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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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan will deliver remarks at the first Governor's Business Summit.

It's scheduled for Thursday in Baltimore.

The governor's opening address is called: "Maryland is Open for Business."

Leaders in business and education are scheduled to attend.

They will be gathering to discuss topics like entrepreneurship and the future of manufacturing in Maryland. They also will talk about redefining urban centers across the state and the next generation of learning environments.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents is set to release a report regarding a flash fire at the Delaware City refinery that left a worker with second-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board scheduled a news conference Thursday to release their findings regarding the 2015 incident, which left a 62-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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A graduate from Salisbury University just picked up a cool $100-thousand.

Daquan Mincy got the cash when he went to see a taping of the television show ”Ellen”.

He was chosen from the audience by comedians Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mency said the experience was crazy sending him to jump with joy.

And, his student loan debt of $50-thousand can now be a thing of the past.

Mincy will receive his Masters Degree this month.

He is the first in his family to get to go to college.

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This week the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a Milton woman when she was prohibited from displaying signs denouncing policies of president Trump.

They included phrases such as “Love Trumps Hate”, “No Wall No Ban” and “Women’s Rights = Human Rights”.

62-year old Penny Nickerson said she felt compelled to put them in her front yard over concern about the current president.

But the Milton code only allows political messages during an election season.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights and abortion in their penultimate debate in Norfolk.

The event Tuesday was mostly a study in nuance.

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There could be a hike in Delaware’s corporate franchise tax hitting some of the biggest companies in the state.

It’s bi-partisan legislation that would come up with a new tax bracket and would require some of the biggest firms to pay a new top rate with a maximum of a quarter of a million dollars each year.     

The current maximum rate is $180-thousand.

WBOC reports that the measure comes as Governor John Carney and Delaware lawmakers are grappling with a $382 million budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is poised to begin consideration of a bill to ensure abortion remains legal in Delaware if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last week and is up for discussion by House members Wednesday, revises Delaware's current abortion law, which remains on the books despite being superseded by federal law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents will need a new driver's license by October 2020 if they want to use their license to board a plane.

The Virginian Pilot reports the change is part of the REAL ID program, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks and requires stringent proof of residency.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware has stalled in the state Senate.

The bill failed to win Senate passage Tuesday after several lawmakers noted that they were told after a committee hearing last month that it would be amended to address concerns from the medical industry about some of its provisions. No amendment was added, however.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A medical marijuana company is seeking an emergency motion forbidding the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing any final licenses to grow the drug.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that Alternative Medicine Maryland asked a Baltimore judge on Monday to issue a temporary injunction since the commission appears poised to grant final licenses.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney announced he has nominated Gray F. Traynor to the Delaware Supreme Court.
 
Media outlets report Gov. John Carney announced Monday that Traynor will replace Justice Randy Holland, who is retiring after 31 years on the bench.
 
Gov. Carney says Traynor has the judgment and thoughtfulness necessary to serve on the court, and he looks forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.
 

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Whoever catches the first white marlin the season will get a $5-thousand cast prize from Ocean City.

In addition, another $5-thousand will be given by a coalition that wants to continue the annual traditional.

Mayor Rick Meehan told WBOC that the resort is the White Marlin Capital of the World.

Meanwhile, the television reports that anglers who belong to the Ocean City Marlin Club or who are aboard a member boat will get another $5-thousand.

That would make the total take $15-thousand.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginians will be able to fish without a license for a few days next month.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says in a press release that it's encouraging families to enjoy the state's natural resources. The free fishing days are June 2, 3 and 4.

The license holiday applies to recreational rod and reel fishing. But regulations will remain in effect. That includes size and catch restrictions. 

The Marine Resources Commission's website has extensive information about the state's fishing rules. The address is http://mrc.virginia.gov.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast has bumped up its projections as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its estimate of revenue available for the upcoming fiscal year by about $13 million, even though the forecast for personal income tax revenue for the current and next fiscal years declined by $24.5 million.

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LGBT high school students in the Wicomico County are calling on the district to protect them from bullying.

During the board meeting on May 9th .two students told the members that other students taunt them and that there is a belief that school administrators at James M. Bennett High School do not take this seriously.

At the meeting Superintendent Donna Hanlin pledged to work with the students and pass their complaints on in dealing with the school system’s policy against bullying.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - A dead whale has washed ashore on a beach in Hampton.

