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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll has found that while 54 percent of Maryland residents say an executive order should be used "rarely or never," 67 percent approved of Gov. Larry Hogan using one to start schools after Labor Day.

The poll by Goucher College was released Monday.

The Republican governor announced the executive order on Aug. 31 for next year's school start. Democrats who control the legislature have criticized the use of executive order to make the change.

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The Environmental Working Group has been raising questions about the levels of the possible cancer causing chemical Chromium 6 in the nation’s drinking water.

In Salisbury the chemical which is used in industries ranging from paint to plastic is listed among those found in the city’s drinking water.

WBOC reports that local officials were quick to downplay any health significance to the finding.            

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are continuing their investigation into a row house fire that left two Wilmington firefighters dead and two others critically injured.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode said Monday that the Delaware Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire, which broke out around 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

While Goode released few details and did not take questions, he said officials are aware of recent vehicle fires in the area but do not know if there's any connection to the house fire.

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After a shootout with an Accomack County Sheriff’s deputy those who robbed a PNC bank in Pocomoke City are still at large.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the robbery occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday when the Pocomoke City police got word of a car that was possibly related the crime.

It had been going south on Route 13 when the sheriff’s tried to stop the vehicle on Bethel Church Road.

That’s when shots were fired damaging a deputy’s patrol car.

It was last seen going east on Turkey Run Road near Mappsville.

There was a plane crash at the tiny airfield on Tangier Island yesterday.

It occurred around 1 p.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Town Manager Renee Taylor said the crash resulted from equipment failure and there were no injuries.

She told the paper that the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted about the incident.

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say officers shot a man who threatened to kill his family and himself after he pointed a replica gun at officers.

Police identified the man Monday afternoon as James Andrew Schueler, 42, of Columbia.

Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said by telephone that a 911 caller reported that Schueler was heading to Columbia to kill his family Monday and mentioned "suicide by cop." Officers stopped the man's Jeep Cherokee and Llewellyn says he told officers he had a gun and wanted to hurt himself.

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The funeral for the youngest son of former Delaware Governor Ruth Anne Minner will be held this week.

A viewing for 55 year old Gary Ingram will take place this Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Fire Company Memorial Hall and another will be held the following day in the afternoon.

The funeral will be held on Friday at 2 p.m.

WBOC reports he was killed when his two truck crashed on U.S. 113 just south of Cicada Lane near Milford.

Police say that Ingram veered off the road for an unknown reason and struck a sign before hitting a group of trees.

Salisbury could be looking at banning toy and BB guns that look like the real thing.

City Council member Muir Boda told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was concerned about the police shootings that involve people with the replicas.

The council member works for Wal-Mart where these types of look-alike weapons are sold.

Toy guns do have the orange tip to distinguish them from the real thing but Boda notes that BB and pellet guns do not.

Mayor Jake Day told the paper that the legislation being offered by Boda is something that could be considered.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police are planning within the next couple of months to make public data on things like complaints against officers.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Commission Kevin Davis announced the initiative at a public planning session on Saturday. Davis said the internal affairs disciplinary data will be featured on a transparency page on its website.

Davis said police want to become more transparent to help foster a better relationship between law enforcement and the community.

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, during a weeklong trade mission to Israel, says the University of Maryland, Baltimore is expanding ties with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Hogan said the "agreement will further strengthen the successful partnership between these world-class universities and help to advance research in Maryland, particularly in the study of military medicine."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is heading to Chile this week to meet with the country's president and other leaders.

Chile will be the governor's first foreign trade trip since he visited Germany a little more than a year ago. He's scheduled to arrive in Santiago on Friday and will be in Chile through Wednesday Oct. 5.

Markell's office says he will meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He's also planning to meet with fruit exporters and shippers and visit Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules aimed at banning spear-hunting for big game.

The agency says in a statement it's accepting public comments through Oct. 17 on a proposal to add regulatory language stating that only the weapons listed in the regulations may be used for deer and black bear hunting.

Those weapons are bows and firearms, including a powerful new type of air gun that shoots full-sized arrows.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a plea hearing for man who was left a quadriplegic after being shot by Wilmington police.

Monday's plea hearing for Marvin Jones was scheduled to be conducted by teleconference link with the state hospital for the chronically ill, where Jones is receiving medical care.

Jones, a parolee from Georgia, was shot by police in January 2015 during a struggle after a traffic stop.

Delaware's attorney general's office concluded that the shooting was justified because the officers believed their lives were in danger.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Top Virginia Republicans are calling for the resignation of a GOP lawmaker who has been charged with assaulting members of his family.

House Speaker William Howell and other House leaders said in a statement Saturday that they are "deeply concerned" by the charges against Del. Rick Morris. They're asking Morris to immediately resign his seat.

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In the summer of 1845, David Thoreau took time to contemplate life on Waldon Pond and described -- what has now become known as -- the battle of the ants. For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill his life lesson drawn from observing these tiny creatures took place in his very own kitchen.

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow may be coming to Perdue Stadium.

