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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7:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Limiting Revolving Door for Lobbyists and Lawmakers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final legislative approval to a bill prohibiting former members of the General Assembly from working as paid lobbyists for one year after leaving office.

The bill cleared the House on a 33-to-7 vote Thursday and now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Democratic Rep. John Kowalko of Newark has said his bill is aimed at improving government transparency by stopping the "revolving door" that turns lawmakers into lobbyists. Violating the law would be an unclassified misdemeanor.

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7:34 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Under 18? No Tanning Bed for You in Delaware

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If you’re under 18 you won’t be able to use a tanning bed in the First State.

The Delaware House of Representatives has approved legislation that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use a tanning bed.

Currently, those under 18 can use them if they have their parent’s consent.

The state Senate approved the measure last month.

And it now goes to the Governor for his signature. 

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11:57 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Heavy "Dew Tour" Traffic Expected on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say drivers should expect more traffic than normal this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Officials say the Dew Tour skateboarding event is drawing thousands of people to Ocean City from Thursday through Sunday.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says it will implement two-way traffic operations, weather permitting, to help alleviate delays. The agency also encourages drivers to travel at off-peak hours.

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11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Sounds of Explosions Heard From Dover Air Force Base

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base officials are warning nearby residents that a civil engineer squadron will be conducting training for demolition of explosives.

Officials say the an explosive ordnance disposal flight team is scheduled to conduct demolitions training Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As a result of the training, officials say some residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the base's training range. Residents may also notice possible ground shaking.

Base officials say the noise may travel farther during overcast weather conditions.

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9:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Dewey Beach is Best in the Nation

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's beaches have ranked first in water quality out of 30 states, and Dewey Beach is among the best.

The new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found just 3 percent of water samples exceeded the national "Beach Action Value" for 24 beach areas in 2013. Dewey Beach is listed as a "superstar" beach for its water quality over several years.

Maryland's beaches ranked fourth in beach water quality out of 30 states. The state's "superstars" were listed as Point Lookout State Park and Assateague State Park.

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9:32 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Dew Tour Gets Underway

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The Dew tour got underway yesterday in a carnival-like atmosphere.

It’s the fourth consecutive year at Ocean City which features skateboard and BMX competitions.

As the crowds gathered for some of the early competition the usual T-shirts were sold and the huge platforms were still being put up.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the vendors is Grind For Life which assists people have to travel long distances for cancer treatment.  

Tonight will feature the Skateboard Vert Semi-Final.

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9:24 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Suspect Killed, Officer Wounded in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware state trooper has been hospitalized after a gun battle with a Milford man who reportedly tried to strngle his girlfriend. The suspect is dead.

Authorities said troopers were called to a Magnolia home about 12:3 a.m. Wednesday about a fight between a woman and her boyfriend.

A trooper spotted 29-year old Dennis Hicks on  Route 1 around 7 a.m. After a car chase ending in Magnolia, Hicks got out of his car with a handgun and began shooting at 26-year-old Cpl. Lloyd McCann, who returned fire. 

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9:11 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Head On Collision Seriously Injures Four in Denton

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A number of people were injured this morning in a head-on collision in Denton.

The police say the accident occurred around 2 a.m. on route 404 and Anderson Road.

WBOC reports that troopers say the driver and three passengers were seriously injured along with the driver of the other vehicle and taken to nearby hospitals.

The road had been closed in both directions so that work crews cleared debris from the highway.

No identities have been released and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

 

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8:45 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Two Women Attacked in Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Two woman say they were attacked after telling a group of men to stop videotaping them.

Police say the women ages 33 and 35 were on the beach near Wilmington Avenue early Sunday about 12:30 a.m. That's when they noticed a group of six or seven men in their early 20s. One of the men appeared to be recording the women on his phone.

When the women asked him to stop, police say one of the men assaulted the women. They were beaten in the head and face.

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8:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

450 Permits for Bear Hunting Season

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Natural resources officials say they will issue 450 bear hunting permits for this year's season.

Harry Spiker of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service tells The Times-News of Cumberland that 380 permits were issued for last year's hunt. More than 3,500 hunters applied for those permits.

This year's hunt is set for Oct. 20-23. It takes place only in Garrett and Allegany counties.

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8:21 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Delaware Senate Approves $10 Million Casino Bailout Bill

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers have approved a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three gambling casinos.

The Senate voted 14-5 Wednesday on legislation to help the casinos, which say they are struggling with increased competition from neighboring states and have to share too much of their gambling revenue with the state.

The bill, which now goes to the House, calls for the state to help pay vendor costs for slot machines that currently come out of the casinos' share of gambling revenue.

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8:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

No Bail Bill for Non-Capital Offenders Fails in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes has failed to clear the state House.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a House vote Wednesday, but there's a possibility it could be resurrected before the legislative session ends next week.

The amendment, supported by Attorney General Beau Biden, was defeated twice in the state Senate last June before being resurrected and passed in a little-noticed midnight vote on the final day of legislative session.

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7:56 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Delaware to Lower Worker's Compensation Insurance Rate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have given final approval to legislation aimed at lowering workers' compensation insurance rates in Delaware. 

The bill approved unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday calls for a 33 percent reduction in medical costs for workers compensation cases over three year starting with a 20 percent reduction by January of 2015.

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7:41 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Lobbyist Reform Expected to Get Vote in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is expected to pass a bill prohibiting former members of the General Assembly from working as paid lobbyists for one year after leaving office.

Democratic Rep. John Kowalko of Newark has said his bill is aimed at improving government transparency by stopping the "revolving door" that turns lawmakers into lobbyists.  A House vote is scheduled for Thursday.

