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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11:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Delaware Charter School Discrimination Case Filed

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society are targeting Delaware's charter school laws, saying they violate the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
 
The two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education against the state and the Red Clay school district in northern Delaware. It alleges Delaware's charter school law and policies have significantly contributed to the resegregation of public schools.
 

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11:22 am
Wed December 3, 2014

MD High Court Rules on Defense DNA Evidnce

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
 
In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
 
The court's ruling upholds the conviction of two Maryland men on charges including attempted murder and burglary stemming from a 2009 Montgomery County home invasion. Both men are serving life sentences.
 

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11:01 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sheriff Lewis Blasts Critics of Ferguson Grand Jury

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis sharply criticized those who did not accept the decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. He said, told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush, that he believed Attorney General Eric Holder was inflaming passions surrounding the shooting and that the officer acted appropriately. He added, that he believed given Brown's behavior the outcome was inevitable and that the teenager "got what was coming to him that day."

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10:45 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Michael Brown Rally at UMES, Hogan Comments on Ferguson Shooting

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A small group of protesters gathered on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to protest in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The rally was organized by the local chapter of the NAACP on the UMES campus.

Some carried signs readying “Hands up Don’t Shoot #Mike Brown” while another asked “Why Is He Dead.”

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10:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Culver Sworn In, Hogan Vows to Fight PMT

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Bob Culver was sworn in yesterday as the second Wicomico County Executive.

He was joined by Governor Elect Larry Hogan for a ceremony at Wor-Wic Community College.

During his remarks, Culver He tried to reach out to all voters and had these cautious words for his supporters.

“Now just a few words for those who want to see change happen. I’ve heard it and I understand it. A few changes can be made quickly. Some will be. Some will require more in depth understanding. Change won’t be made for the sake of change.”

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10:01 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Silence Replaces Prayer at Carroll County Commission

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The newly elected Carroll County Commissioners are standing silent on a disputed public-prayer policy.

The five-member, all-Republican board opened its first meeting Tuesday in Westminster with a moment of silence instead of a prayer. They took no official action regarding the previous board's policy of opening meetings with sometimes overtly Christian prayers, said by the commissioners themselves.

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9:53 am
Wed December 3, 2014

School Curriculum Controversey Draws National Attention

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The National Coalition Against Censorship is weighing in on a request by a member of the Indian River School Board to remove lessons from the school curriculum.

These include the definitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender as well as information on STD’s, HIV and pregnancy prevention instead of abstinence.

The Coalition says to deny students such information because of anyone’s religious or other personal beliefs raises serious First Amendment concerns and would compromise the public education system.

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9:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Change for MD Stormwater Fees

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says there could be some changes to the state's so-called "rain tax," but he doesn't expect it to be repealed.

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has said the stormwater management fee is one of the taxes he'd like to get rid of.

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9:38 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Arson Fires at Three Delaware Churches

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FELTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are investigating three arsons at Delaware churches all in one morning.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says someone started the fires in the Felton area Tuesday morning. The first fire happened just before 2 a.m. at the Healing Hands Christian Church, which was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

As crews were battling that blaze, another fire was reported at the Manship Chapel. Crews were able to contain that fire.

The last fire came at 5:30 a.m. at the Laws Mennonite Church.

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9:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Delaware Farm Bureau Leader Ousted

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Former Delaware Farm Bureau president Gary Warren has been ousted after a controversy erupted over a proposed $6.6 million taxpayer funded development rights purchase from two Port Penn-area farms. One of them was owned by the group’s former top officer.

The easement deal was supported by New Castle County and would have paid Warren $3.3 million for preservation on his 123 acre farm but leave the property in his possession.

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9:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Two Virginia Hospitals Chosen to Treat Ebola Patients

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Health officials have designated two Virginia hospitals as Ebola treatment centers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services included the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond on a list Tuesday of 35 designated hospitals across the country.

Others designated hospitals are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

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9:23 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Climate Change Panel Meets as Deadline Approaches

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell with studying and preparing for climate change impacts in Delaware is eyeing a reporting deadline on its findings and recommendations.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which meets Wednesday, is scheduled to submit its report by Dec. 31.

The committee's responsibilities include overseeing development of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that benefits the economy.

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9:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

VA Governor Extends Coastal Management Program

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

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1:53 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Andy Cashman Promoted to GM of Maryland State Fair

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Andy Cashman has been named General Manager of the Maryland State Fair.

The announcement by the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society board of directors promotes Cashman from the position of Assistant General Manager.

During his tenure has helped lead the Fair to prominence in the local, national and international arenas.

Cashman began his passion for agriculture and the air industry at the age of 9 as a Baltimore County 4-H member.

In 2007 Cashman was the youngest person to be named the state’s Fair Person of the Year.

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9:03 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Body Cameras for Police in Delaware

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With the shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, an effort is now underway to get law enforcement officers in Delaware to wear body cameras to better account for what happens when situations turn violent. Richard Smith, state president of the NAACP in Delaware, says it would go along way toward easing tensions between the police and the black community.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Smith about the prospect of getting body cameras for local police.

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8:21 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Carroll County Commissioners Face Prayer Issue

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The newly elected Carroll County Commissioners face a lingering dispute over public prayer as they begin their four-year terms.

Tuesday's meeting in Westminster includes three freshmen and two veterans of the board that fought a federal-court challenge to its practice of opening public meetings with sometimes overtly Christian prayers.

