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.

85 firefighters descended on a blaze in the 1500 block of South Salisbury Boulevard yesterday afternoon at around 4 p.m.

The location contains a number of businesses under the Robinson Family name in Salisbury including a jewelry store and a printing facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cause of the fire is still not known but it says those inside the building heard a popping sound before being aware of the smoke and fire.

The building is believed to be repairable.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Voters in the city of Rehoboth Beach have elected in a referendum to support restrictions on housing development imposed earlier this year.

The city said that Saturday's balloting concluded with 785 votes, or 53 percent, in favor of the restrictions, compared to 697 votes, or 47 percent, opposed.

Rehoboth's board of commissioners passed an ordinance in July making it harder to build large homes and requiring more green space on front yards.

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IRVINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Oyster Trail is making its official debut.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will join other dignitaries in Irvington on Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the trail.

Activities along the trail include waterman tours, oyster company tours, restaurants that feature the Virginia oyster, art venues and historic sites and museums.

State officials say Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast.

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Not a week goes by when a shooting doesn't spark a conversation about gun control. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that a recent letter from the head of the National Rifle Association got him to thinking about just what the organization wants from him.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists to an order from Delaware's former environmental secretary granting an air quality permit for a crude oil transfer station at the Delaware City oil refinery.
The court rejected the appeal Thursday, one day after hearing oral arguments.

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Steve White, who served as the chief of the Parsonsburg Fire Company for 20 years, has died at the age of 60.

Interim Fire Chief Eric Tyler said that White had fallen ill in recent months.

A volunteer firefighter told the Salisbury Daily Times that White was seen as an all-around good person and was a key factor in getting the new fire station built.

A special gathering for White is set for tomorrow at the new firehouse to note his passing and accomplishments.

Delaware State Senator will be taking a shot at the Lt. Governor’s office in Delaware.

The 51 year-old Middletown Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that she has already filed papers with the election commissioner’s office.

That will allow her to begin raising money for next year’s election.

In addition, the paper reports that she has created a website and social media operation with endorsements from fellow Democrats.

The paper reports these include Senate President Pro-Tem Patricia Blevins.

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Last night a Somerset County Planning and Zoning hearing got an earful about concerns over the increasing number of chicken houses in the region.

WBOC reports that residents from Princess Anne called on the county commissioners to deal with issues ranging from noise and pollution to traffic and smells among other things.

A number of residents complained that they have been overrun by the chicken houses endangering their property values.

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There has been a call from local government officials for an investigation into the traffic stop that officially led to the dismissal of former New Castle County Chief Administrator David Grimaldi. 

The Elsmere town Council and New Castle County Council member Lisa Diller want a probe by state Attorney General Matt Denn.

Diller is planning on co-sponsoring a measure that calls for an independent investigation into the dismissal by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon.

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The Rehoboth Film festival could eventually have a new permanent home after the Midway along

Delaware Route 1 decided it could no longer host the event.

The Film Society plans on opening the Cinema Art House at Dartmouth Plaza in Lewes in mid-January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a $500-thousand theater will offer features ranging from digital projection and multi-purpose screening to tiered seating.

Sue Early, the festival’s executive director, told the paper that there will be mini-festivals and themed programs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced that all five Maryland casinos reported revenue gains in October.

The agency announced Thursday that state casinos generated an estimated total of $94.7 million last month. This was an increase of $7.9 million, or 9.2 percent, over the same month last year.

Maryland Live, the state's largest casino, generated $54.9 million, a 9.3 percent increase. Horseshoe, the state's second-largest casino, reported $24.6 million in revenue, a 9.8 percent increase.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police say a teenager who reported finding a sewing needle in some candy he received while trick-or-treating has admitted his claim was a hoax.

Officers in Salisbury said Thursday that the 15-year-old recanted his statement that he found the needle Sunday in a piece of Twizzlers when he tried to eat the candy.

Investigators say the youth did not think the prank would go beyond his family, but his parents called police after he claimed he found the needle.

Police say case will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Services for review.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials say they've confirmed the state's first case of influenza this season.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Thursday that the first laboratory-confirmed case was diagnosed in an adult in the Baltimore area, who was not hospitalized. Officials say the patient was sickened by a strain that is included in this year's influenza vaccine formulation.

Health officials warn that the contagious respiratory disease can cause serious complications or death and urge people to get vaccinated.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - A Kraft Heinz manufacturing plant in Federalsburg is one of seven plants that the company says will close in North America over the next two years.

According to the Delaware State News, Federalsburg Mayor Chuck Planner said Wednesday that he had received a letter from Kraft Heinz that the factory, which employs 89 people, will be closed over the next 12 to 24 months.

