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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10:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Majority of Delawareans Support Marijuana Legalization

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Fifty-Six percent of Delawareans support legalization of marijuana.

That’s according to a new poll by the University of Delaware.

Just 39 percent opposed legalization.

The survey found that only those over the age of 60 were strongly opposed to legalization.

Paul Brewer, the political communications professor at the University of Delaware who supervised the poll told the Wilmington News Journal that the number suggest that there is strong support for legalization in the First State.

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9:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

$2.3 Million Grant to Maryland to Fight Domestic Violence

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Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that the state will get $2.3 million in grants from the federal Violence Against Women Act.

The Services Training Officers Prosecutors program will provide money for 73 projects across the state.

O’Malley said that one of the strategic goals of his administration is to bring down violence against children and women.

The announcement comes at the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County which is one of the organizations receiving funding to offer services for victims of domestic violence.

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9:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Port of Wilmington Expansion Could Bring 4,000 Jobs

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Plans to expand the Port of Wilmington that could bring some 4-thousand jobs and it would stretch over 176-acres on the Delaware River in New Castle.

Today, the public will get a chance to take a look at the preliminary findings of a $100-thousand feasibility study.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has obtained a draft copy of the report on the $400 to $500 million project.

It is a project that has been pushed by the International Longshoremen’s Association as a viable option to keeping the port competitive over the next half century.

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9:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Clean Energy Supporters Wade into Baltimore Harbor

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A coalition of advocates for clean energy plans to wade into Baltimore Harbor to call attention to climate change.

The group will be calling on Maryland lawmakers Friday to double wind and solar power in Maryland next year.

Participants will wade into the harbor in waist-high boots.

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, is scheduled to attend. Mike Tidwell, director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network also is scheduled to attend.

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9:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

VA GOP Senate Candidate Pulls TV Ads, Prepares New Blitz

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is temporarily ditching television ads in the state with less than three weeks before Election Day.

Records posted on federal websites show Gillespie canceling or sharply reducing ad buys in multiple markets this week.

A Gillespie campaign spokesman said Thursday that the campaign will launch a new $300,000 ad buy statewide starting on Saturday.

Polls show Gillespie trailing his first-term Democratic rival, Sen. Mark Warner, who is blanketing the state with ads.

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9:04 am
Fri October 17, 2014

$78,000 Raised by Former VA Governor's Defense Fund

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed tax documents show the legal fund for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell raised $78,000 during the last quarter.

Tax records posted Wednesday show that the legal defense fund also spent more than $100,000 on legal fees.

The fund's quarterly report includes donations from July through the end of September.

McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on multiple corruption charges after a six-week trial that ended Sept. 4.

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11:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

$710,000 Raised by O'Malley Political Action Committee

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has reported raising about $710,300 for his political action committee in the latest reporting period.

The Democratic governor, who is considering a run for president in 2016, reported Wednesday that he has about $882,500 cash on hand at the beginning of October.

The latest reporting period covered July 1 through Sept. 30.

O'Malley also reported contributions he has made to candidates in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

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11:29 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Fundraises for Larry Hogan

MD Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Hogan
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend another fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in Maryland next week.

Adam Dubitsky, Hogan's campaign spokesman, confirmed Thursday that Christie is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Potomac at a private home on Tuesday.

Dubitsky says a second event is planned with Christie in public after the fundraiser.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He attended a fundraiser for Hogan last month in Bethesda that raised more than $400,000.

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9:42 am
Thu October 16, 2014

FOP Sheriff Benefit Talks With Wicomico County End

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Efforts to cut a deal over death and disability benefits for Wicomico County Sheriff’s has come to an apparent end.

Talks have been going on for four months with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 111 in an effort to establish a fund to pay officers or their families when an officer has been disabled or killed in the line of duty.

Sgt. Martin Fisher told the Salisbury Daily Times that the FOP will now go to a private outside agency.

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9:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Senator Chris Coons Defends Ebola Tweet in Debate

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Senator Chris Coons was attacked during a debate yesterday by his Republican challenger Kevin Wade for the Democrat’s tweet saying that people should not freak out about the death of Thomas Duncan who died of Ebola.

The tweet was linked to an article in The New Republic entitled “Stop Freaking Out About America’s Single Ebola Death and Start Worrying About West Africa.”

Coons as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs said he has spoken with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and federal officials.  

