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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12:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Private Jet Hits House in Montgomery County

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed.
 
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says preliminary information indicates at least three people were on board and didn't survive the Monday crash into home in Gaithersburg, a Washington, D.C. suburb.
 

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9:32 am
Mon December 8, 2014

MD Death Row Inmate Seeks to Overturn Law

Jody Lee Miles
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorneys for a man on Maryland's death row will argue before an appeals court that his sentence is illegal because the state no longer has a death penalty.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that lawyers for Jody Lee Miles, who has been on death row since 1998, will argue before the Court of Special Appeals on Monday that the state lacks the authority to execute Miles and will ask for a new sentence that includes the possibility of parole.

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9:24 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Princess Anne Commissioners Faces Assault Charges

Princess Anne Town Commissioner Lionel Frederick
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Princess Anne town commissioner Lionel Frederick is set to show up in court today to face four counts of second-degree assault.

The charges against the 23-year old stem from two different criminal cases.

One incident involved allegations that Frederick assaulted Marquis Cotton with mace and chased him with his van on September 21st.

In addition, since late October Frederick has been facing allegations that he assaulted Terrell Hayman on either September 19th or 20th.  

Hayman alleges that Frederick tried to run him and a friend down three times.

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9:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Get Low Emission Engines

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a federal grant aimed at helping Delaware reduce air emissions from diesel engines.

Gov. Jack Markell will join all three members of Delaware's congressional delegation in Lewes on Monday to announce the $975,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials say the Delaware River and Bay Authority will use the money to upgrade the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with low-emission marine propulsion engines in order to reduce toxic air emissions.

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9:15 am
Mon December 8, 2014

3 Arrested in Protest During Salisbury Christmas Parade

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Three men protesting the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri were arrested on Maryland's Eastern shore just as an annual Christmas parade was about to start.

About 50 protesters marched from a middle school to the parade route in Salisbury on Sunday. Some of the protesters then linked arms and blocked the parade route.

After ignoring police orders to move to the sidewalk, officers wrestled two men to the ground and handcuffed them. A third was handcuffed nearby.

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9:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Wilmington Police Get Reminder of Ferguson

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - It wasn't exactly a warm welcome, this sharp-edged statement from a spirited 13-year-old girl.

"I don't like po po," Jekerah Haymes said, using the same street term for police that actor Tyler Perry's Madea character uses in the film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

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12:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Essay: Room to Be

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In this high information world we live in, there is hardly room to think and breathe. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we need a place to contemplate and embrace life. For him, that place is the Eastern Shore. 

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10:04 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Spending Freeze for Most Maryland Public Universities

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Spending freezes are now in place at the majority of Maryland's public universities as they prepare for a projected $900 million state budget shortfall over two years.

The Daily Record reports that more than half a dozen universities in the state confirmed Thursday that they have implemented various spending restrictions, including hiring freezes, salary freezes, travel restrictions, and delays of equipment purchases and facility renewal projects.

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9:59 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Culver Defends School Bond Cut

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver (R)
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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has been explaining why he decided to cut $1.25 million bond from the county’s capital improvement budget.

Culver said that he made his decision after speaking with Governor Elect Larry Hogan at his swearing in ceremony.

He said that given the fiscal situation in Annapolis he had to be prudent to put the project on hold until such time as the county knows what kind of state money it would be receiving.

Still, Melva Wright, who is in her 11th year as principal of West Salisbury Elementary, told WBOC that she was disappointed.

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9:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Hogan Visits Controversial Frederick County Sheriff

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is celebrating the re-election of a county sheriff known for his tough approach to undocumented immigration and drug trafficking.

Hogan is scheduled to speak Friday at the swearing-in ceremony in Frederick for Frederick County sheriff and fellow Republican Chuck Jenkins.

Jenkins has embraced federal programs allowing local police to enforce immigration laws.

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9:43 am
Fri December 5, 2014

SU Students Protest Grand Jury Decision in Garner Case

Eric Garner Arrest
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Hundreds of Salisbury University students stood quietly yesterday -- many of them wearing black.

They were protesting the decision by a New York City grand jury not to indict a white police officer whose chokehold was involved in the death of Eric Garner.

The campus NAACP rallied against what the students see as a pattern of police brutality against black suspects like Garner.

Alexis Lee, a historian for the student NAACP, said 24 black men and women have experienced similar fates since 1999.

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9:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

National Park for Harriet Tubman in Defense Bill

Harriet Tubman
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A provision in a defense bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland.

The House approved the measure Thursday. It now heads to the Senate where passage is expected next week.

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9:32 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Nearly $1 Million in O'Malley Political Action Committee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has about $938,000 in cash on hand for his political action committee as he weighs running for president.

O'Malley filed his latest fundraising report Thursday for his PAC.

The governor reported raising a total of $581,550 in a federal account and a non-federal account for the period, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 24.

He raised about $458,722 for his non-federal account and spent about $350,447 during the period. O'Malley raised about $122,825 in his federal account and spent about $48,051.

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9:28 am
Fri December 5, 2014

More People Signing Up for Health Care in Delaware

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Delaware state officials say they are making progress signing up residents for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

They say they have seen 209 sign ups and plan renewals in the first two weeks of open enrollment.

Health Secretary Rita Landgraf said yesterday that people are coming in and are highly motivated.

Landgraf says that preliminary surveys from the statewide marketplace guides and agents say the interest is there.

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9:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Virginia Panel Votes Review of Abortion Clinic Regulations

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia's hotly debated abortion clinic regulations.

The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration.

Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has recommended that the board amend the regulations.

The affirmative vote would start a regulatory process that could take up to two years.

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11:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Gas Leak Forces School Evacuations in Princess Anne

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Around 800 students were evacuated from two Princess Anne elementary schools early today.

