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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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a senate panel that it was unlikely the Maryland coastline would see offshore drilling.

During an exchange with Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen Zinke said there are no known oil reserves off the Maryland shores.

In addition, he said that the president has maintained his administration would take local concerns into consideration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland officials have been strong opponents of such drilling after the Trump administration announced it would be opening up the offshore areas for exploration.

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A person has fallen to their death in Ocean City.

The incident occurred Sunday morning when police found the victim unconscious at a location on 53rd Street around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City Emergency Medical Service personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The paper reports there were no further details except that police were looking at a third floor balcony of a complex at 53rd and Coastal Highway.

Authorities will not be releasing the name of the victim until family members can be notified.

A lawsuit has been brought by a Kent County man says a local doctor and a pharmaceutical company prescribed unnecessary opioid prescription that led to his addiction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the suit was filed against Maryland Doctor Eva Dickinson and her former practice for allegedly ignoring the patient’s health needs.

In addition, the lawsuit accuses Insys Therapeutics of encouraging the writing of unnecessary dangerous prescriptions.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is inching closer to a government shutdown as Republican lawmakers continue to spar over whether to expand Medicaid.

Lawmakers failed to pass a state budget during the regular legislative session earlier this year because of a fight over expanding the health care program for the poor. After near unanimous opposition to Medicaid expansion for several years, Republicans in the GOP-led General Assembly are now split.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are searching for a suspect in the shooting death of a man found lying on a roadside suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police received a call shortly before 8:30 p. m. Friday about a shooting on Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville.

Troopers found 41-year-old Corey Bailey of Bridgeville on the side of the road. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore along with two other of the state’s universities are asking to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

The move follows the former comedian’s conviction of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

WBOC reports that UMES gave Cosby the degree in 1998 when he addressed the school during a commencement ceremony.

The television station reports that some students it talked with said it was the right thing to do.

Senior Ben Webster said that it was necessary to address the issue of sexual violence and harassment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Hundreds rallied in Delaware to advocate for a salary boost for workers who care for adults with disabilities.

WDEL-FM reports that organizations including Easter Seals and Autism Delaware turned out Thursday in front of Legislative Hall to support legislation that cosponsors say would direct $9 million toward improving compensation for direct support professionals. Advocates say years without raises have led to high turnover in the profession, which adversely affects the quality of care adults with disabilities receive.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population remains healthy and stable.

That's according to the annual winter survey that was released Wednesday by the states of Maryland and Virginia.

The survey said the bay will likely produce an average number of crabs despite an unusually cold spring. This year's cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population. But the number of young crabs saw a significant increase.

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Delaware motorists will get the chance to upgrade their licenses next month.

It’s an effort to combat fraudulent attempts to alter or duplicate a real driver’s license or identity card.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that current licenses will still be in circulation through 2026.

The paper reports that the new features range from an image of Legislative Hall on the front and a federally compliant gold star to images a blue hen on the back.

Governor John Carney said the new license design is aimed at keeping personal data more secure.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has become the first state in the nation to completely ban marriage for anyone under 18.

Democratic Gov. John Carney on Wednesday signed into law the measure that makes it illegal for minors to get married, even if their parents approve. Previously, anyone could get married in the state at any age with a judge's approval.

Supporters say the bill is an important step to protect children from being forced to marry someone against their will, citing human trafficking.