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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to reappoint his pick to the Virginia Supreme Court next month when her initial appointment expires.

Republicans issued a statement Tuesday suggesting such a reappointment would be "at best dubious and at worst unlawful."

But GOP leaders did not say what they would do if the governor does reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush, as he has said he plans to do.

Democrats foiled a GOP bid to unseat Roush Monday, and then unexpectedly adjourned the state Senate from a special session.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Public Integrity Commission is considering whether a former state employee who the commission believes accepted a job in violation of post-employment restrictions should be referred to the attorney general's office for prosecution.

Because of secrecy rules that govern the commission's operations, the identity of the former employee is not known.

The case will be discussed behind closed doors Tuesday in Dover, along with several other confidential requests by state employees for advisory opinions or waivers.

A Hot Week for Delmarva

Aug 18, 2015

Delmarva is facing yet another heat wave.

The temperatures are expected to reach the 80’s but with a high pressure area it will feel much more like the 90’s.

In addition, the National Weather Service told the Wilmington News Journal that there will be some warm humid air coming up from the south.

The temperatures in Salisbury will remain high while Ocean City and along the Delmarva coast it will seem a bit cooler with the Atlantic Ocean air.

By Friday night expect a cold front to move in bringing temperatures down to the low 80’s.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan met with his top housing official Monday to express disappointment in the secretary's comments about landlord liability in lead paint cases.

But a spokesman said the official will remain on the job after 30 lawmakers called for his resignation.
The Republican governor voiced confidence in Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt.

He added that he believed Holt can effectively run the department.

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This is the last day for the Christian radio station Joy! will be broadcast on WOLC 102.5 FM.

It has been bought by WBOC.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the radio station’s manager Deborah Byrd and board member Robert Shores will host the final program.

In the last few years the station has had some financial difficulties and wound up cutting the full-time staff down to two people.

Meanwhile, WBOC which started out as a radio station seventy-five years ago will emphasis its brand of news and sports.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires.

McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment.


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with 16 companies for cleaning up the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that the agency and the state of Maryland have reached agreement with the companies for more than $14.3 million contain contaminated soils and waste on site of the Central Chemical Corp. facility.

The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and additional funds for future costs.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The elected leaders of Frederick County considering repealing an ordinance requiring that county business be conducted in English.

A vote on the matter is scheduled Tuesday evening in Frederick.

The ordinance was enacted in 2012 by an all-Republican county board. The current County Council is composed of four Republicans and three Democrats.

Democratic members Jessica Fitzwater and M.C. Keegan-Ayer say the ordinance sends a message of intolerance to recent immigrants and businesses with international employees.

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In January construction should begin on the U.S. 301 toll road relief route.

It should be done by the end of 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this comes as a result of the approval by a federal program to provide $211.3 million for the project.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan called this a key moment for transportation construction in Delaware.

The paper says this will cover about a third of the total cost of $643 million.

The First State has not seen a new toll road in years.

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Republican lawmakers have refused to interview a Virginia Supreme Court justice appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Members of a judicial selection subcommittee turned away Justice Jane Marum Roush on Monday before interviewing a Republican-backed candidate for the job: Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

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FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a bus struck and killed a pedestrian walking on a road near Frankford.
Police say a United Bus Tours bus carrying 47 passengers was traveling north along US-113 near Frankford early Saturday morning. Police say a pedestrian was reported to be walking in the roadway.
The pedestrian was struck and severely injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say alcohol use by the pedestrian appears to be a factor. Police identified the pedestrian as 56-year-old Sylvester Bailey of Millsboro.

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This past Saturday was a milestone for The Kathryn, the Skipjack that nearly sank four years ago. It's owner Stoney Whitelock finally got it into the water checking to make sure it was water tight. Whitelock says he expects her to be ready for the Skipjack Races next month off Deal Island. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Whitelock as many in the community celebrated this moment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are reporting the state's first 2015 case of West Nile virus in a horse.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 5-year-old Choctaw mare from Orange County had not been vaccinated for the mosquito-borne disease.

Mosquitoes can pick up the virus from infected birds and transfer it to humans, horses and other mammals. No drugs exist for treatment, and the mortality rate in horses is about 30 percent.

Continuous mosquito control can minimize risk of exposure.

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It could be a few tough days for parents expecting buses to take their children to school in Delaware in the Fall.

Among the problems facing the contractors is a shortage of bus drivers as well as increasing costs.

David Sutton runs the Sutton Bus Company in Stanton.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that many of the bus driving jobs are part-time and include some extensive requirements.

These range from a commercial driver's license and background check to a drug test and fingerprinting.

