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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The fate of former Forty-Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick has roused a national movement with players in not just the professional leagues bending down on one knee during the National Anthem to protest the treatment of African Americans by police. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush took up the issue with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie to examine the issue that has not hit the NFL.

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The Salisbury Police will be looking at surveillance footage that may lead to the identities of seven people who physically assaulted four Salisbury University students.

WBOC reports that the incident took place last Saturday when the students were in the drive through.

The students say they were surrounded by seven men wearing white T-shirts.

The television station reports that three of the students were injured.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hospitals in Maryland have started trying to reduce the number of highly addictive opioid drugs that are prescribed.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that Anne Arundel Health System hopes to cut such prescriptions in half by 2019. 

Anne Arundel joins hospitals across the region and state that are trying to fight against the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

Health systems officials recently conducted a review of opioid prescriptions among its doctors. It found wide disparities in how much was prescribed, even for the same health condition.

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Now that the municipal elections are over the Dewey Beach Town Commission will take up the case of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

It comes a week after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and improper conduct in office.

The probe found there was not enough evidence to immediately suspend or terminate Appelbaum.

The investigating attorney said that some of the most serious complaints occurred three or four years ago.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it has reached a settlement with officials of a southern Delaware town in a lawsuit over its restrictions on political signs.

The ACLU sued the town of Milton in May on behalf of a retired schoolteacher who had posted four signs on her property after the November 2016 elections with messages including "Love Trumps Hate" and "Women's Rights Human Rights."

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A decision to resume recreational time for the inmates of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has some prison guards concerned there may not be enough staff to handle the activity.

The inmates at the maximum security prison would have 17 and a-half hours a week.

The policy is part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware.

But it was suspended following the prison uprising earlier this year that resulted in the death of prison guard Steven Floyd.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that mobilized black voters for Hillary Clinton plans spend more than $1 million in Virginia ahead of November's closely watched governor's race.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Black Progressive Action Coalition plans to spend $600,000 on voter education. An affiliated political action committee plans to spend $500,000 on mailers and digital ads.

The money will be spent on behalf of Democrats on the statewide ticket. That includes gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a $9 billion plan to widen Interstate 270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

Hogan said Thursday the work on the three major state highways will reduce congestion for millions of drivers.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Morgan State University has honored a Philadelphia journalist for his reporting on a black inmate who spent 37 years in solitary confinement.

The historically black school in Baltimore said Thursday in a statement that reporter Mensah M. Dean humanized convicted killer while exposing injustices in the prison system.

Dean is a reporter for the Philadelphia Media Network. His stories appear in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and on Philly.com.

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The business community is pulling together to create the Foundation for Wicomico Public Schools that will provide assistance to improve the local educational system.

The non-profit is being organized by the Greater Salisbury Committee and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Dunn, president and CEO of the Committee, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the concept is in its infancy.

He says the goal is to get business involved in the educational system and to improve the image of the public school education.

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Republicans in the House are moving to cut as much as $1 dollar for every $6 dollars that are now slated to help restore the Chesapeake Bay

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte has also authored a measure that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the cleanup plan.

The legislation has been approved along party lines but Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris and 12 other Republicans voted against his amendment.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An investigation is under way after a state trooper in Maryland fired his gun at a juvenile suspect.

State police said in a statement Wednesday that the teen was not hit. Police said the trooper thought the suspect was reaching for a gun in his waistband during a foot chase. No weapon was recovered.

Police said incident began early Wednesday outside Salisbury, Maryland. The trooper was patrolling Route 12 when a Chevy Equinox almost struck his patrol car.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is offering new correctional officers $5,000 to join the department.

Secretary Stephen T. Moyer will announce the incentives program on Thursday in the Jail Industries building.

Recruits will receive $2,000 for completing officer training academy, and an additional $3,000 after completing a one-year probationary period.

The department already offers $500 to officers who refer successful candidates. 

Officials hope the incentives will help ease understaffing woes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's longest-serving House Speaker says he has no plans to step down despite a recent liver transplant.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Michael E. Busch returned to his office in Annapolis last month after recovering from the procedure.     

He said he's willing and able to continue his reign as speaker in January. He also said he'll be running for a ninth term in the legislature.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Attorneys General Association plans to give $300,000 to the campaign of Virginia attorney general challenger John Adams.

Taylor Keeney, a spokeswoman for the Adams campaign, told The Associated Press that the contribution will be announced by RAGA on Thursday.

The donation brings the group's total contribution to the Adams campaign to $800,000 as the Republican candidate tries to unseat Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - Officials in a Virginia county told residents that they cannot force a private property owner to remove a huge Confederate flag that flies on a 90-foot (27-meter) flagpole.