Matt Klepeisz with the Virginia Aquarium tells the Daily Press the Minke whale was found at the Grandview Nature Preserve.

It wasn't immediately clear how the whale died. Klepeisz says officials are working out the logistics to determine its cause of death. They were notified of the whale Sunday.

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Allen Harim has a major solar operation up and running in Sussex County.

The panels are spread over a six acre parcel and are now providing power to the company’s poultry processing plant in Harbeson.

Allen Harim says it is now producing 1.5 megawatts of power with nearly 5-thousand panels.

Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen  Harim, told WBOC that the project is expected to supply up to 12 percent of the energy sued at the Harbeson facility.  

It is expect to cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 16-hundred metric tons.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware.

The measure to be voted on Tuesday adds debilitating anxiety to the list of conditions and illnesses for which medical marijuana can be prescribed. The anxiety definition includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety.

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Top officials at the Delaware Department of Corrections told state lawmakers that the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center stemmed from long standing problems.

Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps and former Vaughn Correctional Center Warden David Pierce told the hearing that many of the issues date back to the 1970’s and 1980’s.

They added they will remain so until the underlying problems are dealt with.

Phelps told the panel that the Department of Correction was a microcosm of the community.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie is blasting Democratic rivals over labor laws with the help of two neighboring GOP governors.

Gillespie hosted a conference call for reporters Monday with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to praise Virginia's longstanding prohibition on mandatory union fees and dues.

Gillespie, who is competing in three-way race for the Republican nomination, criticized Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam for both explicit and implied opposition to Virginia's so-called right-to-work law.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia mayor is trolling the trolls after he lashed out at torch-toting white nationalists who protested in his city.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has become the target of hate-filled, anti-Semitic messages from anonymous Twitter trolls after condemning a weekend protest over the planned removal of a Confederate monument.

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) - Members of a Maryland middle school community west of Annapolis covered its grounds with positive messages days after a noose was hung there.

Local news outlets report hundreds of people gathered Sunday evening at Crofton Middle School to chalk symbols of positivity on the sidewalks after a noose was discovered hanging outside the school Thursday morning.

Kristen Caminiti says the event was organized by a community group she founded. She says the goal was to spread a message that hate will not be tolerated.

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HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say a car that tried to pass a school bus full of eighth-graders from Pennsylvania that was headed to Washington, D.C., on a field trip clipped the bus, causing it to overturn.

State Police say the southbound car lost control Monday morning as it tried to pass the bus on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland, came back across travel lanes and clipped the front of the bus.

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Three Delaware beach towns have gotten approval to repair their beaches this fall after a series of damaging storms two years ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the resorts are Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach.

There will be no cost to the state.      

The repair work is federally funded and will fall under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program.

That allows the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out the repairs.

Work on the beaches is expected to begin this fall with completion some next spring.

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HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a bus has overturned on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland and several people are injured.
 
Cpl. Tyler Allaband of the Maryland State Police said by telephone that the bus overturned in the southbound lanes of the highway on Monday near the exit for Havre de Grace. He says several people are injured, but he did not know how many people or the extent of their injuries.
 

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The body of a man who has been missing since Sunday in the Delaware River has been found.   

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was discovered around 10 p.m. last night but his name has not been released.

The paper reports he had been with another man. Both were thrown into the water after their 12-foot boat capsized.

The other man was quickly recovered.

Neither are reported to have been wearing life jackets.

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A number of Delaware school districts have been handing out pink slips and have decided not to fill open positions as they await a final decision on cuts in the education budget.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there were 22 layoffs in the Appoquinimink district.

Governor John Carney says the reduction in education spending is necessary with a looming $400-million budget deficit.

But Cary said the districts do have to the option of raising taxes without a referendum to meet some of the shortfall under his spending plan.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware city has implemented term limits for city officials after a successful push by its mayor.
    
Mayor Anthony Moyer led the effort to make Harrington one of the few communities in the state that has term limits for mayor and city council members.
    
The mayor in Harrington can now serve up to eight consecutive years and city council members can serve up to nine consecutive years. The policy change was approved unanimously in the state House and Senate.
    

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Progress on Airport Road in Milford has been delayed until a second job can be completed.

Construction has closed Route 113 as crews make repairs including improving drainage and a fresh coat of asphalt.

WBOC reports that the project will need the city to dig up nearly 1.5 miles of road between Route 113 and Route 15 at a cost of $2.4 million.

This and other construction has pushed back the start date for Airport Road requiring additional detours and traffic backups.

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