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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The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners plan to hold a vote on four measures to clamp down on vacation rentals including pool use by renters.

The vote set for June 19th would include a ban on renters from using pools at their vacation rentals by 2018.

In addition, another would put tighter limits on home size while a third would require more off-street parking.

Finally, there were would be a pool licensing system in addition to the ban.

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The liquor stores in Delaware could be opening earlier come the holiday season at the end of the year.

Bipartisan legislation would allow for the store to open up at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the months of October, November and December.

In addition, on Sunday they could open up at 10 a.m. rather than at noon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the legislation was pushed by Anheuser-Busch InBev and the liquor superstore Total Wine and More.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking to convert sunshine into power at four public schools.

The utility is seeking applications from schools in its service area under a program aimed at helping students learn about solar energy.

The company's philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation, will select the four schools that will receive the 1 kilowatt photovoltaic system.

Dominion says 1 kilowatt is enough electricity to power 15 desktop computers, 33 ten-gallon aquariums, or three 42-inch plasma TVs.

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There’s been a single vehicle crash just north of Millsboro that has left the driver dead.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit says that the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. last night and involved 22-year old Jasmine Andrews.

She was driving her Taurus westbound on Mount Joy Road when she sped around a curve, spinning out of control and hitting utility pole.

WBOC reports that Andrews was wearing a seat belt but was trapped in the car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A blaze in Pocomoke City is reported to have left one dead and another injured.

The Saturday fire began at around 5 a.m .with firefighters from the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company finding a two-and half story single family home ablaze.  

The Worcester County Fire Marshall’s office says that in the initial search of the first floor firefighters found one victim who was sent onto a burn center in Baltimore.

A later search of the house discovered the body of the second victim.

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The Supreme Court will decide whether it was proper for a single federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Maryland's 2011 congressional redistricting plan.

The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from a group of Maryland residents who say their First Amendment challenge should have been reviewed by a three-judge panel.

Federal law requires a special panel of three judges to hear constitutional redistricting cases unless a single judge who initially considers the case decides it is frivolous or "obviously without merit."

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Delmarva Public Radio received three awards from the Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association at the group's Awards banquet on Saturday.

The station received an award for Outstanding Enterprise Reporting for its two part series on the community of Georgetown in Salisbury entitled "An African American Community Lost in Time" by News Director Don Rush.

WSCL/WSDL also received an award for Outstanding Sports Feature entitled "Dew Tour" on Ocean City's last hosting of the event produced by Don Rush and Matt Forney.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casinos are cutting back on the number of slot machines to make room for more table games and other amenities.

The Washington Post reports that over the past three months, the state's three largest casinos have eliminated 1,350 slot machines. That's a 16 percent reduction in the number of slots at Maryland Live, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Hollywood Casino Perryville.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Three Montgomery County high schools are making graduation robes gender-neutral with one color to respect transgender students.

Damascus, Sherwood and Walter Johnson High Schools have shifted to single-color robes this year, instead of two separate colors for males and females.

At least five others have decided to make the change next year.

Principals say student letters played a role in the decision.

The change comes amid growing awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students nationwide.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Police are searching for a 21-year-old swimmer they say jumped in the water at Patapsco Valley State Park and did not resurface.

Authorities say the man disappeared Sunday into the waters below Bloede's Dam. They are treating the situation as a recovery. The Maryland Natural Resource Police say they stopped searching Sunday night, but will resume the search Monday.

The man's name has not been released.

Authorities say the area has signs that say "no swimming."

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If you’re vacationing in Rehoboth Beach and looking forward to using the pool at your rental house that could come to an end in the near future.

The resort’s board of commissioners is looking at denying vacationers the right to use the pools of rental properties.

The Mayor and other city officials are concerned that the larger homes being built in the resort is causing too much noise and disruption in the residential areas.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police are investigating three more slayings as the city continues to endure a spike in violent crime.

Police say shortly after 6:30 Sunday morning, authorities found a woman's body inside a burning house in northeast Baltimore. Police believe the woman was killed and the house was then set on fire.

Earlier Sunday morning, police say officers found a 22-year-old man who had been shot multiple times in northwest Baltimore. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A workgroup of Maryland lawmakers is scheduled to meet to examine public safety and policing practices.

The panel of state House and Senate lawmakers is set to hold its first meeting Monday afternoon in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will seek input from advocates and members of the public over several meetings to make recommendations for next year's legislative session.

The panel was formed in response to the rioting in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in April after being injured in police custody.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - In an effort to better avoid conflicts of interest, Virginia Beach has revamped a disclosure form used to shed light on transactions involving developers, bankers and contractors.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the change comes in the wake of state and federal probes.

Applicants for a wide variety of items, including rezoning requests, must complete the disclosure. The updated document is now twice as long as the previous version and asks for more details.

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Jun 8, 2015

There’s been a fire at a home in Pocomoke City.

The town’s volunteer fire company arrived on the scene early Saturday morning at around 5 a.m. on Market Street.

