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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9:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Draws Politicians and Visitors

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The all-you-can-eat seafood festival in Crisfield drew a lot of people including some political candidates.

But the 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon did not see Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who was in Baltimore with his running mate for a funeral.

His Republican opponent Larry Hogan did show up.

Many in the crowd said they looked forward to meeting with some of the local and state elected officials.

And there was Jimmy Sarbanes, who is running for Circuit Court judge in Wicomico County.

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9:23 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Delaware Drug Testing Lab Scandal Hits Homicide Cases

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A scandal surrounding evidence tampering at the state's drug-testing lab is also affecting homicide prosecutions.

At a court hearing Wednesday, defense attorneys in a negligent homicide case challenged the autopsy conducted by Delaware's then-Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Callery. He was fired earlier this month on allegations of misconduct in his role overseeing the office.

The problems at the drug-testing lab have endangered thousands of drug convictions.

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9:14 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dethroned Miss Delaware Suing Pageant Officials

Amanda Longacre
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A woman stripped of her Miss Delaware title last month for being too old is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Amanda Longacre is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. She also is seeking $500,000 in damages for herself and $2.5 million for other contestants who she claims were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they were too old.

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9:03 am
Thu July 17, 2014

No Party Endorsement in Delaware's Democratic Primary for Treasurer

State Treasurer Chip Flowers
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democratic Party leaders have declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for state treasurer.

Party officials said in a statement Tuesday that the executive committee failed to reach a consensus on whether to endorse incumbent Chip Flowers or challenger Sean Barney.

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8:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.

That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.

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8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

OC Arcade Owners to Fight New MD State Rules

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos  has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

The rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

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12:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politicians Expected in Crisfield for Crab & Clam Bake

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat seafood festival is set for Wednesday afternoon.

The event is known for having a strong political flavor. It's also an election year in Maryland, and that tends to draw even more people who are running for office.

This year is a little bit different, though. Usually, the feast falls before Maryland's primary. This year, the primary was moved from September to June, so those races already have been settled.

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11:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

GOP Candidate: Eliminate the Maryland Income Tax on Military Pensions

Republican Candidate for Governor Larry Hogan
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan says he would push to eliminate Maryland's income tax on military pensions, if he is elected governor.

Hogan spoke Wednesday to the Maryland American Legion's annual convention in Ocean City.

He says veterans deserve much better than they have been getting from the state and federal government.

Hogan says veterans have earned the tax break. He also says the tax is bad economic policy.

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10:17 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No State Facilities for Undocumented Children in Delaware

Governor Jack Markell
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says the state does not have any public facilities equipped to house any of the many unaccompanied children who have flooded across the U.S. border in recent months.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Obama administration has asked Delaware, among other states, for help in housing the kids.

But Markell said Monday he doesn't believe Delaware has any state facilities available that could help.

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9:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Tonya Bundick Convicted of Arson in Second Trial

Tonya Bundick
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A woman charged in an Eastern Shore arson spree has been found guilty in her second trial

A jury convicted Tonya Bundick on Tuesday of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. The jury recommended a sentence of 3.5 years and $10,000 fine. She will be sentenced in September.

In April a judge ruled Bundick can have separate trials on each of the 62 arson charges.

Bundick awaits sentencing after entering an Alford plea in January to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa. 

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9:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Eric Bodenweiser to be Retried on Molestation Charges

Eric Bodenweiser
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has decided to retry a former Delaware state Senate candidate accused of molesting a boy more than 20 years ago.

Joe Rogalsky, a spokesman for the office, said in a statement Tuesday that prosecutors will retry 55-year-old Eric Bodenweiser.

Bodenweiser was accused of repeatedly molesting the boy between October 1987 and August 1990.

A Sussex County judge declared a mistrial last month after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict.

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9:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Dover Expresses Interest in Data Center Turned Down by UD

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That data center turned down by the University of Delaware might not be so dead.

Officials in Kent County say they might be interested in the facility.

Dover’s Mayor Robin Christiansen told WBOC that Newark’s loss could be Dover’s gain.

He told the television station that his town was certainly interested in the center adding that he has a comparable site in mind.

But, he declined to say where that site might be.

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9:16 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Rain in Time for Corn Crop

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The recent rains have come in just in time for the corn on the Eastern Shore.

The US Department of Agriculture says the cold front bringing in scattered showers and temperatures in the 80’s later this week are good news for farmers.

And the rain comes just as the corn crop is “silking”, that is, preparing for pollination to create the kernels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the USDA says in Delaware 68 percent of the crop is in excellent or good condition.

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9:07 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wicomico County Council Tables Airport Road Repair

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The Wicomico County Council has decided not to take up repairing a road at the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport.

The resolution would have called on the Wicomico County Airport Commission to apply for a $300-thousand grant from the Maryland Aviation’s Office of regional Aviation Assistance.

Another $100-thousand funded by passengers would have come from the commission to pay for repairs to the Airport Terminal Road.

The county council decided that there were more pressing needs at the airport that must be addressed first.

 

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8:51 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Health Insurance Costs Expected to Rise in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans could face higher insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act next year under new rate requests from insurers.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking average premium increases of 5 percent for individuals who bought insurance through Delaware's exchange. Exact premium changes will depend on factors including which plan is selected. Highmark says its premium increase reflects an aging population, prevalence of chronic illnesses and higher costs for new medicines and procedures.

