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.

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is getting a little more breathing room at least for its experimental flights.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light to allow the facility to double the amount of its restrictive airspace.

But the paper reports that local pilots must be notified at 12 hours in advance of such flights among other concessions to the local area.

There have delays in test flights at the facility because of other aircraft in the area.

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Allen Harim has been found to have committed a number of environmental violations at its wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson.

There was one instance where it discharged double the allotted amount of ammonia concentration into the Beaverdam Creek for the month.

WBOC reports that that authorities at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that this was the result of the inadequacy of the equipment as well process overloads.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala says Montgomery Blair High School officials expected a protest in the football stadium Monday morning and about 800 students attended. Most returned to class, but she says some left the Silver Spring campus.

Onijala says the group joined students from nearby Northwood High School. She estimates that there were 200 to 300 in the group.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are teaming up with health care groups to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Virginia Department of Health is collaborating with the Medical Society of Virginia, Health Quality Innovators and Virginia Hospital Association for the initiative.

The groups say that antibiotics have been used so widely that organisms have often adapted to become resistant to the drugs.

The groups hope to promote best practices among doctors and the public to prevent antibiotics from losing their effectiveness in treating infections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The number of people living in poverty in the greater Richmond-Petersburg region has been increasing since 2000, even as unemployment rates have improved in recent years.

That's according to a new report from the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg released Monday.

The report found that from 2000 to 2014, the percent of people living in poverty increased from 8.5 to 12.6. The region's population also grew about 5.5 percent.

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Advocates for protecting the Savage River in western Maryland are holding a public meeting in Frostburg.

Brent Walls of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network says the Tuesday night meeting agenda includes information from a landowner survey.

He says about 20 of more than 270 landowners participated, and most responses were positive.

The network announced the project in September in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited and the Savage River Watershed Association.

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With the election of Donald Trump who once questioned the birthplace of the first black president Barak Obama black churches in Delaware consoled their flocks.

The Reverend Donald Morton with the Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral in Wilmington urged his congregation to pray for the nation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he said was fearful for what Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency would mean for the black community.

He told the congregation, “You’ve got to pray that God keep him from doing the things he says he’s going to do.”

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Repair of the I-95 bridge near Christiana moved much faster than expected with 24 hour construction crews working into November.

During the six weeks of lane closures over Delaware Route 1 they laid some 30-thousand pounds of precast concrete slabs brought in from Pennsylvania.

This stands in contrast to the traditional pouring of concrete site.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that work is expected to be completed this week ending the lane closures that have given motorist such a headache.

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Sussex County now has a monument to those who fought in World War I.

It’s taken 98 years after the end of the great conflict to erect the monument.

And it took three months of fundraising and coming up with $20-thousand.

The monument finally went up in Georgetown Circle on Veterans Day and lists 17 names of those who died in France.

Rowland Scott Commander of American Legion Post 8 told WBOC reports that he said he was awed by finally remember these men.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the final budget proposal by Gov. Jack Markell.

Budget director Brian Maxwell and his staff will reconvene meetings Tuesday as they hear budget requests from various state agencies.

Among the agencies making budget presentations on Tuesday are the Department of State and the economic development office.

The public hearings will continue through next week.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State election data shows that the number of Maryland voters who wrote in their own candidate for president this year increased substantially compared to 2012.

The Baltimore Sun reports that about 32,000 Maryland voters wrote in a candidate for president this year. That's up from 10,309 voters in 2012 when President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney.

Pre-election polls showed that both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had low approval ratings among voters.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Opponents of the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing are holding events across the state as Maryland environmental regulators prepare to publish proposed rules for issuing permits starting in October.

The events include a rally Monday afternoon at the Baltimore office of Democratic state Sen. Joan Conway, who chairs the Senate's environmental committee. The Don't Frack Maryland Coalition is asking Conway to support a permanent ban on fracking.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is trying to help veterans get jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

That's the goal of a new initiative in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration called "Cyber Vets Virginia."

Veterans interested in working in the cyber field in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a free cyber training program.

The administration says the 12-to-15-week training will be done mostly online but have weekly classroom sessions. Registration will begin in January and training is expected to begin in April.

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Delaware political figures buried the hatchet yesterday at least for a moment.

It’s called Return Day where Republicans and Democrats gathered in Georgetown.

The outgoing Governor Jack Markell declared that the campaign is over and now it’s time to govern.

