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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Mercy for Animals says it has video of mistreatment of chickens at the McGinnis Farms in a Dagsboro.

The poultry farm is under contract with Tyson Foods.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that so far there has been no response form officials for McGinnis.

Meanwhile, Tyson responded by saying that they valued the well-being of the animals and would not tolerate any abuse.  

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Cover crops hit a record high of 478-thosuand acres.

That’s up from 2012 when there were 430-thousand acres.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says that’s the largest number in the state’s history.

Annapolis provided $22 million this year for the program.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation ranks cover crops as one of the five best cost-effective measures for farmers to reduce pollution into the region’s estuary.

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City Council President Jake Day made it official.

He is running for Mayor of Salisbury in this year's municipal elections.

Day announced his bid for the city’s top job at Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury to a crowd that crossed party lines.

He has only been in office for a little over two years and was swept into office with the man he is trying to replace Mayor Jim Ireton.

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But, he had nothing but praise for the incumbent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Less than three years ago, Anthony Batts was hand-picked by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to combat crime and reform a troubled law enforcement department in one of America's most violent cities.
On Wednesday, Batts was fired as police commissioner amid the worst crime spike in the city since the 1970s.
Rawlings-Blake announced Batts' firing at a news conference Wednesday just 45 minutes after she delivered the news to him in person.

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The avian flu has hit the poultry industry with a vengeance leaving 48 million chickens and turkey dead since last December.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has been moving quickly to round of the birds as quickly as possible and killing them before it spreads.

In the Mid-West the pandemic appears to have slowed.

But during a senate committee hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill Delaware Democrat Tom Carper warned of becoming too complacent.

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A confederate battle flag was stolen off private home in Glasgow with an expletive accompanied by the words “u racist” spray-painted on a boat on the property.

The homeowner Barry Binkley Jr. told the Wilmington News Journal that he had flown the rebel flag at the home for more than 15 years.

He added that he had never had any complaints.

But the incident comes amidst a backlash against the flag after the killing of nine people at a black church in South Carolina.

Personal pictures of the shooter were found displaying the rebel flag.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberations in the federal conspiracy and cyberstalking case against the widow and children of a man who killed his ex-daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse in 2013.

Jurors received the case Wednesday afternoon following final closing arguments and instructions from the judge.

There are plans to solve the problems surrounding the dangerous intersection of Delaware Routes 10 and 15 in Kent County.

The Delaware Department of Transportation held a hearing yesterday in Dover on a proposal to establish a roundabout in its place.

WBOC reports that the Delaware State Police say 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection over the last two and half years.

There have been previous efforts to make the intersection safer including a sign, stripe improvements and lights.


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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The chief architect of a Republican legislative redistricting plan says race was just one of many factors used to redraw boundaries in Virginia's House of Delegates.

Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk testified Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates is defending itself in a lawsuit that alleges the 2011 redistricting unconstitutionally packed black voters into 12 legislative districts.

The lawsuit claims that packing black voters into those districts limited their influence in the rest of the state.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.
The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.
In his 70-page ruling, Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes - the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark.

The old Avon Products distribution building near Newark is coming down if one developer has his way.

In its place will be some 220 apartments along with office, retail and dining space.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that forty of the units will go to seniors.

Spread out over more than 600,000 square feet there will also be a two story parking garage.

The New Castle County Council is expected to decide next week whether to rezone the 42 acre property for commercial use.

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Going to the University of Delaware is set to get a little more expensive.

Tuition will rise by $178 for in-state students and for a total of just over $12,500 and for out-of-state students tuition will go up by $728 for a total of just over $31,400.

The increases represent a 1.4 percent hike for in-state students and a 2.3 percent hike for out-of-state students.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that University officials emphasized that they were committed to keeping down costs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has invited a Delaware animal scientist to participate in a congressional hearing on the avian flu threat, a significant issue for the Delmarva peninsula's poultry industry.
Jack Gelb Jr. is among several witnesses scheduled to testify at Wednesday's meeting in Washington of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Gelb is director of the Avian Biosciences Center at the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

An Apology for Slavery?

Jul 8, 2015
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There could be an apology for slavery in Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell received a request for such a proclamation last week from Harmon Carey, founder and executive director of the Afro-American Historical Society in Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he wrote that there was a “moral imperative”0 to acknowledge the inhumanity of slavery and the unjust prosecution of Abolitionists.

