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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Health is encouraging residents to get their annual flu shots.

State health officials gathered Wednesday to highlight the importance of the vaccine and to get their own flu shots.

Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver said everyone six months and older should get a flu shot. He said influenza can be a serious illness, and even mild cases can lead to lost time at work or with friends and family.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Gov. John Carney's nominations for five judgeships.

The judgeships approved Wednesday include Morgan Zurn and Kathaleen McCormick as vice chancellors in the Court of Chancery, which was recently expanded from five judges to seven.

Zurn has served as a Master on the Court of Chancery, while McCormick has worked as an attorney specializing in corporate matters.

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The head basketball coach at Salisbury University Andy Sachs is now on leave.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far it is not clear why.

The paper also reports that Sachs was unavailable for comment as of Tuesday afternoon.

For the moment Brian McDermott will be the interim coach…according to a press release by the university’s Director of Athletics Gerry DiBartolo.  

McDermott is a former local basketball coach at Mardela High School, Stephen Decatur and Sussex Tech.

He is also an alumni of Salisbury University.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Four California men described as "serial rioters" are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they flew across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year and violently attacked counter protesters. 

Federal agents arrested the men Tuesday. Prosecutors identified them as members of the Rise Above Movement, a militant white supremacist group they said espouses anti-Semitic and other racist views and meets regularly to train in boxing and other fighting techniques.

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A Sussex Central High School student was subjected to a Taser by a school resources officer on Monday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 17-year old male student was reported to have been involved in a fight with two staff members.

As a result Delaware State Police said that the resource officer used the Taser to subdue him.

The student is described as failing to comply with verbal commands and began hitting, biting and grabbing a hold of the officer’s gun belt.

The student was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police say two people have been arrested outside of Maryland Rep. Andy Harris' office during a protest, and the congressman's office says Harris bruised his wrist as protesters tried to force a door open.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and GOP challenger Corey Stewart are traded accusations of hypocrisy and bad faith in a campaign debate heavily focused on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and some members of Congress.

The pair squared off Tuesday in Richmond in their third and final debate, televised statewide.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam says he's going to veto a GOP-drawn map aimed at fixing an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

Northam said Tuesday the GOP-led General Assembly's redrawing effort is too partisan and a federal court is best situated to draw a new legislative map.

A House committee voted along party lines last week to advance a GOP-drawn map that supporters say does not unfairly advantage either major political party. Opponents said the map is unfair to African-American voters.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The driver of a tractor-trailer has been charged by Virginia authorities after his rig struck the ceiling of a tunnel of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports a spokesman said the truck put a large gash in the ceiling Monday. Authorities say an 11-ton piece of equipment fell off the truck, causing an approximately 17-hour delay before the tunnel was cleared.  

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There’s a new Delaware law that allows for the care of feral cats colonies.

But WBOC reports that the measure requires that they get sterilized and vaccinated.

This allows cats to be sent into the wild by caretakers who are not owners.

The television station reports that the measure is aimed at preventing the relocation of feral cats to coastal areas that are visited by migratory birds.

This includes Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Fort DuPont.

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Senator Chris Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he had more concerns about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh than the sexual allegations now being investigated by the FBI.

The Delaware Democrat said he was worried about Kavanaugh’s broad view of executive powers including the ability of the chief executive to fire a special counsel such as in the Russia investigation.

Coons also said he was concerned that the nominee would severely limit a woman’s right to an abortion to the point of being meaningless.

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Senator Mark Warner says he has changed his mind when it comes to a nationwide ban on assault weapons.

The Huffington Post is reporting that the Virginia Democrat is now calling for the enactment of such legislation as the nation marks the one year anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Warner says he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

But in an op-ed in the Washington Post he writes that he has come to this decision after the failure of congress to take any real action against mass shootings.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities and mental health professionals already have been training to implement a new law that enables courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people found to be a risk to themselves or others.

The new red flag law takes effect Monday on the one-year anniversary of the nation's deadliest mass shooting in modern history in Las Vegas.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are eyeing changes to Delaware's prevailing wage regulations, which govern what workers are paid on public workers projects.

Officials are accepting written comments through next week on the proposed changes.

The prevailing wage law sets pay scales, often driven by union wages, for laborers on public works projects. Critics say it unnecessarily and artificially drives up taxpayer costs on government construction projects.

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House candidate Scott Walker got himself in an awkward situation.

The Delaware Republican broadcast video of himself on Friday during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

WBOC reports that Walker admits he did not warn anyone he was broadcasting live on Facebook.

Cellphone use is generally discouraged at the meetings.

