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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's top court has found that the rights of two reprimanded Georgetown police officers may have been violated, but since they don't work for the department anymore, the issue is moot.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that a Delaware Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday upheld a Superior Court decision to not erase the reprimands in employment files or provide other relief.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Delmarva Power says it did not cut off power to a family of eight who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning because they were behind on their utility bills.

Spokesman Matt Likovich says the utility discovered a stolen electric meter had been illegally connected to the rental home where the family was living since November.

The utility says the meter was disconnected for safety reasons on March 25.

Rodney Todd and his two sons and five daughters then used a generator for power. They were last seen alive on March 28.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Hosue Speaker Michael Busch have met to talk about the governor's legislative agenda.

David Brinkley, the Republican governor's budget secretary, said they had a good conversation Tuesday, though no assurances were given by the speaker. Brinkley says there's still time to make progress.

Hogan is not happy about the lack of progress on his tax-relief proposals. His push to provide tax credits for businesses that donate to private schools also is a tough sell in the House of Delegates.

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Delmarva Power customers could be seeing a $40 million one-time credit on their utility bills in the near future.

It’s part of a concession in the proposed $6.8 billion  Exelon-Pepco Holdings merger.

The money would be the result of the two companies bringing their operations together.

The credit is an alternative to a larger credit that would have been spread out over a decade.

The deal also appears to give a boost to renewable energy.

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The huge Viking statue that looked out over Chincoteague Pony Swim Lane is no more.

It had stood for three decades.

But it came down with the sale of the land it once sat on.

It stood 23-feet tall and was made out of fiberglass.

The statue had recently been recently restored after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

There is no word on the fate of the statue.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the new owner is said to not want the Viking or any of the other things that were on the property.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill establishing deadlines for the adoption and implementation of fracking regulations is making its way through the General Assembly.

Maryland Senators on Tuesday voted 45-2 in favor of a House version of the bill, which also stops the issuing of hydraulic fracturing drilling permits until October 2017.

The Senate approved its own version of the bill on Monday night, also in a 45-2 vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They delivered more than 5,000 signatures to the governor Tuesday demanding that he rescind his support of the $5 billion project.

McAuliffe supports the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline and has called it a "game changer" that would bring deliver cheap natural gas and jobs. Opponents say the pipeline will hurt the environment and property values.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation next month.

The academy announced Tuesday that Biden will address the class of 2015 at the school's commencement, which is scheduled for May 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

About 1,000 students will graduate from the academy this year and become commissioned as officers. Many will be commissioned as Navy ensigns, and others will be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Biden spoke at the academy's graduation in 2010.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will endorse Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Baker is expected to announce his endorsement Wednesday at a news conference Wednesday in Colmar Manor.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is running for the Senate seat currently held by Barbara Mikulski, who will retire. He has raised more than $1 million for his campaign.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Texas energy company says it's shelving plans for a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid opposition from state and federal lawmakers concerned about protecting jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.
Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to "unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks." Vice President Adam Cohen cited U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's efforts to stall the project pending further study.

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters in the town of Blades have elected a new mayor.

Voters elected Robert Atkinson to the post on Monday. Current Mayor Michael Smith did not seek re-election.
Atkinson got 52 votes to beat David Ruff, who got 36 votes, and John Reiss, who got 15 votes.
The town will swear-in Atkinson and Councilmen-elect Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph at the town council meeting next week.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A relative says a man found dead with his seven children in a Maryland home was trying to keep them warm with a generator after power was cut over an outstanding bill.

Lloyd Edwards told The Associated Press that his stepson, 36-year-old Rodney Todd, had bought the generator to keep his two sons and five daughters warm, adding he believes "carbon monoxide consumed them."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Senate and House negotiators are scheduled to meet to reconcile budget differences.

The panel is planning to meet Tuesday afternoon.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who is on the negotiating team, says the House and Senate are very close to resolving differences in the Democratic-led Legislature. However, she says they need to bring Republican Gov. Larry Hogan into the conversation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is giving good marks to Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school bill.

On Monday, the Senate voted 46-1 in support of the amended bill, which some lawmakers called a "balanced approach" to the governor's initiative.

In an interview on Monday with The Associated Press, Hogan said the amendments "basically gutted" his bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Senators are supporting a bill that would put a two year stop to any fracking in the state.

Senators on Monday voted 45-2 in favor of the bill, which sets adoption and implementation deadlines for hydraulic fracturing regulations, and prevents drilling permits from being issued until October 2017.

The bill originally proposed an eight-year moratorium on the controversial drilling method so that impacts to public health and the environment could be studied.

Delaware’s former medical examiner who is under criminal investigation has received – what one lawmaker called – a golden parachute.

After leaving office Dr. Richard Callery is received not only his state pension, but the Wilmington News Journal reports that he got $75-thousand dollars benefits for hundreds of hours in unused sick and vacation leave.

