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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12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Pace of Same Sex Weddings in Delaware, Expected to Slow

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 2,000 same-sex couples have been married in Delaware in the last 12 months, but court clerks in the state expect the pace to slow going forward.

Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex weddings under a law that took effect in July 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the 12 months ending June 30, court clerks in the state issued 2,092 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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11:24 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Author Speaks Out on Novel Cut From Cape Henlopen Reading List

Susan McAnelly, manager of Browseabout Books
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Browseabout Books

As controversy swirls around the decision by the Cape Henlopen School board to drop a book about a teenager who discovers she is gay from the 9th grade summer reading list the Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach as been providing the novel for students and others want to read it.

The novel is entitled “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and is authored by Emily Danforth.

Susan McAnelly, the store manager says, her store was first contacted by a national group After Ellen when word first got out about the decision.

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10:20 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gas Prices Edge Downward, But Still Frustrate Delmarvans

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The national average for a gallon of gas has hit $3.67.

That’s down slightly by 4 cents.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the dip is due to an increase in output from Libya and Iraq’s production being substantially unharmed by recent violence.

Still going into Independence Day it was a penny higher making it the highest since 2008.

And Delmarvans express their frustration at the pump in Salisbury:

Last week in Salisbury gas was 10 cents cheaper than it was in Washington DC.

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9:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Not Be Located in Carroll County

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.

A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.

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9:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Resupply Mission From Wallops on its Way to International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.

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9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Online Gambling is a Revenue Bust in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's first fiscal year of online gambling has fallen well short of its target of $5 million in revenue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the venture brought in little cash for the state and none for Delaware's casinos.

Since the nation's first online gaming platform with video lottery and table games rolled out in November, online gambling has brought in $1.2 million. The state's return after startup and vendor fees came to $318,000.

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8:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Hearing Set for Construction of MGM Casino in National Harbor

Proposed MGM Casino in National Harbor
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The Prince George's County Council is expected to clear the way for construction of a new MGM casino at National Harbor.

The county council is holding a hearing Monday and is expected to approve MGM's application. That would allow construction to begin within weeks for a casino slated to open by the summer of 2016.

The county planning board approved the project May 8, despite hearing complaints from residents and community leaders who object to the building's lighting features and giant video screens.

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8:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Creationism and Dinosaur Bones in Anne Arundel County Council Race

Allosaurus
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate for the Anne Arundel County Council has recently donated dinosaur fossils to a creationist museum that believes the creatures were alive less than 5,000 years ago.

The Capital reports Michael Peroutka presented the fossils to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, over the Memorial Day weekend. Peroutka is the Republican nominee in the District 5 council race.

Tax records show Peroutka valued the fossil at $200,000. The museum puts the value at $1 million after a reappraisal.

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8:02 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Arson Trial for Bundick Begins Today

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The trial for Tonya Bundick on one count of arson is set to get underway in a Virginia Beach courtroom today.

It’s just one out of 62 counts the 42-year old from Hopeton faces.

She has already entered an Alford plea to two counts related to a fire in April in of last year.

She is set to be sentence on those counts in September.

Her fiancé, Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 68 counts – 67 of those for arson in Accomack county in late 2012 and early 2013.

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2:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

International Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed

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The International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed another day.

It’s now scheduled for Sunday July 13th cancelling the Saturday launch.

Severe weather in the area of the Wallops Flight Facility has repeatedly hampered the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The vehicle will carry around 33-hundred pounds of supplies including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

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2:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UD Data Center Dead

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says it is pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark.

University officials said in a statement Thursday that an internal working group concluded that the proposed facility, which included a 279-megawatt power plant, was not consistent with plans for its science and technology campus.

The Data Centers LLC, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, had proposed a 900,000-square-foot data center complex

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1:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Cape Henlopen School Board to Reconsider Dropping Book from Reading List

Some Cape Henlopen School board members have indicated they are willing to reconsider their decision to pull a young adult novel from a freshman summer reading list after protests from parents and librarians.

Last month the board voted to eliminate the book “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” whose central character comes to the realization that she is gay and that includes some expletives which at least one board member found offensive.

Board Vice President Roni Posner was the sole vote against the decision to take the book off the reading list.

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1:43 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

More Jobs Could be Coming to Dover

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

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1:26 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New Proposed Shade Tree Ordinance in Rehoboth

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A new tree ordinance could affect owners of property of more than 5-thosuand square feet in Rehoboth Beach.

Currently such property owners are now required to have three trees in their yard. 

The resort’s Planning commission will take up a proposed change tonight …that would require that they be shade trees which are 30 feet or taller.

Many homes already have a number of large trees but WBOC reports some areas are lacking such as Country Club Estates.

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1:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fracking Report to be Finished this Fall

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - A state panel developing recommendations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland is making progress toward a final report this fall.

The agenda for Friday's meeting in Frostburg includes a discussion of loose ends to be tied up before the panel completes its work.

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12:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Campaign Sign Regulations Rescinded in Hancock

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - The western Maryland town of Hancock is rescinding an ordinance that put time limits on front-yard campaign signs after the American Civil Liberties Union objected on First Amendment grounds.

Town Manager David Smith said Thursday the town council agreed Wednesday night to rescind the ordinance, which took effect in April.

The ordinance prohibited campaign signs on private property before Jan. 2 of an election year, and required their removal within 72 hours after an election.

