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) - Maryland's seafood industry could benefit from President Donald Trump's administration permitting 15,000 more foreign workers to enter the United States under a visa program.

The Baltimore Sun reported on Monday that seafood producers will share the national allotment with other industries and are expected to be able to apply this week. Each year crab-picking and oyster-shucking houses have relied on a small number of workers allowed in the country on H-2B visas, which permit foreigners to take temporary nonagricultural jobs.

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Plans for a sports complex for the Georgetown area has been unveiled by a Lewes land developer and businessman.

It would sit along Sand Hill Road near U.S. Route 9.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the all-grass complex would cover 56 acres of donated farmland.

It would include six fields for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey in addition to a pavilion along with six pickleball courts and a 3-to-4 mile walking trail.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general has ruled that a local school board violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The News Journal reported on Monday that state Attorney General Matt Denn's office ruled the Milford School Board violated FOIA when it failed to include a vote for the 2017 tax rate on its original June 2016 meeting agenda.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she is "strongly considering" running for governor of Maryland.

Rockeymoore Cummings, a Democrat, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the health care debate in Washington has shown that Republicans in the nation's capital are not considering the needs of women, children and minorities.

She says more decisions about important issues like health care will fall to state leaders, where governors will have a lot of say in who gets needed services.

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The Wicomico County Council has confirmed the appointment of Dawn Mitchel Parks as the new director of finance.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Parks has work in the finance department and has served as acting director since the dismissal in May of Leslie Lewis by County Executive Bob Culver.

Parks is about to undergo examination to become a certified public finance officer.

She has also served as the Eastern Shore representative for the Maryland Government Employee’s Retirement Investment Trust.

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If you’re going to offer some cool water to one of the ponies on the Assateague Island National Seashore it’s best not to use the park’s spigots.

Park officials if the ponies get used to the idea that the faucets are a source of water they will come to territorial and protect them.

WBOC reports that, officials say, could become a safety issue for visitors as the ponies become accustomed to the spigots as a regular source of water.

Park officials note there are a number of ponds on the island that provide water for the horses.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie is starting the general election campaign for governor with a more than $1.5 million cash advantage over Democrat Ralph Northam.

New campaign finance reports released late Monday show Gillespie and Northam both raised nearly $2 million in June, but Gillespie has $3.3 million in the bank compared to Northam's $1.7 million.

Northam spent heavily to defeat primary challenger Tom Perriello. Gillespie did not spend as much to win the GOP primary, but was nearly upset by underfunded insurgent candidate Corey Stewart.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting a new study that says Virginia's forestry and agriculture industries have grown by 30 percent since 2013.

McAuliffe on Tuesday touted the newly released study, which said the two industries contribute $91 billion each year to the state.

Jobs in agriculture and forestry have increased by 7 percent.

The study was commissioned by the state and led by a regional economist with the University of Virginia.

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Two credit card skimmers were found at the Sunoco gas pumps in Ocean City on 129th Street and at the Ocean Market at 142 Street.

Police tell the Salisbury Daily Times that it is not clear how many people were hit but they say that people should contact their local police department if they think they might have been affected.

The Ocean City police say they do not believe there are any more skimmers operating in the resort but businesses are encouraged to check to see if any are present.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A major poultry provider with headquarters in Maryland says it's stepping up efforts to improve its chickens' lives.

The Baltimore Sun reports Salisbury-based Perdue Farms released the first annual report on Monday about plans it announced in June 2016 changing how chickens are raised and slaughtered. The report says progress was made including alteration of breeding methods that promoted faster growth but also injury.

The company also said stunning systems that minimize stress would be installed for birds headed to processing.

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There’s a new mural off of Route 50 in Cambridge that celebrates the city’s African American heritage.

The mural comes just a week before the 50th anniversary of the Cambridge riots during the civil rights era.

WBOC reports that the 48-foot wide mural includes prominent faces ranging from Harriet Tubman to Ella Fitzgerald.

The television station says that it took the artist Michael Rosato some 400 hours and six weeks to finish the mural.

The Dorchester County Tourism officials say the land in front of the mural may developed into a park.

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The search for sharks is on.

The vessel named the M/V OCEARCH has been out plowing the waters looking for them off the southern coast of Delaware.

It’s a research effort that tracks them in the Atlantic waters.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that researchers say the most common type found in the Delaware and Maryland waters is the sand tiger shark.

Delaware environmental officials say three other species frequently seen include the smooth dogfish, the spiny dogfish and the sandbar shark.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Biden's memoir is coming out Nov. 14 and it will be called "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose."

Flatiron Books, which acquired the book in April, announced Monday that the former vice president will promote the book as part of his "American Promise Tour." Two days before the book is released, an interview with Oprah Winfrey will air on Winfrey's OWN network. His tour opens Nov. 13 with an appearance at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and other groups are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to investigate police's response when protesters gathered in Charlottesville to condemn a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The ACLU, Legal Aid Justice Center, Rutherford Institute and National Lawyers Guild Central Virginia Chapter sent a letter to McAuliffe this week criticizing what they called the "outsized and militaristic" police presence to the July 8 protest.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia and Mexico City have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote trade.

