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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LEWES, Del. (AP) - A Maryland doctor is now a Delaware record holder after reeling in a huge bluefish during a fishing tournament.

Dr. Luis Mispireta of Stevensville, Maryland was participating in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament Monday over the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef, the largest artificial reef on the Atlantic Coast.

While on board the charter vessel Katydid about 26 nautical miles from Lewes, Mispireta caught a black sea bass. As he began to reel it in, a large bluefish suddenly grabbed the sea bass and hooked itself as well.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a public defender who represents juveniles to be a judge at Family Court.

Markell nominated Natalie J. Haskins on Wednesday, according to a news release from the governor's office. She would fill the vacancy left when Judge Alan Cooper died last month.

Haskins, who lives in Wilmington is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her law degree from American University. She began her career at a Wilmington law firm and also was deputy attorney general.

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Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon as well as Florence & The Machine are headlining next year’s Firefly Music Festival.

The announcement shocked fans because last time the lineup was not officially announced until February.  

Early bird admission for the four day wristbands is $279 and will go up to $299 on December 31.  

The general admission wristband that includes a collectible pass runs $289.

Or, if you want a bandanna and water bottle the price is $309.

Around 80-thousand attended the last Firefly Festival.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that a 61-year-old woman is the first confirmed influenza case in Sussex County.
The woman visited the emergency room Nov. 6 and is now recovering at home. She contracted the influenza B/Yamagata virus.
Information was not available on whether she had been vaccinated or if she had any underlying conditions that made her more susceptible to infection.

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland has closed its campus until further notice after a student went missing after returning home to Pennsylvania to get a gun.

The college said in a statement Tuesday it would close after receiving new information from law enforcement. The school was closed Monday after a student's parents reported he retrieved a firearm and they were unable to reach him.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is asking federal authorities to stop any additional settlements of Syrian refugees in Maryland.

The Republican governor announced in a statement Tuesday that he is asking the U.S. government not to allow more Syrian refugees in the state until it can provide assurances they pose no threat to public safety.

Hogan writes that he made the request after careful consideration, following the terrorist attacks on Paris on Friday. He says the safety of Maryland residents remains his first priority.

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Wicomico County schools have canceled three field trips for early this week to Washington D.C. and other cities on the Western Shore in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County schools Superintendent John Fredericksen said that no decision had been made about field trips to metropolitan areas on Wednesday.

Fredericksen told the paper that he had been informed of threats in several major cities in our region…where students would have been visiting.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a man who was running from law enforcers was slightly injured when he was hit by a cruiser.

It happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Salisbury. Troopers said in a news release that state police and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force were working in the area tried to talk to a man who was walking through back yards.

Authorities say the man ran when he saw police officers, eventually running into the street, where he was hit by an unmarked police car responding to the chase.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County education leaders are moving forward with plans to eliminate high school final exams, despite teachers' concerns.

The Washington Post reports the school board backed a proposal to get rid of exams in September, and reaffirmed its decision at a meeting last week.

Starting next school year, 45-minute quarterly assessments will replace two-hour semester exams. Officials say this will mean two more weeks of instructional time a year because there will no longer be special exam weeks when teaching stops.

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During a Town Hall meeting last night in Wilmington civil rights activists called for a major reform of the criminal justice system and the repeal of the death penalty.

Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African American males in Wilmington have either been incarcerated or are on probation or parole.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in Delaware of the 56-hundred people in jail last year around 56 percent of them were black.

On death row nine of the 15 inmates are black.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Advocates for the legalization of marijuana and other changes to U.S. drug laws are getting together for a four-day conference in the Washington area.

The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is being hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. It's being held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The group is also planning to lobby Congress on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to pass bills that would make it easier for states to change their marijuana laws and decrease penalties for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students housed in Maryland Juvenile Services facilities across the state are speaking out - in an oratorical contest.

The Maryland Court of Appeals is hosting the annual event Wednesday in Annapolis. It's sponsored by the state departments of juvenile services and education.

The contestants are the winners of speech contests at the state's 14 juvenile facilities. They're delivering 3-to-5-minute speeches they wrote, based on the inspirational poem, "The Victor," By C.W. Longnecker.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are issuing an election-year guide stressing a moral imperative to evaluate candidates according to their positions on marriage and abortion.

The bishops adopted the guide called "Faithful Citizenship" at their national assembly Tuesday in Baltimore. The document was approved overwhelmingly in a vote at the event.

The statement was especially watched for how much it reflected the priorities of Pope Francis, who was elected two years ago.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - About 2,000 former students in Virginia won't have to pay $2.3 million in outstanding loans for online courses of a Pittsburgh firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced Virginia's portion of the agreement Monday with Education Management Corporation.