With the lawsuit still pending, it's an open question whether the new, all-Republican board will continue the policy of having the commissioners give the invocation on a rotating basis.

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8:19 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Plastic and Glass Bottles Get Cheaper in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Just in time for the holidays, plastic and glass drink bottles in Delaware are about to get a little bit cheaper.

A temporary four-cent tax on many bottles expired as scheduled on Monday. The tax was part of a universal recycling law passed by lawmakers in 2010 and funded programs meant to get more people to recycle.

Gov. Jack Markell joined lawmakers and environmental officials Monday to tout the success of the recycling law. Under the "single-stream" law, various recyclables are placed in a single container and taken to recycling centers.

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8:15 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Markell Names First Female to Head Superior Court System

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Judge Jan Jurden to become the first female head of Delaware's Superior Court system.

In a statement Monday, Markell praised Jurden's "skill, dedication, and integrity." If confirmed by the Senate, she would succeed James Vaughn as president judge of Superior Court. Vaughn recently became a state Supreme Court justice.

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8:02 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Somerset County Circuit Court Gets First New Clerk in Half Century

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For the first time in more than a half century a new clerk was sworn for the Somerset County Circuit court.

Charles Horner took the oath yesterday replacing Ted Phoebus who served for the last 51 years.

Horner said he will continue his tradition.

The Republican was elected in November receiving just over 4-thousand votes or 62 percent of the ballots cast over Kathy Grant who got 37 percent.

The 54-year old Horner of Westover retired from the Maryland State Police after 28 years officially leaving the job on Sunday.

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7:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Two Women Rescued from Kidnapping & Prostitution on Eastern Shore

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say they've rescued two women being held against their will for prostitution on the Eastern Shore.

Police said Monday that the Maryland women are 20 and 25 years old, and that one of them sent a text message Sunday to her family for help. They called police.

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7:56 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Car Crash Causes Fire Damage to Homes in Delaware

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police are citing inattentive driving for a car crash that caused a fire that damaged four town homes, displaced three families and sent one person to the hospital.

Police say 67-year-old Bharat Kothari of Newark ran into a gas line at a home in Green Valley on Monday afternoon. The collision sparked a fire that engulfed the home and spread to attached town homes.

Police say drugs and alcohol were not factors. They cited Kothari with inattentive driving.

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7:48 am
Tue December 2, 2014

VA Thanksgiving Traffic Fatalities Down

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say the state recorded its smallest number of Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatalities in more than two decades.

Five people died during the holiday reporting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. That's the fewest since five fatalities were recorded in 1992.

The number was down from 12 last year.

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7:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

New DE Medical Examiner Meets Oversight Panel

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's new chief medical examiner is getting some face time with the state panel that oversees his newly created division.

Dr. Gary Collins will be introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the state Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission is charged with providing oversight and guidance to the Division of Forensic Science, which was created earlier this year amid an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

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7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Billboards in Delaware Encourage Condom Use

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There are new billboards going up along Delaware Route 1 and U.S. Route 13.

And they say you can get free condoms, anonymously, by mail.

The promotion is part of a marketing campaign for Delaware HIV consortium’s program DelaWEAR One.

The program will have been in place for a year next month.

And it is designed to encourage condom use.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 350 people have already enrolled in the program and that the state has plenty of condoms in stock.

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7:28 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Virginia Considers New Sexual Assault Laws for Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are proposing new rules that would require university officials to report allegations of sexual assault to law enforcement personnel and prosecutors.

Three Republican leaders in the House said Monday that violent crimes should be addressed by the criminal justice system, not by school officials.

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7:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Naval Academy Attrition Rate Declines

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy officials say the school's attrition rate continues to drop.

The academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Ted Carter, said Monday this year's freshmen class only lost 9 students out of 1,091 during plebe summer. That's the lowest ever.

Plebe summer is when first-year students come to the academy before the start of the academic year to get conditioned to the rigors of academy life and learn basic military skills.

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8:54 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Protest Set for UMES Over Ferguson Shooting

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Protests of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, are expected to continue this week with the NAACP chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore planning a rally.

The Daily Times reports the university's NAACP rally is inviting supporters to gather Tuesday in the courtyard at the Student Services Center of the Princess Anne campus.

According to the group's Facebook page, the event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group is also urging participants to wear black clothing.

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8:44 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Police Consider Body Cameras

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Top Delaware State Police officials are looking at the idea of equipping state troopers with body cameras in the wake of the Missouri shooting of a black teenager by police officer.

Governor Jack Markell says he is open to deploying body cameras on police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for the last ten years state troopers have used in-car cameras with microphones.

A meeting with the governor is set between Delaware Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen and Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, who has called for body cameras.

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8:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Park Fees Go Up

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The first in a series of public meetings will be held this week on proposals to increase fees at Delaware state parks.

The proposals include increasing state resident fees for vehicles at inland park gates by $1 to $4. Out-of-state visitor fees would increase by $2 to $8. For ocean parks, fees would rise to $5 for state residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors.

The first in a series of meetings will be held Tuesday at Cape Henlopen State Park.

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8:25 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Deer Hunting Season Begins for Whitetail Population

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two-week firearm deer season is opening with more Sunday hunting opportunities and other rule changes aimed reducing the whitetail population.

Maryland's most popular deer season begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 13. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters using modern firearms accounted for 46 percent of all deer taken in 2013-14.

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