The Delaware Democrat added that, “The people have no patience for partisan fights.”

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Georgetown Mayor Bill West added it time that “We stop all the political nonsense and become one.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of protesters displeased with Donald Trump's election as president have marched through Baltimore to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Protesters marched downtown to the Inner Harbor and then to the M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football.

The protest brought traffic to a standstill but was otherwise peaceful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland ended up lower than state elections officials thought it would be.

Linda Lamone, the state's elections administrator, said Thursday that voter turnout was about 66 percent for both Election Day and early voting.

With some long lines at polls on Election Day, Lamone initially projected hours before polls closed that overall turnout could reach 80 percent or higher.

In the end, about 2.5 million Maryland residents voted early and on Election Day. The state has about 3.9 million eligible voters.

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.


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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is recognizing Delaware's effort to end homelessness among military veterans.

Castro planned to join Gov. Jack Markell, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and other officials Friday for a Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle.

Also taking part in the ceremony are participants in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry.

The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive.

In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them for lost pay caused by the delay in transferring to another program.    

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The political campaigns and election are over, and now it's time for Delaware Democrats and Republicans to bury the hatchet.

Politicians of all stripes are gathering in Georgetown on Thursday for the time-honored tradition of Return Day, where they will settle their partisan differences, if only for the moment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say 10 people were arrested as hundreds marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump and many blocked highway traffic.

Media outlets report that hundreds of people gathered around Monroe Park on Wednesday night, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University. Online video showed marchers chanting "No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA" and carrying banners reading "Not my president."

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The stakes could be high for Delmarva when it comes to the effects of climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

The Republican has declared climate change “a hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese.

On the peninsula great efforts have gone into plans for dealing with the loss of coastline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the three states have serious vulnerable areas ranging from the wetlands along the Delaware Bay Shore and the Chesapeake Bay to Virginia’s coastal barrier islands.

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Wicomico County voters gave their approval to a set of charter amendments that would expand the power of the County Council.

They received from 62 percent to 77 percent of the vote.

The measures included changing the role of the county attorney representing the council to control of personnel policy in the executive branch.

County Council president John Cannon told WBOC that he was pleased with the results.

Last week County Executive Bob Culver said that while he was not against the amendments but believed the council needed to get more input from the public.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen says President-elect Donald Trump has "a great burden" to reach out to Democrats after running an "incredibly divisive campaign."

Van Hollen spoke Wednesday with Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin in Baltimore. Van Hollen won the seat that is opening with Mikulski's retirement after 30 years in the office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's surprise victory has upended Virginia politics. It diminished the star power of the state's top Democrats and turned the political calculations of the already-in-progress 2017 gubernatorial race upside down. That race is likely to be the most closely watched election in the country next year.

A Hillary Clinton victory would have given a giant boost to top Democrats in Virginia. Running mate Tim Kaine was set to be the next vice president and longtime Clinton friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe was going to be the best connected governor in the country.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Governor-elect John Carney has tapped a former top aide to serve as his chief of staff in the governor's office.

Carney's campaign said Wednesday that Doug Gramiak will lead Carney's gubernatorial staff.

Gramiak, who currently works as a lobbyist, was Carney's chief of staff in the lieutenant governor's office from 2001 to 2009. He then served as Carney's state director from 2011 to 2014 after Carney was elected to Congress.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities have determined that an on-duty Ocean City police officer was not at fault for fatally striking a pedestrian with his vehicle.

Ocean City police say Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby found that there was no criminal liability to assess to any party involved in the May 3 death of 67-year-old Jeffrey Yale Delong, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Delong was walking in a crosswalk against a pedestrian signal when he was hit by Officer Xeniya Patterson. He later died at a hospital.

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have charged a man with posting threats against Gov. Jack Markell on Facebook.

State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said in a news release that a Middletown woman contacted them on Sunday. Troopers say the woman showed them a post on Facebook that threatened her and Markell.

Investigators say the woman named a man whom she knows as the person who allegedly made the post.

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Congressman Andy Harris says that FBI Director James Comey has some explaining to do.

Almost two weeks ago the nation’s top law enforcement official announced the review of emails found on the computer of Anthony Wiener in connection with the investigation into the emails of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Then, just days ago Comey announced that the FBI found nothing that would cause the reopening of the investigation into Clinton.

WBAL reports that the Eastern Shore congressman said he doesn’t know what to make of it.