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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Local News
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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12:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Sandy Relief Money To Rebuild Crisfield School

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Federal recovery aid following Superstorm Sandy will help rebuild an aging school building in Somerset County.

County officials plan to use $3 million from the $16.7 million awarded to the country for Sandy recovery to demolish and replace the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School in Crisfield. The building now houses Crisfield Head Start and the It Takes a Village after-school program.

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9:08 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Firefly Festival Goes Off Smoothly

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This weekend’s Firefly Music Festival drew some 80-thousand people.

That’s about the same as the number at the event in Tennessee.

There were around 110 musical acts with fans spread out over 300 acres during the four day festival.

Only minor traffic problems were reported.

Dover police said there were a few arrests for disorderly conduct but no major issues.

As the sunset last night the feel-good acoustic act of Jack Johnson sang Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” on the main stage.

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8:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gas Prices Go Up With Iraq Crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the civil war in Iraq is pushing up gasoline prices in the United States.

In Maryland, AAA says gas prices are up 4 cents this week to an average of $3.67 per gallon. Prices are highest in the Washington suburbs and western Maryland.

In Delaware, AAA says gas prices have risen 7 cents over the past week to about $3.68 per gallon.

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8:33 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Delmarva Power Infrustructure Investment Questioned

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Delaware’s Public Service Commission says Delmarva Power should roll back some its plans for reliability investments.

The power company has said it was planning to spend $397 million over the five years to upgrade its infrastructure.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the PSC staff believes this could be achieved with a lower investment.

In May of last year the Commission began an investigation into whether Delmarva Power’s plans fit the needs of its customers.  

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8:23 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Record Turnout for Early Voting in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Elections is reporting a record-high turnout of early voters in the state's primary election.

The board says 141,590 people cast votes during the early voting period that started June 12 and ended Thursday. That compares with the previous record of 77,288 set during the primary in 2010, the first year of early voting in Maryland.

The 2012 primary drew 76,124 early votes.

The state board notes that this year's primary early voting period was two days longer than in previous election years.

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8:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Retiring Delaware Suprme Court Feels "Dissed" by Governor

Justice Carolyn Berger
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A retiring Delaware Supreme Court justice says she's stepping down largely because Gov. Jack Markell didn't consider her a legitimate contender for the chief justice job.

Justice Carolyn Berger is retiring in September with four years left in her term.

She tells The News Journal of Wilmington that she "wasn't taking seriously," adding: "I'm not angry. I'm disappointed."

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7:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Delaware GOP Chooses Attorney General Candidate

Ted Kitila
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Republicans say they have found a candidate to run for attorney general as Beau Biden plans to leave the office.

Ted Kittila, a corporate lawyer in Wilmington, says he plans to challenge Lt. Gov. Matt Denn this November to fill the vacancy. He met with Republicans in the state House and Senate to announce his candidacy last week. Kittila has not yet formally filed paperwork to run.

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7:35 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Dover Air Force Base Joins Delaware's Library System

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are signing a memorandum of understanding that will join the Dover Air Force Library with Delaware's library system.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to be on hand Monday for the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Delaware Division of Libraries and Delaware Library Catalog Consortium.

Dover base vice commander Col. Kevin Gordon also was to join local officials and State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman for the event.

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12:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Essay: In Praise of the Trash Man

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Most of us hardly even notice those who pick up our trash as we go about our daily lives. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that there is much to value in them and their service to our community.

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11:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Firefly Festival Traffic Begins

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The traffic in Dover as the Firefly Music Festival gets underway was not as bad as it was last year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and festival organizers made a number changes from last year including a longer festival to spread out the arrival times of attendees.

Greg Bostrom, director of the festival told WBOC that for the most part the festival kept traffic off of U.S. Route 13.

Nonetheless even though Thursday went well Delaware officials expect the worst to come on today.

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11:27 am
Fri June 20, 2014

1st Heat-Related Death Reported in Delaware This Year

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Health officials say Delaware has recorded its first heat-related death this year.

