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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A taskforce has been formed to investigate recent allegations of fraud, mismanagement and embezzlement at Delaware volunteer fire companies.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials believe the limited reporting by the volunteer fire companies has led to corruption.

The paper reports that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been simply vanished.

And high level officials have been involved in those cases that have come to light.

The volunteer fire companies only have to submit an annual report to the State Fire Commission.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from tobacco companies that wanted to reduce payments owed to Maryland and Pennsylvania.

After a federal arbitration panel in 2013 cut the annual payments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA, and others, state courts ruled that was wrong. The justices are leaving those rulings in place. The payments reimburse the states for smoking-related health costs.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware volleyball coach Bonnie Kenny and associate head coach Cindy Gregory have been put on administrative leave by the school.

UD athletics spokesman Scott Selheimer confirmed to The Wilmington News Journal that the coaches have been on leave since Friday.

Selheimer declined to explain the reasons for the university's decision and would not say whether it is a disciplinary measure or if the coaches requested it.

There’s been a delay for the launch of the Antares rocket that will send supplies to the International Space Station.

The Wallops Flight Facility says it is now scheduled for this Friday October 14th – one day later than originally planned.

It’s expected to lift off at 8:51 p.m.

WBOC reports there was a minor vehicle processing issue over the last few days along with the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say the scheduled launch is still tentative pending the pre-testing procedures and weather conditions.

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It’s time again for dining out in Ocean City.

The resort’s Restaurant Week has begun and will run through October 23rd.

The event has been going on for 10 years now and is an effort to extend the tourist season for just a few more weeks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there are more than 20 restaurants participating in promotion that will also include $10 to $40 specials to visitors.

The paper says that The Crabby Pig which opened this year on Coastal Highway is the newest entrant.

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There are still detours and closures in Worcester County  in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

WBOC reports that the rain damaged Big Mill Road in Stockton and Langmaid Road in Newark.

There were downed trees and wires that blocked traffic at the south end of Big Mill Road.

The flood waters and downed trees wiped out part of the highway south of Stockton.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that repair crews were out on Langmaid Road repairing the shoulder.

In addition, Whiton Crossing Road in Berlin also saw downed trees because of the flooding.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are reporting one storm-related death after Hurricane Matthew.

State police said in a statement Monday that 38-year-old Anthony Longoria of Carsville was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped for a downed tree on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake early Sunday. Police say he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is exploring ways of taking expedited action against Sheriff James Fitzgerald over alleged racist and sexist comments outlined in a county investigation.

Kittleman announced Monday he has directed the county's law office to explore "any and all legal means" through the court system for Fitzgerald's removal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign has fired its Virginia chairman after he led a protest at GOP headquarters complaining that the party establishment was undercutting its nominee.

At a protest Monday outside Republican National Committee headquarters, Corey Stewart referred to the Republican establishment as "pukes" who were thwarting Trump by reallocating campaign funds to congressional races instead of the presidential campaign.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court will not rehear a challenge to the city of Danville's decision to remove the Confederate flag from a monument at Sutherlin Mansion.

A circuit court judge in October dismissed the Heritage Preservation Association's lawsuit against the Danville City Council over its ordinance permitting only U.S., state and city flags to be flown on flagpoles owned by the city. Danville police removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the city-owned mansion after the ordinance was adopted in August.

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Governor Jack Markell was pushing state-backed affordable house yesterday as he made a tour of some luxury apartments being built in Seaford.

These apartments with their waterfront view of the Nanticoke River stood in contrast to another apartment Markell visited that was a small second floor unit that smelled of urine.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the visit yesterday was part of the governor’s effort to show off the use of state and federal grants and loan guarantees for affordable housing.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to endorse Dr. Mark Plaster, who is running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The two Republicans plan to take a tour of downtown Annapolis on Tuesday morning.

They plan to visit businesses on Main Street and near the City Dock.

Plaster is a physician, lawyer and small-business owner. He started a modest publishing company with his wife about 30 years ago. His campaign says it's become an international medical publishing company.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - An advisory panel in far western Maryland is reviewing proposed state's regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The Garrett County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group meets Tuesday evening in Oakland. The agenda includes a review of proposed regulations the Department of the Environment released for public comment last month.

The advisory panel has been pressing for specific regulations aimed at protecting public health and the environment of Garrett County, where most fracking activity would occur.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, whose attempt at a comeback fell short when she lost the primary to regain her old job, is expected to run as a write-in candidate for the post.

Dixon, a Democrat who resigned as mayor in 2010 after an embezzlement conviction, said on her Facebook page Monday that she would have a live announcement Tuesday morning. She added the hashtags (hash)DixonForMayor2016 and (hash)WriteHerIn.

Dixon tells WJZ-TV that she wants to do what's best for Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to ensure Virginia agencies can help the states bearing the brunt of Hurricane Matthew.
Forecasters say Virginia will be spared the worst of the storm that scraped Florida's Atlantic coast early Friday. Virginia could still see some heavy rain from the Hurricane and experience flooding in coastal areas.

