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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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries has taken an initial step to permanently ban natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday approved a measure to begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The words "Racist Anthem" have been painted on a monument to the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the words were written at the base of the Francis Scott Key monument in the city's downtown.

Besides the black lettering, it appeared to be splashed with red and black paint.

Police are investigating. But they have no suspects.

Key penned what is now the national anthem when he was being held captive by the British during the War of 1812.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A group of people has covered up a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the shrouding occurred Tuesday night on the campus of the University of Virginia. The group of about 100 people included students, faculty and community members.

The protesters gathered at the Rotunda, the same place that drew chanting white nationalists with tiki torches one month ago.   

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U.S. News and World Report has put Salisbury University on its list of the Best Colleges for 2018.

There are 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category which is divided geographically into North, South, Midwest and West.

The criteria ranges from academic reputation and graduation rates to financial resources and student selectivity.

Dr. Karen Olmstead, the university’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, noted that for the last two decades SU has been named one of the top regional universities by the publication.

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Plans by CleanBay Renewables for Carvel Hall in Crisfield has drawn concern from some local residents

During a public meeting last night residents said they worried about any odors that might come from the facility and its impact on property values in the area.

The company tried to reassure local residents that the chicken manure the facility will be handling will not be exposed to the air.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Clean energy supporters in Maryland are announcing a new campaign to require that 50 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

They have scheduled a news conference Wednesday in Baltimore to discuss a legislative proposal to expand Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard. That requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of renewable energy each year from the current target of 20 percent by 2020.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - About 70,000 people in Virginia could lose the option of buying individual health insurance plans next year.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday three insurers have announced they plan to pull out of Virginia's individual market next year. Last week, Optima Health said it would no longer offer individual plans where Sentara Health does not have hospitals and providers.

That will leave some parts of Virginia without the option of buying individual insurance. The changes affect all individual plans, not just those sold through the Affordable Care Act.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice won't bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April of 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled at the time, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing legislation aimed at ensuring that individuals with mental and physical disabilities are not denied access to organ transplant procedures based solely on their disability.

The bill being signed Wednesday prohibits health care providers from deeming a person ineligible to receive an anatomical gift or organ transplant, related medical services, or referrals based solely on a physical or mental disability.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia military college has decided to keep its Confederate statues but consider adding more historical context in light of a violent white nationalist rally last month.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the board of the Virginia Military Institute met Tuesday and decided to keep its statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and another meant to honor VMI cadets who fought and died for the Confederacy.

VMI Board of Visitors President John William Bowland suggested adding a plaque to honor cadets who fought for the Union.

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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries is set to consider a permanent ban on natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission meets Wednesday outside Philadelphia. Its agenda includes a measure that would begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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Five people have been rescued off Cape Charles in Northampton County.

The Coast Guard picked them via helicopter after their fishing vessel sank in rough waters yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that two crew members were found in a life raft while three others were holding on to a piece of the wreckage.

The vessel sank about 60 miles off east of Cape Charles.

They were taken to Base Elizabeth City where they were seen by medical personnel. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base are advising local residents of an active shooter exercise.

Officials say that because of Tuesday's exercise, access to the base and facilities will be limited during the day.

Officials say personnel can expect significant delays at the gates, but that access to base housing will not be affected.  

Military officials are partnering with Delaware State Police in the exercise, and multiple police vehicles will be responding to the base.

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It's the end of the tourist season and merchants are counting their money to see how they did this year. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson took a swing along the Ocean City Board to check out the mood as the season wraps up.

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Some $70-thousand has been raised on Maryland’s Lower Shore for victims of Hurricane Harvey that struck Texas and Louisiana.

The effort was led by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore which donated $5-thousand of its own money in matching funds.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the money will be distributed by the Greater Houston Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The Eastern Shore foundation president Erica Joseph told the paper that it was gratifying to see local residents come together to help those out in the aftermath of the storm.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A report from University of Virginia leaders says campus police responding to a torch-lit march of white nationalists on school grounds relied on incomplete intelligence and failed to enforce fire bans.

Those findings were among others laid out in a report issued Monday by a group of deans and others. The group is studying UVA's response to the white nationalist rallies that roiled Charlottesville last month.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some University of Baltimore students are speaking out against their scheduled fall commencement speaker: Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

A crowd of students filed into a courtyard near the school on Monday, holding protest signs that read "support public schools #neverDeVos" and "We are DeVos-stated."

