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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A 17-year-old Delaware girl has been sentenced to 6 months in a juvenile facility for a school bathroom attack that left a 16-year-old classmate dead.
 
The girl was convicted by a Family Court judge in April in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis. On Monday, the judge gave her a 6-month term in a secure, residential treatment program.
 
A 17-year-old co-defendant who was convicted of conspiracy for helping plan the attack was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
 

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - More than 1,000 shipyard workers are projected to be out of work in the coming weeks.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that layoffs are sweeping the region's shipyards and subcontractors.

They're tied to the stop-gap budget measure that Washington was operating under for several months. It led to a kind of hiccup in the awarding of new Navy contracts for ship-repair work.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Requests for absentee ballots in Virginia's Democratic primary contests are about twice as high as they are for the Republican primaries.

The nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project's data report shows requests for absentee ballots were heavy in large college towns. Most students will be out of class when the June 13 primaries occur.

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The Sounding Rocket expected to fire off into the skies from the Wallops Flight Facility is still on the launch pad.

It has been scheduled to take off early Sunday morning but it was once again postponed.

It has now been put off until June 11th.

NASA says clear skies are required for the experiment aboard the rocket.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the payload of 670 pounds contains canisters that will send blue-green and red vapor up over a 100 miles into the air.

The aim is to track the motion of particles in space.

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The Wilmington News Journal lost a longtime columnist this weekend.

On Sunday Ron Williams who often wrote sharp pieces on politics died from kidney failure.

Peggy Williams told the News Journal that while many may have not agreed with her husband’s opinion they at least acknowledged that he knew what he was talking about.

The paper’s Editorial Page Editor John Sweeney said that he knew the towns and the families of the politicians who guided the First State.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Longtime Baltimore Orioles radio announcer Fred Manfra has called his final game.

Sunday's game between the Orioles and the Red Sox was Manfra's last game. He had previously announced he was stepping down from full-time broadcasting duties because of health problems. The Baltimore Sun reports  Manfra plans to move to Florida to be closer to his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Manfra says he plans to attend Orioles games when the team travels to Tampa.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland's highest court on Friday agreed to hear arguments from attorneys who represent finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana.

The attorneys say their clients should be allowed to intervene in a legal case that seeks to block a state commission from awarding any more licenses until a lawsuit is resolved.
    
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera ordered a stay on proceedings in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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TANGIER, Va. (AP) - An unusual crab has been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay.

The blue crab has two oysters growing on either side of her head near her eyes. The crab is estimated to be about 2 years old and was found in a crab pot that belonged to the mayor of Tangier Island. The oysters are about six months old.

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The Maryland Inland Coastal Bays survey team went out this on Friday for the 7th annual terrapin count in the Sinepuxent Bay.

Friday’s count was nearly 60 considered a good number for the survey.

Officials told WBOC that the data will be used for planning purposes and to identify areas as being critical for habitat.

The results of the survey will not be available for another couple of weeks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Six candidates are down to the final weeks of campaigning for their party's nomination to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor.

Both parties have a three-way primary for the state's No. 2 job on June 13.

On the Republican ballot are state Sens. Jill Vogel and Bryce Reeves and Del. Glenn Davis.

On the Democratic side are attorney Justin Fairfax, former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi and veteran political staffer Susan Platt.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of Delaware residents turned out for a fundraiser to benefit the Delaware State Police, getting strips of blue tape affixed to the rear windows of their cars to show their support.

Saturday was the latest "Back the Blue" event raising money for the Delaware State Police. The News Journal of Wilmington reports two previous events together raised close to $65,000.

On Saturday, drivers got the blue tape affixed to their windows at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles in Dover. The blue bar is commonly used as an emblem of police support.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is down a penny from a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday that the average price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in Virginia was $2.15, down from $2.16 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 23 cents below the national average of $2.38.

The average price of a gallon of gas in cities around the state includes $2.13 in Charlottesville, $2.14 in the Norfolk area, $2.15 in Richmond and $2.13 in Roanoke.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An independent review ordered by Delaware's governor after a deadly inmate riot describes the state's maximum-security prison as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

A preliminary report from the review ordered by Democratic Gov. John Carney says prison workers consider communication to be the No. 1 problem at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

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The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center in Dorchester County is drawing a large number of visitors this summer after its opening earlier this year. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at Tubman's life through the exhibits at the center.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Experts say a rash of noose appearances around the nation's capital shows the growing use of hate symbols in the United States.

Two nooses were found at Smithsonian museums in the past week, one outside the Hirshhorn Museum last Friday and one inside the new museum of African-American history on Wednesday.