Planner says news of the factory's closure came as a shock to both him and the employees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy is suing the Navy, accusing it of violating his First Amendment right to free speech.

Attorneys for Bruce Fleming said Thursday that the professor was denied merit pay and funding based on a 2014 reprimand. It stemmed from a 2013 classroom discussion, when Fleming prompted his students to consider the academy's sexual assault program and the potentially one-sided burdens it put on men. Two female students pushed back against his comments in class.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Heavy rains in late September and early October took their toll on Virginia's cotton crop.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service has estimated that 7 percent of the state's cotton crop in poor condition, 26 percent is rated as fair, and the rest is in good or excellent shape. More than half of the harvest is complete.

Spencer Neale is vice president of commodity marketing for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. He said that since growers are still harvesting, it's too early to fully assess the rains' impact on cotton fields.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two East Coast governors want the federal government to determine why applications designed to collect data on Atlantic coast waters to aid in potential energy exploration are taking so long to review.

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker this week. They want seismic surveying approved to generate data on what oil and natural gas may be under the ocean floor.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats have picked up one seat in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

Unofficial results on election night showed that Democratic Delegate Kathleen Murphy was leading the race for the House District 34 seat by fewer than 200 votes. But the race remained too close to call Tuesday evening.

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On Monday there will be a 15-thousand square foot state-of-the-art detox center in Harrington open for business.

It’s located on East Street near U.S. Route 13.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will 16 inpatient beds for those requiring up to a week of assistance.

In addition, another 12 short-term beds will be available in order for nurses to be able to observe patients for 23 hours.

That will give them time to decide what level of care they require.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has begun a five year renovation that has already seen upgrades to its lighthouse and bell tower.

Located in St. Michaels the museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is looking to improve the experience of visitors.

In addition, the museum’s tugboat “Thor” will see food in the galley and bunks to rest on for children who play on the old vessel.

WBOC reports that officials expect to spend an estimated $10 million on the project.

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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.

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There are new NASA photos of the Antares rocket explosion at the Wallops Flight Facility last October.

They posted them on their Flickr account but there is no word on why they have been posted a year after the explosion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the images were unveiled just shortly after the results of an investigation into the explosion which did not find a single cause.

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A new report finds that the University of Delaware could be doing more to increase the number of low-income students in its ranks.

That’s the conclusion of a report by the Institute of Higher Education Policy.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report found only 13 percent of the students at the University qualified for Pell Grants from 2011 to 2013.

But similar institutions had 28 percent.

Among the 10 institutions in the report the University had the lowest percentage of low-income students.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a high school student was arrested after bringing an unloaded handgun on campus.

Troopers say the 16-year-old showed the gun to other students in a bathroom at John Dickinson High School in Wilmington Tuesday morning.

Police say one of the students reported the incident to school administrators, who removed the youth from class.

Authorities say a search of the teenager's book bag turned up an unloaded .25 caliber handgun.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmentalists are asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling that two state panels had no jurisdiction to consider their challenge of a state-issued permit for a crude oil transfer station at the Delaware City refinery.

The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board determined that environmentalists lacked standing to challenge the permit, while the Environmental Appeals Board said it lacked jurisdiction.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents arguing that their lawsuit over the state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts was thrown out prematurely seemed to find some sympathy with justices at the U.S. Supreme Court.

During oral arguments Wednesday, the residents' lawyer asked the Supreme Court to agree that that the lawsuit should have been forwarded to a three-judge panel, not dismissed by a single judge.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The makeup of Virginia's General Assembly remained virtually unchanged following an election that set spending records.

Republicans were able to hold off Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday and keep control of the state Senate.

Political analysts say Republicans' victory will make it almost impossible for McAuliffe to achieve any significant legislative legacy in his remaining two years in office.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man who was shot by Dover police has been indicted on felony weapons charges.

A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Terrance Fletcher Monday on one count of possession of a firearm by person prohibited and another count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Authorities say Fletcher was shot by police in August during a foot chase in downtown Dover. Police say they were tipped that a person was in possession of a handgun in the area.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington city officials have approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 320.

The Wilmington News Journal reports a pay raise is likely for some workers.

The contract calls for the 150 employees in the Public Works, Streets and Water departments to see a 3 percent cost-of-living salary increase. It also calls for a one-time payment of either $2,000 or $4,000 per worker, depending on the hire date.

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Mayor-elect Jake Day will be taking the helm in the wake of yesterday’s city election which also saw a dramatic change in the city council.

Day ran unopposed as did council vice president Laura Mitchell.

The Mayor-elect said, “This is going to be a different council and they’re all going to have to work together. I am excited for them. They have to be a team. And, we have to be a team as a city.

For voters there was a myriad of issues on their minds: