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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8:19 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Expands in Sussex County

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Habitat for Humanity is expanding its home assistance in the Sussex County.

It has already fixed two homes in Laurel.

A pilot program was launched in last with five projects in Georgetown using money provided by the Delaware State Housing Authority.

Habitat Executive Director Kevin Gilmore told the Salisbury Daily Times that substandard housing continues to be a problem for the community.

The Delaware State Housing Authority says that 745 homeowners in Sussex County are living in unlivable conditions.

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8:13 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Two DUI Arrests in Caroline County Checkpoint

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Two people suspected of driving while impaired were arrested during operation Checkpoint Strikeforce on Saturday night and Sunday morning in Caroline County.

At least 83 vehicles were checked as officers from Maryland State Troopers, Caroline County Sheriff’s deputies and other agencies stopped the vehicles.

One of those arrested was also charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a State Trooper.

No one was injured at the checkpoint.

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8:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

VA Budget Cuts Hit Forensic Lab Analysis of Gunshot Residue

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Budget cuts have prompted the Virginia Department of Forensic Science to reduce its analysis of gunshot residue and several other kinds of trace evidence.

Beginning Monday, the department is discontinuing routine analysis of trace evidence in what it calls general chemical cases, including cosmetics and unknown liquids or pastes. The agency also is limiting gunshot residue testing to evidence from the hands of suspects in cases where someone was shot.

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11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Fee for Salisbury Property Owners

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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9:29 am
Tue November 25, 2014

A White Thanksgiving for Delaware

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It’s expected to be a white Thanksgiving causing travel delays in Delaware.

The forecast calls for up to 4 inches of snow in northern New Castle County by Wednesday from a nor’easter.

Also expect rain to continue into Wednesday with temperatures dropping into the low 30’s making for a busy evening commute.

Much of Delaware will awaken to at least an inch of snow accumulation while the eastern portion of Sussex County will see a bit less.

The most significant snowfall should hit northwest of the I-95 corridor.

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9:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Feeding Those In Need This Thanksgiving

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Some ten-thousand dinner boxes  were packed as part of the 20th Annual Mountaire’s “Thankgiving for Thousands” food drive yesterday in Selbyville at the Mountaire Warehouse on Railroad Avenue.  

They will feed an estimated 45 thousand individuals this holiday.

WMDT reports that the dinners included food ranging from canned corn, yams and cranberry sauce to boxed stuffing mix and a plump Mountaire roaster.     

Meanwhile, many non-profit groups are gearing up to feed those in need during the holidays.

Delmarva Public Radio's Brendan Guihen has this report.

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9:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Petition Calls for Prosecution of Two Animal Rights Activists

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Some three dozen protesters showed up at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Accomac, Virginia yesterday calling for the prosecution or the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case of two animal rights activists.

They are accused of taking a family’s pet Chihauhua from a Hopeton mobile home park and afterward telling the family that he pet had been euthanized.

In addition, the protesters presented a petition signed by more than 2-thousand people asking for the prosecution of the two.

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9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Some Charges Dropped in Salisbury Police Confrontation

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The arrest of a 15 year old by a Salisbury Police Officer Justin Aita has been declared unlawful.  

That’s the conclusion of a Circuit Court judge who dropped 5 of the 8 charges against the teen.

The boy was taken into custody back in August when the officer stopped the teen for riding his bicycle without a head-light.

The boy eventually pulled away after allegedly giving a false name where upon chase ensued.

The police report says that the boy’s aunt approached the scene resulting in the boy and aunt fighting with the officer.

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8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

MD State Panel Considers Fracking

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state panel charged with recommending safe practices for shale gas recovery in western Maryland is nearing the end of its work.

Tuesday's meeting in Cumberland includes a discussion about the final report, expected by year-end.

It's the panel's first meeting since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor. Hogan has said he favors hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that forces water and chemicals deep underground to crack the shale and release natural gas.

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8:35 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Salisbury Zoo's Jaguar Euthanized After Long Life

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A black jaguar that has lived at the Salisbury Zoo for more than 20 years has been euthanized.

Zoo officials say that 22-year Maya was euthanized Monday after her caretakers decided her quality of life was suffering too much.

A zoo spokeswoman says Maya's health has been in decline in recent months and that her mobility and appetite were major concerns. She says Maya's caretakers were keeping a close eye on her health but that her condition had declined too much in recent days for medical care to help.

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8:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Frontier Airlines Ends Flights from Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Frontier Airlines is discontinuing its service to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

The low-cost carrier has offered flights between the airport and Denver since May 2010. Airport spokeswoman Jessica Wharton says Frontier's last flight out of Newport News will be Jan. 6.

Wharton says the airline had planned to temporarily suspend flights for the winter but decided to include Newport News among 10 cities where it is discontinuing service as part of a broader strategy to enter larger markets.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Perilous Economy Endangers Virginia Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming.

McAuliffe says he's open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget.

He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state's economic outlook.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year.

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1:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Beware of Traffic and Weather This Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving expect to see some rain and wind before the holiday is all over.

If you’re traveling on Wednesday there should be delays as a powerful storm is about to bring more snow, rain and wind to the Northeast.

On Tuesday night Delmarva expects some sogginess and cold with 1.5 inches of rain and the lows dropping below freezing by Wednesday.

The storm is expected to hit some of the nation’s biggest airports including LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Philadelphia.

Some expect this to be the busiest air travel day in seven years.

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12:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

21 States Ask Court to Overturn Maryland Gun Law

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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12:45 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

More Solar Power for Dominion Resources

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources is adding to its solar power portfolio.