Carey says he believes an apology would heal the wounds still being felt to this day.

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The New York publisher Conde’ Nast just slashed 30 workers from its employment rolls in Wilmington.

The office handled work ranging from accounting and payroll to human resources and information technology.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 15 of the jobs were eliminated with the rest being out-sourced to Costa Rica.

Some of the jobs will be phased-out late this year.

Last year the company cut its presence leaving behind its data center near Glasgow.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged the security chief at Delaware's only women's prison with having sex with an inmate.

Troopers say 50-year-old Fred Way III, superintendent at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in New Castle, surrendered at Troop 2 Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of sexual relations in a detention facility and one count of official misconduct.

Way was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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It should be up to the jury in the Matusiewicz trial today.

David Matusiewicz, his mother Lenore and his sister Amy Gonzalez are charged with cyberstalking and conspiracy in the death of David’s wife Christine Belford.

She was shot to death along with her friend by David’s father Thomas Matusiewicz in a Delaware courthouse.

Federal prosecutors called on the jury to consider whether the shooting was foreseeable by the family.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys argued that the shooting was a separate independent act and that the father kept his plans from the family.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A state commission has released a report detailing how Virginia can help grow the military's presence in the state.

The military is a major driver of the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In 2013, the Defense Department spent more than $58 billion in Virginia.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The chief architect of a Republican legislative redistricting plan is expected to testify in a lawsuit that claims the plan unconstitutionally packs black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk is expected to take the stand Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria and defend the plan. Jones led efforts in 2011 to redraw that state's legislative boundaries for the 100-member House of Delegates.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is now state law.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The new law contains an exemption for businesses that sell electronic cigarettes if 80 percent of revenue comes from such products and the business meets certain other conditions.


The Wallops Flight Facility launched a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket this morning at around 6:15 a.m.
It carried two space technology demonstration projects from the SOAREX-8 Exo-Brake Flight test NASA’s from the Ames Research Center in California and the Radial Core Heat Spreader from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Officials said that data from both was received successfully.

The payload reached a height of 206 miles before falling back into the Atlantic Ocean.

None of it will be recovered.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal inspector general says Maryland improperly billed Medicaid for services in hundreds of thousands of cases involving the developmentally disabled and the state owes the federal government more than $34 million.

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July 4th is celebrated by cookouts, fireworks and a little mythology. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill pondered just how much we know about this nation's birth.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to sign the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware's commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its quota nears.

The commercial fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. After that, officials say, it will be unlawful to harvest horseshoe crabs this year.

Under the management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery, Delaware's 2015 quota allocation was 154,527 male horseshoe crabs.

Harvesting female horseshoe crabs is banned year-round in Delaware

Developers of the Middletown Sports Complex acceded to worries by local residents who were concerned about night time lights and traffic congestion.

The new plan will not include lights for the fields for traveling teams and tournament play.

In addition, the developer eliminated a third entrance directly across from the housing development known as The Estates at Saint Anne’s.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the changes in the 170-acre facility were done in response to the concerns expressed by local residents.

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Allen Harim’s plans for a chicken processing plant in the Millsboro area just got a step closer.

The poultry company beat back a court challenge this month by a group of residents trying to overturn the decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustments.

The arguments revolved around technical issues including whether the company had standing in applying for an exception it received from the board and whether there was sufficient public notice.

MD Casino Revenue Up

Jul 7, 2015
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BALTIMORE (AP) - State officials say Maryland's five casinos generated $91.4 million in revenue in June.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said in a news release Monday that June 2015 casino revenue increased from last year by $19.3 million, or nearly 27 percent. In a year-to-year comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, revenue decreased from June 2014 by $3.7 million, or 5.1 percent.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld a federal plan limiting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers who accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of abusing its power.

The ruling Monday upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment and is a clear win for environmentalists.

Six states have agreed to the pollution limits: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.,

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The former US Women’s Soccer Team player Tisha Venturini-Hoch is coming to the Lower Eastern Shore next month.

She will be serving up beers and making cocktails. It’s part of a fundraising effort at Brew River restaurant to raise money for Team Keller.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that last October they raise $7-thousand for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a golf tournament.

Venturini was a midfielder for the national team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and the World Cup in 1999.