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 Brandywine Valley SPCA be will taking over the Georgetown shelter that has been run by Delaware SPCA.

The Brandywine organization is set to upgrade and expand the shelter.

It intends to increase adoption services as well as neuter surgeries.

Meanwhile, in giving up the Georgetown shelter the Delaware SPCA will reopen its Stanton shelter for adopting animals and expanding the veterinary services.

Board President Diane Ferry said this will allow a much needed state-of-the-art facility.

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The shooting of 6-year-old boy and his mother in Wilmington has brought out community leaders as police search for the gunman.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Jashawn was talking with his mother Shaylynn Banner when bullets struck SUV she was driving.

His aunt Daylynn Banner said that the boy was struck three times including in the head.

His mother was hit once.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill cleared a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from environmental groups and other opponents about the lack of public input.

The bill establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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There's a great deal of construction going on in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Eric Gaudreau files this report on efforts to revitalize the area.  Producers for this story were Talon Foreman and Brianna George.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware has cleared a House committee.

Lawmakers on the Democrat-led committee voted along party lines Wednesday to send the bill to the full House, even though some Democratic committee members said they don't support the legislation in its current form.

The legislation allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal illness and expected to die within six months to request prescription medicine to end his or her life. A consulting physician would have to confirm the attending doctor's diagnosis.

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Atlantic General Hospital broke ground on their new cancer regional center.

It’s been named after John H. “Jack” Burbage Junior.

The facility will spread out over a single floor of 18-thousand square feetand will be located at the intersection of Route 113 and Old Ocean City Road.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be a number of treatments and services.

These will include Pet scans and radiation oncologists as well as community education and support groups.

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The City of Crisfield has been experiencing some water problems.

The town is working to upgrade its infrastructure lines.

But that has left many without water for the first part of this week.

High water levels on Monday led to a delay in the work.

And even with an additional contractor the water was not expected to be turned back on until today.

The water problems forced the closure of the Crisfield Academy & High School and Woodson Elementary school well as some businesses.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia horse racing industry is considering a new location in King George County to race thoroughbreds.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Equine Alliance is considering Powhatan Plantation as the site of a new racetrack.

Horse racing in Virginia has struggled since Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County was closed in 2014.

Jeb Hannum, executive director of the Virginia Equine Alliance, said his group has "exhausted all discussions" with the owners of Colonial Downs to reopen the track to racing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines.

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in Richmond Circuit Court. They're challenging an approval DEQ granted in April that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the broader of two types of water quality reviews for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

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PENNSVILE, N.J. (AP) - Motorists are facing major delays between New Jersey and Delaware because of a construction fire under the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
The fire, which was reported around 10 a.m. Wednesday, forced officials to close both spans of the twin suspension bridge. But the New Jersey span reopened just before 11 a.m.
The bridges connect the New Jersey Turnpike with the Delaware Turnpike and are a key link for heavily-traveled Interstate 95.
The Delaware River and Bay Authority says more than 86,000 vehicles daily travel over the spans.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that there will be nearly $18 million for federally funded projects on the Eastern Shore.

It’s part of the money going to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the 2017 Omnibus Funding Bill.

The Maryland Democrats said that this funding will help maintain access to the Chesapeake Bay as well as improving communities in the region.

The projects range from $13.7 million for beach replenishment in Ocean City to $2 million for the dredging of the upper river near Salisbury.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber will make an appearance at the 10th anniversary of the Ocean City Air Show.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports the B-2 Spirit, also known as the B-2 Stealth, will appear at the air show on June 17. The B-2 Spirit is a strategic bomber designed to penetrate deep into hostile territory undetected.  It features stealth technology that renders it virtually invisible to enemy radar.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is getting its first hearing in the legislature.

A House committee hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday amid opposition from several environmental groups.

The bill establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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Voters approved a $10.9 million a year referendum that the Colonial School District says it needs to avoid cuts in staff and programs.

Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey told the Wilmington News Journal that this was a victory for the 10-thousand students and the staff.

This is the second time the proposal has been put up for a vote and resulted in just over 57-hundred for the funding and around 39-hundred against.

The voter turnout was also nearly twice as last time with around 96-hundred casting ballots as opposed to only around 5-thousand in February.

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A small outbreak of Tuberculosis has hit the Howard T. Ennis School in Delaware that provides education for those with significant disabilities from preschool through the age of 21.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state health officials are making contact with those who might have come into contact with the individuals.

Delaware officials say the state will offer free screenings and treatment.

Officials added that if parents are not contacted they should not be concerned.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill eliminating restrictions on abortion in current Delaware law, which has remained on the books despite being superseded for decades by federal law.

Democratic Gov. John Carney said he'll sign the measure, for which Planned Parenthood lobbied.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney says he is disappointed that no criminal charges have been filed yet following a February inmate riot and hostage taking at Delaware's maximum security prison in which a prison guard was killed.

