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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's Republican governor says he believes a full investigation is needed into allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Amelia Chasse, Gov. Larry Hogan's spokeswoman, said Thursday that "the governor believes there needs to be a full investigation before the process moves forward."

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OCEAN PINES, Md. (AP) - A Maryland town besieged by birds is calling on goose busters - more commonly known as border collies.

The Ocean Pines Association voted earlier this year to euthanize around 300 of the Canadian geese to protect local water quality. The tactic both angered residents and proved largely ineffective.

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There is growing concern among parents about a railroad track near the Phillis Wheatley Elementary school in Bridgeville.

They note that the tracks are in constant use and pose a safety risk to the children who walk to school.

WBOC reports one parent said that in one instance the train moved back and forth on the tracks stranding the children for at least 45 minutes.

Some parents hoped that the train schedules could be adjusted to accommodate the students.

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OGLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police say they've identified two suspects in a school shooting threat at a Delaware middle school in Ogletown.

Master Cpl. Michael Austin of Delaware State Police tells The News Journal of Wilmington that the Instagram post references someone bringing a gun to "shoot the school" Wednesday. Parent Sherrie Messick Scully says she reported the posting to police. She then shared screenshots of the post online along with messages between her daughter and the person who posted the threat.

The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City will be getting some repair work done over the next three years.

The problem is rust due to the weather which could produce some structural damage.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration said it should not be of any great concern to motorists.

Officials added they do not expect any closures while the work is being done.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville says it spent more than $921,000 on public safety work related to the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally.

The city released a cost estimate Thursday and said it filed a notice with the state earlier this month indicating that it's interested in applying for emergency relief.

Officials say more than 375 city employees were involved in public safety operations and the city spent $600,000 more this year than last, in part, because they anticipated a full weekend of activities.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is showing the works of art illustrator Billy Graham whose ground breaking work included the now acclaimed Black Panther series.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Graham family has been in the possession of art that was not known to have existed.

But with the science fiction film that attracted millions a decision was made by the school’s art gallery to display some of his work.

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Fleur McKendell is charging sexist and racist behavior by the Delaware state insurance commissioner and his appointees.

WBOC reports that the 38-year-old manager in the state insurance department claimed that she experienced unwanted comments and touching State Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and his subordinates.

She said that not only did she experience comments about her clothing but also unwanted touching of her hands and hair.

In addition, she claims that she experienced retaliation resulting in a hostile work environment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland state school board will allow non-educators to be appointed as superintendents of school systems.

The Baltimore Sun reports the board approved the new regulation Tuesday, in the face of protest from state educators and the association representing local school boards.

Last year, the board set up a task force to look at allowing local school boards to find "exceptional" leaders outside education circles.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been injured in an explosion at a laboratory at the University of Delaware.

The incident occurred early Wednesday afternoon at Brown Hall, a science building in the center of the campus.

University spokesman Peter Bothum says two graduate students received minor injuries in the incident and were taken to a hospital.

Bothum says the students were conducting an experiment involving chromium oxide when an explosion occurred in a fume hood.

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Wicomico County officials met last night for their fifth Take Back Our Community event.

And Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC that with opioid deaths up by 27 percent over the last year the problem is not going away.

Opioid overdoses this year for Wicomico County are up to 82 with 16 deaths.

But officials expressed disappointment that not many in the community showed up for the meeting.

Lewis told the television station that he believes the community has become desensitized to the problem.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have picked five companies to open the state's first medical cannabis dispensaries.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that after more than five hours of private discussion Tuesday, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy gave initial approval to five of the 51 applicants. Each of the state's five health service areas will feature a dispensary.

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(AP) Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates continued to trade insults in a chippy second debate.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart faced off Wednesday in northern Virginia in a debate that was broadcast on TV stations statewide.

They picked up where they left off in their first debate in July.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to consider proposed new legislative maps ahead of a court-ordered deadline.

A House committee will meet Thursday to take up maps aimed at fixing districts a federal court found were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports House Republican leaders said Wednesday they've crafted a potential compromise map that has the support of at least four Democratic lawmakers. Democratic leaders say they are reviewing the latest proposal. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore school officials say two students brought guns to school and that one gun was fired in a restroom.

News outlets report no one was hurt when the gun was fired at the Maree Garnett Farring Elementary/Middle School bathroom Wednesday.

Principal Benjamin Crandall says the gun was fired while the students were playing and the weapons weren't used to threaten anyone.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week.

An Associated Press review of firearms-related legislation shows many state legislatures across the country mostly fell back into predictable and partisan patterns after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.