Walker said he took care not to show any faces but his and said he was just trying bring attention to drug attention which he accuses Democratic incumbent Lisa Blunt-Rochester of ignoring.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by Maryland's largest union for a preliminary injunction to stop Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign from using an apple logo to show support by teachers.

Hogan's campaign said Monday the ruling by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge means it can still use an apple image as a universally known symbol for education on campaign material.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering residents the option to upgrade their driver's licenses to meet federal requirements that will affect plane travelers.

Virginia licenses aren't currently compliant with the federal REAL ID program, which was enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks. Beginning in October 2020, noncompliant IDs won't be sufficient for boarding a plane or entering secure federal facilities or military bases.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Barack Obama has endorsed Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland.

The former president announced the endorsement on Monday.

Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP, was one of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislature endorsed by Obama in his second round of endorsements for the midterm elections.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named the state's first anti-human trafficking director.

Hogan announced Monday that Laurie Culkin will be an advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims.

The position will be part of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Culkin will be responsible for coordinating supportive services for victims, as well as enforcement activities relating to human trafficking.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked a group of experts to advise him on how to fight the state's opioid epidemic.

Northam signed an executive order Friday establishing an advisory commission on opioids and addiction.

The governor, who is a pediatric neurologist, said the commission will review the state's current approach at curbing opioid abuse and offer feedback on ways to improve.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Christian TV network is entering the crowded world of 24-hour news broadcasting at a time when the mainstream news media is under increasing attack by President Donald Trump and some of his supporters, many of them evangelicals.

Gordon Robertson is CEO of The Christian Broadcasting Network. He is also a son of evangelist Pat Robertson.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A law requiring Maryland motorists to change lanes or slow down when passing work trucks is taking effect this week.

TV station WRC reports waste and recycling trucks, service vehicles and utilities vehicles are newly protected under the expanded "move over" law that kicks in Monday.

Previously, only emergency vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and tow trucks were covered.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says if it's impossible to switch lanes, drivers must slow down. Violations are a misdemeanor, and drivers are subject to a fine.

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“Disruptive” and “disappointing”.

Those were the words of one Ocean City official to describe the gathering of car enthusiasts for the unofficial H2Oi event over the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 26 arrests on Friday and 37 on Saturday.

Most of those were for peace and order crimes.

There were also a few DUI arrests.

The paper reports that by noon on Sunday there were 17 more arrests bringing the total to at least 80 for the weekend.

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If you’re taking off from the Salisbury Airport and looking for a deli you will be able to find one now.

Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli is opening up at the airport this morning at 10 a.m.

The owner Warren Rosenfeld told WBOC that it will have a smaller menu than the locations in Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City.

He said that there should be 15 to 20 hot and cold sandwiches.

Later on he hopes to be able to serve wine and beer.

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Delaware’s junior senator Chris Coons played a key role in hammering out a delay on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.

During an appearance on CBS’s “60 Minutes the Democrat sat with his Republican colleague Jeff Flake to describe that last minute decision by the Arizona senator.  

These two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee squeezed themselves into a phone booth to deal with Flake’s concerns over sexual harassment charges against the nominee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in a Maryland county say they are prepared to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should a victim come forward and file a criminal report.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and State's Attorney John McCarthy said in a letter Friday there have been no such reports filed that would lead to the initiation of a criminal investigation.

Manger and McCarthy were responding to a request for an investigation made earlier in the week by 11 Democratic state lawmakers.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker heading a subcommittee on the state's aging schools wants some of the sales tax collected from online purchases to go toward school construction.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, has proposed changing how school construction needs are funded. Construction costs are currently fronted by localities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House speaker says he plans to make campaign and other public appearances soon after recovering from an unscheduled bypass surgery.

Speaker Michael Busch told The Capital of Annapolis Friday that he has been undergoing physical therapy at a Baltimore hospital to rebuild his strength since the procedure earlier this month. He says he expects to return home Monday.

The 71-year-old was at the University of Maryland Medical Center Sept. 19 for a routine test. Busch says he was short of breath and experiencing chest pains.

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school district expects work to begin soon on the installation of solar panels at seven of its schools.

Gregory Troxell is Augusta County Public Schools' director of operations and maintenance. He tells The News Leader the district's 1.8-megawatt solar array will be the largest of any Virginia public school division.

Troxell says the panels will be installed by early December, with a few schools receiving panels as soon as next month.

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Senator Chris Coons says he is disturbed by the reaction that boys will be boys to testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a dramatic account from Christine Blasey Ford who said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while drinking heavily when they were in high school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat praised Ford for coming forward noting that it came at great personal cost.

He also noted that she had borne the memory of the alleged attack alone.