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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11:56 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Training Police to Handle People With Mental Health Problems

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness.

The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have embraced the concept.

Team members include law-enforcement officers who have been trained to compassionately manage people who are suffering from a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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11:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Funding Request for Mental Health Services in Delaware

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health and social services officials are asking for about $22 million in additional funding next year to serve the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and other vulnerable populations.

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11:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Somerset County on Track with Sandy Relief Money

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Somerset County has committed half of the $8.6 million in Sandy Relief money to a number of projects including 11 new homes that could cost close to $2 million to construct.

Another $1.1 million has been earmarked for a study of public housing that saw severe flooding during the 2010 storm.

Somerset County director of planning Gary Pusey said the county is focusing on the county’s purchase of three houses, some $3.2 million slated for home rehabs and $1 million for the county’s Economic Development Commission.

The grant expires in July.

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11:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fighting Childhood Hunger in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new panel aimed at reducing childhood hunger while promoting proper nutrition and Virginia agriculture.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

He named his wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, as the new council's chairman.

The governor said the council will work to make sure that Virginia pursues every federal dollar currently available that promotes nutrition and healthy living.

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11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Lights Galore in Ocean City

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In Ocean City the Winterfest of Lights begin tonight.

Organizers say there will be more than 400 displays and more than 800-thousand LED bulbs.

You can take the Winterfest Express for a one mile trip surrounded by music through 58 acres of lights that feature a 50-foot Christmas tree.

Admission is $5 for guests who are 12 year or older while those younger than that get in for free. 

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11:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Gas Prices Down Below $3 in Delaware

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Gas prices look good for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that a gallon of gas is averaging $2.85 in Delaware today.

That’s compared to a year ago when it was $3.28 a gallon.

In the First State an estimated 126-thousand people will be traveling 50 miles or more.

That’s up by 4 percent from last year.

And AAA says that 90 percent of them are expected to be on the roads.

Another 7 percent will be flying.

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9:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

First Flu Related Death This Year in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say the first death related to the flu in the state has been reported.

The Division of Public Health said in an email on Wednesday that the patient is an 83-year-old woman from Sussex County. Officials say she died Monday and lab tests confirmed an infection with influenza A.

There have been 37 cases for the current flu season in Delaware. Last season, there were 1,842 confirmed flu cases in Delaware, with six flu-related deaths.

Public health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccine.

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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Reviews Rocket Deal after Explosion at Wallops

Antares Rocket Explodes Just After Liftoff
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate the deal.

McAuliffe also has asked U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine to look for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

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8:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Lifts Lane Closures for Thanksgiving

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

VDOT will end the closures on most interstates and other roads starting from noon Wednesday through noon Monday. The idea is to keep the highways obstruction free during the busy holiday travel period.

VDOT also advises that based on past traffic data, the heaviest periods of congestion on most roads occur after noon on Wednesday and after noon on both weekend days.

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8:42 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Baltimore Delegate Replaces Conway on Appropriations Committee

Delegate Norm Conway
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With the defeat of Democratic Delegate Norm Conway by Republican Carl Anderton House Spaker Michael Busch has named Delegate Maggie McIntosh to replace him as chair of the Appropriations Committee.

Conway had been chair of the committee since 2003 and had been instrumental in bringing state dollars to the Eastern Shore.

McIntosh hails from Baltimore City and has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1987.

Speaker Busch called McIntosh one of the most well respected leaders in Annapolis and the right person to take on the budget issues.

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8:23 am
Thu November 20, 2014

6th DUI for Delaware Driver

Michael Tucker
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover man convicted five times on DUI charges has been arrested for a sixth drunken-driving offense.

Delaware State Police say a trooper pulled over an SUV driving erratically on State Route 10 in Dover on Tuesday night. Police say the man smelled of alcohol and gave a false name.

The trooper soon identified the man as 49-year-old Michael Tucker of Dover and arrested him on charges of DUI, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and other charges. It's unclear whether Tucker has an attorney.

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8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

MD Senators Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md)
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Maryland’s two senators voted against the Keystone XL pipeline this week when it failed to get the 60 votes required to close debate in the Senate.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin joined 37 other Democrats and two independents in opposition to the legislation that would have given the green light to construct the 17-hundred mile project.

The pipeline would bring the controversial Canadian tar sands oil to Texas.

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8:09 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Delmarva Resorts Depend on Overtime for Employees

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Finding Jobs for At-Risk High School Graduates

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at a national awards luncheon for a program aimed at helping at-risk high school students graduate and find jobs.

Markell, who serves as chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, will join board members, supporters, and more than 500 of JAG's youth leaders from across a 32-state network in Washington on Thursday to celebrate the work of the program.

Officials say Jobs for America's Graduates has served more than 1 million youth and is currently assisting some 47,000 young people.

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9:16 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Larry Dodd to Quit School Board

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Come December 2nd Larry Dodd will only be a member of the Wicomico County Council.

The Republican who won election to the seat this month is stepping down from his position on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision came after Dodd had a conversation with school board attorney Fulton Jeffers about holding the two jobs until incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan could replace him along with making another appointment.

