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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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say lottery sales and casino revenues contributed over a billion dollars to the state in the 2015 fiscal year, the first time the number has topped the $1 billion mark.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Monday that $525 million came from the lottery and $487 million from the state's five casinos. Officials say the total is an increase of about 19 percent from the 2014 fiscal year.

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African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police say one man is missing after a 17-foot sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge.
Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the boat ran into trouble around noon on Sunday. She says it sank so fast that the six people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets.
Thomson says another boater nearby came to their aid and pulled five people from the water. She says the boaters reported that they saw the missing man go under the water and did not see him resurface.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore on Tuesday.

NASA says community college and undergraduate university students from seven higher education programs across the nation developed the experiments through the RockSat-X program.

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the backup launch days.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Southern heritage group are urging members to resist a recall of Virginia license plates with an image of the Confederate battle flag.

A federal judge in Danville cleared the way for the state to banish the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates. But attorneys for the group say the judge did not call for the existing plates to be returned to the state.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation to consolidate regulations for background checks for people working with children in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Monday consolidates into one section of state code the background check requirements for individuals who want to work or volunteer for child-serving entities.

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Delaware now has a legal framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In the last legislative session the General Assembly approved the new rules nearly four years after the first medical marijuana dispensary was opened in Wilmington.

Last month Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that patients must be certified by a doctor and the state for the drug to treat symptoms of certain diseases.

These range from cancer and Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service lifeguards say they saved 22 people Sunday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the lifeguards were on high-alert after strong rip currents led officials to set knee-deep wading restrictions the entire day.

Lifeguard supervisor Jay Leach says rip currents were actually worse Saturday, but cloudy skies and scattered showers staved off would-be beachgoers that day.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former pediatrician imprisoned for abusing his female companion's daughter, including "waterboarding" the girl by holding her head under a faucet.

Melvin Morse argued that the trial judge erred in allowing evidence of other uncharged abusive acts against the girl and in granting a request from jurors during deliberations to re-watch videotaped statements of the girl and her younger sister.

But a three-judge panel ruled Thursday that there was no merit to Morse's claims.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - State police say a 23-year-old Maryland man has died after a crash on Delaware Route 1 near Milford.

Police say Edgar Molina of Silver Spring, Maryland, was a passenger in a car that drifted off the road early Sunday before the driver overcorrected and ran off the road on the other side. Police say the car hit a utility pole and two trees and rolled over during the crash, just before dawn Sunday.

The driver and another passenger were treated at a hospital and released. Police say Molina was not wearing a seat belt. He died at a hospital.

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The Cokesbury Village retirement home has been evacuation.

Units from the Hokessein Fire Company and the Cranston Heights Fire and Rescue showed up on the scene to reports of possible carbon monoxide.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that dozens of residents were sent outside the 8 story structure as authorities evaluate the situation.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick alderwoman is renewing a call for removing a statue of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from City Hall.

Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. The ruling became a catalyst for the Civil War.  It called black people "beings of an inferior order."

Taney practiced law in Frederick from 1801 to 1823.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Orbital Sciences has agreed to insure a state-owned launch pad in Virginia following a rocket explosion that damaged the Wallops Island facility.

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Oct. 28. Orbital has previously said preliminary investigation results point to a failure in one of the two main engines involved in the first stage of launch. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority owns and operates the launch pad and says severe damage was spared, but repairs are necessary.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.

Attorney General Mark Herring's office said Thursday evening that the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin replacing about 1,600 existing plates.

U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser says in a Thursday order that his 2001 injunction is no longer valid.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a Texas case that specialty license plates represent the state's speech, and not the driver's speech.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan created a commission Thursday to study legislative redistricting reform in Maryland, which critics say has some of the nation's most gerrymandered congressional districts.
The 11-member panel will review approaches in other states that have established independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions. A report is slated to be completed by Nov. 3.

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It’s been fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

In Pocomoke City the New Macedonia Baptist Church held an event during what has become a tough fight over the dismissal of the first African American Police Chief of the town.

Pastor Ronnie White, one of those leading the fight for his reinstatement, told the gathering that the event was a moment to bring the community together.

Mayor Bruce Morrison, who was involved in the firing of former chief Kelvin Sewell, was received warmly at last night’s event.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants to come up with standard regulations for how doctors and other health care providers dispense opiate drugs.

