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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol to make changes to new economic development initiative, finalize a state budget, and discuss whether the Old Dominion should tweak its still young ethics laws.

Wednesday is the so-called veto session, where legislators return to Richmond for a day to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed earlier this year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The commonwealth of Virginia will now be able to timely detect any potential Zika virus outbreaks.

Vrginia's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services announced Monday that it is now able to test blood samples for the Zika virus after being appropriately designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to the Eastern Shore.

The Worcester County Public Schools confirmed to the Salisbury Daily Times that Trump will hold a rally on Wednesday night a 7 p.m. at Stephen Decatur high School.

The presidential candidate will use the Stephen Decatur High School Gym.

The doors at the rally will open at 4 p.m. with free tickets available at the Trump website.

The school system emphasized that it was not affiliated with the event or Trump.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards' campaign says Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will endorse Edwards in the Democratic primary for Senate.

The campaign said in a news release that Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in the death a year ago of Freddie Gray, will announce her endorsement Tuesday at the Edwards campaign's Baltimore office.

Edwards and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen are the front-runners for a rarely open Senate seat when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.

Maryland's primary is April 26.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Ted Cruz is campaigning in Maryland for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cruz's campaign says the candidate will hold a rally Monday afternoon in Towson at American Legion Post 22. The event is expected to run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors will open an hour in advance.

Also Monday, former candidate Carly Fiorina will campaign in the morning in Bethesda for Cruz.

The Maryland primary is April 26, but voters are casting ballots through Thursday in early voting.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland is going back to basics, with an ink pen and paper ballot, for the presidential primary elections.

State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone says that despite advances in digital technology, nothing safeguards a secret ballot like marking a piece of paper. The ballots are tabulated by an optical scanning machine.

The system replaces touch-screen terminals that became popular after the hotly disputed 2000 presidential election. You might remember the "hanging chads" from Florida's punch-card ballots.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia shellfish farmers are leading the nation in hard clam sales.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that data from the College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that shellfish farmers sold about $32.3 million worth of aquacultured clams in 2015.

Virginia also came out on top in oyster sales among East Coast states. The report shows that the state's shellfish farmers sold $16 million in oysters last year.

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Patients and doctors are breathing a sigh of relief at news that the Chestertown Hospital will not be shut down for now.

With support from local residents lawmakers in Annapolis approved a measure that requires the facility to stay open until 2020.

WBOC reports that this will result in the inpatient facilities will remain until that time.

The hospital is operated by the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System.

The television station reports that there was concern by some at the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad that they would lose that facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has an official state flower, a state tree, a state fish and a state bird. Now, it could soon have an official state canine.

The state House is set to vote on a bill naming the Golden Retriever as Delaware's official state dog.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday outlines a host of attributes for the Golden Retriever, such as its intelligence and friendliness, its love for hunting, and its ability to be trained for search and rescue work.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.
    
AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.10, up from $2.05 a week ago.
    
The price of gas in the state is a penny below the national average.
    
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.09 in Baltimore, $2.16 in Cumberland, $2.18 in Hagerstown and $2.03 in Salisbury.
    

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The $19 million renovation of Sea Gull Stadium began  to usher in a new era for Salisbury University athletics this weekend. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the impact of the new facility on the school's teams and students. (Matt Forney and Michael McGraw provided reportorial work for this story)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Some northern Virginia high school debate teams are planning to boycott state championships at Liberty University after remarks the college's president made about Muslims.

The Washington Post reports that students and coaches have been lobbying the group that oversees academic competitions to move next week's tournament from the evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A coalition of several hundred religious leaders is urging Virginia lawmakers to reject a proposal to conceal the identities of pharmacies supplying drugs to be used in executions.

Several representatives of the interfaith coalition are scheduled to discuss their objections at a news conference Monday at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

Lethal injection drugs have been hard to obtain in Virginia and other states. That situation prompted Del. Jackson Miller to propose allowing Virginia to use the electric chair if drugs aren't available.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel is updating Delaware's revenue forecast as the time approaches for lawmakers to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Monday's update follows a meeting last month in which the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council lowered the official revenue projection for the current fiscal year by about $38 million.

The decline was mostly offset by a corresponding increase in the upcoming fiscal year because of an accounting change involving abandoned property.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore city councilwoman is planning to introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour.

The Baltimore Sun reports City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke plans to introduce the bill Monday and that it is co-sponsored by eight of the council's 15 members. The paper says Baltimore's minimum wage in would increase incrementally and reach the full amount by 2020.

