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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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is promoting a smartphone application that helps scientists track the spread of invasive plants.

Ecologist Kerrie Kyde says the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network app is available for iPhone and Android devices. She's planning to hold four workshops around the state this spring or summer to teach people how to use it.

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The famed Trimpers Rides is hitting the airwaves tonight.

The Fox Business Network is featuring the Ocean City amusement park on its “Strange Inheritance” program at 9 p.m. tonight.

The show looks at the people who come into possession of some unusual things as an inheritance.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the program will focus on a significant tax increase it faced ten years ago after being reclassified for condominiums that the park faced around ten years ago.  

The Trimper family has owned the park since the beginning of the 20th century.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's crunch time for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers still have a budget to pass.

The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday, but it's unclear if the Legislature is willing and able to pass some of Hogan's legislative initiatives that the governor says are important to the deal.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Princess Anne has retired while the police department is investigating the accidental deaths of a family of eight due to carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.

Town officials tell The Daily Times that Police Chief Scott Keller has retired after nearly eight years. Capt. Tim Bozman has been named interim chief of the town's police department. He was appointed to lead the department Friday.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Incident reports show a mentally ill woman who died after being subdued with a stun gun at the Fairfax County jail was restrained at the hands and legs when she was shocked four times.

The Washington Post obtained incident reports in the February death of inmate Natasha McKenna. Documents show McKenna initially cooperated and agreed to be handcuffed. But she then began trying to fight her way out.

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ARNOLD, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police say a second suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a police officer who remains in serious condition.

Police said Sunday that Cpl. Larry Adams has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center. Adams was shot early Friday near a 7-Eleven in the Arnold area after approaching a man who was reportedly actin suspicious.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials and the ride-hailing service Uber are finalizing an agreement to allow the company to operate in the state.

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A Death with Dignity measure is expected to be considered by the Delaware state legislature.

Representative Paul Baumbach is drawing up a measure that would be similar to Oregon’s law that allows doctors to write lethal prescriptions.

Baumbach says that that terminally ill in the state with six months to live or less as assessed by a doctor should have the right to take the lethal drug.

The Newark Democrat said he expects it will take a year before he is able to get his measure through the General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It would no longer be a crime to possess marijuana-related paraphernalia in Maryland, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates voted 84-52 on Saturday for the Senate bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Maryland decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana last year. That made it a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

However, lawmakers didn't do the same thing for paraphernalia like pipes, so the bill was introduced this session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to require private donations for inaugural festivities for the governor to be publicly disclosed.

The Senate voted 45-0 on Saturday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

An inaugural committee could not be able to receive or disburse money unless it files a statement of organization with the Maryland State Board of Elections and names a treasurer.

The treasurer would be required to file reports that show donations and disbursements of donated money.

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ARNOLD, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Police say an officer has been shot and critically wounded and police are searching for the shooter.

Police spokesman Lt. T. J. Smith said the shooting occurred early Friday near a 7-Eleven along College Parkway in the Arnold area.

Smith says the officer made contact with a man around 2 .m. after someone reported a suspicious person in the area. He says both ran away from the 7-Eleven and witnesses then heard gunshots.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities say a man kidnapped a woman, fatally shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, before authorities cornered him Thursday evening in an exchange of gunfire.

Officials say the suspect and a police officer were wounded.

Erika Murray, spokesman at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center, says the guard, identified as Lawrence Buckner, died there Thursday evening.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the officer and suspect were conscious when taken for medical care.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he is smoothing out the rough edges in the legislation that would allow Congress to reject a nuclear arms deal with Iran.

During an interview with the Salisbury Daily Times the Maryland Democrat said he wants to ensure that the bill is not aimed at directly impacting the substance of the agreements being negotiated.

The measure authored by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee would provide the Congress 60 days to approve, reject or take no action on the agreement.

Only 23 percent of millennials in Delaware are signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

And that is among the lowest in the nation and 5 percent below the national average.

These are people between the ages of 18 and 34.

Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the Wilmington News Journal that she was hesitant to think that there has not been enough outreach.

Landgraf said that Medicaid enrollment may have contributed to the low signup rate for millennials.

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Sussex County could be seeing yet another development that would turn around 50 acres of land into 120 single-family homes along with 44 townhouses.