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke sent a letter to the student body explaining why he believes she is a good choice.

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The Plaza Tapatia Mexican restaurant in the southern part of Salisbury is coming down.

Demolition began yesterday on the Route 13 location near Salisbury University.

In its place will be a new Royal Farms.

WBOC reports that the new 52-hundred square foot facility is expected to be completed within the next seven months.

When completed the station will have eight gas pumps.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware will continue to sell winter-blend gasoline in the wake of rising gas prices caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The News Journal in Wilmington reported Monday that federal regulators have extended a waiver allowing the state to sell stockpiles of the winter blend. Delaware experienced some of the nation's steepest hikes in gas prices after Harvey limited production at Gulf Coast refineries.

A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline sold for $2.68 in Delaware on Monday. That's an increase of about 23 percent since the days before Harvey. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware appears to be losing its favored legal climate status among corporate attorneys and executives.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform says that after ranking first in all 10 previous surveys, Delaware's overall legal climate ranks 11th in this year's survey, released Tuesday.

South Dakota is number one, followed by Vermont, Idaho, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Vermont edged Delaware for the top spot for trial judge competence.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel on memorials at the U.S. Naval Academy will discuss whether two buildings on the campus grounds should remain named after two American naval officers who fought for the Confederacy.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the school's superintendent, briefed the academy's Board of Visitors on Monday about the two building names. He says "right now, there is not a move to make an immediate change, but there is ongoing dialogue."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A candidate for Maryland governor is calling on a university to rescind its invitation to the nation's education secretary to give a commencement address.

Ben Jealous said in statement Monday that he will speak in support of University of Baltimore students and alumni at a protest opposed to Betsy DeVos giving the fall commencement speech.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Northern Virginia will mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at multiple ceremonies.

Arlington County, where the Pentagon was struck and 184 people died, will hold ceremonies Monday morning on its plaza at the county courthouse.

The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., when the plane struck the Pentagon.

In Alexandria, a 10 a.m. ceremony will be held in the city's Market Square in Old Town. The tribute will include a bell-ringing ceremony.

The public is welcome at both ceremonies.

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Hurricane Irma may not have much effect on Delmarva except for some rain but it did strand one New Castle County Member Bob Weiner.

The council member and his wife were vacationing on the island of St. Thomas when the hurricane struck leaving behind widespread destruction.

The longtime council member was able to text about his experience and said that the roof blew off and water did get into where they were sheltered.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that he added he and his wife fared better than others.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are working to address the threat posed to infants by opioid addiction and other substance abuse.

Lawmakers and health care officials are gathering on Thursday to announce a new effort linking the ongoing work to combat addiction to the medical needs of infants.

The effort is aimed at increasing prevention, recognition and treatment of substance exposure in infants, and ensuring that they and their families get the support they need. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland police arrested 12 drunken drivers at a checkpoint in Anne Arundel County.

Police say the sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol in Anne Arundel County was conducted on Governor Ritchie Highway in Annapolis over the weekend.

Police say during a three-hour, multi-agency initiative roughly 214 cars were checked, and a dozen drivers were removed from their vehicles and taken into custody after failing the sobriety test.

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William Bandorick III was airlifted by helicopter to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after a crash on Route 611 involving three drivers.

The 47 year-old was driving south in his Jaguar on Saturday afternoon when he crossed into the northbound lane.

Police say he struck a Kia Spectra heading north then hit a Dodge pickup truck.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bandorick is said to be in serious condition.

Meanwhile, Richard Dize of Berlin who was driving the Kia was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak at the University of Baltimore's fall commencement.

University spokesman Chris Hart said in a statement Friday that DeVos will give the keynote address at the event on Dec. 18.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Hart says the university is committed to intellectual engagement and an array of opinions.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A $4 million grant from the Department of Defense has been awarded to a Virginia school district.

The nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative said it will announce details of the funding for the Virginia Beach school district Friday.

The money will help boost student learning in math, science and English courses. Specifically, the funding will provide training and equipment to teachers with advanced placement classes in those subjects.

Five Virginia Beach high schools will benefit from the money.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in a Georgetown park for a "support our president" rally.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports that the rally, organized by the Sussex County Republican Committee, was held on Saturday morning and attracted about 100 people.

The first speaker, Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, said, "We got the attention of the White House ... President Trump knows what's going on in the great state of Delaware because our elected officials forgot."

There was a three-person counter-rally across the street.

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