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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A moment of true empathy passed by this last holiday season as former Vice President Joe Biden comforted Meghan McCain whose father Senator John McCain is suffering from brain cancer. Delmarva Public Radio Essaying George Merrill remarks on the tenderness in these rancorous times.

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The Maryland legislative session began this week with battled expected to erupt between Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the Democratically led General Assembly. Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science at St. Mary's College assesses the issues as the state heads into an election year.

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In his State of the State address Governor John Carney told lawmakers that they must come together to solve the budget issues that are now facing the First State.

The Delaware Democrat said that they must also find ways to improve the economy and bring better education to the state’s children.

The governor warned lawmakers not to use one-time revenue shortfalls but rather focus on structural budgetary reforms.

Carney called for additional funding next year for to hire nearly 200 teachers to deal with the increase in the number of students attending school.

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Amazon will not be locating its second U.S. headquarters in Delaware.

The online retail giant offered up a list of 20 finalists and the First State was not among them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that instead Newark, New Jersey and Montgomery County Maryland were still in the running.

Meanwhile, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proposed an incentive package of more than $5 billion to lure Amazon to the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes congressional redistricting should be taken out of the hands of politicians, "regardless of who the governor is or what party's in power."

The Republican governor announced Thursday he would again push for a measure to put redistricting before a nonpartisan commission, despite the bill's failure to advance in recent years in the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. That prompted a question at a news conference about whether he would still support reform, if he is re-elected.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware are investigating a shooting that left two people with multiple gunshot wounds.

Middletown police say in a statement that officers arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon and found one victim before they were directed to a second victim in a nearby apartment complex. Both victims were taken to a hospital.

Police Capt. William Texter tells The News Journal that he's hopeful witnesses may come forward.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Mountaire Farms and elected officials told a gathering last night that they do not believe the poultry company is responsible for high levels of nitrates in wells near Millsboro.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mountaire Executive Vice President Michael Tirrell told the audience that he believe science will back up that claim.

He added that the company is willing to pay for drilling deep wells for property owners affected by groundwater contamination.

Meanwhile, Mountaire is designing a new wastewater facility with additional tanks to handle the flow.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland town's ordinance prohibiting topless women in public is being challenged by a lawsuit.

The Daily Times reports the suit filed Tuesday by five women in federal court includes Ocean City and several officials as defendants. Officials had unanimously passed the ordinance during an emergency session in June after the beach patrol said lifeguards would no longer approach and scold women who are topless.

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The effort to get a statewide right-to-work law in Delaware has failed.  

There was an hour-long hearing yesterday but in the end Representative Ronald Gray could not muster the six votes to get the measure out of committee.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that opponents were not able to get the same number of votes to table the measure.

With the standoff the Selbyville Republican said he would not try to amend the legislation to get passage.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - The recently accounted for remains of a U.S. serviceman who died during World War II are being returned to his family in Delaware for burial with full military honors.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in a news release Wednesday that Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Stanley F. Stegnerski will be buried January 22 in Millsboro.

Stegnerski, of Chester, Pennsylvania, was a pilot taking part in a bomber escort mission over Germany, and a plane matching the description of his was reported as being shot down.

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