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) - The Delaware NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a shooting by Wilmington police that left a man gravely wounded.

Twenty-four-year-old Marvin Jones is a quadriplegic on life support following the shooting during a traffic stop in January.

A police spokeswoman said after the shooting that the suspect had shot at officers and that one officer "returned fire." Police now say Jones never pulled the trigger, but they say he pointed a gun at officers.

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Senator Chris Coons attended the ceremonies at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma.

The Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal this was a good chance to connect with and be inspired by a critical moment in American history.

The march ultimately led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Coons took the occasion to push his own voting rights legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision requiring federal approval of voting law changes in certain states – mostly in the south.

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A collision last night left one person dead in Salisbury.

The Maryland State Police say a two vehicle crash occurred on Route 50 westbound at Sixty Foot road.

Troopers say around 7:45 p.m. a Jeep Grand Cherokee heading east crossed Route 50 to go north on Sixty Foot road when it was hit on the passenger side by a Mazda.

WBOC reports that the accident resulted in the death of a 71-year old passenger from Rehoboth Beach.

He died at the scene.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are identifying a Pennsylvania man fatally shot by a trooper responding to a shop's alarm.

Police announced late Sunday that 35-year-old Michael McKillop of Philadelphia died after the shooting outside a Rite Aid on Naamans Road in Claymont.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic say gasoline prices continue to rise and will likely continue to increase this month.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded reached $2.46 in Maryland on Friday. In the District of Columbia, the average price Sunday was $2.54. In Delaware, the average price was $2.39 per gallon on Sunday.

The national average price on Friday was $2.46 per gallon. That's 29 cents more than a month ago.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Flu is waning in Virginia following 11 weeks of widespread activity.

The latest state figures show the level of flu activity declined from widespread to regional in the last week of February.

Virginia Department of Health epidemiologist Andrea Alvarez tells The Virginian-Pilot that flu activity could increase again. But generally, she says flu activity decreases after it drops out of peak range.

The state has averaged 10 weeks of widespread flu activity during the past five seasons.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials are preparing for a possible expansion of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in the resort town.

The Daily Times reports Uber started advertising last month to recruit drivers in Ocean City. But representatives for Uber and Lyft say neither firm has set plans to launch in Ocean City. An Uber spokeswoman says the company uses advertising to test a market's viability.

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It was a bird’s nest that caused all the trouble on Saturday night when hundreds of Wicomico County residents lost power.

The Choptank Electric Cooperative says it was able to get the number of affected customers down to 500 out of 11-thouand members by late Saturday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the nest was found at Walston Switch substation located near Route 50 on the eastside of Salisbury.

A traffic signal at Walston Switch went out forcing Maryland State Police to take care of traffic.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware legislature capital budget committee is wrapping up its series of hearings on state agency requests on funding for construction projects and upgrades.

The committee was to consider funding requests on Monday from several agencies, including the children's department and state economic development office.

Gov. Jack Markell has proposed a $347 million spending plan for construction and road projects for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has confirmed four of Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet appointments.
 
The Senate voted 47-0 Friday for the governor's nominees. One of them is Pete Rahn, who is Hogan's choice to lead the Maryland Department of Transportation.
 
Ben Grumbles, Hogan's nominee for the Maryland Department of the Environment, also was confirmed. Rona Kramer was confirmed to lead the Maryland Department of Aging.
 
The Senate also confirmed Kenneth Holt, who is Hogan's choice for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has endorsed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen for Senate.
 
Frosh announced the endorsement Friday. It comes two days after Van Hollen became the first person to say he will run for the seat now held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. She announced Monday she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say very low temperatures and packed snow and ice are making it tough to plow roads in the state.
 
Officials say all crews are still on the job Friday and their goal remains clearing primary and some secondary roads, a day after a snowstorm dumped a half a foot of snow in some areas.

The heaviest snowfall in Delaware occurred in Greenville at 7 and a half inches and in Hockesson at 6 and a half inches.

Dover received just over 5 inches while Bethany Beach got just shy of 3 inches.

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The DART bus service in New Castle County has been suspended Route 8 for today because of the snow and road conditions.

Meanwhile Kent County has also shut down routes 103 and 105 route for Rodney Village while four have been suspended for the Dover Mall.

They are routes 109, 112, 113 and 120.

In addition route 117 is not serving Poly Tech High School Mifflin Meadows, Paris Villa or London Village.

In Sussex County paratransit service was suspended but will be reassessed for a possible start up at 9 a.m.

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The Worcester County Commissioners have decided that the public will be able to see their meetings online.

The plan was approved this week and will include only one camera that will be mounted on the ceiling.

Each commissioner will have a button to indicate they want to speak.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there is no firm estimate of how much it will cost but budgeting discussions put the figure anywhere from $150-thousand to $200-thousand.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's former agriculture secretary is leading a government trade mission to Southeast Asia.
 
