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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Delaware's attorney general's office says a shooting by two Wilmington police officers that left a man a quadriplegic was justified.

The report, released Monday, says Officers Sean Nolan and Gaetan MacNamara believed that their lives were in danger when they shot 24-year-old Marvin Jones of Georgia during a struggle at traffic stop in January.

The report, prepared by Deputy Attorney General Allison E. Reardon, says Nolan and MacNamara stopped a car Jones was a passenger in, and after checking his identification, asked him to get out.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to get a briefing on changes to the state's transportation program.

A joint hearing is set for Tuesday in Annapolis with members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on roads and bridges.

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There will be another month and a half of traffic delays near Hockessin for repaving Lancaster Pike.

Motorists are urged to avoid the 6-miles from Centerville Road to the Pennsylvania border.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Transportation contractor says that weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the time check Mapquest or Google to find alternative routes.

The paper reports that on Monday there was a half a mile of vehicles stuck going north.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge won't prohibit defense attorneys from releasing evidence in the high-profile Freddie Gray case.

Judge Barry Williams denied State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's motion for a protective order Friday, citing insufficient cause to grant such a request.

The state had argued that defense attorneys for the six police officers charged in Gray's death would selectively publicize pieces of evidence favorable to their clients that could "jeopardize the ability to conduct a fair and impartial trial."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia's criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission's first meeting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A craft brewery in Richmond is expanding, creating 56 jobs in the process.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday the $28 million expansion of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Goochland County.

The investment over the next five years involves a new brewery complex to complement its Richmond location. The 60,000-square-foot brewery will include a taproom, an amphitheater and more.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says the expansion creates a "huge opportunity" to expand the craft beer supply chain in Virginia.

It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

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The Indian River School District has lowered its property tax rate for a second year in a row.

For this fiscal year it will go down a penny from $2.69 per $100 of assessed value to $2.68.

The reduction was approved by the Board of Education earlier this month.

It is the result of a retirement of 20-year construction bonds and a decline in interest payments.

In addition, there was a minor capital adjustment due to a carryover of money from last year.        

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By 2060 the Hispanic population is expected to be the largest minority in Sussex County. And in Immigration Policy Center notes that the Pew Hispanic Center found the undocumented make up around 4.5% of the Delaware workforce. Hidden amongst these figures is a group of undocumented entrepreneurs -- some of whom have businesses making a good deal of money. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on some of these undocumented immigrants who have established these businesses. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko helped produce this story with reportorial and translation work. (Part 1)

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Susan Pusey, the head coach for field hockey at Pocomoke High School has passed away at the age of 56.

The family told WBOC that she died of a blood clot while undergoing knee surgery.

She spent 22 year as head of the Warriors and pulled in 16 state championships.

That’s the second highest among the state’s public schools.

Superintendent Jerry Wilson described Pusey’s passing as devastating and shocking and pledged to help the students at the school cope with her death.

Funeral arrangements are expect to be announced today.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Towson University football player who suffered a near fatal heatstroke two years ago cannot be prevented from rejoining his team on the field.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled Friday that the university must allow 22-year-old lineman Gavin Class to start practice Aug. 9 with the rest of the team.

Class filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the university in May after Towson barred him from outdoor practices with the team, citing the severity of his earlier injury.

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Within the last month two restaurants have closed in downtown Salisbury.

The latest is the barbeque place known as Social by Echelon which was hoped to be a key in bringing business back to the area.

The other restaurant was the Cellar Door owned by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

It has been in business for the past two years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Echelon had one of the most prominent locations at Main and Division streets.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.

The campaign begins Monday, marking 46 years since Armstrong's moonwalk in 1969. Conservators say spacesuits were built for short-term use with materials that break down over time.

The museum aims to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to conserve the spacesuit, build a climate-controlled display case and digitize the spacesuit with 3D scanning.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Universities and colleges in Virginia expect enrollment to increase by more than 7 percent in 2021.

A preliminary state report says public and private institutions expect to enroll about 475,000 undergraduate students in 2021. Undergraduate enrollment last year totaled about 442,300 undergraduates.

Institutions also expect to award more than 75,200 associate and bachelor's degrees in 2021. That's an increase of almost 7 percent.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will discuss the report on Tuesday at its regular meeting.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are holding a public hearing regarding the proposed relocation of a charter school whose two leaders were fired for repeatedly using school credit cards for personal use.

The first of two scheduled public hearings will be held Monday evening to consider a request by Family Foundations Academy to modify its charter.

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In Lewes a new 1.5 mile portion of the Breakwater Junction bike trail has some home owners concerned.

The new addition to the 7.5 mile trail is aimed at making it easier for bicyclists to get to the state’s southern coast.

