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 Delmarva peninsula is struggling with rising sea levels with many towns along the coast carrying out efforts to mitigate the impact. Meanwhile, Maryland has been in the forefront of efforts to rein in greenhouse emissions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Ashley Lawson, senior fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University to talk about solutions.

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Sussex County Council member Rob Arlett has decided to run for the U.S. Senate in Delaware.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is highlighting bipartisanship, faith and family.

If he is successful in capturing the Republican nomination it is clearly an uphill battle in what is clearly a Blue state and against a longtime Democratic incumbent.

But Arlett told the paper that it is time for Senator Tom Carper to turn the baton over to a younger generation as opposed to keeping a career politician.

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There’s been a month’s delay in plans by Allen Harim for a deboning operation in Millsboro.

The company has put forward plans for the former Vlasic pickle plant to turn a 50-thousand square feet of space into a small deboning facility.

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment decided to postpone a decision again yesterday after members of the community expressed their concern about the operation.

WBOC reports that local resident Keith Steck said he was worried about the health impact but added that postponing the vote on the project was the best outcome for the moment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are eyeing a proposal to allow Delaware judges to use their discretion in deciding whether juveniles should be tried as adults for using guns while committing felonies.

A bill to be voted on Tuesday would give judges discretion in determining whether a juvenile charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony should remain in Superior Court or be transferred to Family Court, where a defendant would likely face lesser punishment.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The board of trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has voted to move forward with a federal application for a reinsurance program.

The board voted Monday to proceed with the program that Gov. Larry Hogan and state lawmakers approved to hold down consumer costs to Maryland's individual market for health insurance for 2019 and 2020.

The vote creates the parameters for a reinsurance program. It also authorizes the exchange to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to request federal approval for a waiver to create the program.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's largest teacher's union is officially endorsing Ben Jealous for governor.

The Maryland State Education Association is announcing the endorsement Tuesday in Baltimore.

Jealous is running in a crowded Maryland Democratic primary.

The former NAACP president is scheduled to attend. Betty Weller, the MSEA's president, also is scheduled to attend.

There are 74,000 public school educators who belong to the union.

Maryland's primary is June 26.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic challengers to sitting members of Congress are having success raising money.

Campaign finance reports released on Sunday show Democrats outraised incumbent GOP Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett during the first three months of this year.

Several other Democratic challengers also posted strong fundraising totals.

Fundraising among incumbent Republicans was mixed. GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock raised the most money last quarter, followed by Republican Rep. Scott Taylor.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Health officials in Maryland have reported two more cases of severe bleeding problems in users of synthetic marijuana, bringing the state's total to three patients so far.

The Maryland Poison Center says the two new patients' symptoms are similar to the bleeding issues presented by a fake marijuana user hospitalized earlier this month.

Bruce Anderson is director of the Maryland Poison Center. He's warning people not to use fake marijuana, sold in some convenience stores as liquids for use in e-cigarettes.

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) - Authorities have identified two brothers who died after their small boat capsized on the Potomac River.

The Department of Natural Resources Police in Maryland identified them Monday in a tweet as 45-year-old Fermin Alvarado and 31-year-old Matias Alvarado-Arrue. Both men lived in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Their bodies have been taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University and state Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran are set to host a forum on school safety.

The April 23 event in Richmond will focus on how officials can assess and investigate potential threats at schools. Moran will also moderate a panel about the roles of school resource officers.

Robyn McDougle, the interim director of the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, said school safety is an important and timely topic.