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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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

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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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9:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Child Killed in Storm, 6 Others Injured in Carroll County

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MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - A tree fell at a summer camp during a strong thunderstorm, killing one child and injuring six others.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s office says that a storm struck about 7 p.m. last night when about 114 children ages 7 to 12 were attending an event at a hillside pavilion in the River Valley Ranch camp in Manchester.

As the storm approached, the children were brought to a nearby shelter on the hill.

Authorities say the tree fell on them when they were en route, injuring seven children.

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9:45 am
Wed July 9, 2014

DNREC to Adjust for Increased Natural Gas Use by Bloom Energy

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The Delaware department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be reissuing a permit to allow Bloom Energy to consumer more than natural gas than originally anticipated for its electrical project.

Officials say that they forgot to update the permit as the project grew larger at a Delmarva Power substation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Bloom project has been challenged by local residents who said the fuel-cell maker’s products are not as efficiently as promised.         

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9:33 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Montgomery Council Urges Decriminalizing Pot Paraphernalia

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Montgomery County Council is calling on Maryland lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of devices used to smoke marijuana.

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution calling on lawmakers to change the laws for marijuana paraphernalia possession for adults.

State lawmakers in April adopted a bill decriminalizing the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the bill into law.

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9:21 am
Wed July 9, 2014

GOP Selects Worcester County Commissioner Candidate After Tie

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In Worcester County Ted Elder will be the Republican candidates for Worcester County Commissioner.

On Monday the Worcester County Republican Central Committee selected the Whaleyville resident to move onto the general election after the primary race in District 4 resulted in a tie.

Elder and Kathryn Danko-Lord both received 214 votes in the primary.

After the Central Committee made its decision Danko-Lord told the Salisbury Daily Times that she considered the decision to be fair.

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9:06 am
Wed July 9, 2014

MD State Police Partners With Special Olympics MD

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police says the agency is partnering with Special Olympics Maryland to provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to spend time with troopers, including going out on patrol.

The Maryland State Police said Tuesday that the outreach effort is aimed at promoting a greater understanding for employees about children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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8:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Nominations Being Accepted for MD Agriculture's Hall of Fame

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are accepting nominations for the Governor's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says nominations are due Sept. 9. Officials are looking to honor farm families who have dedicated their lives to farming. The families that are selected to be inducted into the hall of fame will be honored during the Taste of Maryland Agriculture on Feb. 5, 2015.

Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible to be inducted into the hall of fame, which was established in 1991.

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9:47 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Mechanical Malfunction Caused 2012 Crash of Drone in Dorchester County

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An electrical malfunction caused a drone to crash near Bloodsworth Island in Southern Dorchester County on June 11th of 2012.

The revelation came in more than 1-thousand pages of documents obtained by the Salisbury Daily Times under the Freedom of Information Act.

Navy investigators showed it was a mechanical malfunction not the fault of the crew which resulted in the crash 15 minutes from Patuxent River Naval Air Station after takeoff across the Chesapeake Bay.

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9:30 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Salisbury City Council Okays Talks on Athletic Complex Expansion

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The Salisbury City Council gave Mayor Jim Ireton last night the green light to open up talks with Wicomico County for the donation of land to nearly double the size of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

The $3 million project is aimed at attracting more youth sports tournaments.

Currently, the Naylor Mill Road complex hosts the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Fastpitch Eastern World Series.

The County is already talking with the Association and other groups to add a baseball tournament and three more field sports events.

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9:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

SU Community Feels Loss of Student to Traffic Accident

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The Salisbury University community is mourning the loss of 21 year old Janelle Oni who was killed by a drunken driver in College Park on Sunday.

She graduated last May with a double major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution and communication arts.

Oni was known as someone with a big personality.

Brianna DeNeal-Findley, her close friend and a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she always greeted people and was a big presence in any room.

She was also a member of Untouchables Dance Incorporated.

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9:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UD Tuition Inches Upward

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says tuition and fees in the upcoming academic year will increase by about 2 percent for in-state undergraduates and about 2.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates.

The university announced the increases Monday. The school says the increase is the lowest percentage increase in more than 30 years.

