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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WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities say a man kidnapped a woman, fatally shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, before authorities cornered him Thursday evening in an exchange of gunfire.

Officials say the suspect and a police officer were wounded.

Erika Murray, spokesman at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center, says the guard, identified as Lawrence Buckner, died there Thursday evening.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the officer and suspect were conscious when taken for medical care.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he is smoothing out the rough edges in the legislation that would allow Congress to reject a nuclear arms deal with Iran.

During an interview with the Salisbury Daily Times the Maryland Democrat said he wants to ensure that the bill is not aimed at directly impacting the substance of the agreements being negotiated.

The measure authored by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee would provide the Congress 60 days to approve, reject or take no action on the agreement.

Only 23 percent of millennials in Delaware are signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

And that is among the lowest in the nation and 5 percent below the national average.

These are people between the ages of 18 and 34.

Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the Wilmington News Journal that she was hesitant to think that there has not been enough outreach.

Landgraf said that Medicaid enrollment may have contributed to the low signup rate for millennials.

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Sussex County could be seeing yet another development that would turn around 50 acres of land into 120 single-family homes along with 44 townhouses.

The property has been owned by the Protestant Episcopal Church of Delaware in Ocean View.

A hearing was held last night by the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the project.  

The project is located near the Ocean Way Estates and the Ocean View Beach Club.

WBOC reports that there was some concern last night by neighbors who fear the loss of the countryside flavor of the area.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school bill is advancing in the House of Delegates.

On Thursday the House education subcommittee voted 10-1 to move the measure to a vote by the full Ways and Means Committee.

The bill came to the House heavily amended by the Senate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hogan said the changes "gutted" his bill.

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KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been endorsed by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner in his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsement was announced Thursday.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, also was endorsed by former Rep. Beverly Byron, as well as Democratic members of the Frederick County Council.

Van Hollen already has received endorsements from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

He also has been endorsed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue a man who fell 200 feet from a cliff in western Maryland.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that crew members hoisted the 19-year-old into the helicopter Tuesday evening near Wiley Ford, West Virginia, across the Potomac River from Cumberland.
He was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment.
The teen's condition wasn't immediately available Thursday. Police haven't released his name.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Del. Joe Morrissey is asking a court to review 750 petition signatures that the Democratic Party rejected, making him ineligible for a state Senate primary.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Morrissey filed the lawsuit Monday in Richmond Circuit Court. He's also asking the court to block printing of the ballots for the June primary.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A funeral is planned next weekend for a Maryland father and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their home.

The funeral for Rodney Todd and his children will be held April 18 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A viewing is set to begin at 10 a.m. and funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Government data on Veterans Administration medical facilities show higher than average wait times at two Delaware facilities in recent months.

According to figures reviewed by The Associated Press, the outpatient clinic in Georgetown ranked 11th among more than 900 facilities nationwide in the percentage of completed appointments from September to February with wait times of more than 30 days.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - A former Eastern Shore councilwoman has been charged with felony theft while she was treasurer of a local organization.

State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced the charge against 82-year-old Mabel Mumford-Pautz on Wednesday. Her attorney, former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, didn't return a call seeking comment. Gansler is a partner at a Washington firm.

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22-year old Brandon Moore was arrested during the Christmas parade in Salisbury while protesting the treatment of African American men by law enforcement.

He will now have to serve fives day in jail along with 45 day in the warden’s work program.

In addition, he will have to pay $700 in fines.

He will also be on two years of supervised probation.

The counts included second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable lawful order.

Moore is the first of three who were arrested that day as they disrupted the parade.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

McDonnell made the argument in papers filed late Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. It's his last brief before a May 12 hearing in his appeal of his public corruption convictions.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Kent County Republican chairman is running for Congress.

Hans Reigle, an assistant professor and assistant director of aviation at Delaware State University, filed paperwork last month to run for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Rep. John Carney now holds the seat.

Reigle says he'll work to improve the nation's educational system and eliminate wasteful spending. Reigle also says he will work to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and strengthen border security.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says it's in his DNA to be the Democrats' top Senate negotiator on Iran, a role he'll play next week when the Foreign Relations Committee opens difficult hearings on the issue.

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Perdue Farms has donated $10-thousand to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for the annual Project Clean Stream that will take place on April 11th.

The money comes through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and is aimed at funding the annual Bay watershed and shoreline cleanup program.