The Division of Public Health said preliminary findings indicated the death of a 56-year old Sussex County man on Wednesday was caused in part by heat exposure. Officials say the man had an underlying medical condition.

The agency says the medical examiner's office will not perform an autopsy.

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11:04 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Tolls Are Going Up on Delaware's Route 1

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Driving is about to get pricier for Delaware motorists.

State Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt told lawmakers Thursday that the Markell administration plans to raise tolls on Route 1 by a dollar on weekends to raise more revenue for road maintenance.

The current weekend toll of $2 will increase to $3. The weekday toll will remain at $1.

Bhatt also says his agency will increase borrowing by $20 million next year to pay for road maintenance and repairs.

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10:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Larry Hogan Blasts Decision on "Redskins" Trademark

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is criticizing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision disallowing the Washington Redskins' nickname because it is "disparaging."

Hogan said Wednesday in Ocean City that the ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board "should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech."

He says the matter should be decided by the Redskins and their fans without interference from politicians.

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10:34 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Annapolis Hospital Not Hiring Smokers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A hospital in Maryland's capital city will stop hiring people who smoke.

Anne Arundel Medical Center said in a news release posted on its website Thursday that beginning July 1, 2015, the hospital will no longer hire nicotine users.

The hospital also said tobacco use, including e-cigarettes will be banned anywhere on its campuses starting next month.

The hospital system, with its main facility in Annapolis and other facilities in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena and Gambrills, employs more than 4,000 people.

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10:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Delaware Casinos Slated for State Bailout Money

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Delaware Casinos are expected to get $9.9 million a year in assistance in an amendment in the state Senate.

The offer came up a day after closed door meetings this week and will be offered up for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

It comes after $8 million was provided this year.

State Senator Brian Bushweller, sponsor of the amendment, told the Wilmington News Journal that the limited help would not necessarily guarantee a solution to the casinos’ financial problems.

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10:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Delaware Art Museum Loses National Accreditation

Isabella and the Pot of Basil
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington has lost its national accreditation and may not be able to borrow artwork from other museums after it began selling paintings to pay debts.

The American Alliance of Museums said Wednesday that collections cannot be treated as disposable assets.

The alliance says its accrediting commission voted unanimously to revoke the museum's accreditation. The group says the museum's actions violate museum standards and ethics.

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2:38 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Delaware Senate Set to Abolish Chief Medical Examiner's Office

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is set to vote on a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The legislation to be voted on Thursday was prompted by a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office. 

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and the chief medical examiner is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources. 

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2:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Crisfield Has a New Mayor

Council member Kimberly Lawson
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Crisfield has a new mayor.

He’s Kimberly Lawson who racked up an overwhelming 216 votes over his challenger Irving Saltz who only picked up 43 votes.

There are still 36 provisional and absentee votes to be counted.

Lawson, who is currently on the city council, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looked forward to developing projects for the city noting that he had lived in Crisfield all of his life.

He replaces outgoing mayor Percy Purnell who decided to retire form city polices.

He will be sworn in on June 25th.

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2:09 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Consecutive Sentencing Reform

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have approved a bill giving Delaware judges the discretion to impose concurrent, not consecutive, sentences on criminals convicted of multiple offenses.

The state Senate gave final approval Wednesday to the legislation, which Gov. Jack Markell proposed as a way of reducing prison overcrowding. The bill passed the state House earlier this month.

Delaware currently is the only state that forces judges to impose consecutive sentences when a defendant is found guilty of more than one crime.

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12:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ken Ulman Vows to Creative Competitive Business Climate

Howard County Executive Ken Ulan
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Ken Ulman, Anthony Brown’s running mate in the Democratic primary race for governor, took a walk through downtown Salisbury.

He was making his case for his team saying that if elected they would focus on creating a competitive business climate and working with local partners.

As Howard County executive he told residents that he realized that the area was still recovering from the 2008 recession and that a Brown administration did not see a real reason to raise taxes.

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