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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond International Film Festival has named former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as the recipient of its 2018 Pioneer Award for Excellence in Public Service & Leadership.

Each year, the festival honors state and national leaders who are paving a future path in leadership and evoking change in communities.

This year, McAuliffe was chosen for effectively ending homelessness among the state's military veterans.

The award will be presented to McAuliffe by Gov. Ralph Northam during the festival's Military Spotlight on April 29.

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It's been 50 years since Perdue Farms went into the Branded chicken business. During a celebration at the company's plant in Salisbury, chairman of the board Jim Perdue talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the changes he has seen since those first chickens came off the line.

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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - Authorities have launched a search for two men after their boat capsized in the Potomac River in northern Virginia.

Coast Guard officials say a tugboat crew saw the boat capsize Sunday about a mile south of Leesylvania State Park but could not locate the men by the time they got to the area where the boat capsized.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Maryland's first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging.

A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the law is unconstitutional. The ruling says that's because it regulates transactions that take place outside of Maryland and burdens interstate commerce in prescription drugs.

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There were over 2-thousand at the seventh annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ocean City.

They walked, they ran and many cheered on the participants.

When it was all over Michael Jessup, executive director of the organization, told the Salisbury Daily Times that $175-thousand had been raised for breast cancer research.

It was a 5k walk and run that stretched along the Ocean City Boardwalk beginning at the inlet and returning from 18th Street.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 400 people have gathered in front of Delaware's statehouse to stand up for their right to keep and bear firearms.

Several of the people who attended Saturday's rally on Dover's legislative mall openly carried rifles or handguns, or both. Others carried American flags and flags reading "Don't Tread on Me."

The rally was one of several organized in state capitals around the country Saturday to reinforce gun rights amid increased efforts to enact more firearms restrictions in the wake of February's high school shooting in Florida.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has told Baltimore's political and police leaders Friday that compliance with a federal consent decree is not optional.

U.S. District Judge James Bredar on Friday held the first public court hearing in Baltimore to review how initial progress is going with a federal oversight program requiring expansive reform of the city's police department. He signed the order a year ago over objections from President Donald Trump's Justice Department.

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Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has caught the headlines of personal scandal. But, for environmentalists it's the impact of the administration's policies that has them concerned. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation about the sharp turn the Trump administration has taken from its predecessor.

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The Delaware Department of Correction is now looking at breaking through the $30 million mark when it comes to overtime.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s a 37.7 percent increase over the $22.2 million for additional overtime in the last fiscal year.

Understaffing has been blamed for the uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that took the life of one prison guard.

The News Journal report that many are saying the tensions inside the state’s prisons are rising again.

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The Phillips Seafood House in Ocean City is going Mexican.

Located on 141st Street the restaurant will be reopening on May 1st for the season.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be renamed Bayside Cantina.

The menu will feature the traditional Mexican items with the tag line “Taco, Tequila & More.”

The Phillips has deep roots in the community with its seafood fare.

For those who still want that fare the paper reports that they will still be able to find it at the chain’s Crab House on 21st Street with an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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