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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The Dover International Speedway will be holding a special kickoff to the AAA 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race October 2 through October 4th.  

It’s the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade on Thursday October 1st with 40 brightly colored haulers that will start out at the Blue Hen Corporate Center to make their way to the International Speedway.

There were nearly 10-thousand people who showed up for the parade when it began two years ago.

Last year the event was rained out but officials agreed it should return this year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base officials are helping to make the deployment of service men and women a little less stressful and scary for their children.

The base is hosting an event Wednesday that allows children a chance to participate and experience a mobility line, similar to what their parents go through as they prepare for assignments away from home.

The children, as well as teachers from the base schools, can experience what it's like to go through pre-deployment briefings and preparations, complete with dog tags, mock travel cards and physical forms.

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There’s a rebellion brewing in Rehoboth Beach.

Hundreds are angered by a law that will make it harder for them to build large houses.

And they have handed in a petition to force the town commissioners to take another vote.

They must have gathered 40 percent of the electorate in order to force the vote.

That will force suspension of the ordinance until its reconsideration.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that if there is not a reversal residents vow to force a referendum.

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The Cheswold Town Council has decided to put off an annexation plan that has residents at the nearby Noble’s Pond retirement community along with some elected officials up in arms.

The annexation included adding 245 acres of farmland part of which could be developed into townhomes and commercial retail.

Another portion of the parcel would be open space next to the retirement community.

The town council could reconsider the annexation at its September 8th meeting that would provide for a special election.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration says insurance companies have paid $12.9 million in claims stemming from civil unrest in Baltimore linked to the death in April of Freddie Gray.

The agency said Tuesday that the payments include $11.6 million for commercial property damage. Rioters damaged or looted hundreds of business, and set several on fire, after Gray's funeral April 27.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the last inmates in the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center have been moved out as it permanently closes facility.

The detention center pre-dates modern penal facility standards, with some of its walls dating to the 19th century. It has been notorious for hazardous conditions, including blind corners and dark corridors. It also has been targeted for decades by reform attempts.

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HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police say a man found dead in a car in a Hockessin nursing home parking lot had been shot in his upper torso.

Police were called to the parking lot of Genesis Healthcare Monday evening after someone reported an Audi sitting in the lot for an unusually long time. Officers found 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin dead.

Police say Uppal was last seen driving an Audi with Delaware registration in the Pike Creek area Sunday between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A freighter has run aground in the Delaware River south of Philadelphia.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
 
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell's request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell's request.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Archaeologists say an 18th century shipwreck was found in the Nanticoke River by a State Highway Administration crew repairing the U.S. 50 bridge.

The SHA said in a news release Monday that the crew was removing debris from under the bridge when workers found some wood that could be ship timbers.

SHA archaeologists found that an intact keel, frames and other ship timbers. The wreck was taken to the Maryland Archaeology Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County.

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The Delaware Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal against a former death row inmate by prosecutors.

They say a judge made a mistake in not allowing a videotaped confession by Jermaine Wright in the 1991 murder of liquor store clerk.

That confession had been the key piece of evidence that led to his death sentence but was suppressed by a judge earlier this year.

That decision allowed Wright to go free.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at issue is whether he was read his Miranda rights and that he was on heroin.

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Last night police say a man was shot and killed in a parking lot near a Hockessin nursing home.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was discovered in a black Audi next to the Franciscan Care Center around 7 p.m.

The man’s identity and age have been withheld by police.

The News Journal added that authorities have not said how he died but that New Castle County police chief confirmed he was shot.

Meanwhile, the paper also said that it has talked with a family member who told the News Journal that they wanted to be left alone in their grief.

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The small town of Cheswold in Delaware is bracing for a stormy meeting tonight over an annexation plan that has angered Kent County residents.

One parcel includes Noble’s Pond retirement community.

The residents there are objecting to a separate piece of farmland that has been rezoned for a number of uses including town homes and commercial retail.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that residents say they were never told about the annexation plans.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A fraternity has suspended activities at a university chapter in Virginia after an uproar over sexually suggestive banners hung from a private home where several of that fraternity's members live.