Bananas tied to nooses were discovered at American University in Washington last month, while a noose was found at the nearby University of Maryland and a suburban middle school in Crofton, Maryland.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say there have been six suspected overdose deaths in Delaware this week, bringing the total so far this year to 94.

Officials also say paramedics and the Delaware State Police responded to several overdoses in New Castle County in a span of less than eight hours Tuesday.

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Over the next few weeks work along business Route 13 is expected to have an impact on the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The work runs from South Boulevard to Calvert Street and will include the replacement of pipes and making the sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act..

Tanesha Hankerson with the Maryland State Highway Transportation Administration told the Salisbury Daily Times that the work will be done at night to limit the inconvenience to motorists.

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Delawareans are expected to get their first look at what might have been involved in the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in February.

WBOC reports that the initial results of an independent review are expected to be unveiled today.

Inmate uprising took the life of correctional officer Steven Floyd.

There have been no criminal charges so far resulting from the riot.

Meanwhile, a number of lawsuits have been filed one of which was by the Floyd’s family against two former governors.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has testified it was "part of my intent" to shift a congressional district long held by a Republican to a Democrat, when the state redrew the state's eight districts in 2011.

O'Malley's April deposition in a federal lawsuit was recently made public.

O'Malley, a Democrat whose office held strong influence over redistricting, testified that while he intended to comply with the law, he also intended to "create a district where the people would be more likely to elect a Democrat than a Republican."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch has undergone a liver transplant.

The speaker's office said in a statement that the 70-year-old Busch had the procedure Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Busch's sister provided the donation.

The speaker's office says Busch was recently diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

Busch said in an interview Wednesday with The Capital of Annapolis said his health had gotten worse in recent weeks. He attributed his recent health problems to medication for skin cancer.

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Governor John Carney and Delaware lawmakers got an earful from opponents of marijuana legalization at a roundtable in Wilmington yesterday.

The Jeffrey Horvath, executive director of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, told the lawmakers that he had recently made a trip to Colorado which has legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

He said he found that there has been an increase in hospital visits and accused the state officials there of hiding the negative effects of legalization.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on a temporary court order that prevents more medical marijuana licenses to be awarded.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is holding the hearing Friday.

The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association is holding a "No More Delays" rally before the hearing. The group says Maryland patients have waited more than four years for access to medical cannabis.

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MINERAL, Va. (AP) - The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license for a third nuclear reactor at Dominion Energy's North Anna plant in Virginia.

NRC said in a statement Wednesday the commission found the staff's review of Dominion's application to be adequate to make the regulatory safety and environmental findings. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the State Corporation Commission hasn't yet approved the project.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy overcharged some of its commercial customers by not properly reading their meters, and the electric utility says it doesn't know how far back the problem may go.

The company recently filed a motion with state regulators saying it may have overcharged 24,000 commercial customers between 2013 and 2016 because Dominion's meter readers were not resetting meters each month to track peak demand. Commercial customers are charged monthly both based on how much electricity they use and their highest demand for electricity.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic House and Senate leaders have told the legislature's budget-writing committee to halt its work amid concerns about spending cuts the panel has approved.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate president David McBride instructed the Democratic co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday to cancel a Thursday work session to allow legislative leaders from both parties to continue discussions on raising additional revenue to balance the upcoming budget.

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The Wicomico County Executive and Council are at odds over the changes made in the 2018 budget.

County Executive Bob Culver charges that the council may have violated the county charter when it altered the spending plan.

The council trimmed Culver’s budget proposal by nearly $685-thousand using the cuts to provide a reduction in property taxes and $328-thousand for the school district to buy laptop computers.   

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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There’s been another delay for the launch of a Sounding Rocket from Wallops Flight Facility.

It has now been postponed for tomorrow morning at around 4:30 a.m.

The rocket will release blue-green and red vapors as high as 124 miles above the earth to track the motion of particles in space.

The experiment requires clear skies and was postponed by weather conditions.

The colorful clouds will be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

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Ocean City Council member Dennis Dare has been hospitalized and was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore on Sunday.

WBOC reports that details of his condition have not been made public.

But resort officials say he is showing signs of improvement.

Dare won a seat on the council in 2012 after serving as city manager from 1990 to 2011.

He has also been past president of the Maryland City/County Managers Association.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement officials across Virginia are preparing to carry a torch to support the Special Olympics.

The eight-day Torch Run for the Special Olympics Virginia kicks off Friday and ends on June 9 with the opening of the Summer Games in Richmond.

Over the course of the 1,900-mile (3,058-kilometer) journey, officers from 14 regions will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope. On June 9, City of Richmond officers will run from the Capitol to University of Richmond's Robins Stadium, where they will join athletes to kick off the Summer Games.

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