The property has been owned by the Protestant Episcopal Church of Delaware in Ocean View.

A hearing was held last night by the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the project.  

The project is located near the Ocean Way Estates and the Ocean View Beach Club.

WBOC reports that there was some concern last night by neighbors who fear the loss of the countryside flavor of the area.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school bill is advancing in the House of Delegates.

On Thursday the House education subcommittee voted 10-1 to move the measure to a vote by the full Ways and Means Committee.

The bill came to the House heavily amended by the Senate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hogan said the changes "gutted" his bill.

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KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been endorsed by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner in his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsement was announced Thursday.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, also was endorsed by former Rep. Beverly Byron, as well as Democratic members of the Frederick County Council.

Van Hollen already has received endorsements from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

He also has been endorsed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue a man who fell 200 feet from a cliff in western Maryland.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that crew members hoisted the 19-year-old into the helicopter Tuesday evening near Wiley Ford, West Virginia, across the Potomac River from Cumberland.
He was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment.
The teen's condition wasn't immediately available Thursday. Police haven't released his name.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Del. Joe Morrissey is asking a court to review 750 petition signatures that the Democratic Party rejected, making him ineligible for a state Senate primary.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Morrissey filed the lawsuit Monday in Richmond Circuit Court. He's also asking the court to block printing of the ballots for the June primary.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A funeral is planned next weekend for a Maryland father and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their home.

The funeral for Rodney Todd and his children will be held April 18 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A viewing is set to begin at 10 a.m. and funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Government data on Veterans Administration medical facilities show higher than average wait times at two Delaware facilities in recent months.

According to figures reviewed by The Associated Press, the outpatient clinic in Georgetown ranked 11th among more than 900 facilities nationwide in the percentage of completed appointments from September to February with wait times of more than 30 days.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - A former Eastern Shore councilwoman has been charged with felony theft while she was treasurer of a local organization.

State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced the charge against 82-year-old Mabel Mumford-Pautz on Wednesday. Her attorney, former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, didn't return a call seeking comment. Gansler is a partner at a Washington firm.

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22-year old Brandon Moore was arrested during the Christmas parade in Salisbury while protesting the treatment of African American men by law enforcement.

He will now have to serve fives day in jail along with 45 day in the warden’s work program.

In addition, he will have to pay $700 in fines.

He will also be on two years of supervised probation.

The counts included second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable lawful order.

Moore is the first of three who were arrested that day as they disrupted the parade.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

McDonnell made the argument in papers filed late Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. It's his last brief before a May 12 hearing in his appeal of his public corruption convictions.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Kent County Republican chairman is running for Congress.

Hans Reigle, an assistant professor and assistant director of aviation at Delaware State University, filed paperwork last month to run for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Rep. John Carney now holds the seat.

Reigle says he'll work to improve the nation's educational system and eliminate wasteful spending. Reigle also says he will work to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and strengthen border security.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says it's in his DNA to be the Democrats' top Senate negotiator on Iran, a role he'll play next week when the Foreign Relations Committee opens difficult hearings on the issue.

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Perdue Farms has donated $10-thousand to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for the annual Project Clean Stream that will take place on April 11th.

The money comes through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and is aimed at funding the annual Bay watershed and shoreline cleanup program.

Al Todd, executive director of the Alliance for the Alliance told the Salisbury Daily Times that Perdue Farmes has had a long-time partnership with the cleanup program.

Perdue Farm initiated Project Clean Stream seven years ago in Salisbury.

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Charter schools could be getting a closer look from the Delaware State Auditor’s office.

The legislation sponsored by Representative Kim Williams was sparked by allegations that leaders of the Family Foundations Academy made personal purchases of more than $94-thousand on the institution’s credit card.

Williams noted that the state auditor already oversees district and vo-tech schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said.

Wednesday's development came after state senators decided too many important issues were being raised so close to the end of the legislative session.

The bill now heads back to the committee level with potential to return for next year's session, which ends midnight on Monday.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of a teachers union is urging Maryland lawmakers to reject a tax-credit backed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for businesses that support students who attend private schools.
Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said Wednesday lawmakers should reject what she described as a "voucher scheme," whether or not Hogan "chooses to shortchange Maryland and its schools."