The U.S. Justice Department announced a $95.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that the corporation used enrollment incentives to pay its recruiters and exaggerated its career-placement ability.


LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities say four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said Tuesday that Spirit Airlines flight 969 was taxiing Tuesday morning when the crew decided to return to the gate. He says that the captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane and that police are investigating.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state forecast expects Virginia's Medicaid costs to increase by nearly $1 billion through the next two-year budget.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov.  Jack Markell is standing by his support for President Obama's decision to provide asylum for Syrian refugees in the United States, despite Republican calls not to accept refugees in Delaware.

The head of the Delaware Republican Party, along with state Sen. Colin Bonini, a GOP candidate for governor, urged Markell on Monday not to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.

Markell responded that former Republican President Ronald Reagan was committed to welcoming those seeking safety from fear and persecution.

Angela Brinkley a Washington Academy and High School special education teacher has been killed in a traffic accident. The accident occurred in Fruitland at around 5:47 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Route 13 and Main street.

The 48-year old teacher’s husband was driving his Cadillac when it struck a Chevy truck with two adults and a child on board.

The four other people suffered minor injuries.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that portions of Route 13 and Main Street were closed for a number hours.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland says its shelter in place recommendation continued throughout the night after a missing student went home to Pennsylvania to get a gun.

College spokesman Michael O'Connor says the parents of a sophomore notified the school early Monday that the student returned home outside Philadelphia and retrieved a firearm.

The college says Chestertown police currently consider the student a missing person. The school is in Chestertown on the state's Eastern Shore.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's in complete remission after months of chemotherapy for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he acknowledged the possibility of the cancer returning and says he'll continue preventive health care and monitoring.

The 59-year-old Republican governor made the announcement after receiving a PET scan Monday.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport is Hogan's oncologist. Rapoport says Hogan will continue to take medication for about a year. He says the governor is in a "very positive" place.

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The owner of three mobile home communities is being sued by the Delaware Attorney General’s office.

The 17 page lawsuit charges that Hometown America Communities pressured tenants into giving up their rights.

The residents of the communities in Kent and Sussex counties received rent increase notices but were offered a discount if they waived their right to a legal challenge.

Attorney General Matt Denn called the practice – reprehensible.

The communities included Barclay Farms in Camden, Angola Beach Estates in Lewes and Rehoboth Bay in Rehoboth.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says Baltimore police was underprepared and disorganized during the protests and rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray.

The report, "Lessons Learned from the 2015 Civil Unrest in Baltimore," was conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum at the request of the city's former police commissioner, Anthony Batts. The report focuses on the police response from April 25 to May 3.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state economic development panel has unanimously approved a request from banking giant JPMorgan Chase for more than $10 million in taxpayer-funded grants.

Gov. Jack Markell and bank officials announced last month that JPMorgan plans to add 1,800 jobs in Delaware by 2019.

Delaware economic development officials agreed to match 3 percent of the firm's capital expenses, up to $3 million a year for three years. They also agreed to provide up to $500,000 a year for three years to support training and workforce investment.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Governor Terry McAuliffe is reviewing regulations for compensating victims who were involuntarily sterilized decades ago by state officials.

The General Assembly gave the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services 280 days to develop the regulations after the budget was enacted. Department spokeswoman Maria Reppas told The News and Advance that McAuliffe has until Dec. 26 to sign the regulations.

Victim's advocate Mark Bold says potential victims or their representatives should begin gathering documents such as medical records.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On the first day Virginia state lawmakers can file bills for the 2016 General Assembly session, Republicans in the GOP-majority House of Delegates have introduced legislation focused on tolls inside the Washington beltway and the federal Clean Power Plan.

The party announced in a news release Monday that Republicans are seeking to ban tolls on Interstate 66 inside the District's beltway. The other second bill introduced would require the state to get approval from the legislature before implementing the Clean Power Plan.

Four suspects have been charged in the shooting of Michael Brown and Keone Davis in Salisbury on October 14th.

They are Jamoni Wheeler, Ryshawn McCloud, Tavian Simmons and Morgan Hudson ranging in ages 18 to 20.

The counts include two each for attempted first and second degree murder as well as conspiracy charges.

Salisbury police say Brown and Davis were hit by a single gunshot each as they were fleeing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the shooting arose from an argument at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's homicide toll for 2015 continues to mount after reaching what Police Commissioner Kevin Davis called a "sad" milestone of 300 over the weekend.

Less than four hours after announcing that slaying, police reported another homicide Saturday night in the 2500 block of Annapolis Road.

They say a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest and died a short time later. Police have not announced the man's identity.

The 300th homicide recorded earlier Saturday was the stabbing death of a 27-year-old man.