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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8:42 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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8:27 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Marine Institute Gets Renewal of Contract from Delaware

Delaware State officials are renewing a contract with the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute to deal with large ocean-going animals who beach themselves on the state’s shores.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control withheld new funding for eight months because it was concerned that the non-profit had violated the terms of its federal grant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this led to the organization’s executive director to work without pay since March.

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8:25 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Maryland Officials Seek Public Input on Hunting in Lower Eastern Shore

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is seeking the public's input on proposed changes to hunting areas in the Chesapeake Forests on the lower Eastern Shore.

The department says it is accepting public comments until Aug. 11 on the changes proposed for the 2012-2013 hunting season. DNR owns the Chesapeake Forests, which cover nearly 67,000 acres in six lower Eastern Shore counties. The proposed changes affect more than 7,800 acres.

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8:22 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Property Tax Bills Go Out in New Castle County

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — New Castle County residents should soon see property tax bills.

The county is sending bills this week for property taxes due Oct. 1.

WDEL-AM reports that county property taxes did not go up this year, but owners could see increases in state school taxes, which will appear on the same bill.

Residents who property taxes aren't include in their mortgage payments who don't get a bill by Aug. 10 should call 302-323-2600.

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8:16 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Mental Health Reform Measures Signed Into Law In Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill that reforms Delaware's emergency mental health system is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell signed a measure Tuesday changing the way emergency mental health screenings are conducted as part of an effort to avoid unnecessary involuntary detentions.

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12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Lower Waste Water Bills for Sussex County Customers

(AP) Tens of thousands of public waste water customers in Sussex County are seeing savings in their bills this summer.

The county says that's because it refinanced more than $61 million in construction debt.

It says the savings are being turned over to residents in the form of lower assessments, beginning with quarterly and annual this summer going out this month.

The annual savings will range from $3 to $73 per customer. The savings will affect nearly 56,500 customers.

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9:13 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Thousands to Gather for Annual Pony Swim

They’re back.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Chincoteague Island for the 87th annual Pony Penning.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company sponsors the event which will see the Chincoteague ponies cross the Assateague Channel this Wednesday.

The following day they will be auctioned off to raise money for the firefighters.

Spectators will gather at the Pony Swim Lane and Memorial Park to watch the ponies to make the swim which will take three to five minutes.

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9:11 am
Mon July 23, 2012

PRMC Among Best Hospitals in Nation

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been rated among the best hospitals in the country and the best regional hospital on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

That’s according to US News and World Report.

The magazine named PRMC the Most Connected Hospital for its use of technology for patient support.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that earlier this year the publication gave PRMC’s Transitional Care Unit a 5-Star Rating.

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9:08 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Salisbury City Council Considers Cut in Water Capacity Fee

The Salisbury City Council is expected to begin voting tonight on a plan to cut the water capacity fee by as much as 65 percent.

That would put it at around $38-thousand down from the current $85-hundred dollars.

Under the proposal by Mayor Jim Ireton that would make it the second most attractive municipality in Maryland for a developer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that advisers have told the Salisbury City Council there could be legal implications if the capacity fees do not reflect upcoming projects.

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9:05 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Princess Anne LED Sign Dispute In Talks

Princess Anne officials and the fire department are finally talking about the fire company’s proposal for an LED sign.

Last week both sides got together with a facilitator.

Earlier this year the fire department filed an application for the sign but that was rejected by the town because the municipality did not have any specific regulations for LED’s.

The town then imposed a 120-day moratorium on signs to give it time to research and review the issue.

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9:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Worcester County Says State Environmental Requirements Too Costly

Worcester county officials say the state’s environmental plans to reduce water pollution are just too costly and could require more staffing than the County can provide.

State of Maryland wants more than 570 acres of impervious surfaces like streets or parking to be removed while installing hundreds of acres of filtering strips and forest buffers.

In addition, it would require upgrading nearly 2-thousand septic tanks.

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8:58 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Brings Thousands to Dover

The Firefly Music Festival rolled through Dover this weekend attended by around 30-thousand fans.

As the festival closed out Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the The Flaming Lips, told the crowd, “This is a really special thing you’ve got here.”

But will it be back?

Lauren Shield with the festival planned by Chicago’s Red Frog Events told the Wilmington News Journal, “No confirmation, but we’ve had  a good year."

The sun final set yesterday with the Black Keys giving the final performance of the weekend.

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3:26 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Delaware Police Beef Up Presence At Movie Theaters After Shooting in Colorado

With the shooting in a Colorado theater during the showing of the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 people dead and dozens injured Delaware police say they are stepping up their presence at movie theaters with more patrols.

At some of the larger movie theaters in the state police currently have special-duty troopers assigned and contracted by management  for peak hours and big events.