Callery oversaw the state’s drug lab where evidence went missing and which was eventually overhauled.

He received a salary of nearly $200-thousand making him one of the highest paid officials in the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to require paid sick leave in Maryland is not moving forward in the Legislature this year.

Supporters of a bill requiring up to seven paid sick days released a letter on Monday from two leading lawmaker who say the measure will not advance this session.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Del. Dereck Davis, who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, wrote that their panels recognize the complex nature of the measure and the potential impact it would have on the state's businesses and workforce.

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It’s called iGaming.

But in Delaware internet gambling has not brought in as much money as has been hoped by the three casinos.

Ed Sutor, the CEO of Dover Downs, told WBOC that the combined revenue has been averaging $150-thousand a month after a record high of $241-thousand in April of last year.

Sutor says there are a number of problems including a lack of content and that the gaming is still not available on devices such as tablets and smart phones.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning an economic development trip to Asia this spring.

Hogan said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that he is planning the trip to South Korea, China and Japan at the end of May or early June.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Health officials say a third Salisbury University student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
WMDT-TV reports that the Wicomico County Health Department and the university are working to test others at the school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism says a Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus was a "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable."           

Published on the magazine's website Sunday night, the report said that "the failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking."

BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters are picking a new mayor in the town of Blades.

The polls at Hardin Hall are open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Councilmen Robert Atkinson, John Reiss and David Ruff are running for mayor. Current Mayor Michael Smith is not seeking re-election. 

WXDE-FM reports that two council seats are uncontested and Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph will be sworn in next week with the newly elected mayor.

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RHODESDALE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland woman has shot her husband dead after police say he may have wounded her head during a fight.

Maryland State Police say 57-year-old Nancy Tolley of Rhodesdale called 911 at 3 a.m. Sunday to report that her husband was shot. Emergency responders found 59-year-old Eugene Tolley dead in his driveway.

Police say Nancy Tolley is now hospitalized with a head injury and other complications. No charges have been filed against her.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Bills giving law-breakers a chance to get back on their feet are making progress in the Maryland General Assembly - and with bipartisan support.

The legislation ranges from removing certain mandatory minimum sentences to restoring voting rights to ex-offenders once they leave prison.

Even Gov. Larry Hogan has publicly backed one bill that would shield certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.

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Today Delaware State Transportation officials will give the Millsboro town council a look at their plans for a scaled-back bypass around the city.  

It is part of a controversial plan to move much of U.S. 113 in the southern portion of Sussex County.

The project will have two lanes that would connect Route 24 with Route 113.

This would give motorists another route instead of driving through Millsboro’s downtown.

Two years ago the state decided not to fully bypass Millsboro  as  envisioned by an $839 million, nearly 17 mile plan for Route 113.

The former editor of the Wilmington News Journal has died.

John Taylor was 71.

He worked for the paper for 37 years and occupied positions ranging from reporter to the editorial editor.

Taylor left the paper in 2005.

The News Journal says that he had an interest in education and became the assistant to the superintendent of schools for Wilmington’s School system in the late 1960’s to 1971.

David Ledford executive editor of the News Journal has described Taylor as a tenacious journalist who understood and loved Delaware.

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The new alcohol is now coming in a powdered form.

And Maryland officials aim to keep it from being sold in the state.

Comptroller Peter Franchot has already gotten an agreement from distributors and wholesalers not to offer the powdered form.

But the sale of Palcohol is still legal in the state.

So, Maryland lawmakers are considering a ban on the powdered stuff with one piece of legislation calling for a two year moratorium.

Legislators say the accessibility to powdered alcohol could encourage  children to try it.

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The Delaware General Assembly is looking at legislation that would require school boards to keep an audio recording of their meetings.

In addition, it would require them to put those online.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the lawmakers and their open-government allies say these would help people to check on their local leaders and keep up on what is happening in the schools.

The paper reports that Christina, Red Clay and Capital school districts already put recordings of their meetings online.


BALTIMORE (AP) - An arbitrator has awarded $250,000 to a former Hooters waitress and found the chain's "image policy" discriminates against African-American waitresses.

The arbitrator's ruling issued this week states that Farryn Johnson, who is African American, alleged that a manager at the Inner Harbor location in Baltimore said her blond highlights weren't allowed because "black people don't have blonde hair." Johnson, who was fired in 2013, claims waitresses of other races were not disciplined for having unnatural hair colors.

ROCKLAND, Del. (AP) - New Castle County has canceled a deer hunt planned for next week in a Rockland public park after neighbors raised concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that County Executive Tom Gordon says officials will look at nonlethal ways to thin the deer population around Woodley Park.

Gordon says there are serious health and traffic problems associated with the deer, but the community is split.