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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12:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Youngest Princess Anne Commissoner Sworn into Office

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The youngest Princess Anne Commissioner was sworn into office at the Garland Hayward Youth Center.

23 year-old Lionel Frederic is a senior of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and bills himself as a musician and entrepreneur.

Now, he adds, at-large commissioner to his resume.

He told WBOC that his plans range from lowering taxes and creating jobs to a recycling plan and bringing new creative ideas to the commission.

Lionel is a biology major and hopes to attend medical school after he graduates from UMES.

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11:47 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Dover Has a New Mayor

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former member of the Dover City Council is the city's new mayor.

Robin Christianson won a five-way special election Tuesday to serve the final year of former Mayor Carleton Carey's term. The term ends in May.

Election officials say Christianson received more than 39 percent of the vote.

Carey stepped down as mayor in April, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. .

The 63-year-old Christianson says he'll work hard to move the city forward.

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10:13 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Wicomico County District Court House Reopens After Bomb Threat (Update)

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The Wicomico County District Court is has reopened after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Wicomico County District Court this morning.

As of 10:30 a.m.police declared the building is safe.

Emergency officials say that the Baptist Street and neighboring roads had been closed to motorists.

The court bailiff told the Salisbury Daily Times that all court cases set for this morning were canceled.

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12:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Heat Is On, Cooling Stations Are Opening

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As the weather heats up the cooling centers are beginning to open up on Delmarva.

Wicomico County health officials announced the MAC Senior Center in Salisbury will be open Wednesday through Friday for those over the age of 50 who need to escape the heat. 

WBOC reports that officials say there will be a few more places open to beat the heat.

Jennifer Johnson with the Wicomico County Health Department told the station that people should to the library or the mall where there is air conditioning.

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11:56 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Woman and Two Children Found Dead in a Parked Car at a Hagerstown School

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police say a Hagerstown woman found dead along with her two children in a parked car was a native of Guyana.

Capt. Paul Kifer says there's no apparent cause of death of the woman or her children, ages six months and 18 months. They were found Monday afternoon in a car parked at Western Heights Middle School in the city's West End.

Police are withholding their names pending notification of relatives in South America. Kifer says autopsies will determine how they died.

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9:12 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Details of Body Found in Wicomico River at Salisbury City Park

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Salisbury police officers and fire crews yesterday pulled the body of 25 year-old Rodney Stevenson Junior from the Wicomico River’s eastern prong that runs through the Salisbury City Park.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan told reporters that his family had last seen him leave his Ohio Avenue home at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

She said a 911 call came in at round 9 o’clock that said a body had been seen floating in the water.

Duncan said Stevenson was going to a location on East Main Street…but did not specify where.

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9:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Maryland and Delaware Get Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say Maryland has been awarded more than $7 million in grants for projects to protect communities against damage from future storms.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program announced the grants to 11 states in the eastern U.S. on Monday.

The largest grant was $3.5 million to create 25 acres of new salt marsh and increase salt marsh productivity at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area in Dorchester County.

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8:51 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Fruitland City Council President Quits

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Fruitland City council President Richard Lee Outen is resigning because he decided to buy a home outside the city limits.

Elected officials must live inside the town.

But in a statement last week he said he would continue to offer input and attend the last few meetings from “the other side of the table.”

Outen’s seat is one of three that are up for election in the next four months and will be filled then.

He was in his first term on the council after he was elected four years ago.

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8:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mistrial in Bodenweiser Molestation Case

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a former Delaware state Senate candidate accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy 27 years ago.

Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley ruled the mistrial Monday after jurors, on their second day of deliberations, said they could not agree on 55-year-old Eric Bodenweiser's guilt or innocence.

Bodenweiser had been charged with 15 offenses. He is accused of repeatedly molesting the boy between October 1987 and August 1990.

The alleged victim, now 37, testified during the two-week trial.

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8:27 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Other Fires Could Be Mentioned in Bundick Arson Trial

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With the opening statements in the trial of Tonya Bundick who faces one count of arson the judge told the attorneys he could not yet grant or deny a motion that would allow evidence of other fires.

The charge is being referred to by law enforcement as count 52 which refers to a fire that took place on March 3rd of last year.

