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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CLAYTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware police chief has lost his bid to suppress evidence from a DUI investigation.

The Delaware State News reports that Clayton Police Chief Brian C. Hill argued that state troopers hadn't established probable cause before conducting an intoxilyzer test on him last August. Hill pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain a single lane in October.

In a 10-page opinion, the judge pointed to testimony that quoted Hill as saying, "This is totally my fault."

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say eight people have died of suspected overdoses over four days in the state.

The Department of Health and Social Services announced the string of deaths Tuesday and Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker urged people who actively use drugs to seek treatment immediately and carry naloxone, an overdose antidote. Walker says the deaths since Friday involved men and women from their 20s to their 50s in all three counties. She says the "horrific toll shows that no one in active use is immune from the risk of death in our state."

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Former Baltimore Police Officer Arthur Williams has been charged with first and second-degree assault and misconduct in office for the beating of Dashawn McGrier.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the announcement yesterday saying that a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Williams, a newly sworn probationary officer, resigned on Sunday after community reaction to the incident.

The second officer seen on a video of the incident will not be charged.

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After a preliminary investigation the University of Maryland announced that it was taking responsibility for the death of 19 year-old football player Jordon McNair.

It also announced that it has fired football strength coach Rick Court.

Head football coach DJ Durkin remains on the job but school officials said that the investigation is continuing and promises that it will be independent.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Republican congressman in Virginia has pulled out of a debate with his Democratic challenger because he says the public radio station hosting the forum is biased.

U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor said Tuesday that he looks forward to debating Democrat Elaine Luria sometime this fall. But he said it won't be on Norfolk-based WHRO-TV or its sister news station WHRV-FM.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A health insurance carrier is re-entering the markets of 42 Virginia localities next year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports roughly 70 percent of Virginia's 132 cities and counties have only one carrier, and the re-entry by Anthem Healthkeepers will decrease the amount to 45 percent.

All but seven of the localities Anthem is returning to have one carrier. Charlottesville, Hampton Roads and the Piedmont are among the areas it's going back to.

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Too many feral cats in Kent County?

The Levy Court Commissioners have decided to spend $10-thousand aimed at four cat colonies in central Delaware.

WBOC reports that the Trap, Neuter and Return program will focus on 200 feral cats.

And it will be carried out by the Faithful Friends group.

The hope is to reduce the feral cat population that has been damaging homes, cars and gardens.

Commissioner Jody Sweeny told the television station that the Faith Friends will provide month updates and present their findings to the public in December.

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A new report has found that Kathleen Davies second in commander under state Auditor Tom Wagner violated financial standards and appears to have created a hostile work environment.

Those are the conclusions of a report called, “Investigation into Actions of the Chief Administrative Auditor”.

The Wilmington News Journal says that while Wagner was absent due to medical procedures the report says Davies signed documents in his names, accessed his email and awarded a $20-thousand contract to a friend.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia are gearing up for an intense enforcement period to combat drunken driving during the end of summer.

Beginning Friday and continuing through Labor Day, approximately 89 law enforcement agencies will operate 94 checkpoints and 612 saturation patrols around the state.

In 2017, 248 people in Virginia died as a result of drinking-related incidents. During last year's Labor Day weekend, Virginia roads saw 703 alcohol-impaired traffic injuries.

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Next year the Georgetown area will be getting a new renewable energy plant.

CleanBay Renewables will recycle 90-thousand tons of chicken manure next year.

That will mean transporting nearly 300 tons a day.

WBOC reports that company’s press release says that the facility will generate 5 megawatts of electricity for the Delaware Electric Cooperative.

The facility will also remove phosphorous from the chicken manure after which it will be sent to farmers in the Midwest.

The plant will employ 15-to-20 workers.

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