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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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8:57 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Protesters Arrested at Carper's Washington Office Over Keystonee

Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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8:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MD Health Exchange Website Opens Early

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's revamped health exchange website has opened early for people to enroll in insurance plans.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein announced on Twitter that the website was open for individuals to enroll on Tuesday, a day early.

Andrew Ratner, a spokesman for the exchange, says it seems to be working well so far. Ratner says 5,324 people have applied and 1,915 applications have been completed since early Tuesday afternoon.

Ratner says the state decided to open the website early after other aspects of a gradual rollout worked well.

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8:42 am
Wed November 19, 2014

No Blanket Ruling in Delaware Drug Cases

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Superior Court judge has refused to issue a blanket ruling suppressing evidence in scores of pending drug cases because of an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

But in a ruling issued late Monday, the judge said prosecutors in individual drug cases will have to meet a higher standard for establishing a chain of custody indicating that evidence has not been tainted.

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8:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bridge Reopened Over Kings Creek in Somerset County

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Motorists in Somerset County will now be able to take the Stewart Neck Road bridge over King’s Creek.

It’s taken nearly a year to replace the old wooden bridge which fell into the water.

That forced motorists to take a 5-mile detour along nearby Revels Neck Road to Route 13.

This week State Highway Administration and Somerset County officials dedicated the reopening of a new steel-and-concrete bridge.

The $1.4 million bridge replaces the old wooden structure whose pilings had rotted away.

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8:26 am
Wed November 19, 2014

17th Century Dorchester County Home Destroyed by Fire

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A home constructed in 1694 on Taylors Island in Dorchester County has been destroyed by a fire.

It occurred at around 10 a.m. yesterday when a blaze broke out on the upper levels of the home on Bay Shore Road.

There was no one inside.

Fire officials told WBOC it took six hours to put out the fire and that it was difficult to get water because there were no fire hydrants nearby.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Dorchester County authorities.

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8:22 am
Wed November 19, 2014

I-495 Bridge Repair Near Completion

I-495 Bridge Repair
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State transportation officials say final repairs to the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River should be completed by late this year or early next year.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt says the final cost probably will be a little less than $40 million, with the federal government picking up almost all the tab.

Bhatt said after presenting his fiscal 2016 budget request Wednesday that officials are still pursuing their legal options. Officials say several bridge columns tilted after a large mound of dirt was dumped next to them.

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8:17 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Rallying for Clean Energy in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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11:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

O'Malley Urges No Vote in Senate on Keystone Pipeline

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Facebook to voice his disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Democratic governor says in Monday's post that he hopes the Senate rejects a bill that would approve the pipeline. The Senate's vote on the legislation, set for Tuesday, is expected to be close.

O'Malley says the pipeline would produce too much carbon dioxide and wouldn't create nearly enough jobs to justify.

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11:33 am
Tue November 18, 2014

UD Accepts Food Donations to Pay Parking Tickets

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is offering people who've gotten parking tickets on campus to get out of paying their fines while helping those in need.

Beginning Monday, the university will allow parking citations to be paid for with non-perishable food items. Each food item will count as $5 toward the cost of a parking ticket less than 30 days old.

The food drive will run through the end of the semester on Dec. 12.

All donated items will be delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware the week of Dec. 15.

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11:30 am
Tue November 18, 2014

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler to Join Law Firm

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is joining a District of Columbia law firm when he finishes his second term in January.

Gansler announced Tuesday that he's joining BuckleySandler and will play a leading role in its government enforcement and litigation practices.

He also plans to help clients comply with regulatory expectations on cybersecurity and privacy.

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8:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Westbound Route 90 Bridge Closed Today for Repairs

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The Ocean City Fire Department wants to remind motorists that the westbound Route 90 bridge will be closed for repairs starting today.

The emergency repairs by the Maryland State Highway Administration will last through Wednesday.

The westbound Route 90 from Coastal Highway to Route 589 will be shut down from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State workers will be repairing damaged sections of guard rail along the westbound Route 90.

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8:14 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Hogan Still Pursues Tax Cuts Despite Looming Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars.

Hogan, a Republican, said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would consider calling a special session next year to do more work on the state's finances, if that's necessary.

Hogan, who takes office Jan. 21, says he believes his election this month in the heavily Democratic state sent a message that has been heard.

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8:12 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Senator Carper To Vote for Keystone Pipeline

Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote to authorize construction of the XL Keystone pipeline despite objections from environmentalists.

The Delaware Democrat says that he battle over the pipeline has virtually made it impossible for congress to address other clean-energy issues.

The $8 billion project would run a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northwest Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate is expected to vote on the pipeline today.          

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8:01 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Potential Conflict of Interest for Larry Dodd

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Larry Dodd who was just elected to the Wicomico County Council has a potential conflict of interest.

He also serves on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

For the moment Dodd says he will serve on both bodies at least until 2015.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that with board of education Vice President Donald Fitzgerald’s term ending after 2014 he wanted to make it easier for Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan to make both appointments at the same time.

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