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (AP) - A loud boom that rattled the Shore earlier this week left dozens wondering what it could possibly have been.
Well, mystery solved. Patuxent Naval Air Station spokesman Pat Gordon tells Salisbury The Daily Times that people probably heard and felt the Navy conducting flight testing for supersonic aircraft Wednesday afternoon.
Gordon says a restricted airspace that serves as a "test track" for the craft runs parallel to the Delmarva Peninsula.


As we head into the final weeks of the presidential campaign, peace is not a word ordinarily heard in the jousting that is American politics. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill believes, that perhaps, we should spend more time with it.

While Delmarva is not expected to experience the kind of weather from Hurricane Matthew that has hit Florida events around the peninsula have been canceled or altered due to the expected rain.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Women Supporting Women has called off its annual awareness fundraiser for tomorrow morning because the wet conditions at Winterplace Park.

The organization says it will hold another event on October event at Salisbury City Park.

Meanwhile, Sea Gull Century bike ride has altered its route for Saturday due to flooding conditions.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A jury in Virginia has acquitted a white police officer of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man with a knife.

The not guilty verdict was handed down Thursday for Norfolk police Officer Michael Edington. The 27-year-old was accused of using excessive force when he shot 35-year-old David Latham in June 2014.

Prosecutors argued that Latham held the knife at his side without advancing or retreating from Edington. The officer shot him several times.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans are again facing steep price increases for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act.

Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart has approved an average rate increase of 32.5 percent in the individual market for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware, which has the vast majority of the individual market share in Delaware. That follows an average premium increase of 22.4 percent for individual Highmark plans this year.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is meeting with attorneys to discuss the murder case against a man accused of raping and killing a fellow church worker in Sussex County.

The judge scheduled an office conference Friday with attorneys to discuss the case against of Dagsboro. Burton's trial in the death of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett was scheduled for this month after being continued earlier this year.

Bennett, a volunteer daycare leader at Bay Shore Community Church near Gumboro, was found dead in June 2012 in Worcester County, Maryland.

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A church in Dover is facing a dilemma.

It has allowed a 21-year old pregnant who is blind to live temporarily in a camper on the grounds of Victory Church until she can find permanent accommodations.

But Kent County is threatening Reverend Aaron Appling’s church with a fine of $100 a day if he continues to do so.

Appling told the Wilmington News Journal that Alexis sought help from the Dover city council two weeks ago and tried to find housing through a number of city and county resources.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun-rights activists are challenging a handgun licensing law in Maryland in federal court.

Maryland Shall Issue, a gun store and four residents filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday.

They contend the law reduces Maryland residents' constitutional rights "to mere privileges." They also argue that the state's handgun licensing process is lengthy, expensive and invasive because it requires people to submit fingerprints to get a handgun license.

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OLNEY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland have charged four 13-year-old boys they say were involved in clown-themed social media threats against middle school students.

Montgomery County police announced Thursday that they charged the boys as juveniles with making threats of mass violence. Police nationwide have been dealing with similar hoaxes involving threats or reports of violence by people dressed as clowns.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Navy's newest destroyer is coming to Baltimore.

The guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt is scheduled to arrive on Friday.

The destroyer's commissioning ceremony is set for Oct. 15 during the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week.

The 610-foot-long warship has an angular shape to minimize its radar signature. It cost more than $4.4 billion. It's the most expensive destroyer built for the Navy.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Officials say the U.S. Navy's most expensive aircraft carrier will miss another delivery deadline.

Navy spokeswoman Capt. Thurraya Kent tells the Virginian-Pilot USS Gerald R. Ford won't meet November's delivery deadline.

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford is being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. in Newport News.

Kent says in June and again in July, two of Ford's electricity-generating main turbines had problems.

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Christina School District by 15 charter schools who claim that local officials have kept them from getting millions of dollars in tax revenue.

In addition, the suit alleges that the Department of Education has been complicit in depriving the charter schools their fair share of the money going back years.

The suit was sparked by a readjustment by the Department in the formula for the amount of money that should go to charter schools from local tax revenues.

Dreamers: Seeking Economic Opportunity

Oct 6, 2016

With the presidential election playing out its final weeks, those who call themselves Dreamers are watching and waiting to know what their fate may be. These are the undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and have been able to come out of the shadows with President Obama's executive order that has allowed them to stay temporarily in the country. In our final segment, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with a Dreamer whose family came from Mexico to seek a better life for their son.

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As Hurricane Matthew approaches from the south those along the Delmarva Coast line are getting prepared.

In Rehoboth Beach officials began removing 175 benches along the boardwalk and Rehoboth Avenue.

Tony Pratt, Delaware’s state shoreline and waterway administrator, told the Wilmington News Journal that for the moment the storm is expected to be well south of the Delmarva Peninsula.

But he adds there is still great uncertainty.

High winds, storm surge and big waves are the main concern.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A tip from a concerned prison guard has turned into the single largest federal case in Maryland's history: 80 people including corrections officers, inmates and "outside facilitators" have been charged with orchestrating a vast contraband smuggling enterprise that involved trading drugs, pornography, tobacco and cellphones to state prisoners for money and sex.