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.

After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - A historic lockhouse along the C&O Canal will be renovated.

Radio station WTOP reports Lockhouse 21 in Potomac, Maryland, will be the seventh lockhouse to be renovated under the Canal Quarters program. The C&O Canal Trust made the announcement Saturday.

The lockhouse, which was built in 1832, is also known as Swains Lockhouse after the family that lived there for years. The trust says it has started raising money for the renovation and that the home will be the first renovated since 2011.

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A Code Orange alert has been issued for today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

It will affect the corridor up along I-95 in the northern part of the state.

That means the air has become too unhealthy for those with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as for children.

On Saturday the air pollution is expected to moderate.  

By Sunday a cold front is forecast.

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A street performer has just received the first ticket for a by the Ocean City police for failing to sign up for a designated spot.

Lt. Mark Pacini with the Ocean City Police Department told the Salisbury Daily Times that Tony Christ asked the night before the citation what he had to do to get cited.

The paper says that the incident occurred on September 5th at around 8:15 p.m. at the corner of Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk.  

He got a $200 fine.

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Around 40 people including students gathered outside Christiansburg high school this morning to protest the ban on Confederate flags being displayed on clothing and cars at the school.   

This follows the suspension of 20 students who refused to remove Confederate gear, which the school decided to ban because of incidents of racial tension.

Houston Miller, a senior who has been leading the effort and was one of those suspended, said the protests will continue until the school backs down or he'll take legal action.


Salisbury is now accepting registration from residents who want to use the city’s new Skatepark.

The first phase of construction has begun and the structure could be completed early.

The skaters must be at least 18 years old, sign a waiver along and get a Skatepark registration sticker.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that sticker must be shown prominently on the skater’s helmet.

The paper reports that city’s Department of Community Development will have a signup table at the 3rd Friday event tonight in Downtown Salisbury.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware students' performance on a new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards shows a continuing achievement gap between black students and other subgroups.

Statewide, barely half of Delaware students, 52 percent, showed proficiency in English language arts on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Less than 39 percent scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.


Branden Melton who was arrested after an April crash that killed one person has been charged with manslaughter and other related charges.

The April 14th accident took the life of 19 year old Cassidy Stinton of East New Market.

WBOC says that the initial report said a 2004 GMC pickup truck overturned on Reid road into a ditch with several feet of water in Dorchester County.

Cassidy was taken to Peninsula Regional medical Center in Salisbury where she died from her injuries.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Mint is honoring a national wildlife refuge in Delaware with a new coin.

Officials from the Mint and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to launch the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter at a ceremony Friday at the refuge visitor center Smyrna.

Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are scheduled to be on hand, along with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and former Delaware Congressman Michael Castle.

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A Virginia student who's leading the fight against his high school's ban on clothes emblazoned with the Confederate flag says he's unsure what the students' next step will be.

Houston Miller was among roughly 20 students suspended from Christiansburg High School on Thursday after holding a rally to protest a new policy banning vehicles with Confederate flag symbols from the school parking lot and refusing to take off clothing displaying the symbol.

Miller said Thursday that he wasn't going to back down and had been organizing another rally for Friday outside the school.

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The increasing number of factory chicken houses brought out around fifty people to a town hall meeting in Somerset County this week.

It was aimed at drumming up support for local regulations that would ensure neighbors and agricultural workers are not negatively impacted by these large operations.

Organizers said there have been some 70 new poultry houses that have been given permits in the county.

Kathy Phillips with the Assateague Coastkeeper told the gathering that poultry production has moved away from mom-and-pop operations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.


DENVER (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is promising immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office - even as he met with pot workers in Colorado who could be out of business if O'Malley carries out his plans.

The former Maryland governor met with Colorado officials and marijuana activists and business owners in Denver Thursday. He repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - City elected officials have approved a contract with Flying Dog Brewery to sell 31 acres of vacant farmland near Frederick Municipal Airport for $2.55 million.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously voted to launch a 120-day study period allowing the brewery to determine the feasibility of its $50 million project to open a 150,000-square-foot brewery on the property before the sale is final.

The purchase offer represents the property's full asking price.

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A first-degree murder indictment has been handed down against William Harcum III in the death of his uncle 62-year old Lee Harcum.

There four counts against the 27-year old Harcum whose uncle was killed while working on one of the family’s watermelon fields in Mardela Springs.

Police say that an argument broke out between the two and that the nephew struck his uncle in the head with a tractor hitch pin.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Officials say it took about 60 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish a fire at a Cambridge church.