Students at the Princess Anne and Greenwood elementary schools were taken away at 9:30 a.m. after a gas leak was discovered in the area.  

They were bused to Washington Academy and High School.

The gas leak is in the vicinity of the Greenwood community and fire officials decided to evacuation as a precaution.

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11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Liquor Price Hikes Delayed in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups.
 
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to delay and change the pricing adjustments. The adjustments are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget.
 
Last month, the board approved plans to raise prices on miniature bottles and double the $1 case handling fee. Those hikes are being delayed until Dec. 16.
 

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10:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Damage at Wallops Flight Facility Takes Year to Repair

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority says repairs to its launch pad on Wallops Island will likely take a year.

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10:42 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Wicomico Executive Slashes Construction Bond for Elementary School

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver (R)
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At this week’s county council meeting Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver cut bond funding for the construction of a new West Salisbury Elementary School from the county’s capital improvement budget.

The newly elected Republican slashed the $1.25 million bond from the plan along with a $1.8 million bond for construction of the Westside Collector Road and another $1 million from improvements for the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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10:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Salisbury Firefighters Brought Back to Fill in Part Time

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Most of the firefighters in Salisbury who lost their jobs when a federal grant ran out last week have been brought back – part time.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the 10 will be used to fill in the schedule as needed.

They will be paid $15.74 an hour.

That money will come from the $19-thousand in remaining overtime funds in the department’s budget.

The Mayor has proposed hiring four firefighter/emergency medical technicians for an estimated cost of $160-thousand through the end of the fiscal year.

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10:20 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Firefly Misic Festival Pulls in Big Bucks for Region

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A new report found that the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover brought in $68 million for the regional economy earlier this summer.

The University of Delaware study found that each festival-goer spent around $850 for goods and services.

The survey interview around 900 attendees about their purchases at the festival and off-site businesses along with 5-thousand people who were contacted on line.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that study said the festival created 579 full-time equivalent jobs along with wages and salaries of $23 million.

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10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Homeless Shelter Opens in Easton

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A homeless shelter has now officially opened in Easton on Goldsborough Street in a former bed and breakfast.

Jack Harrald, president of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s board of directors, says that the permanent shelter will help people get through the winter.  

There will be a room, a shower and laundry facilities as well as a person to help those interviewing for a job.

Right now, five people are staying at the shelter including a nine month old infant with room for ten more.

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9:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Updating C-130 Cargo Planes in Defense Budget

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. John Carney of Delaware says his plan to modernize the fleet of C-130 cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base has been included in a major defense spending bill.

Earlier this year, Carney introduced a less expensive modernization proposal for the cargo planes. They need to be upgraded before 2020 or they'll become inoperable because of federal and international safety regulations.

The Delaware Democrat has been calling for just the navigation systems of the aircraft to be modernized, at a savings of $12 million per aircraft.

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9:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Solar Farm Could Be Coming to Accomack County

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Eastern Shore Solar LLC is hoping to build a solar power farm on nearly a thousand acres near Oak Hall in Accomack County.

The company has applied for a permit from County Planning Development.

If approved the project would generate around 80 megawatts of electricity using ground-mounted solar panels.

This would be the equivalent of a small power plant.

A hearing on the facility is set for December 10th at the Metompkin Elementary School in Parksley.

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9:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Interim MD Health Secretary Announced

MD Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named Dr. Laura Herrera to serve as Maryland's acting health secretary effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's current health secretary, is leaving at the end of the month. He announced in an email on Wednesday that Herrera will take his place until O'Malley's term ends Jan. 21.

Herrera is the deputy secretary for public health at the department.

Sharfstein will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in January.

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9:02 am
Thu December 4, 2014

MD Health Care Ad Features MD Baseball Player, Update on Delaware Health Exchange

Andrian Marin, Frederick Keys Minor League Baseball Club
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A player for the Frederick Keys baseball team will be featured in a radio ad to urge Maryland residents to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland Health Care for All and the Frederick Keys are announcing the ad campaign on Thursday at the Keys' stadium in Frederick.

The ad will feature Adrian Marin, the minor league team's shortstop.

The new radio ad campaign will be in English and Spanish.

The second open enrollment period began last month. It ends Feb. 15.

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8:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Jim Webb to Make Decision on Presidential Run Soon

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia says he'll make a final decision in the next few months about whether to run for president in 2016.

Webb says he'll "move forward" if he gets the right kind of support and financial backing.

The 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran served as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan and was a one-term senator.

He says he's "very concerned" about the country's direction. Webb says the U.S. needs to reorient its national security and foreign policy while addressing economic problems faced by many.

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8:40 am
Thu December 4, 2014

O'Malley Appointment for Presidential PAC

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a senior adviser to his political action committee as he considers running for president in 2016.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's PAC, said Wednesday that Bill Hyers has been informally advising the committee for the last few months. She says he's stepping up his role as a senior adviser, now that the midterm elections are over.

Hyers managed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign last year.

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8:36 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Bundick Faces Third Trial for Accomack County Fires

Tonya Bundick
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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Another trial has been scheduled for a woman charged in an arson spree on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports that Tonya Bundick's third trial will be held Dec. 15 in Virginia Beach. The trial was moved from Accomack County because of difficulty finding impartial jurors in the county.

A judge ruled in April Bundick can have separate trials on each of 62 arson charges.

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8:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Environmental Report on Benefits of Wind Power

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A statewide environmental group is reporting on the benefits of more wind power.

Environment Maryland says its report Thursday will quantify the state's wind energy potential and evaluate the benefits to Maryland if wind power supplied 30 percent of the nation's electricity needs by 2030.

Maryland has several land-based wind farms in operation, mostly in the western mountains.

The state also supports development of commercial wind energy projects in nearly 80,000 acres of the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland coast.

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