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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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - An Eastern Shore deputy who was critically wounded last week in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in a domestic disturbance is recuperating at a hospital.

Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Warren Hogan was taken to a Baltimore hospital after the shooting Thursday. On Monday, the department posted a photo of Hogan on Facebook and said the deputy was able to stand up with assistance.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Van Hollen will be sworn in as Maryland's new U.S. senator.

The Democrat will be sworn in with other members of the new Congress on Tuesday.

Van Hollen, who served seven terms in the House, won the seat that opened from the departure of Barbara Mikulski, who retired after serving 30 years in the Senate.

Maryland also will have two new House members who will be sworn in on Tuesday. They are Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's new mayor, council president and other elected officials will take their oaths of office Tuesday.

Mike Purzycki, who was elected mayor in November, will be sworn in at an inauguration event downtown, along with the city's new council president Hanifa Shabazz and treasurer, Velda Jones Potter. Shabazz and Potter will become the first women and first African Americans to hold their offices.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the evening, during the organizational meeting of the Wilmington City Council.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Classmates are mourning the death of a Maryland teenager who authorities say was fatally shot by a 15-year-old who then tried to kill himself.

WMAR-TV reports students at Howard High School in Ellicott City wore black on Monday in honor of 16-year-old Charlotte Zaremba, who was slain a day earlier.

School district spokesman John White says Charlotte was "a great spirit" with lots of friends. He says the district is providing counseling for students.

The Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association says it wants the state legislature to create a manufactured housing commission this year.

Bill Kinnick, the organization’s president, told WBOC that there is little oversight of such homes with landowners deciding the values of the land as a justification to hike rents.

In short Kinnick noted that they have a captive audience with few options.

He said that the majority of the people who live in the 191 manufactured homes live on fix incomes either as retirees or veterans.

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The bells are ringing and the little red buckets are standing by for holiday shoppers to drop in a donation or two.

But the Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore is falling short this year with donations down about $8-thousand from the figures for 2015.

Major Vic Tidman told WBOC that people may be buying more on line and have less cash in their pockets.

But he said he was hopeful that the donations will pick up so that they Army can meet its fundraising goal of $260-thosuand.

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It’s time for presents and celebration.

Yes, Christmas is not far off and New Year's Day is not too far behind.

But all of the holiday cheer can lead to some stressful times.

Still there are things you can do to handle that stress.

Maryland News Connection’s Veronica Carter prepared this report.

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Dover’s Police Chief Paul Bernat is stepping down next year after two and a half years in office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will retire as of January 17th.

Before then Mayor Robin Christiansen plans to appoint an interim replacement by January 10th.

The Mayor told the News Journal that the town was going to miss Chief Bernatbnoting that there have been significant accomplishments.

He successfully added 10 more officers bringing the total number to 103.

He also reinstituted the department’s cadet program.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Smyrna High School student used CPR to save the life of an 18-month-old child at a Dover Chick-fil-A.

Theresa'lyn Outten tells local media she was having lunch with her sister Monday at the Chick-fil-A when she "heard a commotion" and saw a toddler struggling to breathe.

Outten, an 18-year-old high school senior, sprang to action and performed CPR on the child as others called 911. She then began performing chest compressions.

Outten says the toddler was awake and alert when medics arrived. The child was taken to Ken General Hospital.

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Voters in the Appoquinimink School district will be getting $268 million for capital expenditures.

Voters gave their overwhelming approval to two referendum questions by a 5000 to 2000 vote margin.

The school board president Richard Forsten hailed the vote as evidence of getting the word out to voters.

School superintendent Matt Burrows noted that the district is the fastest growing in the state of Virginia.

The Daily Times reports that the district has grown from around 3-thousand students ten years ago to around 10-thousand this year.

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Shipments of crude oil have been sent from Delaware City Refinery to third-party destinations in 2014.

That admission comes from the facility’s owner PBF Energy after claiming in 2013 that it had only sent one shipment to a destination in New Jersey which was authorized by the Delaware Department Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state decided not to issue a sanction against PBF for a shipment of crude oil to a Philadelphia refinery that same year.

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The poultry industry on Delmarva is watching cautiously with reports of the avian flu in more than a dozen countries.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the last major outbreak in this country occurred in 2015 when some 50 million birds were slaughtered primarily in the Midwest.

There was an outbreak on the peninsula at two Delaware farms and one near Pocomoke City in 2004.

That resulted in the slaughter of just over 200-thousand birds.

The Daily Times reports that outbreak was less contagious than the one in 2015 and the current outbreaks.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for leaving his daughter in a hot car for 16 hours, causing her death.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a jury also convicted 32-year-old Wilbert Carter on Tuesday of reckless endangerment and confining an unattended child. Circuit Judge Jeannie Hong revoked bail for Carter and ordered him held pending sentencing.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's new mayor says the city is aiming to reach an agreement with the federal government to overhaul police practices before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Mayor Catherine Pugh, who took office two weeks ago, told news reporters Tuesday she thinks they can do it. Last week Attorney General Loretta Lynch put pressure on Baltimore saying "the ball is in the city's court" to conclude negotiations soon.

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Not long ago, we learned that water quality in the Chesapeake Bay is improving, thanks to EPA’s pollution diet for states in the Bay’s watershed. But one part of one state—south central Pennsylvania—has lagged behind in reaching its pollution reduction goals, mostly because of fertilizer that runs off farm fields into Bay tributaries.

