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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state task force is continuing to examine issues surrounding legalized recreational use of marijuana.

While eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of marijuana, each has done so through referendum, which Delaware does not allow. That leaves the possibility that Delaware could be the first state to implement legalization through the legislative process.

But members of the task force, which holds its second meeting Wednesday, say several issues need to be addressed before pot is legalized.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police have arrested two people after they struck two officers while evading arrest.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware police are investigating after a man allegedly jumped into the path of traffic at a bus route service station.

Police say at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday a 44-year-old passenger on a Greyhound bus traveling from Atlanta, Georgia to New York City stopped at the Welcome Center in Newark. Police say the man walked to the guardrail of the highway and sat for a moment before diving into traffic. Police say the man was struck by a Subaru.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach stunned the community with her announcement that she will be stepping down in June of 2018. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at her reflections on her time in higher education.

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Solitude can be a time of contemplation and even connectiveness. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found a solitary encounter with deer in the quiet of a long walk.

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The notorious H2Oi event may be cancelled but car enthusiasts are expected to still come to Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Ocean City police said that they are making preparations for the large number of car owners.

The event has celebrated heavily modified Audis and Volkswagens but is not officially sanctioned by the resort.

Organizers announced that they delayed the event until next year because of venue issues.

One of the most serious events took place three years ago when a large fight broke out around 45th street.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's first elected black governor says improving education is more important than spending tax money to remove Confederate monuments.

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder said during an interview on C-SPAN Thursday his election in 1989 showed how Virginia had changed. He said the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August does not represent the city or the state.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia resident has received a permit to erect a large Black Lives Matter flag in her backyard after a county attorney announced that officials could not remove or lower a Confederate flag that flies over Interstate 95.

News outlets report Susan Kosior applied for a Stafford County building permit to raise an 80-foot (24-meter) flag pole and place a 30-by-50-foot (9-15 meter) Black Lives Matter flag in her backyard on Sept. 20. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Local schools boards in Delaware being given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.

A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney moves away from a "zero-tolerance" approach and gives district school boards and charter school boards more discretion on a case-by-case basis in deciding whether to suspend a student for possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has held five Maryland officials in contempt of court due to the amount of time that mentally ill defendants have been staying in jail before getting sent to psychiatric hospitals.

Retired Judge Gale Rasin on Thursday ordered officials to open dozens of beds at psychiatric hospitals by the end of the year.

She says Dennis Schrader, the state's acting health secretary, and top health department officials have failed to follow court orders seeking to address the problem.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A manufacturer of natural food additives for livestock feed is opening a facility in Salisbury.

Canadian-based Nat-Phen International expects to invest $10 million in the new facility over the next five years and create up to 25 new jobs. More jobs could be added once the site is fully operational.

Gov. Larry Hogan met with the company on Thursday in Montreal as part of a regional economic development mission to Canada.

The company produces plant-based additives to enhance the feed given to swine, poultry, cattle and livestock.

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Beneficiaries of the Delaware Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program in Sussex County will now be able to get some assistance at the La Red Health Center in Georgetown.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Department of Public Health, said that the aim is to integrate services within the communities that need them the most.

Brian Olson, Chief Executive Officer of La Red Health Center, told WBOC that the facility currently offers patients translation and transportation services.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry has announced she will not seek re-election.

The 73-year-old Wilmington Democrat released a statement Thursday announcing her decision. Wilmington City Councilman Samuel Guy said he will run to replace Henry.

Henry is the only black woman to ever serve in the Delaware Senate. She was first elected in 1994.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced another Virginia state grant to a craft brewery.

The governor's office announced Thursday that McAuliffe had approved a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund to Billsburg Brewery, which plans to open a new $1.4 million brewery in James City County.

The new brewery will be located near the Jamestown settlement, where the first Europeans settled in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor all promise to change the state's tax code.

Republican Ed Gillespie is promising an across-the-board cut on income taxes, Democrat Ralph Northam vows to cut grocery sales taxes for the poor, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra wants to ban some local business taxes.

But promising tax reform is a lot easier than enacting it once elected. Competing special interests and political concerns have hampered past efforts, and past governors have not always lived up to their campaign promises.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
 
The petition on change.org says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
 
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are getting ready for this weekend's NASCAR race in Dover, but aren't expecting major traffic problems.
 
