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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Delaware State Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro is urging Senator Tom Carper to get an extension for those signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

Navarro told the Wilmington News Journal that he is worried there will not be enough time to enroll in the health insurance exchange.

So, he said, he is consulting with the Delaware Democrat’s office and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield about extending the deadline to January 1st.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is calling for a single-payer system in Maryland.

The 19 page plan resembles that one that former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders offered through Medicare.

Jealous said that a state run single-payer system is the next logical step but he stopped short of details on how it would be funded.

The candidate said the current system has saved more than $400 million dollars and that moving to the single-payer system would save even more.

He did not rule out hiking sales or income taxes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county executive has asked the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama for a refund of a $1,000 donation.

The Capital Gazette reports that Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh confirmed on Wednesday that he had made the donation "a few months ago," and requested a refund via email to Moore's chief of staff, Rich Hobson, on Monday.

Schuh said he waited to make the request as he had expected Moore to drop out of the race in light of the "credible" accusation of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has announced some $12 million in grants to protect almost 4,000 historically significant acres.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe' office said in a news release Thursday that nine projects will be funded with grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.

The grants include one to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe to support the acquisition of tribal lands along the James River, known to them as the Powhatan.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The former fire chief in Delaware's largest city has been indicted on charges of stealing from an association of minority firefighters that he once led.

An indicted issued last week charges 44-year-old Anthony Goode with racketeering, theft and unlawful use of a credit card.

Goode, who is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 15, could not be reached for comment Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

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A video has surfaced of Tyson Foods contractor hitting and killing chickens at a facility in Accomack County.

Tyson officials immediately responded to the video provided by the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing terminating their contract with the farmer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that two Tyson officials responded in an email saying they were outraged by the actions of the contractor and would not be tolerated.

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Senator Tom Carper has added his name to the growing list of his colleagues calling for fellow Democrat Al Franken to step down in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat joined more than a dozen of his colleagues including at least eight senators calling for the Minnesota senator’s resignation.

The decision came after a report by Politico about a Democratic congressional aide who said Franken cornered her in her studio in 2006 and forcibly kissed her.

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The American Association of Retired Persons has filed a friend of the court brief in support of a Maryland law against pharmaceutical price gouging.

The AARP announced the filing on Wednesday.

The first-in-the-nation law, which is being challenged in court, prohibits unconscionable increases in the prices of generic drugs and drugs that have lost patent exclusivity.

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There is frustration by downtown business owners in Salisbury over construction restrictions with the delays in Phase 2 of the Main Street project.

WBOC reports that businesses between Poplar Hill Avenue and Baptist Street say their stores and restaurants are struggling.

The television station reports that city officials would not comment on camera.

But they did send an email with estimates for construction completion.

The expected date for reopening the street is now set for December 16th.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As lawmakers consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, some law enforcement officials are suggesting new steps to ensure that marijuana users in Delaware don't have guns.

William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, told a state panel Wednesday that marijuana users should be required to have a driver's license endorsement indicating that they use pot.

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