The firefighters found flames coming from the back of the house and were able to put the blaze out after around 90 minutes.

WBOC reports that there was no word on the homeowner or any of the occupants nor was there on any injuries.

Other units also involved in putting out the blaze included crews from Stockton, Girdletree, New Church and Polomoke EMS

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New figures show revenue continues to drop at downtown Baltimore's new casino in the aftermath of April's riot. 

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Friday that the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore reported $21.9 million in revenue during the month of May. That's down from $22.9 million in April. The casino had to close early for three nights in April and two nights in May to comply with a citywide curfew.

The Horseshoe opened in August.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Tax Court has ruled that office-supply retailer Staples owes the state more than $14 million in back taxes.

The court found Staples underpaid its taxes between 1999 and 2004. According to the court, Staples altered its corporate structure in part to improperly avoid paying its share of state taxes.

Staples, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, argued unsuccessfully that the ruling failed to account for more than $150 million in salaries and $260 million in property on which it paid Maryland taxes over the five-year period.

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We think little of the food we eat. But, Delmarva Public Essayist George Merrill writes that we should ponder this wonder of life.

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Jun 5, 2015
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It's time to clean up the Bay. This weekend, thousands will descend on Virginia's Eastern Shore for the annual event. Delmarva Public Radio's Rachel Taylor prepared this report:

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of mourners greeted Vice President Joe Biden and his family with hugs and condolences as they paid their respects to his eldest son, who died of brain cancer last week.

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden was 46. 

Beau Biden lay in honor Thursday in the state Senate chamber in Dover.

The vice president and other family members stood for hours in a receiving line at Legislative Hall, embracing and shaking hands with well-wishers.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The governor's office is inviting Baltimore businesses hurt by rioting and looting to meet with federal, state and local agencies offering recovery assistance.

The event Friday at Morgan State University brings features representatives from seven agencies offering loans, grants and other aid.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at strengthening accountability within the Delaware Economic Development Office.

The legislation introduced this week conforms with the recommendation of a legislative review committee that the cabinet agency be required to develop a comprehensive state plan for economic development every five years, and to submit annual reports detailing its objectives and strategies. The office also would have to hold public meetings to accept input on its plan.

There will be a new $6 million fire station on Wallops Island.

Construction is set to begin later in July and is expected to be completed a year from now.

The current fire station was established thirty years ago and was supposed to be temporary.

But the failure of the Antares rocket that exploded just second after liftoff at the Wallops Flight Facility has spurred construction after a half a decade of planning.

Currently, the fire station has to be evacuated every time there is a rocket launch like the Antares.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A group that specializes in cultivating marijuana for health benefits seeks to set up a medical marijuana growing facility in Easton.
The Star Democrat of Easton CBD Wellness Group made a presentation to the Easton town council during a special workshop session Monday.
Maryland's medical marijuana laws were updated in 2014 through state legislation that allows commercial entities to grow and dispense medical cannabis.

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There are two new members on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

Governor Larry Hogan appointed John Palmer and Joseph Ollinger to take over the seats of former members Marvin Blye and Larry Dodd.

The board’s vice president Donald Fitzgerald has been reappointed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Palmer and Ollinger are strong backers of the property tax revenue cap limiting the rates residents have to pay.

In addition, Ollinger lost his bid as a Republican candidate for County Executive against Rick Pollitt by 3 percent.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden and his family are welcoming Delaware residents to Legislative Hall to pay their respects to former Attorney General Beau Biden.

Beau Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. He'll lie in honor Thursday in the state Senate chamber, following a processional from Wilmington to Dover.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A grey seal pup rescued at Delaware's Bethany Beach this Easter with a broken jaw is finally healthy enough to be returned to the wild.

The Salisbury Daily Times  reported Wednesday the seal, named Lily, will be released June 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Assateague State Park.

Officials say after being captured by Lewes' Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute April 15 the seal went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore for rehabilitation. Her jaw has now healed and she has gained more than 12 pounds.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County has approved plans for a 132-acre development with 513 housing units near Middletown.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Thursday the plans for the new Winchelsea subdivision call for a mix of 359 homes, including single-family detached, village, twin and townhome units. The plan also calls for 154 apartments situated in 14 three-story apartment buildings. The subdivision ties into the Bayberry development and a planned shopping center north of Boyds Corner Road.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Democratic proposal to raise motor vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements in Delaware is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill was released from a Senate committee after a hearing Wednesday with the support of its four Democratic members.

The legislation increases the tax on car sales from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent. Penalties for late license and registration renewals, along with several other fees, would increase substantially.

The increases would take effect Oct. 1 and generate about $24 million annually.

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Restoration of the marshes at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge is set to begin June 15th.

It will be the first step in a $36 million effort to fight rising sea levels along the Delaware Bay.

Work crews will create drainage channels followed by over a million cubic yards of sand to beef up the beach just south of Fowler Beach Road to deal with openings caused by Hurricane Sandy.

There will also be a dune with grass to preserve the area and provide time for some of the wetlands adversely affected by human activity.