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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The Somerset County Board of Education has settled with William Johnson the former principal of the Washington Academy & High School.

The Board also apologized for his sudden transfer two years ago to the county’s alternative school, the Promise Academy.

That decision caused an uproar within the community.

The vote was 4 to zero with board member Robert Wells being absent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Johnson being the first black principal caused his supporters to believe it had something to do with his transfer.

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BEAR, Del. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been found shot dead inside a home in Bear.
 
New Castle County Officer First Class Tracey Duffy says the report of possible shots fired was called in Tuesday evening by a person who arrived to the residential Pinewoods home and found the two people dead.
 
Police have not released any further information about the two people found, including their genders, the relationship between them or a motive.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - City surveillance video and police radio transmissions newly released by Baltimore authorities show the beginning of rioting and the police response in part of the city after Freddie Gray's funeral.

The audio transmissions detail officers' efforts to gain control on city streets after the April 27 funeral for Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says northern snakehead fish have made their way into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and almost certainly the upper Potomac River.

Fishery managers are urging people to catch and kill the predatory fish.

Snakeheads are native to China, Korea and Russia. They can breathe air, survive on land and adapt and thrive in foreign environments.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A woman and a girl believe they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting inside a running, air-conditioned car near New Castle to avoid the heat.

County paramedics say the 45-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl called medics Monday evening after they began feeling sick while watching a soccer match at the Kirkwood Soccer Club.

The pair told paramedics they had been inside the vehicle because they were trying to avoid excessive heat while watching the game. They complained of headaches and dizziness.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent in June.

The Virginia Employment Commission said Tuesday the state's jobless rate continues to best the national unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent in June.

Virginia's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in June stood at 3.8 million, an increase of 13,400 jobs. That marked the third consecutive monthly gain.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.

Pete Rahn briefed lawmakers Tuesday on decisions announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Rahn says the state still needs to see proposals from four teams vying for the project for the more cost-effective plan Hogan supports. Those are due in November. Rahn also says negotiations between officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to contribute more to the Purple Line have been fruitful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel examining ways to improve the state's business climate is scheduled to meet.

The Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission will meet Wednesday in Annapolis.

Panel members are slated to discuss an overview of the state's budget and revenue structure. The commission was formed last year by the presiding officers of the Legislature.

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There’s some disagreement over the type of successor the University of Delaware should hire to replace former University president Patrick Harker.

Jeff Garland, university vice president and secretary with the Board of Trustees, said they were looking for someone to follow in his footsteps.

But there has been some push back from university professors who charged that Harker put too much emphasis on science and engineering programs at the expense of other departments.

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The Ocean City Town Council gave unanimous approval to a measure that allows smoking and vaping in certain areas of Northside Park.

It’s part of an ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping in all city parks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in May the council approved a measure that restricted smoking on boardwalks to within 15 feet of a barrel designated for cigarette butts.

The council approved the exception during its Monday meeting.

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Accomack County officials want Virginia transportation officials to put up a sign with a minimum speed for the Chincoteague causeway.

Supervisor Wanda Thornton whose district covers the highway wants the minimum speed of 45 mph for the road that goes to Chincoteague Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thornton said the problem was that there are people using mopeds who are traveling much slower than that.

The Accomack County Board approved a resolution making the request to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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David Recor has quit his job as OC city manager.

Media outlets are reporting that his sudden departure was confirmed by Ocean City’s communications manager Jessica Waters today.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she declined to provide any details.

His resignation was accepted by the Mayor and Town Council during a meeting yesterday.

WBOC reports that Mayor Rick Meehan will take on the city manager's job temporarily until a national search can fill the post.

Recor was involved in a car accident in which he drifted off the road and hit a sign.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says it's up to Danville City Council to decide whether a Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of a city-owned mansion.
 
Herring tells media outlets that the flag shouldn't be on public property. He says he supports its removal.
 
The council has said it doesn't have the authority under Virginia law to remove the flag from the Sutherlin Mansion. The law forbids removal of a war monument or memorial.
 

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The influx of undocumented immigrants into Delaware has not only brought job seekers, but job creators as well. A number of these immigrants have started up businesses of their own. In part 2 of this series we talk with two more including one who owns a computer company and another who owns a restaurant. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided reportorial and translation work for this story.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Seven people have been rescued after a pontoon boat caught fire in the commercial harbor in Ocean City.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thompson says the 22-foot boat's engine burst into flames Monday afternoon.

Another boater nearby saw the flames and pulled all seven people onto his boat just before the pontoon burned completely.