NASCAR stars will be racing at Dover International Speedway from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. About 65,000 people are expected to attend.
 

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Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico leaving almost all without electricity and around half without drinking water. The storm's destruction has sent a shockwave through the Puerto Rican community on the U.S. mainland. Sergio Cuadreado is an IT special who lives in Wilmington and has family on the U.S. territory. He has not been able to contact them yet. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about his efforts to get supplies to the island and the mood of the community here on the mainland.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the graffiti chalked on the sidewalk and steps of the Wicomico County Courthouse.

The sheriff’s office identified them as 29-year-old Christopher Aulerich and 27-year-old Jordan Swanson – both from Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they have been charged with malicious destruction of property of less than a thousand dollars.

The graffiti appears to be connected to the calls to remove the plaque noting the General John Winder who oversaw the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camps.

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Royal Farms has withdrawn its email that barred Maryland employees from wearing Ravens jerseys.

The ban followed members of the Baltimore team taking one knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former Forty-Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick who was protesting the treatment of African Americans by police.

The Royal Farms Marketing project manager Shelby Kemp said that the company had erroneously indicated that some that some employees had to stop wearing the team’s apparel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say a Delaware girl contracted the swine flu virus, apparently from close contact with pigs at a county fair in Maryland.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a news release Wednesday that the girl, identified only as under age 18 and a resident of Sussex County, has a mild case of H3N2v and is recovering.

Delaware officials say the girl had contact with pigs at the Anne Arundel County Fair in Crownsville, Maryland.

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After 18 years at Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach will step down at the end of June next year.

Dudely-Eshbach said it was time for a change adding that change was good for both individuals and institutions.

She said,”It is emotional for me. I’ve shed a few tears. And the reason for that is I love this place. This for me has been a dream job. I love the people here. There’s no better place to live. And, I love the Eastern Shore. So, it’s been emotional for me.”

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - Volunteers are wanted to help clean up Assateague Island on National Public Lands Day.

Officials are asking volunteers to come to the island on Saturday to help with a yearly clean up. Entrance fees will be waived and volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.

Assateague Island is off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia and is home to wild horses that swim to Chincoteague Island each summer, an event that draws thousands of tourists and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

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Heavy winds hit the Ocean City Inlet yesterday morning as Tropical Storm Maria moved past the Delmarva Peninsula.

WBOC reports that the U.S. Geological Survey said that two-thirds of the beaches in Maryland and Virginia could expect serious erosion.

Town officials urged beach goers to stay out of the water especially this weekend when the weather warms up.

There won’t be any lifeguards on duty until next year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's attorney general says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian Frosh, told The Associated Press the lawsuit will be filed Wednesday after weeks of preparation.

Gov. Larry Hogan directed the attorney general to sue the EPA Wednesday morning. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland's ozone problem originates in upwind states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is helping raise money for the Democratic candidate in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Clinton is the featured guest at a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in New York on Oct. 4.

Northam is facing Republican Ed Gillespie in one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November. The swing-state contest is viewed as a possible referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is meeting with state government employees to discuss efforts to reduce health care costs in Delaware.

Carney planned to hold a town hall meeting Thursday at Delaware State University to answer questions from employees and discuss the need to reduce taxpayer spending on health care.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced that she will be stepping next year at the end of June.

She said she would not be retiring but would take a one year sabbatical to prepare to return to the faculty to teach in the Spanish department.

Dudley-Eshbach said she would serve in a role of Special Advisor to the university to help her successor through the transition as well as doing some  fundraising work and special projects during her sabbatical.

She arrived at the university 18 years ago and has added numerous buildings to the campus.

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The combat veteran who sings the national anthem for the Baltimore Ravens has decided to step down.

The decision by Joey Odoms follows the decision by Ravens players and others on NFL teams around the country to take a knee during the playing of the anthem.

President Trump has called for the team owners to fire those players.

On his Facebook page Odoms said this was an ethical decision.

He told WJZ News that he was not offended by the player’s actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversy.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he wants those who wrote anti-Confederate graffiti in colored chalk on the sidewalk and steps around the County Courthouse to be charged.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State’s Attorney had advised the County Sheriff’s office that it can file malicious destruction of property charges for writing on the building.

On his Facebook page County Sheriff Mike Lewis said he intended to file charges calling the perpetrators “thugs” and “punks”.  

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