The House passed the bill last year after narrowly defeating an amendment that would have extended the waiting time from one year to two years.

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11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Governor Abolishes Office of Medical Examiner

Governor Jack Markell
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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is no more in Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation yesterday that replaces it with a new crime testing division that comes under the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

He put his signature on the measure shortly after the state House of Representatives passed the legislation on a 35-to-4 vote.

The law was opposed by trial lawyers and the National Association of Medical Examiners who worried about a conflict of interest because it is being moved over to a law enforcement agency.

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9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lane Closures on Route 50 in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Repairs are underway this week on eastbound U.S. Route 50 in Annapolis as highway crews inspect and improve piping under the roadway after a collapse in early June.

The State Highway Administration is overseeing repairs this week after a three-foot sinkhole opened up on the highway earlier this month.

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9:47 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Surge in Undocumented Children, Why They Come

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Some estimates put the number of undocumented children coming across the US/Mexico border at 50,000  with more expected. Most are from Central America and are seeking refuge not only in the United States but also in countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica. Matthew Peters is the director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton and spent around a decade in Guatemala. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about why they come. (The full interview will be aired on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. on July4th.)

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9:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Brown, Hogan Win, Colburn Out

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on Election Night
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will face Republican Larry Hogan in Maryland governor's race in November.

With 90% of the vote counted,  brown won 51 percent in the Democratic primary to 24 percent for Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Delegate Heather Mizeur came in third with 22% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Hogan outdistanced his nearest rival by 43 percent to Harford County Executive David Craig who came in with 30 percent. Charles County businessman Charles Lollar picked up 15 pecent while Delegate Ron George received 12 percent.

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8:41 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Set for Saturday

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - An upcoming launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore is testing new suborbital rocket technologies.

NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday. If weather delays the flight, the backup launch days are Sunday and July 2.

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8:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Bomb Scare at Delaware Technical and Community College

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An anonymous bomb threat forced the evacuation of Delaware Technical and Community College’s Owns Campus in Georgetown yesterday.

Police say they found no explosives after bringing in K-9 unites from Delaware State Police, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Worcester county Sheriff’s Office and the US Air Base in Dover.

WBOC reports the dogs sniffed a trashcan in the William Carter building a number of times but the bomb disposal unit found no explosives.

Police declared the area safe at 7:45 p.m.

The investigation is continuing.

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8:15 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Credit Card Friendly Parking Meters Coming to Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark council members have voted to expand the city's smart parking program after a smaller pilot program.

WDEL Radio reports the council voted 5-1 Monday to approve a $326,212 contract to purchase 425 new parking meters that accept credit and debit cards.

Officials say 401 of the city's existing 457 parking meters will be replaced with new devices. The remaining 24 meters will be set aside as spares. The first new meters could begin operating as soon as September.

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7:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Special Needs Education in Need of Assistance in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Delaware's special education services are doing so poorly that the state needs intervention.

The department said Tuesday that Delaware, with California, Texas and the District of Columbia, received the ranking based on the gap between regular and special-needs students on state proficiency measures and scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The department also said Maryland is among the states that no longer meet federal requirements for special education and was ranked "needs assistance."

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12:13 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

$4.1 Million Mansion Demolished in Rehoboth Beach

Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A bay-front mansion in Rehoboth Beach has been demolished less than 20 years after it was built.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the 10-bedroom mansion was demolished this spring after it was sold to the family of Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office.

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9:03 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Maryland Voters Go To the Polls Today

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Maryland voters are set to go to the polls today to cast their ballots in primaries across the state.

Voting precincts open at 7 a.m. in Maryland and will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Topping the ballot are the primary races for governor.

On the Democratic side Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has been leading in the polls against rivals Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur.

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8:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Objections to Restructuring of Delaware's Medical Examiner's Office

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As the Delaware House of Represents gets ready to eliminate the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and establish a new crime lab in a fast track vote two major national organizations are raising objections.

The National Association of Medical Examiners issued a five-page letter called on state legislators to withdraw proposal while the Innocence Project said the measure had some serious flaws.

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8:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Virginia Considers Reduction in Female Blue Crab Harvest

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Marine officials in Virginia are weighing plans to reduce the harvest of female blue crabs.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will take public comment Tuesday on a proposal to reduce the harvest of female blue crabs by 10 percent over the next year beginning July 5.

Officials say the move would help increase spawning potential and help reverse the depleted condition of female blue crabs.

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8:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Casino Bailout Bill to Get Initial Vote in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill providing a financial bailout to Delaware's three gambling casinos is poised for its initial vote in the state legislature.

The state Senate was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to help the casinos, which have bemoaned competition in neighboring states and the share of gambling revenues they have to give to Delaware's general fund.

But a bailout plan that could have cost taxpayers about $20 million a year will be scaled down before Tuesday's vote to about half that amount.

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8:11 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Castle County Offers $6.6 Million to Preserve Farmland

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New Castle County officials are ready to offer $6.6 million to two major landowners so they do not develop their farmland near Port Penn.

That’s despite the appraisal of a state agency that found that was too high for one of the farms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county is now hoping to use money from a federal conservation program to cover the cost of the deal.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recommended the outright purchase of just one farm was $1 million less.

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7:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

GOP Moves To Block Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has thrown out two of Governor Terry McAuliffe's line-item budget vetoes.

House Speaker William J. Howell ruled Monday tht McAuliff's vetoes were outside the scope fo the governor's authority.

The move effectively overrides the vetoes without the House having to vote on them.

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6:13 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Beau Biden Warns of Telephone Scams

Attorney General Beau Biden
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is warning of a rising number of telephone scams targeting the elderly.

Biden's office warned Monday of two recent scams that could put consumers at risk of fraud.

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