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.

It’s a no from the Salisbury City Council to giving up land to Wicomico County that would have expanded athletic facilities at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex on Naylor Mill Road.

Last night there was a two hour public hearing on the 35 acre parcel.

But there was no motion to approve the deal effectively ending the transfer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the concerns was the impact on the area’s largest source of underground water the Paleo Channel.

A city well is also located on the site.

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It’s a first for Sussex County employees.

Workers at the county’s water treatment plants have decided to unionize by a vote of 49-to-15.

They are now represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Staff members who did not want to be identified told WBOC that the problems focused on a lack of representation and a tightening of incentives and benefits.

Meanwhile, County Council member Rob Arlett told the television station that it was upsetting but could be a turning point.

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South Bethany Beach is looking at banning smoking on its beaches.

Currently there are restrictions on smoking along the other beaches on Delmarva.

The town has sent out a survey that asks a number of questions ranging from adopting smoking restrictions and banning alcohol on the beach to a tax increase for improvements along the shore.

WBOC reports that South Bethany Beach would be the last to ban smoking on the shore.            

In 2011 Bethany Beach began the ban which was followed by the rest of the state beaches.

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A Wilmington clinic that does surgical abortions has decided to end the practice after the state asked for national accreditation.

Premier clinic has ties to a Pennsylvania medical company which has been closed because it would not reveal its connection to an abortion doctor who can no longer legally do the procedure in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Kimberly Glunt who sent the letter notifying the state of the clinics decision suggested there was a pro-life mole who was releasing private information.

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A fight has broken out in Dewey Beach.

A former town commissioner Rich Hanewinckel is suing the town manager and the mayor claiming his criticism of them has resulted in malicious actions against his rental property business.

The lawsuit charges that the town officials have held up licenses needed for his vacation rentals and have been impugning his character.

Mayor Diane Hanson once his ally told the Wilmington News Journal that he was just trying to disrupt this Saturday’s city elections.

The lawsuit was filed on September 1st.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - Christiansburg High School has barred vehicles with Confederate symbols from its parking lot.

Multiple media outlets say the ban is part of a contract that students and parents must sign for parking privileges at the school.

Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake tells The Roanoke Times that the school added the parking rule this year to be uniform with its dress code and lockers policy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware parks and recreation officials are eyeing longer trail hours at a popular state park in New Castle County.

The Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on a proposed pilot program to extend trail hours on selected trails at White Clay Creek State Park.

The proposed changes, requested by an advisory council and a group called the Delaware Trail Spinners, would allow for additional trail use in the fall, winter and spring seasons.

An open house on the proposal will be held Wednesday evening at the park.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says tourism revenues increased more than 4 percent from 2013 to $22.4 billion last year.

The governor said Monday that the tourism industry supported nearly 217,000 jobs and pumped more than $1.5 billion into the state and local economies in 2014. State and local revenues were up 5.6 percent from 2013.

Officials say the travel industry was the fifth largest private employer in the state last year and made up 7 percent of Virginia's total private employment. Domestic travelers spent $61 million a day in the state.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's corrections department and the union representing state workers have reached an agreement on a restructuring of the agency's human resources division that will not result in layoffs.

Stephen T. Moyer is the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He said on a conference call Monday that 26 employees will be reassigned jobs in other part of the agency, without a reduction in pay.

Moyer says 29 vacant positions will be eliminated, for an annual savings of $1.5 million.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she wants to make acting commissioner Kevin Davis the permanent head of Baltimore's police department.

Rawlings-Blake spokesman Kevin Harris says the mayor reached out to City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young on Monday to seek council approval for the decision. Harris says the mayor has been pleased with the energy that Davis has brought to the job.

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Dozens of Talbot County residents have met to discuss their opinions on a statue that depicts a young soldier bearing the Confederate flag and lists the names of county residents who fought for the Confederacy.
The Star Democrat of Easton reports that the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity on Wednesday held a public meeting in Easton, with 84 people in attendance to discuss the "Talbot Boys" statue. The statue has stood on the Talbot County Courthouse green for nearly a century.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A pastor who was highly visible during the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death says he's running for Congress.
Jamal Bryant announced Monday that he will seek to represent the 7th District.

Essay: 911 Reflections

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With the 14th anniversary of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been compared to the dramatic impact on the nation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its meaning. 

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Guns and more guns.

Actually more than 30 were owned by John Dimarhos a Salisbury convicted felon.

He was arrested on September 12th by the Maryland Natural Resources Police after a routine check on the hunter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he told the publication he would fight the 14 felony and misdemeanor gun charges.

He told the paper that they were given to him from a relative who recently died and that he kept them for sentimental reasons.


PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy in Maryland has been charged with assault after police say he grabbed a fellow eighth grader and kissed her.
Administrators at Pikesville Middle School notified the school resource officer of the incident on Wednesday morning.
Baltimore County Police say the 14-year-old girl told the officer the boy grabbed her by her shirt near her stomach, pulled her toward him and kissed her against her will. Police say the boy said someone dared him to do it.

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Thousands flocked to this weekend’s 54th Annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts.

The two day festival saw more than 200 arts crafts and food vendors.

They came from around 18 states.

But there have been a number of changes this year including a food court and the sale of alcoholic beverages.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that rain had threatened the festival over the weekend but attendance, it said, topped 10-thousand on Sunday.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Federalsburg officials have voted to write a letter supporting an entrepreneur's application for a state license to grow medical marijuana in one of the town's industrial parks.

The Eastern Shore town's mayor and council voted 14-1 last week in favor of Daniel Hurlihy's application for one of 15 cultivating licenses that Maryland will award later this month. 

Hurlihy says the business would bring about 40 jobs to the town.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - AAA says the summer driving season has ended with the lowest national average gas prices for the Labor Day holiday in more than a decade.

The auto club says the national average gas price was $2.34 per gallon for unleaded on Sunday. The Washington metro area average price matched the national average at $2.34 per gallon.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is leading a trade mission to Germany in hopes of drumming up business for Delaware.

Officials say a primary goal of the trip, which starts Tuesday, is to strengthen ties with small- and medium-sized businesses in Bavaria, and that Markell will meet with business and government leaders in Munich and Berlin.

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LURAY, Va. (AP) - The Delaware North Company is giving a facelift to facilities it operates at Shenandoah National Park.

The park says Delaware North has made significant improvements at lodging and other facilities.

Improvements include renovating 46 guest rooms in the Skyland Resort area to include accessible routes between the rooms and the lower parking area. Public restrooms were renovated and a "grab-and-go" food counter was added to the lobby area.

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The Skipjack has become an icon of the Chesapeake Bay where once hundreds plied the waters looking for oysters and crabs. Now there are only a dozen or so left. Daddy Art Daniels is the oldest of the captains these days with his vessel "The City of Crisfield." Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him just before this year's race off Deal Island about his life on the water.

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SALSIBURY, Md. (AP) - A Salisbury bus service called the Downtown Trolley has been resumed in time for the new semester at Salisbury University.
The city officials announced on Thursday that they, along with Salisbury University, were bringing back the Downtown Trolley, a service that connects the downtown area with the university. The service, which launched in August 2014, was scheduled to resume Sept. 3 after taking a brief summer hiatus.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City say the town is extending Boardwalk tram service for an extra week.
The trams usually end their season on Labor Day, but officials announced this week that the service will continue until Sept. 13.
During the extra week of service, trams will run the entire length of the boardwalk, but they will only operate from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The south tram ticket office will remain open but the north end station will close.

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35.5 million travelers will be making their way across the country for the Labor Day Weekend with 733-thousand of them right here in Maryland.

And, of those, 87$ will be going by car or around 640,000.

That is only up a half a percent because of the lateness of the holiday which occurs on September 7th.

With 34 Democrats now saying they will support the Iran nuclear deal opponents have given up trying to override a potential presidential veto of a resolution to block it. And, it was Maryland's Senator Barbara Mikulski who put the President over the top.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest who focused on the Middle East during his time on Capitol Hill.

LEWES, Del. (AP) - The Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier will reopen early - and in time for the Labor Day weekend.

Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Thursday that the popular Lewes fishing locale will open Friday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Officials had ordered the World War II-era pier closed in October due to engineering concerns about the structural integrity of the pilings that it sits on.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland ended the fiscal year with a higher-than-expected budget balance.

Hogan says the state's fund balance is about $295 million.

The Republican says about $84 million of that is from reversions from state agencies. That's $54 million more than previously expected.

Hogan says it's due to more careful management of state spending.

Maryland also benefited from about $214 million in higher-than-anticipated state revenues.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Marvin Mandel has been remembered at a funeral service attended by top state officials as the architect of modern Maryland.

That's how Gov. Larry Hogan described Mandel at a funeral service in Pikesville on Thursday. The service drew many of the state's political elite, both past and present from both political parties.

Mandel, who died Sunday at the age of 95, became governor in 1969 and remained in the post for most of the 1970s.

He restructured state government and pushed transportation and school construction initiatives.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal regulators are eyeing a possible moratorium on eel fishing in Delaware waters.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is reviewing a referral from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that found Delaware out of compliance with the interstate management plan for American eel, whose numbers are depleted.

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Wicomico County’s economic initiative got off to a slow start this week when the County Council said it wasn’t sure it wanted to cough up all of the nearly $340-thousand for operating expenses.

Council President John Cannon said he thought $50-thousand was a better figure even though he considered bringing economic growth to the region a high priority.

He said he was not comfortable with the full amount until he knows exactly how it will be spent.