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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has sold his waterfront home for $1.35 million.

Hogan sold the house last year, but the sale was reported this week by a local news website, Maryland Matters.

Public real estate records and the governor's financial disclosure statement confirm the sale of the four-bed and five-bath home in Edgewater, Maryland.

The governor and his wife, Yumi Hogan, bought the house in 2004 for $825,000. Hogan, a Republican who was a real estate executive before he was elected in 2014, is required to live in the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has grilled lawyers for five Baltimore officers about why they should be allowed to sue the city's top prosecutor for charging them in the arrest and death of a young African-American.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th Circuit repeatedly interrupted the officers' lawyers Wednesday while hearing an appeal by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. She is asking the court to overturn a judge's decision to allow parts of the officers' lawsuit against her to go to trial.

Mosby's lawyers insist that as a prosecutor, she is immune from the lawsuit.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats say their major Election Day gains in November have boosted the odds of passing new gun control measures.

Democrats in the swing state swept three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 House seats, nearly erasing Republicans' lead in Virginia's lower chamber. Republicans narrowly lead the Senate.

There Could Be Snow

Dec 6, 2017
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Delmarva could be seeing some snow.

With cold weather setting in forecasters are now predicting a 30 percent chance of snow or rain on Friday.

The National Weather Service also says there is a 50 percent chance of rain or snow on Friday night.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that forecasters say there’s still a lot of uncertainty as to weather a storm could get close enough to the region.

However, no accumulation is expected at this point.

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Under a new set of recommendations the salary of the Wicomico County Executive could go from $85-thousand to $130-thousand a year.  

The Compensation and Allowance Commission found that the county executive salary is “woefully undercompensated”.

The commission compared the county executive to a CEO with a budget of $140-million and nearly a thousand employees.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county executive salaries in Maryland range from $98-thousand to over $206-thousand.

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The Christina School Board asked Governor John Carney to give the district until 2019 to reduce five Wilmington school down to two.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the board voted 5-to-2 to push back the 2018 deadline.

The two dissenting votes were board president George Evans and Vice President Fred Polaski.

Polaski said if the board does not push the reduction it will fail to act.

But board member Elizabeth Paige said she believed that the governor would take the district’s concerns into account in moving so quickly.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Crime Commission has recommended expanding the list of crimes that require a convict's DNA sample.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the legislation would add several misdemeanors to a DNA database. They include assault and battery, domestic assault and shoplifting.

Opponents of the measure argue that such an expansion would disproportionately affect minorities. It could also strain the budget.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to crack down on repeat violent offenders and gangs, as homicides have gone over 300 for the third straight year in Baltimore.

The Republican governor on Tuesday announced immediate steps as well as plans for measures in the upcoming legislative session.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville residents vented their frustration at city leaders and their distrust of police at the first city council meeting since the release of a scathing report about officials' response to a white nationalist rally this summer.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy presented the findings of his months-long investigation at the meeting Monday night after releasing the report publicly Friday.

The council then opened a public comment session. Some speakers shouted at the mayor, others at the police posted in the room.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county has issued an eight-month moratorium on the approval of solar parks to allow for a study of their potential impact on agricultural areas and a review of code.

News outlets report Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh announced the immediate temporary ban Sunday, on the recommendation of Anne Arundel Agriculture, Agritourism and Farming Commission.

County spokesman Owen McEvoy says industrial solar energy operations in areas zoned as "rural-agricultural" were approved years ago without proper consideration of potential impacts.