Delaware Urged to Renew Plastic Bag Recycling Program

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Recycling Public Advisory Council is considering what to do about single-use plastic shopping bags.

A law passed in 2009 requires grocery stores to have collection bins for customer to return clean bags for recycling and to make reusable bags available for purchase. The law also requires bag manufacturers to provide educational materials to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastic bags.

But the law is set to expire in December 2014.

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8:52 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Alcohol and Tobacco Contraband Violations Up In Maryland

Violations for contraband tobacco and alcohol were on the rise during the last fiscal year in Maryland.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot says that 196 people were charged with tobacco violations for the period that ended on July 1st.

He also said nearly $2 million worth of cigarettes were confiscated during the same period.

That’s nearly 326-thousand packs of cigarettes – up by over a 100-thousand during the same period the year before.

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12:34 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Ponies Cross the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague

Tens of thousands of spectators showed up this morning as the Saltwater Cowboys herded their ponies across the Assateague Channel for the 87th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.

The 10-minute swim across the 200-yeard Assateague channel dates from the early 1920's.

It was made famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

Tomorrow, the ponies will be auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd.

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12:28 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Credit Report Assistance for Foster Care Children

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are adding an extra layer of financial protection for children in Delaware's foster care system.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to sign a bill on Wednesday that requires the state to request an annual credit report for every child in its custody, beginning when the child turns 16.

The bill also requires the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families to inspect the credit report for possible identity theft.

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12:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

The Mother of Cal Ripkin Has Been Found

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County police say the 74-year-old mother of legendary Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. has been found after being reported missing.

Police said about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday that Violet Roberta Ripken was found in Harford County, where she lives, after being reported missing hours earlier. Cpl. Cathleen E. Batton, a police spokeswoman, says Mrs. Ripken is being interviewed and evaluated by medical personnel, but appears to be unharmed.

The exact location where Mrs. Ripken was found has not been released.

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9:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

87th Annual Pony Swim Today in Chincoteague

Thousands are out this morning for the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony swim with the Saltwater Cowboys at hand to herd the wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

The crossing was set to begin by 10:00 am during slack tide.

Tomorrow the ponies will be auctions off with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.  

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8:58 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Returns to Dover Next Year

The Firefly Music Festival will be returning to Dover next summer.

Organizers of the event that wrapped up this past weekend made the announcement yesterday.

Greg Bostrom, the festival’s director with the Chicago-based Red Frog Events, said, “We’ve found our home.”

The exact date has not been announced.

A limited number of advanced sales for general admission tickets will be available beginning today.

Dover was chosen from over 60 sites.

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8:55 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Democratic Leaders In MD House of Delagates to Meet on Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.

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8:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Salisbury City Council Votes Cut in Water Capacity Fees

Water capacity fees for new developments look like they should be coming down in the city of Salisbury.

This week the City Council voted unanimously to cut the current fee by 65 percent – from $85-hundred to just under $34-hundred per equivalent dwelling unit.

Council President Terry Cohen noted that the reduction comes in the wake of the dramatic slowdown in growth.

Brad Gillis with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce told the council that the cut in the capacity fees will help with the economic slowdown and put people back to work.  

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8:46 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Crisfield Looks for Help On Tax Abatement for Paint Plant

Crisfield Mayor Percy Purnell says he wants Somerset County to share the burden of the tax abatement for the Rubberset plant.

The city owns the facility on Silver Lane which opened in 1967.

But the company, which is a division of Sherwin-Williams that makes paint brushes and rollers there, wants to exercise its option to take ownership.

The company has asked the city for two-year abatements on real estate and personal property taxes.

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8:44 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Letter Writing Campaign Supports Wind Power for Mid-Atlantic Coast

BALTIMORE (AP) - Environment Maryland says more than 215 groups have written to the Obama administration supporting development of offshore wind power.

Environment Maryland says the groups represent environmental, conservation, clean energy and business interests. The letter says the groups are encouraged by actions taken so far by the administration and federal leadership is needed to move away from fossil fuels that threaten the environment, public health and national security. á

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8:42 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Court Decision To Ease Gun Carrying Restrictions in MD

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a stay on his ruling that a portion of Maryland's gun permit law is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Benson Legg's decision late Monday means that in two weeks Maryland residents will be able to carry handguns without having to show a "good and substantial reason."

After a review, Legg found that the state has not established that the public interest weighs in favor of a stay.

The Maryland attorney general's office has filed a notice on plans to appeal the March ruling.

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8:36 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Maryland Elections Board Challenge Over Redistricting Petitions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against the Maryland State Board of Elections relating to the validation process of signatures in a petition drive against the state's congressional redistricting map.

David Sloan, the party's executive director, said in a statement Tuesday the board failed to apply standards for reviewing and validating the signatures.

On Friday, the elections board certified that opponents of the map had submitted 59,201 signatures to put the map on the ballot for voters to decide in November. They needed 55,736.

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12:14 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The Softball World Series Returns Next Year to Salisbury

The United States Specialty Association says it will return to Salisbury to host the 2013 Softball World Series.

WBOC-TV reports that the association made the announcement Monday. The group's vice president, Bill Dowell, says the decision was based on Salisbury's infrastructure, as well as support from hotels, restaurants, businesses and sponsorships.

It will be the seventh year that Salisbury has hosted the event.

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9:11 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Gearing Up for the Annual Pony Swim

It’s Pony Penning time.

This is the eve of the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony Swim that is held on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday every July.

Saltwater Cowboys herd the wild ponies on Assateague Island across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

They will swim across the Assateague Channel south of Memorial Park.

The ponies are scheduled to cross during the slack tide between 7:30 am and 10 am.

Parking is available at Chincoteague Combined School on Chincoteague Island.

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9:09 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Aging: An Essay on a Man Met Long Ago

It's often called the graying of the shore and many of us have already begun to ponder our own passage through time. In a new essay series we explore this contemplation with our first offering by local writer Hal Wilson, who reflects on a man he met a long time ago.

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8:48 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Rick Hoppes Continues as Acting Fire Chief for Salisbury

Rick Hoppes will continue on as acting fire chief while the city of Salisbury continues its search for a permanent replacement.

The decision by the City Council was unanimous at last night’s meeting.

Hoppes has been a member of the fire department for more than 25 years and has been acting fire chief twice in the last three years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hoppes has applied for chief both times.

The second time Mayor Jim Ireton nominated him for the permanent position.

But that was rejected by the city council on a 3-to-2 vote.

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8:30 am
Tue July 24, 2012

State AFL-CIO Backs Tom Gordon for County Executive

The Delaware AFL-CIO is backing Tom Gordon in the race for New Castle County Executive.

He held that job from 1997 to 2004.

He is one of four candidates including incumbent Paul Clark in the Democratic Primary on September 11th.

Gordon said he was humbled by the endorsement giving him boots on the ground to turnout the vote.

The AFL-CIO is made up of 110 union locals with 28-thousand members state wide.

Seventy-five percent of them are in New Castle County.

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