Now, Pennsylvania, the US Department of Agriculture and the EPA have committed to spend $28 million to accelerate pollution reduction efforts in that region.

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The First State is facing a $350 million budget deficit as it enters the New Year.

That’s the word from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council yesterday.

This year the panel said there would be a $150 million shortfall and in the next the next fiscal year it would grow the around $200 million.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Finance Secretary Thomas Cook said that the state was at a crossroads and would have to look at restructuring its revenue portfolio.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised programs like the Violence Reduction Network which have helped the Wilmington Police Department cope with its high homicide rate.

During an appearance with U.S. Senator Chris Coons in Wilmington the nation’s top law enforcement official noted that the program had helped increase its ability to solve the town’s murder homicide cases.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that clearance rate has gone from 10 percent just two years ago to 40 percent.

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MITCHELLS, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a full pardon to a man who was cleared of committing a double murder he was serving a prison sentence for.

The Daily Progress reports Robert Paul Davis learned Friday that he had been granted a full pardon. Davis had been granted a conditional pardon in December 2015 that allowed him to leave the Coffeewood Correctional Center in Culpeper, where he had been serving a 23-year sentence.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge will hold a hearing early next month to consider a Virginia death row inmate's request to halt his upcoming execution.

A hearing will be held in Ricky Gray's case at the federal court in Richmond on Jan. 3.

Gray's attorneys filed a complaint last week asking the court to block Virginia prison officials from executing him using lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. Gray's attorneys say the state risks "chemically torturing" the man.

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In the Tri-State region it was a clean sweep for Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

But despite garnering the support of the Electoral College members in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia the Democrat lost nationally to president-elect Donald Trump.

Clinton picked up three delegates in Delaware, ten in Maryland and 13 in Virginia.

But the Republican nominee won the Electoral College by 304 votes to Clinton’s 227.

Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a roadblock in a shareholder lawsuit over the collapse of Wilmington Trust.

The judge on Monday granted a plaintiffs' request to lift a stay of discovery in the lawsuit pending resolution of criminal charges against four former bank executives.

In her order, the judge noted the age of the civil case, which was filed in 2010, the pace at which the criminal proceeding is progressing, and the interests of justice.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel of Maryland lawmakers is set to discuss proposed regulations for gas drilling in western Maryland.

The regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment will be taken up by the legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review.

Last month, environmental regulators opened a 30-day window for public comment on proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations that could be adopted by the end of this year. That would enable the state to permit drilling next October, unless the General Assembly intervenes.

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More than 100 firearms have been seized by the Dover Police Department this year.

Chief Paul Bernat told WBOC that some of this was due to initiatives taken by the department and that more guns were being used in committing crimes.

He said that he believed drug dealers are arming themselves for protection.

Bernat added that most gun violence is related to the drug trade.

So far this year there have been more than 35 people who have been shot in the city.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is making her first official visit to Delaware.
 
The nation's highest ranking law enforcement official is in Wilmington on Monday to focus on juvenile justice and the effects of crime on children.
 
She will be joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons during a town hall meeting with community leaders on juvenile justice at the Delaware Historical Society in downtown Wilmington.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland say everyone is accounted for after 16 sailboats overturned during part of a sailing event in the Severn River off Annapolis.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police say 22 people ranging in age from 16 to 70 were pulled from the water and that everyone was unharmed and accounted for.

Officials said the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the boats encountered strong gusts of wind and the water turned rough.

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A teenager from Wallops Island was killed in a single-vehicle car crash on Friday in Accomack County.

Police told the Salisbury Daily Times that police arrived on the scene at around 10:40 p.m. on Atlantic Road in Assawoman.

18 year old Shyasia Davis was killed when the 17 year old driver from Parksley was unable to handle a turn and ran off the road hitting a tree.

The paper reports that Davis was a student at Chincoteague High School and the passenger in the car.

The driver was not identified because that person is a minor.

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It was called a Silent Solidarity March for Unity, Justice and Equal Rights.

Around two dozen people gathered on Main Street in Newark yesterday to raise their concerns about feeling marginalized by the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Reverend Derrick Porter told the marchers that the discourse of the country must change.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland members of the Electoral College are meeting in Annapolis to cast their votes.

State Board of Elections spokeswoman Donna Duncan says the 10 electors are meeting at 1 p.m. Monday in the Maryland State House.

They're required by law to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who received the plurality of votes cast in the state in the Nov. 8 general election.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA is estimating that nearly three million Virginians will travel for the year-end holidays.

That's up more than 2 percent since last year. The group says it expects more Virginians to travel for the holidays this year than in any other year on record.

AAA says more than 100 million Americans will travel for the holidays between Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Jan. 2. They're expecting 1.5 percent more people nationwide to travel this year than last year.

The group says more people are traveling thanks to rising incomes and lower gas prices.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Justice's Family Division is getting a new director.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced Friday that Deputy Attorney General Abigail Rodgers Layton has been named the next director of the division. The division's duties include overseeing the adjudication of juveniles in Family Court, prosecuting child dependency and neglect cases, securing and enforcing child support orders and enforcing truancy laws.

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