That blaze destroyed a labor camp near Keller owned by Richard Hall III and was one of more than 70 arson reported in Accomack County between November of 2012 and April of last year.

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8:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Miss Delaware Speaks Out Against Teen Dating Violence

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The new Miss Delaware is taking aim at teen dating violence.

Twenty-four-year-old Amanda Longacre, of Bear, was crowned Saturday night at Dover Downs in Dover. She will compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Longacre is a University of Delaware graduate with a focus on women's studies and domestic violence prevention.

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7:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Opening Up Family Court Proceedings Inches Forward in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill outlining what proceedings in Delaware's family court system should be open to the public.

Delaware's constitution says all courts shall be open, but many Family Court proceedings are nevertheless closed to the public because of laws passed by the General Assembly.    

Those closed proceedings include hearings involving adoption, termination of parental rights, custody rights and visitation, guardianship, paternity and divorce.    

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7:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Revenue Panel Gives Breathing Room to Delaware Lawmakers

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The state panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections has given lawmakers a little more breathing room as they begin wrapping up work on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday raised its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by $16 million compared to last month's estimate.

At the same time, the panel lowered its revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year by about $7 million.

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12:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Mixed Results for Eastern Shore County Bay Cleanup Efforts

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says three Eastern Shore counties have failed to file plans with the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up the bay over the next two years.

Those were Caroline, Dorchester and Worcester Counties.

In addition, CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition noted that Dorchester had not submitted a milestone progress report.

Meanwhile, the environmental groups said that Wicomico County has secured $700-thousand in county and outside grants…to begin designing and installing clean-up measures.

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11:23 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Westbound Left Lane Reopens on Bay Bridge (Update)

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The left lane of westbound span of the Bay Bridge has been reopened after a serious two-vehicle accident shutdown traffic.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports there were injuries.

But motorists should still expect heavy traffic and authorities are recommending avoiding westbound US 50 at this time.

Motorists are advised to call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for current traffic conditions or on Twitter - TheMDTA.

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10:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Body Identified in Wicomico River in Salisbury City Park (Update 3)

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The man, whose body was recovered this morning from the east prong of the Wicomico River in Salisbury, has been identified as  25-year old Rodney Stevenson Jr.

Police say that he was taking a walk at around 9.30 a.m. this morning and somehow wound up in the river.

WBOC reports that police say soon thereafter someone spotted his body floating in the water west of the spillway near the pedestrian bridge in Salisbury Park.

At the scene police told reporters that there appeared to have been an injury to the back of his head.

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9:07 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council.

The council is meeting Monday in Annapolis. The council is scheduled to sign an agreement to update a 14-year-old plan to guide restoration and conservation in the bay's six-state watershed.

Among the issues the plan covers is how the states and the federal government will address the impact of climate change on the nation's largest estuary.

A meeting is scheduled in the statehouse. That will be followed by a news conference at the Annapolis City Dock.

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8:46 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Paving Closes I-95 Lanes near Brandwine

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I-95 from the south end of Brandywine Bridge to the Concord Pike exit will only allow one lane to pass from midnight to 5 a.m. through midweek.

The Concord Exit will be open to traffic during construction.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says its crews will be out paving the road that drivers should expect delays.

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8:32 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Big Summer Demand Expected at Food Bank of Delaware

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Food Bank of Delaware is preparing for some of its highest demand as school lets out for the summer.

The number of meals reportedly quadruples, for the Food Bank, throughout the First State during the summer.

The charity has a summer food service program to help fill the loss of meals that children receive at school. It serves day care centers, churches, camps and other sites where children need food.

To qualify, at least half the children at a site must qualify for free or reduced price school lunches.

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7:56 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Virginia Wheat Forecast Up

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State agriculture officials say this year's winter wheat crop is expected to be larger than what they forecast in May.

But the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says this year's winter wheat crop is still expected to be smaller than last year's crop.

Growers are expected to produce 16.4 million bushels this year. That's 3 percent higher than the May forecast. But the revised forecast is 4 percent decline from 2013's crop.

Virginia's winter wheat average yield is expected to remain unchanged at 62 bushels per acre.

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7:45 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Virginia, Providing More Info on Alzheimer's

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia is revamping its Alzheimer's initiative website to provide more information to patients, physicians and caregivers.

