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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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware state police are searching for a Lewes man who has been accused of stealing multiple cell phones and then tried to sell the items at a video game store.

Authorities say 32-year-old David A. Ciabattoni Jr. is wanted by police on multiple counts of theft, burglary, and selling stolen property.

Police say Ciabattoni tried to sell stolen cellphones at a GameStop store in Rehoboth Beach last month.

He has also been accused of entering his ex-girlfriend's home Millsboro and stealing jewelry and money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia higher education employees is getting new management.

The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan's management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association - Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016.

Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the change is expected to reduce beneficiaries' fees and improve the plan's management.

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THURMONT, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service says government sharpshooters are preparing for the seventh season of deer-herd reduction at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

The agency says Park Central and Manahan roads will be closed intermittently from Monday through Dec. 17 while shooting occurs.

The program began in early 2010 in an effort to curb tree and plant damage from a white-tailed deer herd that is bigger than the forest can sustain.

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources Police in Delaware say a hunter was shot in the abdomen by an arrow shot by a bow hunter.

It happened about 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the edge of a farm field near Millsboro. Officers say a 54-year-old hunter in a tree stand shot an arrow from his compound bow.

Authorities say the arrow struck a 24-year-old hunter on the ground about 30 yards away.

Investigators say the hunter was flown to a hospital in Maryland, where he underwent surgery on Friday.

No charges have been filed.

There’s a new trend in Delaware for physicians to charge a straight yearly membership fee to cover certain basic health care like physicals and between two and four office visits.

In essence for a cost of around $75 a month for adult patients skip the normal insurance co-pays and paperwork.

For children under 18 the cost is up to $360 a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dr. Christina Bovelsky in Middletown has opened such a unique practice.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Democrats have re-elected Charlottesville Delegate David J. Toscano minority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Toscano's re-election was by acclamation at the annual winter retreat of the House Democratic caucus on Saturday in Richmond.

He announced Thursday he would not seek re-election to the leadership post, but he reversed himself on Friday amid appeals by fellow Democrats that he reconsider his decision. He has been minority leader since 2011.

Republicans have strong majority in the House.

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This week the nation marked Veterans Day. The United States has been in an active military conflict for the last 14 years in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day, a Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard, talked with  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the meaning of the day and the deployment the men and women in uniform since 911.

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The new $117 million Academic Commons on the campus of Salisbury University is rushing towards completion in the fall of next year.

Yesterday school officials offered up a guided tour of the four-story facility with a tall bell tower and will be used to house the university library and the Nabb Research Center.

The 221-thousand square foot structure will be the largest building on campus replacing the old Caruthers Hall along Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that atop the building will be 32-thousand square feet of green space.

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There’s a rush for applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana in the state of Maryland and as a result there will be a delay in the start of the program.

The commission overseeing the program said there have been 882 applications for licenses as of the November 6th deadline.

WBOC reports that Hannah Byron, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said the review of the applications will be extended to mid-January.

Byron added that the large number of applications indicates there is a strong group of contenders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is unveiling a free smartphone app citizens can use to shoot, upload and submit videos of police encounters directly to the organization.

The ACLU will make the announcement at noon on Friday in Baltimore. There will also be a news conference in Washington.

The app, called Mobile Justice MD, will be available in English and Spanish, and allows people to take videos that are immediately sent to their local ACLU offices.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - About 30 Virginia Commonwealth University students peacefully assembled at the president's office, expressing solidarity with students at the University of Missouri and demanding more black professors.

Media reports state that President Michael Rao listened to the students outline their concerns before they left his office Thursday.

While the primary complaint was a lack of black professors, students also called for more cultural competency training at VCU.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says it's stocked up with supplies to clear the state's highways when it snows this winter.

The department has more than 657,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives on hand. It also has 1.7 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

More than 13,000 pieces of snow-removal equipment stand at the ready. That includes something new this year - four trucks in the Staunton area equipped with wing plows, which have a front blade and a side blade and can do the job of two traditional plows.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has again delayed sentencing for the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse on federal cyberstalking charges.

David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, had been scheduled for sentencing last month for conspiracy and cyberstalking that resulted in the death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford. Belford was shot by Thomas Matusiewicz, who then killed himself.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland elections officials say the state's new voting system has been used successfully in recent local elections and a test election.

Linda Lamone, the Maryland state board of elections administrator, said Thursday elections in Rockville and College Park gave voters the chance to use Maryland's new system, and it was well received.

State and local election officials found a statewide test election last month useful to understanding the new system and identifying areas where procedures and documents need revision for next year's elections.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two-thirds of Virginia's Democratic superdelegates are publicly backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, including all of the state's Democratic congressional delegation.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also a superdelegate and public supporter of Clinton. He has been friends with Clinton for many years and helped manage her unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

Ten out of 15 of Virginia's superdelegates publicly support Clinton in the Democratic primary. Others said they are still undecided or did not return requests for comment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest Virginia crop report forecasts drops in soybean, corn, cotton and peanut production.