Michael Scuse now serves as undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will lead representatives from six state ag departments, as well as 21 agribusinesses and organizations, on the trade mission next week.
 
The delegation will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Manila, Philippines. It will also meet with potential customers from Burma and Thailand while in Kuala Lumpur.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend.
 
NASCAR officials indefinitely suspended Busch last month after a Delaware Family Court judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat Patricia Driscoll inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway last fall.
 
But the Delaware attorney general's office said Thursday that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's five casinos generated a total of $82.8 million in revenue last month.
 
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency released the February revenue numbers on Thursday.
 
Total casino revenue from February increased from the same month last year by $16.8 million, or about 25 percent.
 
However, when the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is excluded, revenue dropped by about $6.2 million, or 9 percent at the other four casinos. The Baltimore casino opened in August.
 

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Salisbury University will be closing at 12:30 p.m. and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will close at 12:00 p.m. due to the weather.

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Governor Larry Hogan is urging Maryland residents to stay off the roads today.

10 inches of snow expected in the northern, central and western parts of the state and up to 3 inches of snow are expected to blanket southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell warns that roads may have been clear during the morning rush hour but that heavy midday snowfall could mean a tough afternoon drive.

Markell is suggesting that drivers stay off the roads to allow the crews to clear the snow.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A small airplane approaching a runway in heavy fog crashed into an adjacent botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane early Wednesday.

Lt. Curtis Hardison of the Virginia State Police says the plane lost communication with Norfolk International Airport about 4:30 a.m. The wreckage was discovered about three hours later inside a wooded section of Norfolk Botanical Gardens called the Enchanted Forest.

Overhead video of the wreckage from WAVY-TV showed that the plane was largely intact but upside-down.

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The Maryland Mayors Association will be lobbying in Annapolis for a bill that would give them some tax relief from the counties.

And Mayor Jim Ireton hopes that the legislation will allow him to get as much as $2.2 million in tax relief for a number of country residents.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a study found the residents of Salisbury is paying for just over $1 million in taxes for service they did not get.

For Fruitland it was just over $98-thousand while for Delmar was $55-thousand.

The legislation would require counties to examine the issue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says it's time to approve a tax credit for businesses that donate money to support education.

Hogan was joined Wednesday by the Rev. William Lori, archbishop of Baltimore. Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director at Agudath Israel of Maryland, also attended the event promoting the Maryland Education Credit Initiative.

It would provide a qualifying Maryland business with a tax credit equal to 60 percent of its donation to public and private education.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two people are dead after a small airplane crashed in Norfolk Botanical Garden while approaching the airport for a landing.
 
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya says in a news release that searchers found the plane around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday in the garden's Enchanted Forest Section.
 
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn tells media outlets that the plane was one or two miles away from Norfolk International Airport when the tower lost contact around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Dan Bongino says he's considering running for political office in 2016, but he says it's premature to say which one.
 
Bongino announced Wednesday he is launching a new political action committee called Battle Ground Resistance.
 
Bongino says in a telephone interview that it's too soon to say whether he will run for Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat. She announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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The Maryland Board of Public Works will once again take up additional funding requests. 

And, among them, is money for the new Salisbury University Commons and a new facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

But, this year, it is a very different kind of Board with the arrival of the new Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Capital News Service reporter Brian Marron about the chances that some of the delayed requests get funded and how the panel has changed this year.

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Delaware, get ready for some more snow.

A new forecast says that there could be up 9 inches in some parts.

School district began cancelling their after-school activities and events yesterday afternoon.

Delaware crews are preparing snow plows and readying themselves to spread salt on the roads for tomorrow when the storm hits.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the salt supply is in good supply but warns motorists to be cautious.

They should especially look out for slick areas.

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Wicomico County has a new Director of Finance Leslie Lewis.

The appointment was approved yesterday by the Wicomico County Council but did not make a decision on a new director of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

County Executive Bob Culver fired the last finance director Gary Mackes after coming into office along with the Public Works director Lee Beauchamp.

The county executive’s decision to dismiss Mackes came as a surprise to some including the council vice president Matt Holloway.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a bill that would allow Maryland residents the right to death with dignity are rallying in Annapolis.

Relatives of people who took their own lives in the face of terminal illness will join Maryland lawmakers on Wednesday to urge support of the bill.

The bill is called the Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death With Dignity Act, and it would allow people given no more than six months to live the option of filling a prescription for drugs to hasten their death.

The patient can decide whether to fill and use the prescription.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a struggle in Salisbury.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that 25-year-old Fednel Rhinvil of Salisbury was pronounced dead about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after pulling a handgun from his pocket during a struggle with the deputy.

Troopers say Dfc. Benjamin Jones was treated and released at a hospital for a hand injury.

State Police say Jones saw two men walking on Dennis Street and tried to conduct a street interview with them.

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