Maryland was one of the Democratically-controlled legislatures in states with already strict gun-control laws that approved new ones.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has nixed an appeal by state officials in a case involving an environmental group's challenge of permit requirements for large poultry operations.

The judge on Monday denied the state's request to send the case directly to Delaware's Supreme Court. The judge said the request was both untimely and did not meet legal standards for interlocutory appeals.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware charter school focused on preparing students for public safety careers has abruptly shut its doors.
News outlets report the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security announced its closure on Tuesday, nearly a month into the school year and just days before the Sept. 30 public school enrollment deadline.
The school, which graduated its first class in 2015, has struggled with enrollment and maintaining academic standards. The Delaware Department of Education had put the school on probation in March.

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The 2017 Coastal Bay Report Card has given its high grade ever from Ocean City down to Chincoteague.

It is the first time that the inland bays received an overall grade in the B range.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the grade for the inland bays over the last four years has remained a C-plus.

But this year it inched up to a B-minus.

Bill Dennison, a professor of Marine Science at University of Maryland, told the Salisbury Daily Times that this was the first time in 32 years that the report has gotten over the hump.

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The Tex-Mex restaurant Don Pablo’s has closed its doors after nearly 20 years in business near the Christiana Mall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the decision came without warning with one employee telling the paper that Sunday was the last night.

The News Journal reports that the health department said it did not close the business and a message left with the corporate office was not answered.

The restaurant chain was established in the mid-1990’s and has 135 franchises in 22 states.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - FBI crime statistics place Baltimore's homicide rate above that of any other U.S. city with a population over 500,000.

Citing crime data released Monday, The Baltimore Sun reports that the 342 homicides in the city last year yielded a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people.

Among big U.S. cities, Baltimore was followed by Detroit, which recorded a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people; Memphis, Tennessee, with a rate of 28 per 100,000 and Chicago, with a rate of 24 per 100,000.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man serving 35 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 17 years old is seeking commutation of his sentence.

The request by Byron Dickerson is among several to be considered by the Delaware Board of Pardons, which meets Thursday in Dover. Dickerson was initially sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1990 contract killing of Kevin Brown, who was his girlfriend's brother.

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state board tasked with developing plans for a cancer research and treatment center is set to convene for the first time.

The Henrietta Lacks Commission is named for Henrietta Lacks, a Virginia woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in groundbreaking research. It will meet Wednesday in South Boston.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials say more than 70 buildings have been damaged or destroyed during a storm that spawned at least 10 tornadoes in Virginia from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Chesterfield County was hit hardest Sept. 17, with 47 structures damaged or destroyed. Officials say the estimated dollar loss of the 47 building sustaining structural damage in the county exceeded $1.8 million.

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Maryland's gubernatorial candidates clashed last night during their one and only debate. Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous attacked each in a display of fiery rhetorical fireworks. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush monitored the broadcast by Maryland Public Television and files this report.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia and the Army Corps of Engineers have finalized an agreement to build a 500-foot jetty on Tangier Island to help protect a navigation channel and harbor.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the agreement Monday and said the new jetty would help the island's seafood industry. The jetty is expected to cost about $2.6 million, and the state will cover about 20 percent.

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A mobile home community hear Rehoboth Beach has been told not to drink the water – not unless it has been boiled.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that E. coli has been found in samples of the water.

Tests from the Rehoboth Bay Community water system found the contamination on September 21st.

The company has shut down one of its wells until it has been disinfected.

Anyone with symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea or other effects should contact their doctor right away.

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Judge W. Newton Jackson has recused himself from a firefighter’s lawsuit against the city of Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the firefighter’s attorney Bruce Bright said that Jackson had links to others in the suit.

The paper reports the decision is not expected to affect any of his rulings in the case.

Bright noted that a member of the judge’s former law firm had been involved in the Lacy Fund which distributes money for the three volunteer fire companies.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general is delving into confidential records of the Roman Catholic Church as part of an investigation into child sex abuse allegations in the Baltimore archdiocese.

In a Monday letter to Catholic clergy, Archbishop William Lori writes the archdiocese was informed by Attorney General Brian Frosh of "an investigation of records related to the sexual abuse of children."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit over a state mandate for political balance on Delaware's courts.

Federal appellate judges in Philadelphia were to hear arguments Tuesday in an appeal filed by Democratic Gov. John Carney, who's challenging a ruling by a federal judge in Wilmington. The judge declared that the political balance provision violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by restricting government employment based on political affiliation.