The Richmond-based energy company says it has acquired a 20-megawatt solar energy facility in California from Canadian Solar Inc.

Dominion says the West Antelope Solar Park is located in Los Angeles County. The company says the project has a 20-year power purchase agreement and an interconnection agreement.

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12:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Former Workers At Bethlehem Steel Mill Honored

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SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators are leading a group of officials in honoring former steelworkers at Sparrows Point near Baltimore.

Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are among the officials scheduled to speak at the event Monday.

The ceremony honors the legacy of those who worked at the old Bethlehem Steel mill site as a new owner strives to clean up and redevelop the area.

Sparrows Point Terminal LLC signed an agreement with the state in September to clear the way for redevelopment.

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10:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Dover Downs Experiencing Troubled Waters

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Dover Downs is looking at some tough times.

Regional casino competition has doubled over the last few years while the bank demanded the casino’s mortgage as collateral when the gambling outfit recently refinanced $42 million of debt.

Meanwhile, its stock price has dropped to 72 cents after hovering around 30 dollars a share.

And it has the largest tax burden in the region at 43.5 percent.

After spending $283 million to building the casino and expand the casino over the last 18 years the owners say they are now fighting for their financial lives.

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10:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Somerset County Students Peak into Digital Age

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Somerset County students will be moving into the 21st century with plans to provide them with electronic tablets as the school district also explores distance learning for students who are sick or snowed in.

It will be provided by a $400-thousand Digital Learning Innovation Fund grant that is aimed to assist students through technology.

Jill Holland, the instructional technology coordinator for the school district, told the Salisbury Daily Times that Somerset County has never used tablets before.

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10:26 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Legal Battle Over Dominion Transmission's Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Dominion Transmission is seeking the dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A lawyer for the company, John D. Wilburn, says in a court filing that the lawsuit is premature and unfounded.

Five Nelson County residents filed the lawsuit in late September. They say a Virginia law relevant to the pipeline project is unconstitutional.

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10:21 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Troubled Sand-And-Gravel Company Gets Permit in MD

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Michael Davidson has made a successful environmental appeal in Caroline County that could pave the way for a sand-and-gravel pit on land formerly used for recycling.

This comes after his construction and demolition recycling business has been shutout of Delaware where he has been repeatedly sanctioned and was labeled a chronic violator of environmental laws by a state board in late September.

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10:14 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Reward Upped for Shooter of Delaware State Trooper

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Troopers Association is increasing its reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the 2013 shooting of a trooper.

The association announced a $10,000 reward Thursday and increased it to $15,000 Friday. The president of the association says New Jersey troopers came forward to add to the reward.

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association each pledged $2,500 for the reward fund.

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8:58 am
Mon November 24, 2014

UD Student Killed in Car Accident

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A University of Delaware student has been killed during a crash on Route 40.

Friends of Alexis DeFrancesco  and Alex Clark told the Wilmington News Journal that they were less than two miles one of the student’s apartments when their Nissan Altima was struck by a motorist.

Police say the driver failed to stop for a red light on U.S. 40 at Brookmont Drive.

The accident occurred around 1:15 a.m. killing DeFrancesca and sending Clark to Chistiana Hospital in critical condition.

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8:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Coast Guard Rescues Two in Chesapeake Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued two men after their boat began sinking in the Chesapeake Bay.

Coast Guard officials got a call around 3 p.m. Sunday reporting that two men were on board a sinking boat near the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse near Annapolis. Coast Guard crews from Annapolis and Maryland State Police responded to the scene and found the boaters in about 20 minutes.

Crews gave the men life jackets and began removing water from the boat, which was then towed to a marina. No one was hurt.

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1:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Delmarva Democrats: Time for House to Act on Immigration

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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

MD Health Exchange Running Smoothly

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health department says more than 7,300 health insurance enrollments have been completed since the second open enrollment period began.

The department reported that 7,309 enrollments have been completed by 4:45 p.m. Thursday. About 18,615 applications have begun.

The department says there have been 117,000 visitors to the website since enrollment began Saturday at a Glen Burnie sign up fair.

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12:38 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Easton Restaurant Featured for Susan Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

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Once again, NPR's Susan Stamberg makes her famous Cranberry Relish. This year, the Soup and Salad Shop in Easton has been highlighted for featuring her famous dish. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with co-owner Thomas Anovick about the surprise announcement.

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12:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Essay: Spirit of Thanksgiving

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It's that time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And, it's time to set the table, catch a football game. And, of course, the day after, go shopping. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders whether something has been lost during this holiday. 

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12:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

More Virginians on the Road for Thanksgiving Holiday

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia roads could be a little more crowded this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The auto club says that's an increase of 3.4 percent from last year.

The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Nationally, AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

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12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Loud Boom Puzzles Delmarva Residents

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A loud boom was heard yesterday afternoon in Wicomico County and in  Delaware.

But it’s not clear what it was.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports its Facebook page posted messages saying they had heard the loud noise in Salisbury, Hebron, Fruitland and Eden as well as the Delaware side of Delmar.

Meanwhile, the Delmar Weather Facebook page saw people say they heard the sound in Rehoboth Beach , Georgetown , Selbyville and Laurel.

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12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Police and Parents Talk Drug Problem in Selbyville

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Last night the Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins got together with parents in the wake of a recent incident in which a middle school student ingested some heroin on Halloween.

Another incident involved a 4-year old who brought her mother’s backpack into a Selbyville daycare.

While at the daycare she found baggies of heroin in the backpack and began distributing them to other children thinking it was candy.

Collin told the parents that much of what authorities are seeing is access by children to drugs at home.

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