Al Todd, executive director of the Alliance for the Alliance told the Salisbury Daily Times that Perdue Farmes has had a long-time partnership with the cleanup program.

Perdue Farm initiated Project Clean Stream seven years ago in Salisbury.

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Charter schools could be getting a closer look from the Delaware State Auditor’s office.

The legislation sponsored by Representative Kim Williams was sparked by allegations that leaders of the Family Foundations Academy made personal purchases of more than $94-thousand on the institution’s credit card.

Williams noted that the state auditor already oversees district and vo-tech schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said.

Wednesday's development came after state senators decided too many important issues were being raised so close to the end of the legislative session.

The bill now heads back to the committee level with potential to return for next year's session, which ends midnight on Monday.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of a teachers union is urging Maryland lawmakers to reject a tax-credit backed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for businesses that support students who attend private schools.
Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said Wednesday lawmakers should reject what she described as a "voucher scheme," whether or not Hogan "chooses to shortchange Maryland and its schools."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's top court has found that the rights of two reprimanded Georgetown police officers may have been violated, but since they don't work for the department anymore, the issue is moot.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that a Delaware Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday upheld a Superior Court decision to not erase the reprimands in employment files or provide other relief.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Delmarva Power says it did not cut off power to a family of eight who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning because they were behind on their utility bills.

Spokesman Matt Likovich says the utility discovered a stolen electric meter had been illegally connected to the rental home where the family was living since November.

The utility says the meter was disconnected for safety reasons on March 25.

Rodney Todd and his two sons and five daughters then used a generator for power. They were last seen alive on March 28.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Hosue Speaker Michael Busch have met to talk about the governor's legislative agenda.

David Brinkley, the Republican governor's budget secretary, said they had a good conversation Tuesday, though no assurances were given by the speaker. Brinkley says there's still time to make progress.

Hogan is not happy about the lack of progress on his tax-relief proposals. His push to provide tax credits for businesses that donate to private schools also is a tough sell in the House of Delegates.

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Delmarva Power customers could be seeing a $40 million one-time credit on their utility bills in the near future.

It’s part of a concession in the proposed $6.8 billion  Exelon-Pepco Holdings merger.

The money would be the result of the two companies bringing their operations together.

The credit is an alternative to a larger credit that would have been spread out over a decade.

The deal also appears to give a boost to renewable energy.

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The huge Viking statue that looked out over Chincoteague Pony Swim Lane is no more.

It had stood for three decades.

But it came down with the sale of the land it once sat on.

It stood 23-feet tall and was made out of fiberglass.

The statue had recently been recently restored after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

There is no word on the fate of the statue.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the new owner is said to not want the Viking or any of the other things that were on the property.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill establishing deadlines for the adoption and implementation of fracking regulations is making its way through the General Assembly.

Maryland Senators on Tuesday voted 45-2 in favor of a House version of the bill, which also stops the issuing of hydraulic fracturing drilling permits until October 2017.

The Senate approved its own version of the bill on Monday night, also in a 45-2 vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They delivered more than 5,000 signatures to the governor Tuesday demanding that he rescind his support of the $5 billion project.

McAuliffe supports the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline and has called it a "game changer" that would bring deliver cheap natural gas and jobs. Opponents say the pipeline will hurt the environment and property values.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation next month.

The academy announced Tuesday that Biden will address the class of 2015 at the school's commencement, which is scheduled for May 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

About 1,000 students will graduate from the academy this year and become commissioned as officers. Many will be commissioned as Navy ensigns, and others will be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Biden spoke at the academy's graduation in 2010.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will endorse Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Baker is expected to announce his endorsement Wednesday at a news conference Wednesday in Colmar Manor.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is running for the Senate seat currently held by Barbara Mikulski, who will retire. He has raised more than $1 million for his campaign.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Texas energy company says it's shelving plans for a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid opposition from state and federal lawmakers concerned about protecting jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.
Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to "unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks." Vice President Adam Cohen cited U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's efforts to stall the project pending further study.

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters in the town of Blades have elected a new mayor.

Voters elected Robert Atkinson to the post on Monday. Current Mayor Michael Smith did not seek re-election.
Atkinson got 52 votes to beat David Ruff, who got 36 votes, and John Reiss, who got 15 votes.
The town will swear-in Atkinson and Councilmen-elect Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph at the town council meeting next week.