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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Another large chicken house has been proposed.

This time on Peerless Road off U.S. Route 13 in Worcester County.  

The permit for construction of the concentrated animal feeding operation has been approved.

Now the Maryland Department of the Environment must sign off on a water discharge permit.

But environmentalists are requesting a public hearing with the state officials so they could hear the concerns of the residents.  

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Hundreds of people marched in Seaford – many with signs reading,”Justice for Germani”.

The march comes after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was struck and killed by a car driven by Dwayne McConnell.

McConnell is now out on a $61-hundred bond and faces charges ranging from operating a vehicle causing the death of another person and inattentive driving to leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report a collision that resulted death.

He was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Underwater grasses that provide vital places for fish and crab to dwell and hide from predators covered more than 100,000 acres of the Chesapeake Bay last year.

News outlets reported Tuesday that the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found more than 104,000 acres of grasses across the estuary. It was a third straight year grass acreage grew, gaining by 5 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Chesapeake Bay Program officials say survey results show that its work with bay watershed states to limit pollution flowing into the waterways is working.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a "red flag" bill allowing authorities in Delaware to seize guns from a person deemed by a mental health provider to be a danger to themselves or others.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday after unanimous approval by the House last month.

Under the bill, police who are alerted by a mental health provider could immediately ask a Justice of the Peace magistrate for a temporary order requiring the person to surrender any firearms or ammunition if there's probable cause that he or she is dangerous.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers are eyeing a proposal to make Delaware's official state song gender neutral.

A bill to be considered by a House committee on Wednesday removes the phrase "Here's the loyal son that pledges Faith to good old Delaware" and replaces it with "Hear the loyal pledge we offer to the first state Delaware."

The song would still refer, however, to "cheeks of merry maidens."


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Senator Chris Coons left the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee choking back tears this week.

The Delaware Democrat decided to vote present on the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he did so in order to spare his Republican colleague Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia from rushing back from a funeral of a close friend.

Committee chair Bob Corker (R-TN) welcomed the gesture noting that it was a welcome break from the partisan tension that has gripped Capitol Hill.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia GOP state lawmaker says he's not going and run for mayor of Virginia Beach because he doesn't want Republicans to lose their slim majority in the House of Delegates.

Del. Glenn Davis announced Tuesday that he's decided not to run. Davis said he had "significant concern" that his departure from the House would alter the partisan balance of power.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The state of Virginia is developing a new data-driven way to prioritize what parcels of land should be a top priority for conservation.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the new strategy Tuesday.

Matt Strickler is the state's secretary of natural resources. He says the new analysis method will weigh factors like biodiversity, water quality protection and high-value forest cores.

Strickler says the system should be up and running in a "matter of months." He says it's too soon to say what parcels of land will be a top priority. 

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The Salisbury University campus Republicans are campaigning for an upgrade in Maryland's electric grid as part of a national effort to push for more clean energy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports they are doing so even as the Trump administration has turned its back on climate change.

The election is on for a Lower Shore senate seat.

And it’s showing up as a flyer charging incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias as favoring mobile “drug dens” where people can “legally shoot up heroin.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the flyer has been paid for by the Maryland Republican Party.

Mathias told the paper that this was a distortion of his record.

The Lower Shore Democrat did support a bill that was pulled that would have provided so-called clean rooms for drug addicts which Mathias said have been successful in Europe and other U.S. states.