Carney's comment Tuesday came as he responded to an independent report describing James T. Vaughn Correctional Center as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new agreement with a state in Mexico to explore trade agreements and taking a jab at President Donald Trump.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia and the Mexican state of Baja California had signed a memorandum of understanding to foster trade. The announcement came as McAuliffe met with Mexican business leaders at an event in Washington.

The governor, a Democrat, said on Twitter that in Virginia "we build opportunities NOT walls!"

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SoFi will be adding around 400 employees to its Claymont office by the end of next year.

The online personal loan provider said it would increase the number of workers at the former Zenbanx office with around 100 workers in August.

That will be followed by 200 employees by the end of this year and a total of 400 by the end of 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that most of the new hires will be in their call center but there will also be IT positions as well as jobs in management and development.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal lawsuit accuses two white men of attacking a black teenager near his Virginia home as part of a campaign to run his interracial family out of their neighborhood.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after the men were convicted of assault and battery of 18-year-old Mister Frazier. However, they were cleared of hate crime charges after a judge said it appeared to be just a neighborhood fight.

During their trial, attorneys for the men argued Frazier was the aggressor and strongly rejected the idea that the fight was racially motivated.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The largest plumbing wholesaler in the United States says it's spending $83 million to expand its operations in Newport News.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that the move by Ferguson would create 434 new jobs.

McAuliffe approved a $2 million grant for the company, which will be eligible for a host of other state incentives.

The governor said Virginia competed against several other states for the project, which will also help retain more than 1,000 jobs.

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Salisbury has snagged the National Folk Festival for the next three years starting in 2018.

WBOC reports that Salisbury was among 34 towns across the country that vied for the festival.

The festival is the country’s longest-running traditional arts event that includes not only music but dance as well as traditional arts and culture.

Mayor Jake Day told the television station that the new event is just another sign that Salisbury has redoubled its efforts to become the cultural heart and soul of Delmarva.

This weekend the U.S. Route 13 South bound ramp to the Salisbury Bypass will be temporarily closed for around three months.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says that detour will add around five miles to travel time.

In addition, traffic signals will be temporarily put up at the ramps on Naylor Mill Road to ensure traffic flow and safety.

The construction is part of the 2 year, $24 million rehabilitation of 11 Salisbury Bypass bridges.

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Governor John Carney announced that the First State has joined the coalition to fight climate change despite the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

In his statement Carney noted that Delaware is one of the most vulnerable to sea level rise with 381 miles of coastline.

He said that this could affect 17-thousand homes and 500 miles of roadways.

Delaware becomes the ninth state to join the U.S Climate Alliance consisting of states, Puerto Rico and local governments.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The family of a Virginia inmate who sought emergency medical help days before he died has filed a more than $40 million federal lawsuit against the jail.

Henry Stewart died in August days after filing an emergency grievance form saying he had blacked out twice in less than 24 hours and couldn't hold down food or water.

The lawsuit says Stewart's repeated requests for aid were either ignored or he received substandard care. The medical examiner ruled Stewart died as the result of a perforated gastric ulcer.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill ensuring that abortion remains legal in Delaware if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last month, was scheduled for a House vote Tuesday.

Delaware's current law allows abortions only if the mother's health is at risk, if there is a substantial risk the child would be born with serious disabilities, or if pregnancy results from rape or incest. It also prohibits abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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The fight over legislation in Delaware to encourage redevelopment of vacant industrial sites along the coast has drawn opposition from environmentalists and civic groups.

Nearly two dozen groups are challenging the bill that supporters say would allow for the redevelopment of 14 current and former industrial sites.

Most are located in New Castle County.

A leading opponents is June Peterson the widow of former Republican Governor Russell Peterson who said that if her husband were alive today he would oppose the legislation.

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Governor John Carney is set to announce a plan to deal with prison safety in Delaware in the aftermath of the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

WBOC reports that a review pointed to problems such as understaffing and poorly trained correctional officers.

During the 20 hour uprising three correctional officers and one counselor were taken hostage and resulted in the death of Officer Steven Floyd.

His family is suing two former governors charging that understaffing and other safety issues led to his death.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman vacationing in Maryland had her wedding band returned after losing it on the beach.

The Salisbury Daily Times Chambersburg resident Megan Walls had only been in Ocean City for a few hours Friday afternoon when the diamond ring slipped off her finger while playing football with her 7-year-old son Gunnar.

After frantically digging with help from a group of nearly 40 passers-by, she'd figured hope was lost.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is seeking public comment on a plan to use seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor.

The air guns are so loud they can disturb, injure or even kill whales, sea turtles and other marine life. The National Marine Fisheries Service said Monday it is seeking permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for five companies to conduct seismic surveys in the mid-Atlantic, from Delaware to central Florida.