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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The Maryland State Police sergeant involved in a single-vehicle accident in May apparently swerved to avoid debris sending him off the road.

The Maryland State Police say that Sgt. Anthony Myers had been driving his vehicle westbound on the Salisbury Bypass at around 9:40 p.m. in early May.

After swerving to avoid the debris in the road, he struck a guardrail and plunged down the embankment striking trees before finally overturning.

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Congressman Andy Harris will be facing a former Delegate in the next year’s Republican primary.

He’s Michael Smigiel who believes that Harris has become to open to compromise in Washington.

Smigiel describes himself as a libertarian conservative but touts his time in Annapolis as someone who worked across the aisle with Democrats.The Republican was elected to the House of Delegates from 2003 until his loss last year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has announced an agreement with between state officials and Uber officially allowing the smartphone-powered private car service to operate in the state under new regulations.
 
Over the last few months, representatives from the San Francisco startup have met with lawmakers at Legislative Hall in Dover and the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles to work on regulations.
 

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It's up in the sky, the 8th annual Ocean City Air Show.  Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin takes a sneak peak at this weekend's event.

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Soon it could be easier to get around Ocean City on a bicycle.

Town officials are planning to put additional bike trails so the cyclists do not have to use some of the busy intersections such as Coastal Highway or Baltimore Avenue.

Town Council member Tom DeLuca told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were three different trails in the works.

The first would connect the Boardwalk to 62nd street.

Another would run from the Boardwalk to the downtown area.

A third would run from 62nd Street to the Delaware state line at 146th street.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary will open on June 26, more than four years after lawmakers and Gov. Jack Markell first legalized pot for medicinal use.

The Wilmington News Journal reports The First Compassion Center, located outside of Wilmington, will open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patient orientations are planned for June 18 and June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Delaware state Senate has voted to ban e-cigarettes from indoor areas with the exception of vape shops and has sent the measure to the governor’s desk.

Middletown Democrat Bethany Hall who sponsored the bill said that this will provide another level of protection for the public.

The legislation was approved on a 13-7 vote and saw a number of amendments turned down by the upper chamber.

Two would have exempted cigar shops as well as taprooms and taverns.

The state House of Representatives turned back similar amendments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two groups have gone to court to try to implement clean-air regulations they say are being blocked by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration.

The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. They argue the regulations against smog would protect the public by reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A regional fisheries panel has approved a plan to protect coral reefs from North Carolina to New York from fishing techniques that could cause them harm.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved the protections for more than 38,000 square miles of habitat in the Atlantic Ocean during a meeting in Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The plan still must be approved by the U.S. Commerce Secretary after a public comment period.

Within deep sea coral zones, fishermen would not be allowed to use bottom-tending fishing gear such as dredges and traps.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Prosecutors are calling their first witnesses in the federal cyberstalking trial of the family of a gunman who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

Former optometrist David Matusiewicz; his mother, Lenore Matusiewicz; and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, are charged with conspiracy and cyberstalking of David Matusiewicz's ex-wife, Christine Belford. They could face life in prison if convicted.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials have broken ground for a new hotel in downtown Wilmington, a hotel that will redevelop an office building that is currently vacant.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams and others helped break ground Thursday for the new Residence Inn Marriott located at 1300 North Market Street. The city says the new hotel will convert the building into a 96-room hotel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a forum to discuss federal workforce concerns.

The Democrat has scheduled the forum in Baltimore on Friday with employees of the Social Security Administration.

The senator says the nation's federal employees are too often targeted with harmful cuts to positions and programs without thought for the people working on behalf of the public.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written plea to a federal appeals court reviewing her public corruption convictions.

In a brief filed Thursday evening with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, McDonnell's lawyers restated their claims that the convictions were based on an overly broad interpretation of federal bribery law. Prosecutors have said in court filings that there is clearly enough evidence to support the convictions.

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Existing home sales in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties have gone up by nearly 14 percent.

That’s during the first 5 months of 2015 compared with the same period last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times analysis also found that they have risen by nearly 40 percent since 2011 according to stats form the Coastal Association of Realtors.

The paper reports that biggest hurdle is that prices have still been low with a typical house selling for around $147-thousand compared to $161-thousand five years ago.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The organizers of Delaware's Firefly Music Festival are expecting up to 90,000 attendees at this year's event.

The festival, scheduled from June 18-21, has 119 announced bands, including headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Last year about 80,000 people attended.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of leadership changes and funding deficits, NPR's new president and CEO says the public radio network has turned a corner and is positioning itself to grow its already sizable audience and funding.
 
Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio and television executive who created E! Entertainment Television, helped launch MTV and VH1 and formed his own venture capital firm, is now nearing the end of his first year leading NPR.
 
His commercial media roots may prove critical in charting NPR's future.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland say motorists should be prepared for Saturday traffic delays at the Bay Bridge as a result of a charity ride involving motorcyclists.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says motorists should be prepared for delays on Saturday from about 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Officials say the delays will be on Ritchie Highway and U.S. 50 eastbound from the Severn River Bridge to the Bay Bridge.

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The Ocean City Air Show returns to the resort this weekend featuring the famous Blue Angels.  Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin says the public could even a sneak preview of their act.

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The Eastern Shore is expected to see cutbacks in the Meals on Wheels program for the elderly. But, this is not the only program that could be affected by the shifting of money in the Maryland state budget. Delmarva Public Radio's Rachel Taylor talked with one organization that works extensively with seniors on the Eastern Shore.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware's former chief medical examiner has agreed to plead no contest to charges of official misconduct.

Richard Callery, who was fired last year amid an evidence-tampering scandal in Delaware's drug testing lab, will appear in court Thursday to enter the plea to two counts of official misconduct.

Authorities say Callery operated a private consulting business from within the medical examiner's office, using state resources.

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A legislative hearing exploded yesterday when Delaware lawmakers and parents found themselves in a shouting match over whether to allow students to opt-out of the statewide test.

It’s called the Smarter Balanced Assessment which students took for the first time this year.

The legislation before the lawmakers would allow students to opt out of taking the test.

A number of angry parents said they would keep their children from taking the test with one saying he didn’t care what the law said.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

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A local boy from Parkside High now has a chance to play with the Cleveland Indians.

Hunter Parsons could follow his dream after he was drafted by the ball club in the 40th round in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

But the Salisbury right-handed pitcher had been planning on playing at the University of Maryland.

He must decide what to do by next month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Parsons is just the latest in a number of other local names that include K.J Trader of Delmar and Daniel Cropper who was drafted out of college.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to continue blocking the District of Columbia from allowing legal marijuana sales.

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft spending bill on Wednesday that would maintain the ban on the District spending any money to liberalize its marijuana laws.

Mayor Muriel Bowser legalized pot possession in the District in February, despite a threat from Congress that doing so would violate federal law. Bowser and other District leaders argued that Congress acted too late to stop a voter-approved initiative from taking effect.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy says it plans to hire more than 400 people over the next six months to work for an engineering command at bases throughout Hampton Roads.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic says the positions range from engineers and contract specialists to skilled trades such as electricians and plumbers.

The bases the command is staffing include Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians who take summer road trips can take advantage of the seventh-lowest gasoline prices in the nation.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the average price of gasoline in Virginia is $2.54 per gallon. That's well below the national average of $2.75 per gallon.

South Carolina has the lowest gas prices at $2.46 per gallon.

The auto club says about six in 10 Americans say they're likely to take trips of 50 miles or more this summer if gas prices remain steady. Last year, travelers had to pay an average of $3.65 per gallon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been released from jury duty.

Hogan waited for more than two hours on Wednesday morning at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, where he had been summoned.

The 57-year-old Republican had been summoned to jury duty for his first time in January, but it was on the same day as his inauguration. Maryland's constitution required that he be sworn in as governor at noon that day, so the summons was deferred and he was called back.

Hogan says he was happy to be part of the process.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A jury pool of hundreds of people has been winnowed down to 64 qualified potential jurors for the federal cyberstalking trial of the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

Following more closed-door questioning of prospective jurors Wednesday, attorneys prepared to begin selecting a trial panel and present opening statements on Thursday.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Money remaining in Beau Biden's political accounts will help fund the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the charity, which will continue Beau Biden's work to protect children from abuse, has collected more than $250,000 in donations in its first week. Biden's political committees, Beau PAC and Biden for Delaware, reported balances of about $660,000 as of December 31.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government says Virginia's economy was flat last year.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau for Economic Analysis said Wednesday that Virginia's real gross domestic product was $427.45 billion in 2014, compared with $427.35 billion in 2013.

Slight growth in retail trade, information, durable goods, and health care and social assistance were offset by small declines in construction, real estate and nondurable goods.

Virginia's economy grew by rates of 0.4 percent in 2013, 0.7 percent in 2012 and 0.6 percent in 2011.

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