McAuliffe announced the MOU last week. It is the second one he's signed this summer with a locality in Mexico.

The Democratic governor has been critical of Republican President Donald Trump's trade policies. McAuliffe has been a huge booster of Virginia's role in international trade. He's taken frequent trips abroad to promote the Old Dominion and to try and lure companies to Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The state of Virginia is moving forward with testing the possibility of allowing autonomous, or self-driving, cars on express lanes of Interstates 95 and 495 in northern Virginia.

WTOP-FM reports Virginia's transportation board is set to approve an agreement on Wednesday that would permit new testing to move forward. The deal involves the state Department of Transportation, the company operating express lanes, and the Federal Highway Administration's Operations Research and Development office.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - State Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. is launching his candidacy for governor of Maryland.

Media outlets report that the Montgomery County Democrat plans to kick off his campaign Monday at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Madaleno is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has said he'll seek a second term next year.

The leading Hogan critic has been a member of the Senate since 2007, after spending four years in the House of Delegates. He was the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A Delaware town council says it will hire a law firm to conduct an investigation of its manager.

Media outlets report Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum has been the subject of several recent complaints alleging crude behavior and improper interference in the operations of town agencies. He's also the subject of a lawsuit filed by several town employees.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Crisfield crab pot business is going to be recognized at the White House.

Representatives from Heath's Crab Pots will attend the Monday event that showcases American-made products and manufacturing.

The White House says Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet and lawmakers will join President Donald Trump for the event.

Heath's Crab Pots opened more than 40 years ago. It is the largest manufacturer of pots in the Chesapeake region.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Scientists say the Conowingo Dam is no longer holding back pollution in the Susquehanna River from entering the Chesapeake Bay.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Gov. Larry Hogan will announce a plan to make progress at the dam, based on proposals the state has received from private industry.

Hogan told the newspaper he will seek a contractor next month to deal with the sediment and dissolved phosphorous and nitrogen pollution that erodes the health of the nation's largest estuary.

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Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says she will be rewriting the rules for access to voter information.

The move comes after anger from Delaware voters over a request by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election for a large amount of voter data including the last four digits of their social security numbers.

Manlove said that her office will still provide information to political parties and candidates.

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Governor John Carney is set to sign a measure that would broaden the ability to obtain the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone.

It would allow for over the counter purchase of the drug at pharmacies around the state.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdoses and its use has skyrocketed as drug addiction has spread to around the country.

WBOC reports that in the last year there were 15-hundred uses alone.        

And so far this year alone there have been 866 reported instances in which it has been administered.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal judges reviewing Maryland's congressional redistricting map say there is convincing evidence the state's Democratic leaders drew the districts to gain a seat for their party.

A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday as part of a lawsuit.

The panel was divided about whether the 2011 redistricting plan directly caused former Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to lose his seat and whether the map should be changed.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - More than 200,000 Virginians will be impacted by a new Medicaid program that starts Aug 1.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the program will move many people with complex medical issues from a "fee for service" system to a managed care format.

Affected enrollees will include so-called "dual eligibles." They are people who receive both Medicare, which is federal insurance, and Medicaid, the state-and-federally funded insurance.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a 60-year-old woman who leaped from a bridge in Virginia has survived.

The Free Lance-Star reports the woman jumped from the Falmouth Bridge and landed in the Rappahannock River on Saturday. The woman was removed from the water by two citizens.

Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokesman 1st Lt. Eric Quinn says they received a call about the jump at 12:37 p.m. Quinn says the woman was despondent when rescue crews from Stafford and Fredericksburg reached her.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will be awarded a $3.8 million grant to help prepare and prevent a "complex coordinated terrorist attack."

McAuliffe said Friday that Virginia will receive nearly 10 percent of the total funding awarded through the grant and the largest allocation of states on the East Coast, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

About $1.2 million will go to Arlington County. The county is home to the Pentagon, which was targeted during the Sept. 11 attacks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials have finalized a pesticide-management plan meant to protect honeybees and other pollinators from further population declines.

The Roanoke Times reports the voluntary plan mainly encourages beekeepers and pesticide applicators to better communicate about the location of hives and the dates and times of pesticide spraying. It does not strengthen existing pesticide regulations.

The plan stems from an Obama administration directive calling for a national strategy to safeguard pollinators.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officers charged in the death of a Freddie Gray whose neck was broken in the back of a police van are asking a federal appeals court to allow parts of a lawsuit against Baltimore's top prosecutor to proceed.

The officers are suing State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy. Three of the officers were acquitted, and Mosby dropped the remaining cases.

Mosby says the lower court should have found her to be immune from being sued because she's a prosecutor.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted three former workers at the state-run Delaware Psychiatric Center in connection with a patient's death.

The indictment issued this week charges Andre C. Jackson, Daniella Seneus and John Iziken with crime against a vulnerable adult, a felony, and misdemeanor offenses of forgery, falsifying business records and patient abuse or neglect. It was not immediately clear whether they have lawyers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Trump effect is having an early impact on the 2018 contests for Congress.

Virginia Democrats are lining up to run for Congress, motivated by their opposition to the president. And a Trump-like Republican is promising to run a "vicious, ruthless" U.S. Senate campaign next year that Trump supporters will relish.

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