The report says soybean production for Virginia is forecast at 22.9 million bushels, down 9 percent from 2014. Producers are expected to harvest 620,000 acres, a decline of 20,000 acres from last year.

The report says 49.6 million bushels of corn are expected to be produced this year, down 2 percent from 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a recent trade and tourism mission to Canada has increased exports of Virginia seafood.

McAuliffe said Thursday that Rappahannock River Oyster Company has secured deals with Lagoon Seafood of Lachine, Quebec, and Toronto-based seafood importer SeaCore as a result of the September mission.

Rappahannock will supply SeaCore with oysters and Lagoon Seafood with oysters and clams.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Del. Scott Taylor and Del. Glenn Davis, both Republicans from Virginia Beach, have announced that they are exploring bids for lieutenant governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports both delegates made announcements Wednesday.

Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and Iraq War veteran and is a regular guest on Fox News Channel programs. He's served as a delegate for a two-year term and was re-elected without a challenger last week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former White House adviser and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ed Gillespie has created a political action committee as part of his plan to run for Virginia governor in 2017.

The Washington Post reports that Gillespie's Let's Grow, Virginia! PAC has scheduled its first two fundraisers for Dec. 7 in northern Virginia and Dec. 10 in Richmond. Details, including locations and ticket prices, have not yet been determined.

The formation of the PAC comes a month after the Republican confirmed that he would seek his party's nomination for governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has created the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission to develop activities and events for the 100th year anniversary of the war.

Hogan signed an executive order on Wednesday to form the panel. It will include 11 members who will be appointed by the governor.

The commission will submit a plan for commemorating the centennial to Hogan by June 30, 2017.

The governor's office points out that several sites in Maryland played significant roles in the war.

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In Salisbury local officials gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for a ceremony honoring Veterans Day complete with patriotic music played and sung by students from Mardela High School.

The JROTC was on hand for the lowering of the colors.

Vietnam Veteran Donald Fitzgerald told the WBOC that when he returned from overseas it was a different time with little recognition of his service.

Fitzgerald served with is cousin who died in 1966 in Vietnam while serving in the Marine Corp.

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It was a symbolic vote.

But the Lewes Town Council approved a resolution opposing seismic testing for offshore exploration.

WBOC reports that it is the first Delaware city to oppose the offshore drilling practice of seismic testing but is one of around 90 towns along the east coast to oppose the plan to open up Atlantic waters for offshore oil drilling.

One council member said that the town had an obligation to make its opinion known to federal officials.

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  (AP) -  Environment Maryland will join federal and local officials in Maryland to unveil a new extreme weather map. 

Rep. John Sarbanes is scheduled to attend the event on Thursday in Annapolis.

The interactive map will show that 90 percent of Maryland residents live in counties recently affected by extreme weather disasters in recent years.

Michael O'Connell, chief of the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management, is scheduled to attend, along with Lisa Craig, the chief of historic preservation in Annapolis.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A citizen-led task force has recommended that the Howard County Police Department should implement a pilot program to explore the use of body cameras.

The Baltimore Sun reports members of the advisory council suggested the cameras could help "ensure equality for both the officer and the citizen."

Citizen Advisory Council chair Linda Lee Hickerson says the program could eliminate "the he said/she said" issue during a traffic stop, arrest or other interaction.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two men accused of trying to buy weapons for attacks on synagogues and black churches are due in a Virginia courtroom for a preliminary hearing.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert C. Doyle and 33-year-old Ronald Beasley Chaney III are scheduled to appear in federal court in Richmond on Thursday. They have been in custody since their arrests Sunday.

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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 Thursday with attorneys to discuss the case against 31-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro. Burton is scheduled to be tried in April in the death of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett.

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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Cambridge has gotten its first city manager.

She is Sandra Tripp-Jones who previously held a similar position in Santa Barbara, California.

Her position will be full time and she will be a point person for the Mayor and the City Council.

Carol Ruark, owner of The Wine Bar, told WBOC that she hopes this will streamline governmental operations.

The television station reports that other business owners hope this will help provide a unifying effort to promote the city.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret has appointed the governor's brother as the system's vice chancellor for government relations.

The university announced Tuesday that Patrick N. Hogan, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the brother of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, will join the university system on Nov. 30.

Caret says the eight years Patrick Hogan spent in the Maryland General Assembly will help him in his duties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 150 high school students are taking part in Anne Arundel County District Court's Schools in the Court program.

On Thursday, the students will be visiting criminal court proceedings and learning about the consequences of being charged with offenses such as drunk driving. The students will also get to meet members of the Maryland State Police's K-9 squad.

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Eastern Shore Delegate Chris Adams wants to reverse a state rule that requires fire sprinklers in new and renovated single-family homes.

The rule went into effect in July.

The Wicomico County Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was “a backdoor attempt to halt economic growth on the Eastern Shore.”

His measure would leave the decision to local officials.

The paper reports since the rule was put in place Wicomico County has gotten only one home building permit application.

There was a rush of applications to beat the deadline.