Responding officials say the fire broke out Wednesday evening at the Church of the Nazarene.

The state fire marshal's office says four members of the church were inside at the time, but evacuated the building safely.

More than a dozen fire companies from across Delmarva responded to extinguish the blaze. One firefighter was transported in stable condition to Dorchester General Hospital for a heat related illness.

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The U.S. District Court in Baltimore accepted the new redistricting plan yesterday for Salisbury in which there are five council districts -- two of which are predominantly African American.

The original majority-minority District 1 now has three candidates vying for the seat in this year’s election and the new majority-minority District 2 has four.

Mayor Jim Ireton called the ruling “a well-deserved moment for our city” because it was not forced on the city but rather enacted by the City Council.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - About 20 students at a Virginia high school received a one-day suspension for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake says the clothing violated Christiansburg High School's dress code.

Drake tells WSLS-TV that the students refused to comply with the dress code after they arrived at the school Thursday. They were given one-day in-school suspensions.

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Last night heroin addiction brought out around fifty family members and elected officials in a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park. They were parents, spouses and siblings who talked of their struggles and their determination to fight what has become the rising use of heroin and other drugs.

The vigil was sponsored by the group Shoulder to Shoulder to Beat Heroin Addiction.

City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been fighting addiction took center stage breaking down at times as she urged the community fight the deadly epidemic.

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The Accomack County Superintendent of Schools Kregg Cuellar is stepping down and moving to Texas to deal with his wife’s failing health.

It was a surprise announcement.

And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that he declined to be more specific about his wife’s health issues.      

The 34-year old Cuellar had been on the job for only 14 months and will depart on November 15th.

A press release said that the school district will immediately begin its search for a replacement.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan stopped by Camden Yards to help the Baltimore Orioles in the fight against childhood cancer.

Wearing an Adam Jones jersey, Hogan posed for pictures in front of the mound Wednesday night before Baltimore faced Boston.

The governor helped hold up a check for $50,000 that the Orioles contributed toward the cause. He was surrounded by children representing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Hogan is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was diagnosed in June.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health will consider scaling back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board will consider amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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

In a brief filed Wednesday night, McDonnell's attorneys renewed their claim that federal bribery law applies differently to her than it does to her husband because she was not an elected official.

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted last year of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse are asking a judge to postpone their sentencing on federal cyberstalking charges.

David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, face sentencing Oct. 15 for conspiracy and cyberstalking that resulted in the death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford. The cyberstalking conviction, which prosecutors have said is unprecedented, carries a possible life sentence.

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Over the next few months different providers will be taking care of animal control in Delaware until January 1st when the state takes over.

During the summer the First State Animal Center and the SPCA in County said it was ending its responsibility for the service early.

The group will still provide temporary service for Sussex and New Castle Counties until the end of the year.

But WBOC reports that Kent County and the city of Wilmington have solicited the services of Chester County SPCA.

The cost to the county is the same as under the old contract.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Board of Public Works has approved a $100,000 grant for a memorial to abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The board voted on Wednesday on the proposed grant from Maryland Historical Trust's African American Heritage Preservation Program.

The memorial is being built in the plaza in front of Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland College Park campus. It will be called Frederick Douglass Square.

The memorial will feature Douglass quotations on a steel wall, paving stones, planting beds, and benches.

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Representative John Carney has made it official.

He will run for governor next year.

The Delaware Democrat formally filed papers today saying that his campaign will focus on restoring the state’s middle class.

Carney ran once before for governor but was edged out in the primary by Governor Jack Markell.

He now has Markell’s support.

The field opened up after the death of former state Attorney General Beau Biden who had been expected to make the run next year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Public Schools is proposing to replace end-of-semester high school final exams with quarterly assessments.
The Capital reports the school system will unveil a proposal Wednesday to replace the final exams with quarterly exams, which would take place about every nine weeks.
The proposal would also standardize and consolidate assessments in middle and elementary schools. It wouldn't affect students from pre-kindergarten to second grade.

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The rise in heroin addiction has led more than 200 parents and family members to come out tonight for a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park at 5:30 p.m. tonight (9/16).

Many have lost loved ones to the epidemic or have loved ones who are still battling their addiction.

Among those in attendance tonight will be City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been battling heroin.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced $51 million over the next five years in the reduction or the elimination of state agency fees.

The governor said that the state agencies were asked to carry out a review of their departments and they found 100 fees that could be reduced or eliminated.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports this included a cut in the E-ZPass maintenance fee and elimination of a $725 adoption application fee.

Another 115 animal health diagnostic fees were also cut or eliminated.