Some two dozen residents attended the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night. They urged officials to either remove the flag, which measures 30 feet by 22 feet (9 meters to 6 meters), or regulate its size.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Baltimore police officers who were recently indicted on federal fraud charges are now being sued by a woman who says they falsely arrested her husband and stole $20,000 from them.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Nancy Hamilton has sued four officers who are part of the department's Gun Trace Task Force and were earlier this year charged with unlawfully arresting and robbing residents, as well as filing for overtime they didn't work.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.  

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A restaurant owner in Maryland's state capital has defeated a longtime state senator in the Democratic mayoral primary in Annapolis.

Gavin Buckley, who's making his first run for public office, campaigned as a candidate with new ideas.

State Sen. John Astle, who has represented Annapolis in the state Senate for more than 20 years, conceded the race Tuesday night, less than an hour after poll close.

Incumbent Mayor Mike Pantelides cruised to victory over attorney Nevin Young in the Republican primary.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Dogs from storm-battered Florida have been airlifted to Delaware to make room for pets separated from their families during Hurricane Irma.

The News Journal reports 18 dogs were taken to Delaware on Monday's flight, which had more than 100 and made deliveries to other locations.

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The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning for Kent and Sussex Counties until 2 p.m. and in Worcester and Accomack Counties until 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Delmarva was hit with waves and storm surge from Hurricane Jose’ yesterday as it passed by hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

Flooding caused the closure of Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach yesterday morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the southbound lanes and one northbound lane were reopened by around noon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says a revived Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act won't work for Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would "cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens."

The effort to repeal the health care law in Washington has taken on new life after it seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

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Jeffrey Dean of Salisbury is suing the Berlin Fire Company for a half a million dollars.

The former paramedic who served from 2005 to 2013 claims that he was harassed and experienced retaliation.

In the end, he says, it all led to his termination.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Dean claims Zackery Tyndall was assigned to him and was told to teach him to ”keep his mouth shut”.

The lawsuit says that Tyndall was subject to nonconsensual physical sexual contact, harassment and retaliation by fire company members who believed he was gay.

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Senator Chris Coons has co-sponsored a measure that would keep special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired as he investigates whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential campaign.

The Delaware Democrat’s measure would allow Mueller to challenge such a firing in federal court.

Under the measure a panel of judges would have 14 days to review the challenge.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Coons said that the measure is aimed at keeping the president from trying to protect himself by dismissing Mueller.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Cancer patients in Delaware will soon have more treatment option under legislation being signed by Gov. John Carney.

A bill to be signed Wednesday requires health insurers to cover any medically appropriate drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of stage 4 metastatic cancer and other cancers without requiring proof that the patient failed to respond to a different drug or drugs.

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Delaware’s jobless rate rose to 4.9 percent last month.

This is the fourth increase in the seasonally adjusted rate in the last five months.

And it is above the national average of 4.4 percent.

WBOC reports that Kent County had the highest rate of the state’s three counties at 6 percent.

New Castle County was next with 5.3 percent.

Sussex County had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent.

The television station reports that the Department of Labor said there was growth in the health care and hospitality industries over the last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he will not run for governor.

Published reports quoted Gansler as saying he has no plans to enter the crowded Democratic primary for next year's election.

Gansler unsuccessfully ran against then-Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor.

He is now a partner in the Washington law firm of Buckley Sandler. Gansler served eight years as Maryland's attorney general. He also was Montgomery County's state's attorney for eight years.

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AP)- The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor argued over taxes, President Donald Trump and what the state should do with its numerous Confederate statues.

Republican Ed Gillespie said at a debate in Northern Virginia on Tuesday that he's the only candidate with a sense of urgency and the right policies, which include cutting taxes to improve the state's economy, which he said is floundering.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Former vice president Joe Biden says Americans are capable of finding ways to harness automation and technological advances to spur job growth and creation, not just worrying about robots replacing humans.

During a discussion on job creation and the economy Tuesday at the University of Delaware, Biden said Americans have always been able to bend change to the greater good.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware have identified a woman who died Tuesday after her car collided with a school bus.

State police said in a statement Wednesday that the woman was 45-year-old Kelly A. Brandenburg of Smyrna, Delaware.

There were no children on the bus at the time. The bus driver was uninjured.

Police are continuing to investigate. The wreck occurred Tuesday at about 6 a.m. on Route 13 just north of Smyrna. The school bus was pulling onto 13 when it collided with Brandenburg's Kia Spectra.

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