It’s part of his effort to fight the abuse of painkillers as part of an effort to fight the rise of heroin use in the state.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware officials want regular state reviews of deaths that resulted from the use of heroin or other drugs.

They want to develop a best practices formula for detox treatment that would substitute drugs like suboxone and methadone.

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The town of Newark has been stalling the approval a residential development complete with parking garage on the parking lot behind the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Building in the downtown area.

That’s according to a lawsuit against the city by the owners of the building who say that they have been struggling with the city since August of 2011 over the parking lot requirements.

The city says that the waiver it gave to the developers for the parking lot connected to the Restaurant does not apply to the planned 12-unit, four-story apartment building.

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ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Union leaders at a candidates' forum in Iowa are grilling four Democrats but not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has drawn scrutiny over her positions on trade. She has skipped the event because of a scheduling conflict.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee appeared at the event Thursday hosted by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke via video conference.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman last July.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Thursday that 44-year-old Shawn Oliver has been arrested and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Mia Henderson, who was found stabbed to death July 16, 2014.

Davis said police were able to identify Oliver from DNA extracted from under Henderson's fingernails.

"Mia fought back, and thank God she fought back," Davis said.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have decided not to develop the state's own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act and instead will keep the current state-federal partnership model.

Delaware was granted nonbinding approval in June to develop a supported state-based health insurance marketplace, but Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Thursday that the state will not move forward with the plan.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled that police must obtain a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations.
The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday's decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals conflicts with two other federal appeals court rulings and increases the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury police say three men have been charged with the fatal shooting of a teenager in a hotel parking lot.

Seventeen-year-old Rakim Russell of Fruitland, Maryland, was shot early Sunday as he left a party at Americas Best Value Inn. He died at a local hospital.

Officers say the three suspects were involved in a fight at the party, fired into a group of people, striking Russell once.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A psychological firm paid to evaluate troubled Baltimore police, including a lieutenant charged in Freddie Gray's killing, is under investigation by the city and has been put on probation by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers.

The Maryland State Police took action against Psychology Consultants Associated in June after finding it was completing evaluations of officers' mental stability in 15 minutes instead of the required 45 minutes, according to government documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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It’s been three days.

But the first white marlin has made it onto the leaderboard of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City.

The 94 pound fish caught by Cheryl McLeskey is the third biggest in the tournament’s history.

There were 238 boats out in the ocean.

That’s five more than last year.

WBOC reports that the scales will close at 9:15 p.m. Friday night.

The anglers are restricted to fishing three out of the five days of the tournament.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to discuss plans for redistricting reform.

Hogan has scheduled a news conference for Thursday.

The governor announced in his first State of the State speech in February that he planned to form a bipartisan commission to explore reforming Maryland's legislative redistricting process.

At the time, he expressed interest in giving the authority of redrawing the state's legislative districts to an independent bipartisan commission.

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The United Steelworkers union and the Chemical Workers Union Council are threatening Dupont and Chemours companies to go to regulators over safety inspection problems.

The unions sent a letter to the CEO of the two firms charging that the DuPont did not allow health and safety experts to deal with – what they described as – hazardous conditions at the facilities.

There are around a thousand workers at DuPont and Chemours are represented by the United Steelworkers union.

That includes the Chemours pigmentation facility in in Edge Moor.

Frontier Town campground and theme park has a new owner Sun Communities.

The wild-west park just west of Ocean City is the one of the oldest attractions along the Maryland coastline.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the sale was sealed at the end of last month.

In addition, the Fort Whaley Campground also goes with the deal.

$76 million was set aside for the deal although the price tag is not known.

The sites cover nearly 12-hundred acres.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville is set to take up a proposal that would banish Confederate flags from city-owned flagpoles.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the ordinance Thursday night. It would allow only the U.S., Virginia, city of Danville and the POW/MIA flag to be flown on city-maintained flagpoles.

The city that briefly was the capital of the Confederacy is the latest to wrestle with the public display of the flag, which some view as a symbol of racial hatred. Others argue it honors their Southern heritage.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Thursday requires builders of new single-family and two-family homes to provide buyers a cost estimate for installing an automatic sprinkler system. The new law also requires that homebuyers be given information from the State Fire Marshal's Office about the benefits of automatic sprinklers.