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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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - It's time for one of the hottest traditional events on Maryland's political calendar, especially in an election year.

The 42nd Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Wednesday in Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat festival draws politicians from across the state to eat, mingle and sweat on the Eastern Shore in Somerset County.

It all happens in an asphalt parking lot by a marina, where the smell of seafood wafts in the air.

The governor's office and all of the state's 188 legislative seats are on the November ballot.

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It’s that time of year again for the Delaware State Fair.

Thousands are expected to flock to Harrington for musical acts, rides and some examples of husbandry.

The 10 day event opens its gates at noon with rides beginning at 5 p.m.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Toby Keith will open the fair’s musical lineup on the M&T Bank Grandstand stage.

Returning to the fair will be the Roost Beer & Wine Garden which will also feature music.

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There have been more than 300 rescues by the beach patrol in Ocean City over the weekend.

City officials say there were 123 on Friday and 142 on Saturday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the beach patrol said that number then dropped to 59 by Sunday as the rip currents subsided.

Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin says that if you are caught in a rip current you should swim sideways.

If that does not work, he says, a lifeguard will come out with a hand buoy.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has a new president.

Heidi Anderson will take over effective September 2st and she replaces Juliette Bell who left the post in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she has two decades of experience in higher education including as former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University.

At that institution she oversaw a $35 million budget and 22 academic departments.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware pool manager who asked Muslim children to leave a pool because of their clothing says her action was not discriminatory.

The News Journal reports that Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee, says she was following well-known guidance that cotton clogs pool filters, even though there may not be a written no-cotton policy.

Tahsiyn Ismaa'eel brought Muslim campers wearing cotton shirts, shorts and headscarves to the pool and they were asked to get out. She says no such rule was posted, and it was enforced in a discriminatory way.

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The FBI says that Maryland elections officials should be concerned about a company called Bytegrid LLC.

The company manages part of the state’s voting system.

WBOC reports that federal officials say a Russian investor with ties to Moscow is a part owner of the company.

Governor Larry Hogan has asked Homeland Security for help in looking into the system’s security to make sure election returns and voter information have not been compromised.

A statement from the company said that their investors play no role in its operations.

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A building in downtown Salisbury could be about to get a lot taller.  

Nick Simpson told the city council that he wants to build student apartments at 132 East Main Street adding six more stories to the existing four story building.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he hopes to have the project completed by the end of 2019.

Simpson told the council this week that there would be retail space on the first floor with four and two bedroom units above.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Native American tribe in Delaware is seeking to reclaim land and establish sovereignty.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Lenape Indian tribe wants to own the lands of an ancestral church, cemetery and schoolhouse where its children were taught before desegregation. The tribe currently owns a vacant lot near the Dover church that spans about one half-acre. Chief Dennis Coker says he wants to build a community center on part of the land.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The judge overseeing Baltimore police reform is questioning whether the police department has the resources or leadership to comply with its agreement with federal officials.

The Baltimore Sun reports that in an order granting an extension for submitting draft policies last week, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said the department's "good faith" isn't in question, but there are concerns about its "ability to deliver on its promises."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Surprise medical bills are on the rise and Del. Kathy Byron, chair of the legislature's Health Insurance Reform Commission, says Virginia's legislature will act to better protect consumers.

The Daily Press reports that the panel heard Monday from insurers and health care providers about balance billing problems.

State law bars in-network doctors or hospitals from separately billing patients for more than the negotiated rate, but it doesn't apply to providers who aren't in a network.

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