Thomson says no one was hurt in the incident, but the pontoon was destroyed.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The elected leaders of Frederick County are listening to what citizens have to say about a disputed ordinance requiring that county business be conducted in English.

A bill to repeal the ordinance gets a public hearing Tuesday night in Frederick.

The measure was enacted in 2012 by an all-Republican county board. The current County Council is composed of four Republicans and three Democrats.

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Delaware's attorney general's office says a shooting by two Wilmington police officers that left a man a quadriplegic was justified.

The report, released Monday, says Officers Sean Nolan and Gaetan MacNamara believed that their lives were in danger when they shot 24-year-old Marvin Jones of Georgia during a struggle at traffic stop in January.

The report, prepared by Deputy Attorney General Allison E. Reardon, says Nolan and MacNamara stopped a car Jones was a passenger in, and after checking his identification, asked him to get out.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to get a briefing on changes to the state's transportation program.

A joint hearing is set for Tuesday in Annapolis with members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on roads and bridges.

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There will be another month and a half of traffic delays near Hockessin for repaving Lancaster Pike.

Motorists are urged to avoid the 6-miles from Centerville Road to the Pennsylvania border.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Transportation contractor says that weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the time check Mapquest or Google to find alternative routes.

The paper reports that on Monday there was a half a mile of vehicles stuck going north.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge won't prohibit defense attorneys from releasing evidence in the high-profile Freddie Gray case.

Judge Barry Williams denied State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's motion for a protective order Friday, citing insufficient cause to grant such a request.

The state had argued that defense attorneys for the six police officers charged in Gray's death would selectively publicize pieces of evidence favorable to their clients that could "jeopardize the ability to conduct a fair and impartial trial."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia's criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission's first meeting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A craft brewery in Richmond is expanding, creating 56 jobs in the process.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday the $28 million expansion of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Goochland County.

The investment over the next five years involves a new brewery complex to complement its Richmond location. The 60,000-square-foot brewery will include a taproom, an amphitheater and more.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says the expansion creates a "huge opportunity" to expand the craft beer supply chain in Virginia.

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It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

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The Indian River School District has lowered its property tax rate for a second year in a row.

For this fiscal year it will go down a penny from $2.69 per $100 of assessed value to $2.68.

The reduction was approved by the Board of Education earlier this month.

It is the result of a retirement of 20-year construction bonds and a decline in interest payments.

In addition, there was a minor capital adjustment due to a carryover of money from last year.        

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By 2060 the Hispanic population is expected to be the largest minority in Sussex County. And in Immigration Policy Center notes that the Pew Hispanic Center found the undocumented make up around 4.5% of the Delaware workforce. Hidden amongst these figures is a group of undocumented entrepreneurs -- some of whom have businesses making a good deal of money. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on some of these undocumented immigrants who have established these businesses. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko helped produce this story with reportorial and translation work. (Part 1)

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Susan Pusey, the head coach for field hockey at Pocomoke High School has passed away at the age of 56.

The family told WBOC that she died of a blood clot while undergoing knee surgery.

She spent 22 year as head of the Warriors and pulled in 16 state championships.

That’s the second highest among the state’s public schools.

Superintendent Jerry Wilson described Pusey’s passing as devastating and shocking and pledged to help the students at the school cope with her death.

Funeral arrangements are expect to be announced today.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Towson University football player who suffered a near fatal heatstroke two years ago cannot be prevented from rejoining his team on the field.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled Friday that the university must allow 22-year-old lineman Gavin Class to start practice Aug. 9 with the rest of the team.

Class filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the university in May after Towson barred him from outdoor practices with the team, citing the severity of his earlier injury.

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Within the last month two restaurants have closed in downtown Salisbury.

The latest is the barbeque place known as Social by Echelon which was hoped to be a key in bringing business back to the area.

The other restaurant was the Cellar Door owned by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

It has been in business for the past two years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Echelon had one of the most prominent locations at Main and Division streets.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.

The campaign begins Monday, marking 46 years since Armstrong's moonwalk in 1969. Conservators say spacesuits were built for short-term use with materials that break down over time.

The museum aims to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to conserve the spacesuit, build a climate-controlled display case and digitize the spacesuit with 3D scanning.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Universities and colleges in Virginia expect enrollment to increase by more than 7 percent in 2021.

A preliminary state report says public and private institutions expect to enroll about 475,000 undergraduate students in 2021. Undergraduate enrollment last year totaled about 442,300 undergraduates.

Institutions also expect to award more than 75,200 associate and bachelor's degrees in 2021. That's an increase of almost 7 percent.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will discuss the report on Tuesday at its regular meeting.

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