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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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early-voting.html 

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Forty thousand Verizon workers went on strike yesterday with 600 potential jobs at state in Delaware.

And the striking workers the state are taking aim at the company’s call center.

Maria Martin a member of the Communication Workers of America Local 13101 told the Wilmington News Journal that the key issue was protecting jobs in the First State.

She said that if the call centers are shutdown it would leave 50 people out of work in southern Delaware.

Martin added that another 100 would be impact in New Castle County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

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A second alleged sexual assault has taken place in the Wicomico Public School system within the last two years – this time on the campus of James M. Bennett High School.

Unlike the previous assault this one was caught on a security camera in which a 15 year old female student is reportedly seen fighting off a male attacker.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the security camera prevented completion of the alleged assault.

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There are some 300 dogs that are being taken care of at shelters around Wicomico County after they were seized from a local home.

Sheriff’s deputies and animal control conducted a 14 hour check at a kennel earlier this month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello said this was like large child abuse case.

It is not clear if any of the dogs will have to be put down.

Currently, they are being evaluated and eventually many will be put out for adoption.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Navy is considering Wallops Island as its home base for the next generation of surveillance drones.

Media outlets report that business and government leaders gathered Tuesday in Chincoteague, as part of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, to call upon the Navy to select the Wallops Flight Facility as the East Coast home base for the still-under-development MQ-4C Triton.

The new drones are intended to accomplish several tasks, including reconnaissance missions over ocean and coastal regions, without putting humans at risk.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling that invalidated sediment and stormwater regulations adopted over the past two years.

The judge ruled last year that the regulations were invalid because they required adherence to technical documents that were not subject to public hearings or comment under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The results of a survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population suggest a good summer for local crabs.
 
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says its annual dredge survey in Maryland and Virginia shows there are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, the fourth highest level in two decades.
 
That number is a 35 percent increase in the crab population compared with last year, which was a 38 percent increase over 2014's results.
 
Officials credit favorable weather and previous harvest restrictions.
 

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware beachgoers can expect narrower beaches this summer due to storms and high tides.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports two nor'easters have affected Delaware beaches - one in early October, and a second hit in January with near-hurricane force winds, record-setting high tides and waves as tall as two-story buildings.
 

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Officials at Salisbury University say college police are investigating an image of a hanging stick figure with a racial slur that was found on a whiteboard at the library.

University spokesman Richard Culver tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the image was found Sunday. In addition to the hanging stick figure and racial slur, the image also had the hashtag "(hash)whitepower.

Salisbury University police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

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The million square foot Overbrook Town Center appears to be dead.

The Sussex County Council turned down a rezoning request for the plan for the retail center yesterday.

The developer TD Rehoboth LLC could still appeal to the Chancery Court.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the vote was four to one with council member Rob Arlett voting to approve the rezoning.

Council member Joan Deaver said that the retail center is not part of the existing commercial corridor and exceeds anything else along Route 1.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill mandating that all school elections in Delaware be done by mail.

The legislation to be considered by a Senate committee Wednesday also requires that school board elections and referendums be held on the second Tuesday of May.

The legislation also limits participating in school elections to registered voters.

The bill was introduced after some lawmakers received complaints last year about a successful Red Clay school district tax referendum.

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Wearing red Delaware legislators and women’s advocacy groups called for equal pay for women yesterday in Delaware.

Representative Valerie Longhurst told the Wilmington News Journal that women were still being paid 18 percent less than men,

A gap, she added, that must be closed.  

The News Journal reports that the U.S. Census Bureau found that for women of color it was even worse.

Black women earn 70 cents and Hispanic women earn 64 cents of what white men earn.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is supporting legislation to expand a state scholarship program that provides two years of free tuition at Delaware's technical and community colleges.

The Student Excellence Equals Degree, or SEED, program is available to Delaware residents who maintain a 2.5 grade point average and stay out of trouble. It is used by Del Tech and the University of Delaware's associate in arts program, which can lead to a four-year degree.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed 32 bills this year, the most of any governor since 1998.

The Washington Post reports that McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he's fulfilling a promise to block restrictions to abortion, gay rights, and other liberal priorities. 

Republicans said McAuliffe's high number of vetoes shows that he and his staff are disengaged from the legislative process. Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.

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SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Maryland, a day ahead of the start of early voting for the state's primary.
 
The Republican candidate will host a town hall Wednesday afternoon at historic Savage Mill in Howard County.
 