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9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Could Be Delayed by Hurricane

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Hurricane Gonzalo coming up from the south could affect the October 27th launch of the Orb-3 CRS Mission rocket launch if the storm heads north into the Atlantic.

NASA officials at Wallops Flight Facility say that before giving the go ahead to the launch a team must first assess the situation from their weather station in Bermuda.

Steve Kremer, Chief of the Wallops Range and Mission Management office, told WBOC that Wallops relies on the Bermuda tracking systems to communicate with the Antares rocket during the flight as well as to ensure public safety.  

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9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

MD Continues to Pay for Slot Machine Upkeep in MD

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract renewal for the state to spend up to $200 million to lease and maintain slot machines over five years.

The board voted 2-1 Wednesday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the renewal. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

Maryland law initially required the state to own slot machines at the state's five casinos. However, the law was changed in 2012.

Next March, three of the state's casinos will acquire their own slot machines.

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9:11 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Over 500 State Jobs Could Be Cut in Virginia Budget Shortfall

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to lay off 565 state workers and raise the prices of distilled spirits at state-owned liquor stores as he aims to close a state budget shortfall.

McAuliffe detailed his plans Wednesday as part of an effort by state officials to bridge a $2.4 billion budget gap.

McAuliffe said most of the layoffs would come from the Department of Corrections, which will close multiple facilities. It also will delay the opening of a women's correctional center.

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10:48 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Maryland Casino Hit With Dealer Class-Action Lawsuit

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HANOVER, Md. (AP) - Attorneys are pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, accusing its operators of using a dealer school as a prop for job training to avoid paying the minimum wage.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court by three people who underwent months of training to become dealers at the casino last year. Attorneys say hundreds more qualify as plaintiffs in the lawsuit and can join the litigation.

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10:26 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Anthony Brown's Offer to Jim Perdue

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at Salisbury University
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During a campaign swing through the Eastern Shore Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Governor Anthony Brown pledged that if elected he would personally invite Jim Perdue to meet with his administration on environmental regulations.

Perdue has complained that he does not feel that he has a seat at the table when it comes to environmental regulations.

After an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University, Brown was asked about Perdue’s remarks.

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9:40 am
Wed October 15, 2014

GOP Ski Mask Leaflet Draws Fire on Eastern Shore

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A state House of Delegate race on Maryland's Eastern Shore has taken a rare, ugly turn.

The Maryland Republican Party digitally altered a photo showing Democratic Delegate Norman Conway wearing a black ski mask more typically seen on bank robbers. The photo was placed on fliers that were mailed to voters in Conway's Wicomico County-centered district over the weekend.

Conway's opponent in the November election, Republican Carl Anderton, was quick to distance himself Monday from the mailer, calling it shameful "big-city politics."

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9:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

WTO Ruling Opens India to Poultry Industry

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A ruling by the World Trade Organization could open up a growing market for U.S. agriculture that has been blocked for more than seven years.

The WTO has declared that India’s ban on various U.S. products such as poultry meat, eggs and live pigs that was based on bird-flu fears is not backed by scientific evidence.

The Decision has been long sought by Delaware lawmakers and the Mid-Atlantic region.

It is considered a big win for the poultry industry which has been hit by India’s restrictions.

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9:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Dover International Speedway Slashes Seating

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The Dover International Speedway is cutting 17,500 seats before the next race day.

Shortly after last month’s race weekend the Speedway eliminated the grandstands along turns 2 and 3.

It’s the first phase of what the Speedway is calling right-sizing the facility.

Over the years the Speedway has seen attendance drop with 85-thousand attendees in 2012.

At its height the Speedway could hold 130-thousand people.

Three years ago that capacity was reduced to 113-thousand.

Now, it will be seating 95,500 spectators.

    

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9:11 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Some Gas Prices Dip Below $3.00 A Gallon

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With the summer over there’s good news on gas front.

The price of a gallon of gas has dropped below the $3 mark at some Lower Shore gas stations.

Over the last month the price of a gallon of gas has declined by 21 cents.

If the trend continues it could find gas prices 40 cents lower.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there has been a sell-off of crude oil which is expected to push down the November delivery wholesale prices in the U.S.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the decline is usual for this time of year with the transition to cooler weather.

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8:15 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Delmarva Hospitals Gear Up for Ebola

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Although there is no immediate threat hospitals on Delmarva are gearing up to deal with Ebola.