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12:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Shortfall in Virginia State Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration announced the shortfall Thursday. His office did not say whether the shortfall would lead to budget cuts.

The governor signed a budget last month that had anticipated a smaller budget shortfall for fiscal 2014 of about $350 million.

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12:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New War of 1812 Celebration at National Aquarium in Baltimore

War of 1812
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Aquarium in Baltimore is launching a new series of events on Friday nights to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore in 1812 that inspired the words for the national anthem.

Beginning Friday through Sept. 12, the aquarium is hosting Star-Spangled Friday Nights. Visitors after 5 p.m. will pay a special reduced price of $18.12. Regular admission is $35 for adults. The aquarium is open until 8 p.m. for visitors on Fridays.

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11:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Saturday

International Space Station
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There will be no rocket launch tomorrow at Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences has rescheduled the flight for its Cygnus space craft for Saturday because of bad weather.

NASA spokesmen Keith Koehler says the mission to the International Space Station will take place around 1 p.m. on Saturday.        

The Cygnus holds around 33-hundred pounds of supplies for the station.

This includes science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Upon launch the Antares rocket is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

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9:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Warning: E-ZPass Scam in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland are warning the public about a scam involving E-ZPass.

The Maryland Transportation Authority on Wednesday warned that several phony emails are circulating requesting E-ZPass Maryland customers to pay their tolls debts online. Transportation officials say the emails are a scam, and that scammers are using the emails to try to obtain personal information. Transportation officials say the emails should be ignored or deleted.

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9:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Part of I-495 Bridge Could Open Before Labor Day

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials in Delaware say a portion of the closed Interstate 495 bridge may re-open ahead of schedule, weeks before Labor Day.

Officials announced the development Wednesday. The bridge, which typically carries about 90,000 vehicles daily, was closed June 2 after officials learned several columns were tilting.

Temporary repairs had been expected to be complete by Labor Day, but on Wednesday officials said the southbound lanes could re-open before then. The state's transportation department did not give a specific date.

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9:37 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Book Dropped From Summer Reading List, Draws Protests in Cape Henlopen

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Librarians, some parents and teachers are protesting 6-to-1 decision in June by the Cape Henlopen School District board to pull a young-adult book off the summer reading list.

Entitled ”The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth, the book’s main character is gay and it contains a number of expletives.

Some board members said they were reflecting the concerns of parents with the board president Spencer Brittingham saying it was the profanity.

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9:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

ECI Water Okay

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It’s safe to drink the water at the Eastern Correctional Institution.

That’s the word from the Maryland Environmental Service officials after they discovered bacteria earlier this month.

Two water samples take on July 1st and 3rd  found traces of coliform bacteria which is usually found in fecal matter. 

But Chris Carrigan with the Maryland Environmental Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the potentially deadly E. Coli form of the bacteria did not turn up.

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9:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay

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There’s another hurdle for the Great Bay Wind Energy project in Somerset County.

The wind turbine effort still has to get approval from the County Commissioners before it gets underway.

In the last legislative session Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a measure that would have delayed the project for over a year.

After meeting with the county commissioner last Tuesday Commissioner Charles Fisher told WBOC that the board needed more time to come up with an ordinance.

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9:06 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Virginia GOP Calls Special Session on Medicaid Expansion

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican legislative leaders are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment announced Wednesday the General Assembly will be back into session during the week of Sept. 22.

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8:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Record Wild Turkey Hunting Season in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say hunters bagged 687 wild turkeys during the spring turkey hunting season, surpassing a previous record.

Officials say the previous record was set in 2012 when hunters bagged 615 birds. The state says Delaware has set a record for nine of the last 10 years. The 2014 turkey hunting season ended May 10.

Officials say almost 90 percent of the birds bagged this year were shot on private land, though 83 birds were taken on public lands. The 2015 wild turkey season will start on April 11 and run through May 9.

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8:36 am
Thu July 10, 2014

After July 4th Drownings, Warning to Maryland Boaters

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials will be reminding people to be careful on the water.

Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Maryland Park Service have scheduled a news conference on Thursday at Sandy Point State Park. It comes after two deaths from drowning on state waterways over the Fourth of July weekend. There also have been 28 boating accidents in the last two weekends.

Officials will discuss ways to best protect children at the water's edge. They also will talk about safe boating and how to help someone in distress.

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8:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

GOP Candidate Takes Public Campaign Financing

Larry Hogan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland elections board official says Republican Larry Hogan has indicated he will use public campaign finance funds for his general election campaign for governor.

Jared DeMarinis with the state Board of Elections confirmed that Hogan's campaign indicated it would use public financing Wednesday.

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12:39 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Adapting to Climate Change in Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Climate Action Network has released a report detailing its recommendations for how Virginia should adapt to rising sea levels.

The group unveiled its recommendations on Wednesday in Norfolk, which routinely experiences flooding during even minor storms.

Among other things, the report calls for improved emergency planning coordination, the use of living shorelines and for a strategic retreat from vulnerable areas.

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10:27 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Cooling Stations Open in Somerset County Amid Heat Wave

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With temperatures still reaching into the 90’s Somerset County has opened up some cooling stations.

The Princess Anne Library and the Crisfield Library will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The Somerset Senior Services Center will be open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And the Woodrow Wilson Community Center will also be open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.      

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