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.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in the city.

The order for residents to stay home after 10 p.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to keep it in place through Sunday. Protests since Monday's riots have been peaceful, and the announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest eased tensions.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement Sunday morning that her goal was not to maintain the curfew any longer than was necessary.

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Once again voters in the Milford School district will be going to the polls this Tuesday.

They will be deciding on whether to approve funding their part of a new $69 million dollar high school.

They will be asked about a plan to borrow $20 million in addition to a hike in their property taxes for the operating costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the new high school will be located on the south side of the city across from Route 113 and Redner’s supermarket.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics experts with the Delaware Medical Relief Team are headed to Nepal to help victims of last week's magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

The Wilmington News Journal reports a first wave of more than 15 volunteers is expected to arrive in Nepal on Thursday.


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard and the Navy plan to conduct a joint training exercise in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

The cruise ship Spirit of Norfolk also will participate.

The exercise is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Monday.

The Coast Guard says the goal of the exercise is to promote coordination between military units.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A huge fire tore through the historic former Bancroft Mills site along the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports firefighters arrived on the scene early Saturday morning to confront a fire that had engulfed the 19th-century three-story mill facility.
The blaze was put under control about four hours later, but not before the abandoned wooden building - the only structure in the Bancroft Mills complex owned by Delaware State Parks - burned to the ground.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For the better part of three decades, Virginia operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Not anymore.

Statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center show that Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution - down from a high of 57 in 1995.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Organizers of a conference being held in Wilmington are hoping to bring government agencies, nonprofits, businesses and faith-based groups together in an effort to end hunger in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at Monday's conference, which is sponsored by The Food Bank of Delaware, Brae's Brown Bags and the Food Research and Action Center.

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Concerns are now being expressed in Delaware that allowing charter schools to give preference to students who live within five miles of their facility is leading to the resegregration of neighborhoods.

Representative John Kowalko says that Newark Charter School with almost 2000 students is producing de facto segregation because it sits in a mostly white affluent part of the city.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark is the only charter school that uses the preference and will soon become a full K-through-12 facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The son of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse is seeking to limit evidence in his upcoming trial on federal cyberstalking charges.

Prosecutors allege that David Matusiewicz and his family conspired for years to torment and stalk his ex-wife, Christine Belford, before she and a friend were killed by his father, Thomas, in 2013.

Thomas Matusiewicz's widow and children deny any knowledge that he planned to kill Bedford.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."
 Mr. Gray's death was a homicide," State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.

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The state of Delaware will spend a million dollars to bring a fiber-optic data line that connects Seaford Georgetown and Lewes.

In making his announcement Governor Jack Markell said that he hopes the project could be completed by the end of the year.

The Delaware Democrat said that the aim of the effort is to connect the remaining pockets in the state that do not have access to high-speed data lines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Fibertech will build the data system for businesses and Internet providers who can then buy access.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A proposed office, manufacturing and transit hub in Claymont could bring as many as 5,000 jobs to eastern Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the multimillion-dollar, 425-acre project, dubbed First State Crossing, could attract multiple employers and bringing thousands of jobs to the site.

The St. Louis-based developer, Commercial Development Company, transforms outdated industrial properties into office, manufacturing and retail space.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment narrowed its first-quarter loss compared to last year but says further cost-cutting is needed.

The company on Thursday reported a net loss of $352,000, compared to a $1 million loss for the first three months of 2014. Revenues dropped from about $45.5 million to slightly more than $44.3 million.

The company said it will stop offering unprofitable table games at its Dover Downs casino between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday, starting May 18, resulting in the elimination of 24 positions.

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A 6th grade Bennett Middle School got the chance to interview the president of the United States.

12-year old Osman Yahya got the opportunity yesterday during an event sponsored by Discovery Education in Washington D.C.

His job was to host the event and included not only putting questions to the President but taking questions from the live audience of middle school students.

WBOC reports that most of the questions were about education and reading.

Yahya was interested in the books that inspired the president when he was growing up.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis expressed disappointment over his experience in Baltimore where he joined thousands of police officers to impose a curfew in the wake of Monday’s rioting.

The unrest broke out with the death of Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lewis said his deputies were repeatedly told to stand down and retreat as authorities imposed the 10 p.m. curfew over the last few days.