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The Delaware Junction Country Music Festival drew crowds this weekend at the state Fair Grounds.

And it will be back next year.

Alex Pires, one of the partners of the festival, made the announcement just before the headliners Florida Georgia Line took the stage.

Others on the main stage included The Swon Brothers, Frankie Ballard and Thomas Rhet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the many of the festival goers set up camp on Thursday.

The Highway One Group and the national concert producer Live Nation put the event together.

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There will be some Eastern Shore hands that will ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

Officials from the Ocean City air show will be on hand to open the day of trading.

Air Show President Bryan Lilley says that this demonstrates how much momentum the New York Air Show has picked up.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that ringing the bell is an exciting moment for the Ocean City team.

At 9:30 a.m. this morning the pilots from Geico Skytypers will show up in their flight suits to start the trading day.

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A fire in Ocean View has left one person dead.

The blaze broke out on Sunday morning around 2 a.m.

When Millville Fire Company units arrived on the scene a two story house was enveloped in flames.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the firefighters were able to retrieve the body of the person who had died inside.

The fire left an estimated $25-thousand in damage.

There were no smoke alarms.

The identity of the body and the cause of death will be revealed later.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy for a discussion on how to boost the economies of East Coast states.

Monday's discussion is part of the ongoing Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments in Wilmington.

The annual forum brings policy makers from Eastern states and Eastern Canadian provinces together with business leaders and policy experts to share ideas and approaches to public policy issues.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says a technical problem at an air traffic control center in Virginia that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled was possibly caused by a software upgrade at a high-altitude radar facility.

The FAA said Sunday in a statement that the upgrade was designed to provide more tools for controllers, but authorities have disabled the new features while the systems contractor conducts a complete assessment.

Essay: Life's End

Aug 14, 2015
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As we approach those Golden Years life seems to take on a different meaning than when we were young. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on the changing sense of life and self.

Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy is stepping down and will be replaced by Steve Godowsky.

Godowsky was the former superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech System.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources say Murphy’s departure was expected.

Governor Jack Markell praised Murphy’s work and the results that are being seen in the classroom especially in graduation rates and more students going to college.

Murphy also oversaw a number of reforms that were tied to the federal Race to the Top program.

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Assateague State Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

On hand will be Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton.

The celebration begins at noon and will be held along the boardwalk and the beach.

There will be a number of speakers on the conservation program at the park as well as the significance of the park itself.

The Governor’s Park Advisory Committee’s Partnership Award will also be bestowed on the park today.

WBOC Goes Radio

Aug 14, 2015
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WBOC is returning to radio.

The television station has bought the Princess Anne FM Station WOLC 102.5 FM.

75 years ago the television station began its life as WBOC-AM when radio was coming of age.

WOLC has been a Christian radio station called Joy!

As for format that has not yet been decided.

The station says that it will reflect the WBOC brand and that WBOC’s news, weather and sports will be a key component of the broadcasting schedule.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police is inviting members of the public to participate in a Citizen's Police Academy.

The State Police says the academy will begin on Oct. 15 and last for six sessions. The sessions will take place Thursday evenings and last from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Most classes will take place at the Delaware State Police 911 center in Georgetown.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation that can help people charged with violating certain laws regarding the state park system from having criminal records that could jeopardize their job prospects.

The bill to be signed Friday declassifies several minor violations associated with state parks by changing them from unclassified misdemeanors to class D environmental violations.

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The City of Newark is looking at cutting back residential development at the Newark Country Club.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Club officials charge that rezoning the 120 acre property is not lawful.

Club officials say that this is an effort to preserve the land for less than market value or push the Club into bankruptcy.

The town council is considering rezoning the land to require twice the minimum size of a lot for any new home on one of the city’s biggest open spaces.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's corn crop is expected to increase 5 percent this year compared to the 2014 crop.
Production of soybeans also is anticipated to be higher, but forecasts of winter wheat, barley and cotton are expected to drop.
The forecast is based on Aug. 1 conditions as surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the average corn yield is expected to be 157 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McDonnell filed the motion Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full 15-member court said Tuesday that it won't reconsider that panel's ruling. The court didn't say whether McDonnell will be allowed to remain free pending further appeal.

Local developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson are donating the Plaza Gallery to Salisbury University.

The SU Foundation will facilitate the takeover of the 60-thousand square-foot building that was once owned by the F. W. Woolworth Company during the heyday of downtown Salisbury.

The university says that the structure with its annex amounts to a $4.4 million gift.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach says that this allows the university to establish a greater presence in the downtown area that has already seen growth.