The retooled website will be launched this summer. The News & Advance reports that the website will include an Alzheimer's database with information on everything from care giving to cognitive impairment.

The website also will give primary-care physicians access to lists of Alzheimer's specialists and clinics that can do memory assessments.

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7:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Assessing Damage from Western Maryland Flood

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CLEAR SPRING, Md. (AP) - Officials have been assessing the damage from a massive flood that damaged dozens of homes in the western Maryland community of Clear Spring last week.

Town Councilman Theodore Hovermale tells The Herald Mail he had never seen water come up so quickly. He says he doesn't remember flooding as severe since the 1940s or 1950s.

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7:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Fishermen Rescued Off Virginia Eastern Shore

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CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Two fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Officials say 64-year-old Bonatacio Montalvo and 27-year-old Jose Rosales were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia after the Coast Guard rescued them Sunday morning.

A third fisherman, Eduardo Montalvo, swam to shore and called 911 after the boat sank around 3:25 a.m. Sunday. He declined medical treatment.

The boat sank 2 miles off the coast of Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles.

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11:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Hiking Penalties for Handheld Cell Use While Driving in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed increase in the first-time penalty for using a handheld cell phone or other electronic device while driving is making progress in the Delaware General Assembly. 

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday that would boost the penalty for first-time offenders from $50 to $75. Repeat offenders face fines of $200.

The bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Joe Miro.

The legislation now heads to the Senate.

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10:26 am
Fri June 13, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits Closed I-495 Bridge

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is getting a look at an interstate bridge in Delaware that is closed because of damage to several supporting columns.

State officials ordered the emergency closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington on June 2 after discovering that the columns were tilting. Foxx was to tour the site Friday afternoon.

Engineers believe that a massive dirt mound dumped next to the bridge may have caused underground soils to shift, damaging nearby columns.

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10:07 am
Fri June 13, 2014

State Funds to Cut Bay and River Pollution in Wicomico County

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Wicomico County got a $545-thousand dollars this week from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to cut its pollution into the Chesapeake Bay and major waterways.

The county is taking aim at five county-owned sites with 8 pollution-reducing projects to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments that flow into the Bay and the rivers.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lee Beauchamp, the county’s director of Public Works, says officials are still working out the logistics and funding.

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9:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Bodenweiser Admits Showing Porn to Molestation Accuser

Eric Bodenweiser
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Former state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser took the stand in his sexual molestation trial and admitted that he did show his accuser adult movies – which he called “a horrible mistake.”

But he denied any sexual wrong doing.

Bodenweiser said that in 1991 he found his alleged accuser had broken into his house and looking at a copy of Playboy in his bedroom and initially told him to leave.

But eventually, he said, he allowed the boy who was 14 years old at the time to watch pornographic videos in his home. 

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8:58 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Kicking Off Smart Walk Program In Ocean City

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Ocean City kicked off it Walk Smart program yesterday with local officials and resort police during an event to encourage bicycle safety as well as pedestrian safety.

Officials credited the program with reducing by 50% the number of pedestrian incidents on the highways.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were no pedestrian fatalities on Coastal Highway last year.

Mayor Rick Meehan attributed the success of the program to the effort by everyone from local police to town employees who wore Walk Smart T-shirt to work on Fridays during the summer.

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8:46 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Punkin Chunkin Could Be Coming to Dover's International Speedway

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The famed Punkin Chunkin event could be moving to Dover’s International Speedway this fall.

Earlier this year the event lost its venue near Bridgeville over liability issues.

The Speedway would provide a much bigger space that would allow the pumpkins to be shot further than ever before while generating revenue for the venue.

Gary Camp, a spokesman for the Speedway, told the Wilmington News Journal that events like the recent Firefly Music Festival and Punkin Chunkin were a natural fit.

He called it a win-win for everyone.

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8:33 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Doug Gansler Offers Tax Cut Plan in MD Governor's Race

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is proposing a middle class tax cut, as Maryland's primary in the governor's race is less than two weeks away.

Gansler on Thursday proposed the tax cut for households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. An individual would get a $200 income tax credit for 2016, 2017 and 2018 tax years. Families would get a $400 tax credit for each of those years.

Early voting began Thursday. It will continue for a week. Maryland's primary is June 24.

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