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Delaware rate payers could be paying a lot more with the estimate for a new power line to the Artificial Island nuclear complex.

The cost has jumped from an original estimate of $137 million to $272 million.

That has angered Delaware Public Advocate David Bonar.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he says that the First State’s rate payers will be paying 99 percent of the cost for New Jersey’s rate payers.

The transmission line connects Artificial Island to Delaware.

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The number of requests for H-1B visas by Delaware staffing companies for more than 8-thousand workers has jumped 370 percent since 2009.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is not clear how much of the increase is due to companies trying to increase their chances of getting the visas in the federal lottery system.

Some high tech jobs can pay as much as $90-thousand a year.  

But there is a problem with fraud.

A News Journal investigation found that tech workers from India found that the big contracts that drew them to the United State had disappeared.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Dozens of people marched Saturday in Baltimore to mark the anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray.

Sharon Black, an organizer with the Peoples Power Assembly, the group that planned the march, said the marchers don't believe anything has changed for the better in Baltimore since Gray's death. Black says "deep-seated anger" remains in the community a year later.

The 25-year-old Gray died on April 19, 2015 after his neck was broken in a police transport van. His death triggered unrest and riots across the city.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver unveiled his $135 million budget this week – a 5 percent increase over last year.

Under the plan county employees will get a 3 percent raise with a major contribution to the public school system to meet the rising number of new students.

On the education front high school grads would receive free tuition at Wor-Wic Community College.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Culver keeps a lid on estate taxes and business property taxes.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The board of regents for the University System of Maryland is due to vote on a proposal that would see the tuition at Maryland's public colleges rise by 2 percent for in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.

The Baltimore Sun reports the board is expected to approve the rate hike, which would be the smallest annual increase since a tuition freeze was lifted in 2010.

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Republican lawmakers in Delaware want the governor the secretary of Homeland Security to be notified when refugees from Syria, Iran or Sudan come to the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Representative Deborah Hudson said that she does not trust the federal government to prevent potential terrorists from coming to this country.

The paper reports that the Republicans zeroed in on countries which the State Department says has supported terrorism within the last five years.

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New Castle County Council member Joe Reda has died of heart complications yesterday at the age of 73.

The Wilmington News Journal notes that Reda was a sheet metal worker, a union man as well as a politician.

He was well known around town and called “Joe the Bartender” for his mixing drinks at high-class parties in Greenville.

Reda was named to the First District seat in 12 years ago when then Council member Robert Woods quit.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Senate has narrowly passed a measure banning the in-state purchase or sale of ivory or rhinoceros horn.

The bill was approved on an 11-to-10 vote Thursday and now goes to the House.

New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who successfully led the fight for a similar ban in his state, testified in support of Delaware's bill.

Violating the ban would be a criminal misdemeanor and also subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

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The Virginia Space Flight Academy has been granted $12,500 by the U.S. Navy for – what’s called – STEM education.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that the award was announced during a meeting of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance earlier this week.

The program is part an effort to enhance education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The money will provide for two 3-D printers and two computers along with scholarships.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Eighteen months after he lost a bid for the state's highest office, Maryland's former lieutenant governor is finding that a safely Democratic seat in Congress is no easy consolation prize.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation overhauling the way Delaware serves students with autism spectrum disorders.

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A charge of attempted rape has been leveled against a 16 year male.

The incident occurred on March 14th when a 15 year female student in a home on Clear Lake Drive in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says the boy attempted to sexually assault her but that she was able to fend him off and escape the home.

The paper says the boy has been charges as an adult with counts that include attempt second-degree rape.

This the second rape case that has surface recently in Wicomico County involving minors.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - A satirical essay by a high school student in Glen Burnie that calls for the destruction of black people is stirring outrage in the community.

In a North County High School class, a teacher recently assigned students to write a satirical essay modeled after "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift - a 1729 essay mocking heartless attitudes toward the less fortunate.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia says returning students will pay higher tuition this fall, but the increase will be half of what the university had planned.

The university had previously announced a 3 percent increase of in-state tuition for continuing students. In a news release Thursday, the university said an infusion of $3 million in state funds will allow it to scale back the increase to 1.5 percent, or about $168.

The previously approved 10 percent increase for new students also will be cut by 1.5 percent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Agriculture will award more than $300,000 in federal grant funds to farmers who produce and market specialty crops in the state.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department announced the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program on Tuesday. Delaware farmers can apply for funds to grow and sell fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Projects may run from one to three years.
 

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