Kent General Hospital in Dover says it is creating a training video that shows how to use their in-house equipment and is also conducting drills in how to interact with patients.

Meanwhile, the emergency management at Beebe Medical Center in Sussex County told WBOC that they are phasing in screenings at the their satellite facilities and are taking steps to protect the staff.

All major hospitals are making more efforts to screen new patients as they arrive at the door. 

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12:35 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Distracted Drivers Get Hit With Tickets in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police have doled out more than 300 tickets to distracted drivers for texting and talking on their cell phones.

The 316 tickets were part of a 12-day blitz that ended Sunday and eclipse the amount of distracted driving tickets the department issued during the first eight months of the year. Just 291 citations were issued for distracted driving between Jan. 1 and Sept. 3.

Although the targeted effort is over, police say they'll still be enforcing cell phone laws year-round in hopes of preventing car crashes.

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9:55 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Co-ops Ask Customers to Limit Eletricity Use

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative want their customers to voluntarily limit energy use between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

With the temperatures expected to be in the lower 80’s, the co-ops say that they expect electrical usage will peak during those hours.

And they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

During peak demand the co-ops can pay up to a $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed on to the customer.

So, they want consumers to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

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9:44 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Crab Prices Dip, Demand Slows

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Crab prices are coming down from an average of $200 a bushel to around $130.

The number of crabs being caught has gone up but demand has still been lower than expected.

Jay Spurry with Bay Hundred Seafood told WBOC that the dip is normal for this time of year as crabbers pick up on where the crabs are in the Bay.

 

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9:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Property Tax Hike Stays in Bridgeville

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The Bridgeville town commissioners voted this week to keep their 20 percent increase in property taxes.

The vote was 3-to-1.

A local resident Barbara Devine began a petition after the town approved the tax hike in late May which went into effect on July 1st.

Local reaction started when residents saw their property taxes increases by 40 cents per $100 of assessed property value as well as a hike in their water fees.

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9:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Former Boxwood Workers Return to Region

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Some of those former employees who worked at the General Motors Boxwood plant have moved to a facility in Baltimore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a company official has confirmed that several Boxwood workers who are now at the Lordstown plant in Ohio will be returning to the region at the Baltimore facility.

The move comes under the contract the car company has with the United Auto Workers Union.

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9:31 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Legal Fight Over Millsboro Chicken Plant Goes to Court

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A Sussex County land-use board approval of a chicken processing plant got its day in Superior Court this week.

Challengers of the $100 million facility just outside Millsboro say that county officials allowed Allen Harim Foods to take shortcuts to get approval.

The plant would be capable of handling 2 million chickens a week and employ 700 people.

But opponents say that the industrial sized plant is too close to residential areas and too near already polluted waters.

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9:25 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Groundbreaking Today for Dover Bridge on Eastern Shore

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for the replacement of the Dover Bridge on the Eastern Shore.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Transportation Secretary James Smith will join local residents on Tuesday to break ground on the $64.5 million project.

The bridge carries Route 331 over the Choptank River. It connects Caroline and Talbot counties.

Many local officials from the two counties are scheduled to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

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9:23 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Getting Court Documents On-Line in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland court system is launching an electronic case management system to eventually enable people statewide to file and view court documents on their computers.

Tuesday's launch in Annapolis makes electronic filing mandatory for attorneys practicing in Anne Arundel County and the state appellate courts.

The Maryland Judiciary plans to roll out the system, county by county, over the next five years.

The project aims to modernize case management in Maryland counties, some of which are using systems that are 30 years old.

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9:20 am
Tue October 14, 2014

9 P.M. Deadline to Register to Vote in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents who haven't registered to vote are running out of time to do so for November's election.

The deadline is 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents with a Maryland driver's license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address or change their party affiliation online at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration.

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11:49 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Trading Accusations in MD Governor's Debate

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan have spent much of their second debate trading accusations and focusing on weaknesses.

The hour-long debate was held in Arlington, Va., at News Channel 8 on Monday morning. It was co-hosted by The Washington Post and WTOP Radio.

Brown, a Democrat, focused on an analysis presented by Hogan that claimed to be a roadmap for saving $1.75 billion in state spending. Brown says it's riddled with gaping holes and doesn't add up to anywhere near that amount.

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