Sgt. Paul Shavack says police are trying to raise the confidence and comfort levels of the movie patrons by increasing law enforcement capabilities.

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3:24 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Firefly Music Festival Gets Underway In Dover

The Firefly Music Festival got underway in Dover this afternoon opened to the sounds of Turf War band.

This weekend features 47 bands at 4 separate venues.

The three day tidal wave of sound ranges from indie rock and hip hop, to country, soul and blues.

20-thousand to 30-thousand fans are expected to finally show up from across the country.

Vacant rooms are scarce as rock fans overtake Dover for the biggest music event in Delaware history.

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3:23 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

$847, 000 Awarded For Delaware Groups Who Help Vets

Delaware nonprofit groups that provide shelter and other services to military veterans have been awarded an $847,000 federal grant.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs will allow several groups to expand their programs.

David Mosley, director of the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, says he plans to add staff and possibly expand his 10-bed shelter.

The grant is also being shared with the People's Place, a Milford-based aid provider that offers career and mental health counseling and other services.

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12:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

NASA Delays Saturday Launch

There will be no rocket launch from Wallops Island Flight Facility tomorrow.

NASA managers have scrubbed the launch and it is being rescheduled no earlier than Sunday.

The agency is testing an inflatable heat shield technology.

The one day delay is to allow for additional testing of vehicle launch systems.

NASA has three consecutive days for a launch with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.

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10:01 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Name of Berlin Plane Crash Victim Released

Police have identified 23-year old Garett Colona of Rhosedale who was killed in a plane crash outside the town of Berlin.

He was the pilot and only occupant of a banner plane.

Witnesses say that the fixed-wing Piper Super Cub appeared to have engine trouble and hit a tree before crashing into the ground.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the plane went down on the grounds of the now defunct Beach Club Golf Links off of Deer Park road.   

Authorities say that the pilot was dropping off one banner to pick up another one.

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9:20 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Heatwave Hits Georgetown

The heat wave has hit with a vengeance.

In Georgetown the average high this month has been 93.4 degrees as of Wednesday with 12 days above 90.

There have also been four 100-plus degree days this summer twice this month and twice in June.

Hospitals are dealing with the heat-related illnesses which can include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat-related rash.

The most at risk are the very young and the elderly.

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9:13 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Good Scores For Delaware Students

Good news for Delaware students.

Around 10-thousand more students in Delaware achieved proficiency in reading last year while 9-thousand more scored proficient in math.

That’s according to the statewide assessments made public yesterday by the Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy.

Overall, grades 3 through 10 showed that 73 percent were proficient in read, while 72 percent of students were proficient in math.

The Wilmington News Journal reports no one can say with certainty why the scores went up.

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9:10 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Top Salisbury Officials Gathered For Bateman Street Ground Breaking

The Mayor of Salisbury Jim Ireton, Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach band Eastern Shore Delegate Norm Conway dug their shiny shovels into the direct for a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the upgrades on Bateman and Street and Onley Road.

The initiative between the City and the University will make Bateman Street one-way west bound.

In addition there will be sidewalks and a bike path along Bateman.

And there will be a signal at Onley Road and South Division Street.

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9:07 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Delaware Attorney General Asked to Investigate Sussex County Inmate Work Program

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are asking Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to investigate whether an inmate work program violated state law.

Reps. Greg Lavelle and Deborah Hudson wrote to Biden on Thursday expressing concerns about a day labor program in Sussex County.

The letter was sent after the U.S. Attorney for Delaware declined a similar request by state GOP Chairman John Sigler for an investigation, saying Sigler should contact the FBI with any concerns.

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9:04 am
Fri July 20, 2012

AAA Rating For Maryland Bonds

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's treasurer says all three bond rating agencies have affirmed the state's triple-A bond rating.

Treasurer Nancy Kopp made the announcement on Thursday, as the ratings were made before an upcoming retail sale of general obligation bonds on Aug. 1.

The offering will include the direct retail sale of about $75 million of bonds with first priority to residents.

The retail bond sale begins July 27 and will likely end on July 30.

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9:09 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Bateman Street Groundbreaking Ceremony Today

It is finally going to come to pass.

At 11 am this morning the City of Salisbury will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for a change on Bateman Street.

Last week the City Council unanimously approved plans to make Bateman Street one-way for westbound traffic between South Division and Wayne streets.

Mayor Jim Ireton praised the work and generosity of Salisbury University as well as the Salisbury Public Works Department.

Salisbury University contributed $180-thousand to the $280-thousand cost of the initiative in partnership with the City of Salisbury. 

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9:06 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Possible Albero Mayoral Run Examined

Joe Albero may not have announced officially, but already he is getting scrutiny for an expected run for Mayor of Salisbury.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at this controversial blogger's ideas for the city and his clashes with local leaders. 

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