This was done, he said, while multiple felonies were being committed in their presence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has postponed a vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Conflicting amendments to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes from the ban forced the postponement of Thursday's scheduled vote until next week.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A panel exploring how to make Delaware's revenue portfolio less unpredictable and more reflective of economic conditions is putting the finishing touches on its report.

The Structural Revenue Review Committee was to meet Friday to discuss the content and dissemination of its report to Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers.

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Dover police were on the scene this morning of a fatal shooting.

It occurred around 9:45 at the Pine Grove Apartment complex.

Meanwhile, police had advised students and staff at the Reilly Brown Elementary School to stay indoors.

The lockdown has now been lifted and police say they are certain that the suspect is no longer in the area.

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Baltimore police say they have turned over their criminal investigation to a prosecutor who will decide whether charges are warranted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray suffered a mysterious spinal injury while he was in the custody of officers. The prosecutor has not given a timeline for when she will decide on whether to charge the six officers who have been suspended during the investigation of Gray's death.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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Calm returned for a second night in Baltimore with a 10 p.m. curfew that saw protesters move off the streets of the city.

Some wore T-shirts that read "Black Lives Matter" and demanded accountability from authorities in the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray after he suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles played took on the Chicago White Sox in Camden Yards without any fans in the stands.

The baseball club said it did so for safety reasons.

The O's beat the Sox 8-2.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh radio station has suspended a disc jockey over his online posting about the arrest record of a Baltimore man whose fatal injury in police custody led to rioting.

Officials at FM station WAMO 100 said Wednesday the posting by Mike Jax was "too controversial" and partly inaccurate. They say listeners complained and some threatened to harm Jax, whose real name is Mike Jackson.

Jax has been suspended for at least two weeks.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland will continue to give out free paper state road maps to residents and visitors this year.

A Maryland State Highway Administration representative told The Cumberland Times-News the state map includes the latest changes to Maryland's transportation system, tourist attractions, historical sites and county boundary lines. About 1,100 towns and destinations in the state are highlighted.

The map is also available online, though the organization says the paper maps remain popular.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's air quality has continued its steady improvement, but the state still gets a failing grade for having high levels of ozone on hot and sunny days.

The News Journal reports the American Lung Association gave all three Delaware counties a grade of F for having too many high-ozone days.

The report showed some improvement, with the county of New Castle earning a C grade on particle pollution, an improvement upon last year's D grade. The other two counties received A's in that category.

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There is a proposal to expand the medical marijuana law in Delaware that would allow those under the age of 18 to get low THC oil.

State Senator Ernie Lopez is now pushing to change the current law that only allows adults with a medical card to obtain the drug.

WBOC spoke with the parents of 9 year old Ryley Maedler from Rehoboth Beach who said they want the choice of obtaining the medical marijuana for their child.

They said they have tried other medications to help Ryley who had major survey for bone tumors whose complications have led to seizures.

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$5.6 million in grants is set to revitalize the downtown areas in Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.  

There are thirteen projects in all from a state grant for areas designated as Downtown Development Districts earlier this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include commercial and mixed use as well as residential developments.            

Officials hope that the state funds will generate as much as $114 million in private money.

The grants will provide up to 20 percent of construction costs for those projects that have already been completed.

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There will be no right to work law in the state of Delaware.

The Republican measure was turned down by Democrats in the state Senate Labor Committee yesterday with the backing of unions.

Under the bill right-to-work zones could have been carved out to attract manufacturing and it would have kept workers from having to join a union or pay for the upkeep of a union contract.

Since 1990 the state has seen more than 20-thousand manufacturing jobs disappear from the First State.

There are 25 states that have right-to-work laws.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill being considered Thursday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Amendments added to the bill since its introduction would exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes.

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Wicomico County has issued a deadline to the city of Salisbury.

It wants to know by May 1st if the city will go through with Mayor Jim Ireton’s threat to cut off Fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas if there is no agreement by July 1st.

The Salisbury Fire Chief and a top city administration official met with county officials yesterday to begin discussions on a new agreement.

The city says that currently it is costing the Salisbury $2.2 million to provide service without adequate compensation from county residents.

SU Unveils Master Plan

Apr 29, 2015

The master plan for Salisbury University was unveiled yesterday that would ensure a central academic base, while improving the ties to the East Campus.

There is a proposal for a Fine and Performing Arts complex on the main campus and a Field House on the East campus.

It would also include the potential plans to improve not only the academic side of the campus but for student life and recreation.

The plans would establish – what has been described as – University District that would cross Route 13.