For the 2014 to 2015 academic year, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates will be $12,342. That's up $230.

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8:55 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UD Campus Dorm Reopens After Bomb Threat

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has reopened a dorm at its campus in Newark after authorities found the area clear of any suspicious activity following a bomb threat.

University spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said in an email that police had concluded their search as of 11:30 p.m. and that the halls are open.

Boyle said earlier Monday that the school's 911 center had received an anonymous bomb threat. The school sent out an alert around 8 p.m. saying there had been a report of suspicious activity at the Dickinson Complex and asking people to avoid the area.

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8:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Delaware Senator Proposes Gas Tax Hike

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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8:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Delaware Seeking Volunteers for Wild Turkey Count

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Delaware are looking for volunteers to help with a survey to determine how many wild turkeys there are in the state.

Wildlife officials said Monday they're looking for people to help with Delaware's fifth annual wild turkey survey. The data volunteers collect helps biologists track the health and distribution of the estimated 6,000 birds in the state.

Wild turkeys became extinct in Delaware nearly 200 years ago, but wildlife officials re-introduced them into the state starting in 1984. A hunting season for the birds started in 1991.

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8:18 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Federalsburg Mayor In Stable Condition After Heart Attack

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Federalsburg Mayor William Beal has reportedly made excellent progress after suffering from a heart attack last Wednesday.

He is now in stable condition and his release from the hospital is pending doctor’s orders.

He has been getting cards and flowers from wellwishers.

Beal is not allowed at this time to receive telephone calls or visits.

 

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10:26 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Vintage Baseball Honored at Perdue Stadium

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Most baseball fans do not realize that baseball has not always been played as it is today. Indeed, there are teams with obscure names like the Talbot Fair Plays and the Brooklyn Atlantics that reach back to an era where the only equipment you got was a ball and bat.

No gloves allowed. This past weekend, the Fair Plays and vintage baseball were honored at the Arthur Perdue Baseball stadium. So, Delmarva Public Radio took the opportunity to explore how the "real" game was played, where there were no "rabbit balls" and no big money players.

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9:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Delmarva: Good July 4th Despite Hurricane Arthur

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The July 4th weekend turned out pretty well for Delmarva despite the close call with Hurricane Arthur.

In Ocean City officials delayed the festivities and fireworks until July 5th.

But Jessica Water with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was still a good weekend.

Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, told the paper that most of the hotels were booked solid for the weekend with only a few rooms left by July 3rd.

And there were few reported disruptions.

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9:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more opportunities to get back on the right path.

One bill to be signed this week allows prison officials to offer jobs for up to six months to ex-offenders who demonstrate exceptional skills while enrolled in vocational programs, notwithstanding prior felonies.

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8:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Sussex County Gets Extra Judge

Superior Court Judge Jane Brady
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Sussex County is getting a fourth superior court judge.

Judge Jane Brady has been indefinitely reassigned to the county dropping the number of Superior Court judges in Wilmington to 14.

Wilmington News Journal reports that few people in the legal community could remember when a judge has been moved from one county to another on a long-term basis.

Superior Court Judge James Vaughn Junior told the paper that it was just a matter of resources.

Kent County has three judges.

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8:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Late Principal in Milford Honored

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People gathered yesterday to remember Milford Central Academy principal Tricia Martin and her daughter Taryn.

They held – what was billed as – the Dr. Tricia martin Baseball Tournament bringing players from across the state of Delaware to raise funds for a scholarship in her honor.

During the game Dante George of Milford High School told WBOC that he recalled her as knowing all the students names and was the kindest principal he knew.

It’s been three months since they lost their lives in an automobile accident.

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11:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Date Set for Resupply Mission to International Space Station

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The next re-supply mission for the International Space Station from the Wallops Flight Facility is set for July 11th.

The afternoon launch of the Cynus spacecraft will deliver over 1.8 tons of cargo to space station.

Meanwhile, the engineering team has cleared the AJ26 engine that is currently integrated into the Antares rocket after a recent failure during a launch.

After the Cynus reaches the space station it will be loaded with nearly 1.5 tons of material for disposal upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.   

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