Sigma Nu's national organization said it suspended the fraternity's activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk pending completion of its investigation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are continuing discussions on whether Delmarva Power utility customers deserve to have more transparency on their bills.

The state Public Service Commission was scheduled to host a bill transparency workshop on Tuesday as part of ongoing discussions about the issue.

In response to concerns raised by state lawmakers in 2013, Delmarva Power last year began providing more detailed cost breakdowns on monthly bills regarding state required charges for energy assistance and renewable energy programs.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been charged with trying to bring a handgun through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police accountability reforms are calling for changes to the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Civil rights and police reform activists have set a news conference Monday to criticize the number of law enforcement officials who have been scheduled to testify before a panel of state lawmakers who are considering changes to the law, compared to the number of representatives from groups that are seeking reforms.

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If you’re heading to the Assateague Island National Seashore tomorrow there’s a present waiting for you – of sorts.

To celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service the admission will be free waiving the regular fee of $20 per car.

There were will be a number of activities ranging from an underwater Aquarium talk adventure and a wild horse “Creature Feature” to the Old Ferry Landing for an exploration of the bay and salt marsh.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law creating  of the National Park System.

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In the fight against heroin addiction the Delaware Attorney General want to slash the cost of the drug’s anti-dote.

Delaware officials say 10 lives have been saved this year since the antidote Naloxone for heroin overdoses was put in the pockets of officers in the Ocean View, Middletown and New Castle County police departments.

These included a 35 year old Wilmington man who was found unconscious by his roommate and a 32- year old woman in Ocean View who was given it twice within a 10 hour period.

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Pickets showed up at the Easton Planned Parent office in the wake of efforts to defund the organization.

There were nearly 100 who were in front of the facility Saturday afternoon after a number of undercover videos were released involving the use of fetal tissue from abortions.

Congressman Andy Harris joined the protest.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he opposes funding the organization because it is receiving money for providing the tissues.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.50, down from $2.55 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 13 cents below the national average of $2.63.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.47 in Baltimore, $2.49 in Cumberland, $2.59 in Hagerstown and $2.34 in Salisbury.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Beach visitors guide publisher is challenging the state's rules and fees for distributing information at welcome centers and rest areas.

VistaGraphics Inc. president and owner Randy Thompson says in a lawsuit that the rules and fees violate his freedom of speech and due process rights.

Defendants include the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Dogfish Heads renovation plans in Rehoboth Beach have gotten unanimous approval by the board of commissioners.

The brewpub is some two decades old and hopes to make its first upgrades since it opened the building.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Daily Times that he wanted Dogfish Head to stay in town.

But the approval came after a vigorous discussion over whether the brewpub’s application was in compliance with the city zoning code.

The overall plan includes an outdoor courtyard and a major venue for live concerts.

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Ocean City Boardwalk arcades say the new proposed regulations from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission could put them out of business.

The original regulations were stopped with the help of the new Governor Larry Hogan.

But Delegate Beth Carozza (R-Worcester) told the Salisbury Daily Times that many arcade owners on the boardwalk said they had problems with the Skills-Based Amusement section.

That proposes minimum value and skill regulations which operators say could be damaging.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Seven Virginia Retirement System officials top a list of the highest-paid state employees.

The annual list compiled by the Richmond Times-Dispatch shows chief investment officer Ronald D. Schmitz was the highest-paid state employee in fiscal 2015, with a compensation package of $930,913.

Charles W. Grant was the second-highest paid state employee, with a compensation package of $741,630. Grant manages the system's internal asset division.

Five other retirement system officials earned at least $536,000.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland National Guard is welcoming home about 100 citizen-soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

The service members returning Sunday to Baltimore are from the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group.

The unit maintains and repairs Army aircraft and related equipment.

The ceremony at Fort McHenry is part of the Freedom Salute Campaign, an Army National Guard effort to publicly recognize the sacrifices of citizen-soldiers and their families.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins University, one of more than 100 schools under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints, has unveiled a new sexual misconduct policy.
 
The policy, announced on Wednesday, includes existing procedures relating to handling sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking complaints, and introduces new policies. One such policy mandates that cases will be resolved by a three-person panel with two staff members and one legal professional.
 

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