Early voting in Maryland runs from Thursday through April 21.
 
Maryland will hold its primary April 26, along with Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will come home to Delaware to deliver the commencement address at Delaware State University in Dover.
 
Graduation will be May 7.
 
The White House also announced Tuesday that Biden will also speak at this year's graduations at Syracuse University law school and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
 

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Federal agencies are calling on Delaware state officials to investigate the apparent suicide of Clay McInnis III late last month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources close to the investigation says he was refused admission to the Rockford Center in Stanton.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Delaware state police have refused to disclose how the 38-year old man died even after they wrapped up their probes into his death.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A glance at some of the legislation that has cleared the Maryland General Assembly, as lawmakers near the end of their 90-day session Monday at midnight:

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A petition drive has begun to oppose closing the Giant store in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that as of April 11th a website had listed around 500 completed petitions.

The Daily Times reports that SaveOurGiant.com is registered to the Towson office of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

An official with Local 27 confirmed to the paper that it has created the website.

But the paper said the official declined to comment further.

There have been rumors that the store in Salisbury might be closed.

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Voters in Newark will be going to the polls today to choose two members of the City Council.

For the seat being vacated by council member Rob Gifford real estate agent Arlynn Hall is up against Jen Wallace.

Council member Luke Chapman is looking at a challenge by Donna Mears.

Mayor Polly Sierer and council member Stuart Markham are unopposed.

Council members serve two year terms. 

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If you get caught texting while driving in Delaware there could be greater fines and more points for driver’s license.

A measure now in the state House of Representatives would hike the penalty for a first time offense to $100.

After that fines would go up from $200 to $300.

The measure would also put points on your driver’s license for a second offense.

The Wilmington News Journal reports this would be the first time that points would be added for the offense which is usually reserved for such violations as speeding and reckless driving.

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LURAY, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he's trying to convince his colleagues in Congress to fund a significant boost in national park spending.

Kaine hiked a trail in Shenandoah National Park Monday and met with park staff to try and promote the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

He told reporters he wants to see an increase in federal spending to help maintain and preserve the national park service. Kaine said there's an $11 billion backlog of needed park spending nationwide.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed making significant changes to a bill that sought to allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren't available.
 
The Democratic governor's amendment to the bill would give the state to power to compound lethal injection drugs needed for executions. It also would allow the state to keep secret the names of pharmacies that supply the drugs.  
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have plenty of work remaining on the last day of this year's legislative session.

The House and Senate will be waiting Monday for negotiators to reconcile differences in some high-priority bills between the chambers.

The legislature has yet to pass a bill to reform the state's correctional system, but House and Senate negotiators reached a hard-fought compromise Saturday night. The measure aims to save money by reducing incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and increasing investments in treatment.

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For those who have enrolled in Delaware’s Medicaid program since the Affordable Care Act women overwhelm men by a 2 to 1 margin.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the numbers at a monthly Delaware Health Care Commission meeting found that by the end of January 63 percent of the nearly 10-thousand new enrollees were women.

Nina DeVoe with the Delaware Commission for Women told the paper that this appeared to be the result of the issues that are facing women.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An analysis of Taser use in Maryland found that Baltimore police exceeded widely accepted safety limits for use of the stun guns than any other force in the state.

The Baltimore Sun analyzed data on the use of Tasers from 2012 to 2014. It found that Baltimore police used Tasers in nearly all cases with suspects who ignore orders, but otherwise were not deemed a threat.

In Baltimore, most of the suspects who were stunned were black and two thirds occurred in the city's lowest medium income neighborhoods.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In the year since Freddie Gray died, the Baltimore police department has worked on its relationship with the community and tried to heal wounds opened during protests and rioting last spring.

Part of the department's efforts have been putting more officers on foot patrol in poor, mostly black neighborhoods and encouraging beat cops to get more involved in the community.

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The Todd family was remembered this weekend a year after Rodney Todd and his seven children died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Princess Anne.

There were close to two hundred people at the General James F. Fetterd Community Center in Denton Saturday night.

Tyisha Chambers, the mother of the children and Todd’s ex-wife, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the turnout was a show of love by the community.

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STANTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a state police vehicle.

The two-vehicle crash occurred early Sunday evening on southbound Route 7 in Stanton. The trooper at the wheel of the cruiser and a man who was driving the other vehicle were both injured.

State police said both were taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries. While the extent of their injuries is not known, state police say they believe they are not life-threatening.

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