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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Man's Best Friend may be the best medicine for vets suffering from PTSD. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at U.S. Kennels, an effort in Salisbury to provide such dogs for veterans trying to readjust to life after war. (Part 2)

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Many Maryland crab houses expect to stay idle this summer after U.S. immigration officials approved additional migrant worker visas this month for only one picking house.

The Baltimore Sun reports the H-2B visas for seasonal workers were awarded by lottery for the first time this year due to high demand for workers from multiple industries. The crab houses that lost out will have to function without more than a third of their regular seasonal workers. Idle crab houses could drive up the price of Maryland's crab meat.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county board of education has settled a lawsuit with a transgender teen that it tried to block from using certain locker rooms.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports 16-year-old Max Brennan filed the lawsuit when his middle school barred him from using boys' facilities. A release by a member of the lawsuit says Talbot County defendants will pay $20 in damages. Brennan also will have permanent access to boys' facilities.

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Holding signs declaring “Families Belong Together” around 30 protesters stood out on the side of the road on Concord Pike last night outside Fairfax Shopping Center in Delaware.

They were demonstrating against the Trump administration’s policy of splitting up families who cross the border seeking asylum or illegal entry.

The group called Indivisible Highlands and Beyond decided Sunday to hold the protest.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of cars slowed down to read the signs and some even honked in support of the demonstration.  

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Worcester County prosecutors have chocked up a record for having the highest conviction rate for driving under the influence.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the revelation came during a meeting of Maryland State’s Attorney’s Conference in Ocean City.

The paper reports that this was the fifth out of six years for Worcester County to be so distinguished.

The county had a 91 percent DUI conviction rate.

That’s above the state average of 78 percent.

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Delaware Democrats are expected to make one more effort to revive the legislation that would ban certain semi-automatic weapons in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports they will need the help at least one Republican.

But Republican state Senator Bruce Ennis told the paper that he won’t help them get with that vote to suspend the rules and allow a vote on the bill.

The 79-year-old legislator said that many of his constituents believe this is “the worst of all gun-related bills” under consideration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't endorsing his own son's congressional bid, but he's coming to Maryland to lend a liberal boost to Ben Jealous' campaign for governor.

The senator known for his reluctance to endorse politicians is scheduled to attend an early voting rally with the former NAACP president in Silver Spring on Monday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School. Kenya Gibson represents the school on the board and was the lone dissenting vote. Gibson wanted the vote to be delayed and said there was a lack of local names included in the administrations rebranding recommendations.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has added more than $46 million to this year's government revenue estimate as lawmakers prepare to vote on budget bills for the upcoming fiscal year.

Monday's update by the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes two weeks before fiscal year 2019 begins July 1.

While this year's estimate increased by $46.5 million, or 1.1 percent, over last month's projections, the 2019 forecast remained flat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nearly 50 medical cannabis companies are pursuing five licenses to operate in Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the state has received 49 applications. Virginia plans to hand out licenses to dispense medical cannabis oil in the state's five health services areas.

The applications require a $10,000 filing fee.

Virginia recently expanded legal protections for patients seeking to use medical cannabis oils. Lawmakers also passed legislation allowing for in-state production and sales of medical cannabis oils.

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