Of course, that would be as a New York Mets minor league baseball player.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the team’s minor league teams is the South Carolina Fireflies who happens to be in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds.

If it all comes together that means Tebow could be in Perdue stadium for game May 10 through the 12th.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was signed by the Mets shortly after he tried out in front of minor league teams in California.


Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that some $632-thousand in federal money will be going to the Visitor Center STEM in Action Project at Wallops Flight facility.

The Maryland Democrat said she hopes this grant will inspire a generation of space enthusiasts.

The money will go toward the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas of study.

WBOC reports that the program is a collaboration that includes the Virginia Space Flight Academy, the Wallops Education Team and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

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The landscape of social media is filled with dire predictions and denunciations. Indeed, trolls abound. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill decided to so in search on hope in this virtual reality.


You can’t buy a meal at the Inn at Duck Creek in Smyrna anymore.

It shut its doors on Tuesday.

But Delaware State News reports that town officials are hoping this will only be a temporary condition for the restaurant which is seen as a key to revitalization of the downtown area.

WBOC reports that the owner of the property is looking for someone else to occupy the space.

A $300-thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the town of Smyrna helped restaurant get off the ground just before the beginning of this year.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is officially a free man, but he paid a heavy price to get there.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday they're moving to drop corruption charges against McDonnell in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's corruption conviction.

The court unanimously held that the actions McDonnell took to benefit a businessman who gave him luxury gifts may have been distasteful but did not cross the line into illegal conduct.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland city's plan to rid its City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery won't be second-guessed by the state.

Maryland Historical Trust Director Elizabeth Hughes wrote in a Sept. 2 letter to officials in Frederick that the agency lacks jurisdiction because the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-nee) is not covered by an easement for a 1983 building preservation grant.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A zip line attraction at a Delaware state park is reopening two weeks after a woman fell 35 feet to her death after disconnecting herself from a safety system.

State officials said Thursday that they approved the reopening of the Go Ape Treetops Adventure at Lums Pond State Park following an independent inspection. The Go Ape course will reopen Friday, and a new Junior Treetops Adventure course will open Saturday.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a news conference at the National Institutes of Health to discuss the need for federal funding to continue research on Zika virus treatment and vaccine development.

Cardin has scheduled the news conference for Friday after he takes a laboratory tour and gets and update from NIH officials on the status of their work.

Cardin notes that more than 16,800 Zika cases already have been documented in the United States.

The Maryland Democrat says dealing with the epidemic is a national emergency.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An environmental sciences professor says eating less meat can help the Chesapeake Bay.

James Galloway of the University of Virginia tells the Daily Press that farm animal waste is a big part of the nitrogen runoff that depletes oxygen in the bay.

Galloway says eating one-third less meat from cows, pigs and chickens in the watershed could make the difference. He says Americans typically consume 30 percent more protein than they need. 


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's long list of official state things continues to grow.

Now, with legislation being signed Friday by Gov. Jack Markell, it is getting an official Tall Ship.

That would be the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of a vessel that sailed from Sweden in 1638, carrying the first permanent European settlers in the Delaware Valley to what is now Wilmington.

If you're wondering about others, they include the golden retriever, the blue hen chicken, the belemnite, Greenwich loam, the stonefly, and peach pie.

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With the temperatures hitting above 90 it’s time to Beat the Peak.

That’s a program by Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative urging members to limit their energy use between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The coops note that they will be paying a premium price for electricity during those hours as demand goes up.

So members are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances as well to delay any such usage until after that period.

In addition they are urging members to raise the thermostat up just a bit.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware say a tractor trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of unstamped pennies overturned on northbound Interstate 95, spilling its load along the highway.
Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said by telephone that the tractor trailer overturned and caught fire early Thursday at the split for eastbound Interstate 295, but the driver escaped with minor injuries. He says its load of unstamped pennies spilled onto the roadway.

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Governor Jack Markell signed a measure yesterday that would allow students with epilepsy and certain muscle disorders to be given medical marijuana oil while on campus.

The drug must be administered by the school nurse as long as a parent or guardian is present.

WBOC reports that the expansion of “Rylie’s Law” will make her life easier and not force her to leave the school campus for 20 to 45 minutes to get the drug.

Her mother Janie Maedler told the television station that this was a big step for children like Rylie who needs the marijuana oil.

PBF wants to dramatically expand the Delaware City Refinery’s output of denatured ethanol from 84-thousand gallons a day to 420-thousand gallons.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that currently the facility imports ethanol from other states.

It is mixed with gasoline and is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The paper reports that the company wants to commence work on the expansion late this year with production beginning early next year.

The company will need to get permission from state officials and expect to employ 20 to 25 workers.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is giving schools extra money to help support year-round and extended-year school programs.
The governor's office announced Wednesday that McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million to 66 schools.
The General Assembly created the Extended School Year Grant Program after a legislative commission found that students in struggling schools do better with longer school years.
McAuliffe said the grant distributions would help narrow the achievement gap between richer and poorer school districts.