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
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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8:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Funeral Set This Friday for Chaplain David Chew

Funeral Services with full firefighter honors will be held this Friday for rescue lieutenant and chaplain David Chew with the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company.

Chew was died on Monday when the fire truck in which he was riding…ran off the Nelsonia Road and crashed into the trees while answering a call.

Authorities say he was thrown from the fire truck and killed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Chew’s death is believed to be the seventh – in the line of duty – in the memory among Virginia’s Eastern Shore volunteer fire and rescue companies.    

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8:53 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Good Crowd at Annual Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield

Thousands flocked to the 36th Annual J Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake in Crisfield yesterday despite the hot sun.

Valerie Howard, director of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce told the Salisbury Daily Times that organizers began selling tickets from the outset at 9 am.

She said she did not know yet how many had been sold.

Crisfield Mayor Percy Purnell, who was greeting visitors at the tent hosted by the city, added that the day was probably at least 2 degrees hotter than usual.

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8:46 am
Thu July 19, 2012

O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.

O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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8:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Markell Vetoes Conduct Law For Georgetown Officials

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed a bill changing Georgetown's town charter.

Markell vetoed the bill Wednesday, expressing concern about a new standard for removing the mayor or town council members from office.

While such disqualification provisions are standard in many town charters, Markell said the proposed change for Georgetown goes too far in saying elected officials automatically forfeit their right to hold public office for "failure of personal conduct," as defined in the town code.

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8:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

MD Police Given Okay From Chief Justice To Get DNA Sample From Arrestees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes.

Roberts on Wednesday issued an order that temporarily blocked a Maryland court ruling that effectively barred the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant. The order was issued at the state's request in the case of Alonzo King Jr.

King was convicted of a 2003 rape based on DNA evidence taken after his arrest on assault charges in 2009.

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2:45 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Green Energy Workshop in Dover Tonight

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State environmental officials are holding a public workshop on proposed revisions to Delaware's Green Energy Fund program regulations.

Wednesday evening's meeting at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offices in Dover is aimed at presenting proposed draft regulations and collecting input from renewable energy installers and other members of the public.

Officials say the Green Energy Fund regulations are being revised to comply with requirements in the state's Energy Act.

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2:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Health Officials Emphasize Community Based Long-Term Care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health officials are highlighting a new emphasis on supporting home and community-based, long-term care with the help of last year's increase in the state's alcohol tax.

The state has included $14.3 million in the fiscal year that began this month expand community-based services.

In the first 11 months since it went into effect, Maryland's 50 percent increase in the alcohol tax has raised about $68.6 million. It's expected to raise about $75 million for the first year, shy of the $85 million projected when the bill was passed in 2011.

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12:16 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Gambling Expansion Talks Shift To Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O'Malley are scheduled to meet with the city's House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.

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12:14 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

First Sign of West Nile Virus in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say a dead crow found in the Newark area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first reported case of the disease in the state this year.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the finding is not a cause for alarm because the mosquito-borne disease has been found in the state every year since 2001. But officials are warning residents to reduce their risk of mosquito infections by avoiding mosquito-infested areas, wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent.

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9:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Crisfield Holds Annual Crab and Clam Bake

Crisfield is set for today’s 36th annual  J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.

The all-you-can-eat fest will take place at Somers Cove Marina with food served from noon through 4 pm.

Gates will open at 9 am.

The tickets are $40 which includes a mug, mallet and condiments.

Food will range from steamed crabs and clams to fresh fried.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is expected to attend.

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9:03 am
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

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8:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Worcester County Offers $100,000 for Movie Production in Ocean City

Worcester County officials say they will provide $100-thousand to produce the movie ”Ping-Pong Summer” that will be filmed in Ocean City at the end of summer.

The resort has pledged a matching amount.

$300-thousand from the Maryland Film Office for the film fell through.

Lisa Challenger, the county’s tourism director told the Salisbury Daily Times, that if the funding gap is not met then the film might not happen.

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8:55 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Outpouring of Sympathy for the Loss of Pastor David Chew

The Virginia Eastern Shore Community expressed its sorrow for the death of Pastor David Chew this week.

He was responding to an emergency call when the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company Engine in which he was a passenger ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

His engine was responding to a car accident.

Virginia Police say that Chew was thrown from the fire truck and died on impact.

Messages of sympathy have been flooding into his Facebook page and a funeral home memorial website recalling Chews’ life and work.

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8:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Anne Romney Fundraises in Delaware

Anne Romney, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will come to Delaware tonight for a couple of private fundraisers in Greenville.

The Wilmington News Journal cited copies of invitations and sources saying that a reception is set for 5 pm at the home of Michele Rollins the 2010 republican congressional candidate.

Those attending can expect to handover $1-thousand per couple.

After that at 6:15 pm there will be another more exclusive fundraiser that will rake in $10-thousand per couple.

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8:47 am
Wed July 18, 2012

GOP Hopeful Takes Shot At Governor Markell's Job Investments

Republican Jeff Cragg is taking aim at Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s signature jobs investments in his bid to oust the Democrat this November.

Cragg called the millions offered to Fisker Automotive and Bloom Energy…a heavy weight on the states’ recovery.

He told the Wilmington News Journal…that the investments have not created any new net job growth.

And the Republican gubernatorial hopeful said that Markell had focused too much attention on large businesses.

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8:45 am
Wed July 18, 2012

A New Sports Complex For Kent County

A sports complex with 15 fields and an indoor facility will be coming soon to Kent County.

WBOC-TV reports that Delaware has agreed to provide $3.2 million in funding.

The deal was struck at the end of a meeting between The Greater Dover Committee and the Kent County Levy Court.

The economic impact is estimated to be around $18 million annually  with over 300 additional jobs in the county.

Officials say the new complex will mainly host soccer, field hockey and lacrosse games with the possibility of drawing up to 10 major sports tournaments annually.

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3:15 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

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12:14 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Sussex County Council Documents Going Online

Sussex officials said today they will begin posting online documents related to each week’s County Council meeting agenda instead of solely providing the material in print form for the media and the Council leaders.

County Administrator Todd Lawson told the Wilmington News Journal that this would improve access and transparency for the public.

The new material will be available in PDF form by midday on Monday of next Tuesday’s meeting.

Agendas, minutes and Council audios also are posted on the county’s website.

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8:41 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Still A Chance to Expand Gambling in Maryalnd This Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.

O'Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in Annapolis.

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8:36 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Down

The Chesapeake Bay has seen a good year so far when it comes to – what are called – dead zones.

Because of the mild winter, a dry spring and a hot summer not much rain has been around…to move pollution from farms and city streets into water ways.

As a result the dead zones that usually show up this time of summer…are much smaller.

The nutrient pollution feeds algae blooms that eventually eat up the oxygen in the water.

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8:34 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Delaware Senate Incumbent Draws Fire From Independent Candidate

The Senate race in Delaware has just gotten more interesting with the entrance of Alex Pires as an Independent Party candidate.

He quickly launched a new line of attack questioning the health of incumbent Senator Tom Carper.

Pires said that the Delaware Democrat’s health is “the most important issue” in the race and called on Carper to release the results of his most recent physical.

The Carper camp fired back with campaign manager John Collins noting that the Senator has never missed a day of work because of illness in over 30 years.

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