WBOC reports that a number of homeowners say they are concerned about where the extension begins at Gills Neck Road.

Mary Anne Murray who lives nearby told the station that without a shoulder lane and with the added traffic there is a potential for an accident.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is one of more than a dozen states where new Medicaid enrollees under President Barack Obama's health law have surpassed initial projections.

The projected newly eligible enrollment for fiscal year 2015 initially was 164,724.

The initial estimated cost was about $31 million for fiscal year 2017, when states begin paying their share.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed a bill allowing Delaware's public school students to opt out of standardized tests.

The legislation would have allowed students to opt out of both statewide and district tests without repercussions. The bill was aimed at the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is tied to Common Core standards that have been championed by Markell and are being adopted in Delaware and other states.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland attorney general's office says legislative action isn't necessary for the state to recall license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe wrote an opinion addressed to Sen. Jamie Raskin and Del. David Moon that says there are no legal obstacles blocking a recall of the specialty tags.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is rejecting calls from Virginia House Republican leaders for an investigation into how Planned Parenthood clinics handle fetal organs.

Republicans called for an investigation Thursday following an anti-abortion group's release of a video showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses. The group said the video proves the organization is breaking federal law against selling human fetal tissue.

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A lawsuit in Rehoboth Beach gives new meaning to the phrase, “Vote early and vote often.”

Resident Jackie Nichols has filed a federal lawsuit that says the ability of corporation owners to cast multiple votes in a referendum violates the Delaware and U.S. constitutions.

The multiple voting provision only applies to referenda not general municipal elections.

Wilmington News Journal reports that city staff also said that residents who own Rehoboth based businesses can also cast multiple votes.

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A hit-and-run near the Georgetown Manor Apartments along Christiana Road near New Castle has left two pedestrians injured.

The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one adult suffered serious traumatic injuries and was eventually taken to Christiana Emergency Room.

The other pedestrian suffered only minor injuries.

The vehicle was seen speeding away after the two were struck.

Delaware Route 273 was closed while police investigated the incident.

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There was community meeting at the Solid Rock Baptist Church Community Center in response to recent shootings in Dover.

WBOC reports there have been 5 homicides this year possibly making this the deadliest year yet.

The death of Jamal Weeks caused Council member Roy Sudler to call the meeting noting there have been other shooting incidents.

He noted that the police have responded 12 times to the Elks Lodge on Kirkwood.

Sudler is  hoping to develop a plan for Dover’s Safety Advisory Committee

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Ocean City got a rare look at a manatee last Sunday.

The last time was nine years ago.

It was seen around the Coast Guard station at around 10 a.m.

Jennifer Dittmar with the National Aquarium told the Salisbury Daily Times that another showed up on Tuesday in the Chesapeake Bay.

The paper reports that manatees are on the endangered species list.

In the warm summer months they come up from Florida with at least one being spotted in the Chesapeake Bay.


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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Corrections officials are investigating the death of an inmate in a Cumberland prison as a possible homicide.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says 59-year-old Terrance Cirata was found dead in his cell at North Branch Correctional Institution Thursday morning.

Maryland State Police say a correction officer check Cirata's cell about 8 a.m. and found him unresponsive on a bunk. CPR was done, but Cirata was pronounced dead.

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There was an accident on Route 113 last night leaving three people injured.

The incident involved two vehicles at around 10:30 p.m. at Jarvis Road in Bishopville.

One person was taken to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

WBOC says Worcester County authorities have not said what caused the accidents.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has delayed a vote on whether to abolish 63 positions in the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Gov. Larry Hogan made the proposal to the board, which considered it at Thursday's meeting in Annapolis.
Abolishing the positions would take a majority vote of the three-member board. The members include Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

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The Lewes City Council has conditionally approved a measure that would keep people from openly carrying weapons into municipal settings.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the town is using a new power given by state legislation which has not yet been signed by the governor.

Governor Jack Markell’s office says it has not yet gotten to his desk and the resort made implementation dependent upon the governor’s signature.

The resort currently restricts the right to open carry within the town limits with exception for hunters and police officers.

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An ethics complaint has been filed against New Castle County Auditor Bob Wasserbach raising the question of whether he had a conflict-of-interest in the 2013 audit done on – what was then called – the Kent County SPCA.

The complaint was filed by Kevin Usilton, executive director of First State Animal Center and Society – the organization’s new name.

The complaint says that Wasserbach had a conflict of interest because he is now president of another nonprofit group Faithful Friends Animal Society.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Southern heritage group that is fighting to keep the Confederate battle flag on Virginia license plates is holding its annual convention in the former capital of the Confederacy.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans began its five-day convention this week in suburban Richmond. The 120th gathering is expected to attract hundreds of members, and possibly some protests. A reception is planned at the White House of the Confederacy.