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8:38 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Correcting Computer Glitch in Program for MD Health Exchange

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland official says a computer glitch with Connecticut's health exchange will be corrected in the version Maryland will be using as it revamps its own troubled website with Connecticut's technology.

Isabel FitzGerald, the state's secretary of information technology, told a legislative oversight panel Tuesday that Maryland is on schedule to have its flawed website fixed with the new technology in time for the next open enrollment period in November.

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8:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gov. Martin O'Malley Raises Big Money for his PAC

Governor Martin O'Malley
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering running for president in 2016, has reported raising about $796,000 in the second quarter of this year for his political action committee.

O'Malley, a Democrat, released his latest fundraising report from April through June on Tuesday.  The second quarter amount is significantly higher than the $104,200 he reported raising in the first three months of the year, when he did not solicit money during Maryland's 90-day legislative session, which ended April 7.

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7:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Maryland Panel Begins to Review Bail Reform

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel devoted to overseeing a program providing all criminal defendants in Maryland with an attorney during initial appearances met on Tuesday to discuss a game plan for developing reforms.

The 23-member Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System met Tuesday afternoon to establish subcommittees to study specific areas of pretrial systems.

Those subcommittees will study efficiency and cost, how to preserve fundamental rights of defendants and maintain public safety.

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12:31 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Longest Serving Delaware Death Row Inmate, Tried Again

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors are moving forward with the case of a man whose conviction and death sentence for a 1991 slaying were tossed out by the state Supreme Court earlier this year.

The Supreme Court overturned Jermaine Wright's conviction and death sentence in May because prosecutors repeatedly withheld evidence that could have helped Wright's defense attorneys fight murder charges for the killing of Wilmington liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert.

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12:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Restrictions on Jetpacks in Maryland

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

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10:53 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Flash Flood Watch

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 6 a.m. tomorrow for Kent, and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline counties in Maryland.

Tomorrow expect 1-to-3 inches of rain that could cause the creeks and streams to overflow their banks and flood low lying areas.

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10:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

President to Make Appearance at Troubled I-495 Bridge

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President Obama is scheduled to unveil an initiative for the Port of Wilmington against the backdrop of the I-495 Bridge whose support supports are being repaired.

The president is hoping to boost private investment for infrastructure.

But the White House initiative also comes just as the president is attempting to get congress to approve funding for the highway transportation trust fund. 

Meanwhile, the $35 million emergency repair of the bridge across the Christiana Bridge has closed span since June 2.

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10:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bundick Trial Begins, Has New Relationship

Charles Smith III
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Tonya Bundick’s former fiancé testified that she drove him to the scene of a March 3rd fire last year at an empty house in Keller.

On the first day of her trial on one count of arson Charles Smith III told the court yesterday that as soon as "the coast was clear", he got dropped off by Bundick, entered the house and set the attic on fire. 

Smith has pleaded guilty to 68 counts – 67 of which are for arson in Accomack County -- in late 2012 and early 2013.

In one twist in the trial came when Smith said he still loved her.

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9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Toll Hike Coming for Weekend Drivers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Weekend motorists on state Route 1 in Delaware will be paying higher tolls starting on Aug. 1.

State transportation officials said Monday that the weekend tolls will increase starting at 7 p.m. that day. The current weekend toll of $2 for regular passenger vehicles will increase to $3.

Drivers of all other vehicle classes, except oversize loads, also will see weekend tolls increase by a dollar.

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9:33 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Small Business in Delaware to Get Expanded Tax Credit

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Small business owners in Delaware will soon be able to take advantage of an expanded tax credit.

Gov. Jack Markell plans to sign legislation Tuesday that doubles the state research and development tax credit available to smaller businesses while maintaining the annual cap of $5 million for the credit as a whole.

Currently, all businesses are entitled to a state tax credit equal to half of the corresponding federal tax credit for research and development activity in Delaware.

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9:08 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Arrests in Protest Against Plant for Liquifying Natural Gas

Protest Against Natural Gas Facility in Maryland
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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.

The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland. They fear the plant will prove a boon to drillers who are using relatively new technology, commonly called fracking, to extract vast quantities of previously inaccessible fuel.

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8:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Tighten Vetting for UD Projects After Data Center Failure, Local Official Says

Proposed Data Center in Newark
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New Castle County Council member Stu Markham is calling on the University of Delaware to more thoroughly vet major projects.

He says he wants to avoid the drawn out battle that developed over the proposed data center that included a gas-fired power plant at the old Chrysler site which drew sharp local opposition.

The University announced the termination of its 75 year lease with The Data Centers LLC with the viability of its plans for the 279-megawatt power plant coming into question.

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8:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Virginia Hospital Association Spends Record Money to Expand Medicaid

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The trade group representing Virginia hospitals is reporting it spent more than $400,000 on lobbying expenses while it was a leading advocate for expanding Medicaid.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association filed its annual lobbying disclosure form with the state earlier this month. The form covered spending from May 2013 to April 2014.

The $400,000 the association reported spending is a large increase from the year before, when it reported spending only $93,000.

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8:26 am
Tue July 15, 2014

A Maryland Sheriff to Visit US/Mexico Border

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he's visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.

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12:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Flash Flood Watch for Northern Delaware

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There will be a flash flood watch for northern Delaware starting at noon today and running through tomorrow evening.

This includes New Castle County as well as Cecil County in Maryland.

The cold front moving in from the northwest could bring heavy rainfall of up to 1 to 3 inches.

Showers and thunderstorms were expected to to bring some gusty winds.

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