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 Wicomico County Board of Education gave its approval to redistricting that would move 150 students out of Bennett Middle School.

90 would go to Salisbury Middle School and another 60 would wind up at Wicomico Middle School..

Despite objections from parents the vote was 5-to-0.

Parents of seventh graders could keep their children at Bennett Middle School if they provide transportation.

The decision will effect grades five through seven.

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The Salisbury City Council has overridden Mayor Jake Day’s vote of a measure that hikes the salaries of city elected officials in 2019.

The vote was unanimous.

The vote means that the pay for Mayor will double from $25-thousand to $50-thousand while the pay for city council members inches up by a few thousand dollars with the council president reaching $15-thousand.

Day said he did not feel comfortable approving a raise for the Mayor’s job when he expected to run for re-election next year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Several Delaware lawmakers say they want to give state police $1.4 million more than requested.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the funding would create a full-time Special Operations Response Team and replace bulletproof vests. Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, a retired state trooper, says the part-time nature of the SORT team decreases response time and increases costs. SORT is used to handle standoffs including those barricaded inside or with hostages.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore City Council committee has voted to support a bill that would bar restaurants from including sugary drinks in kids meals.

The Baltimore Sun reports the committee voted Tuesday morning to support the bill.

City restaurants would have to offer water, milk or real fruit juice on children's menus under the proposed measure. They would still be permitted to serve soda to children if accompanying adults order it.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A sanctuary cities bill was passed even though the governor of Virginia has vowed to veto the bill.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the sanctuary cities bill initially failed Tuesday on a 50-50 deadlock.

However, the vote against the bill by Del. Gordon Helsel was apparently a mistake and, on the second try, the bill was passed 51-49 on party lines.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware in a single week, the most the state has ever recorded.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, officials said 995 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded during the week ending Feb. 3. The previous high of 671 came during the 2009-2010 flu season.

Six flu deaths were reported during the week, bringing Delaware's total this season to 10.

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Juliette Bell will be stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the end of June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in her letter of resignation she said that she was proud of what had been accomplished at the institution.

The paper reports that she will be holding a news conference this morning to elaborate on her impending departure.

Bell noted that the historically black college broke into the ranks of the top 20 HBCU’s according to U.S. News and World Report.

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A dead humpback whale was found beached over the weekend at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The Virginia Aquarium got word of the immature female mid-day on Sunday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were no immediate indications on how the animal died but there was no evidence of human interaction.

Humpbacks can be anywhere from 48 feet to 62 feet long and weigh as much as 40 tons.

The paper reports that dead whales washing up on the Virginia shore is not unusual.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A bill introduced by two Maryland delegates seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in the state can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities to maintain existing limits.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis introduced House Bill 1052.

The bill calls for reducing annual limits from the existing 2,000 barrels to 500 barrels at small breweries while allowing larger facilities to continue to sell 2,000 barrels of beer. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's long-running debate over whether to expand Medicaid has new life after a Democratic wave in last year's election. Several successful candidates campaigned directly on the issue and advocates are hopeful that Virginia will join a majority of other states to pass expansion after years of opposition.

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