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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would require candidates for local office be identified on ballots by their party affiliation.

McAuliffe said Friday that the bill would inject partisanship into historically nonpartisan elections.

The governor's office said Virginia hasn't required local candidates to be identified by party since written ballots were adopted in 1870.

McAuliffe said lawmakers should not create new places for "partisan rancor" to "flourish."

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The wonders of water about so essential to life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders this wondrous substance reaching back to his childhood.

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The new $19 million Sea Gull Stadium held its grand opening yesterday as Salisbury University students and faculty gathered along with local residents at the 30-thousand square-foot construction site.

The stadium runs the length of Wayne Street and will have around 5-thousand seats with four floors of amenities.

Football Coach Sherman Wood said, “The kids are going to have the opportunity to run out of a brand new stadium. It really hadn’t hit me to be honest with you. I’m just so happy for our student athletes, they’re in awe right now.”

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The ponies of Assateague Island National Seashore will soon be commemorated on a United States Postal Service stamp.

In a news release Wednesday, the Postal Service announced a photograph of two wild ponies grazing in the saltwater marsh will be used to create a Forever Stamp image. The stamp will be released this summer.

The stamp is one of 16 Forever Stamp images meant to celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial. The release says other images will include scene from Acadia National Park in Maine and Arches National Park in Utah.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state in the country to take pesticides found to harm bees off of retail store shelves, under a bill that has passed the General Assembly.

The Maryland House of Delegates gave final approval to the bill known as the Pollinator Protection Act on a 98-39 vote Thursday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, says the Republican governor is reviewing the bill. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Young people from across the state are taking over Legislative Hall, at least temporarily.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to welcome middle school and high school students to Dover on Friday for opening ceremonies of the 48th annual YMCA of Delaware Youth in Government event.

The program is a national teen leadership initiative featuring state-organized model government programs.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A foundation that honors late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has announced its new mission to protect children from sexual abuse.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children announced Wednesday that its new efforts will include educating adults on where sexual abuse can occur, signs of abuse, prevention techniques and what to do if children say they've been abused.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's highest court says a man convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison.

The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward's petition for a writ of actual innocence on Thursday after new DNA tests failed to identify Harward's genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. Harward received a life sentence for the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Religious leaders are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that would allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair.

Three hundred faith leaders from Virginia and across the county said in a statement Thursday that the electric chair is a "barbarous relic" that kills inmates with "unspeakable cruelty." They say they have a "moral responsibility" to preserve all lives, even those whose actions they "deplore."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore school police officer caught on video slapping and kicking a teen at a school while another officer stood by has pleaded not guilty.

News media outlets report that Anthony Spence and fellow school police officer Saverna Bias both entered the plea on Thursday to the misdemeanor charges of assault and misconduct.

Spence was originally charged with second-degree child abuse, but the state's attorney's office said in a statement that it was deemed inappropriate since the officers didn't have temporary custody of the teen.

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There’s legislation in Delaware that would keep registered sex offenders from coming near licensed day care centers.

Currently, the law keeps them from being within 250 feet from a school.

The measure is sponsored by Representative Kevin Hensley a Republican from Middletown.

There is also legislation from down state Republicans who want to tighten restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote to override the governor's veto of a hotly debated bill on the state's policy for deciding what transportation projects get funding.

The Senate could vote as soon as Friday to override the bill. The House voted to override the bill on Thursday, largely along party lines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation to allow people who are protected by a protective order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit.

McAuliffe said Thursday that the legislation would have encouraged victims of domestic abuse to introduce guns into already dangerous situations.

The governor, a Democrat, tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to amend the legislation. McAuliffe wanted people protected by a protective order to take a firearms safety class before they could carry a concealed weapon, among other changes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled that current and former Virginia state senators are in contempt for not providing records related to a redistricting lawsuit.

W. Reilly Marchant ruled Thursday that each senator in contempt should be assessed a $100-a-day fine but suspended the fines until an appeals court weighs in.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state senator who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor says her husband, a New Castle County housing inspector, did not improperly use confidential public housing records to solicit votes for her during her 2014 re-election campaign.

Sen. Bethany Hall-Long said Thursday that an internal review by county officials last year cleared her husband, Dana Long, of any wrongdoing.

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The NASA has given its Sounding Rocket Operations Contract to Orbital ATK in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the contract is worth nearly $200 million and could stretch over five years.

The paper says that Orbital will take on responsibility for service and supplies for the Sounding Rocket Program.

Among the number of sites that will participate in the Sounding Rocket Program is Wallops Flight facility.

 

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The residents of Pocomoke City could be going to the polls once again.

After a voting machine discrepancy this week the local Board of Elections is recommending a revote by those whose ballots were counted by the machine.

Write in votes would not change.

This leaves 132 voters with the option of an absentee ballot or casting their ballots at a polling place on a specific day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the problem arose when the count for each candidate was not equal to the total number of votes cast.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is denying wrongdoing or cover-up regarding a contract employee accused of using confidential public housing records to solicit votes for the employee's wife, a state senator and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Gordon issued a statement Wednesday calling the allegations against himself and housing inspector Dana Long false and politically motivated.

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The Brandywine School District is facing a lawsuit stemming from the mistaken identity of a high school student for an alleged drug dealer.

The incident occurred at the beginning of last year when Joseph Wahl was mistaken for the dealer and was suspended after a search of his backpack found two credit-card knives.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school refused to remove the suspension which led to his father filing a lawsuit alleging an unconstitutional search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are introducing legislation to eliminate the practice of civil forfeiture, which allows police to seize property thought to be associated with criminal activity, even if the owner has not been convicted of, or arrested for, a crime.

Supporters of the bill say the government should not be allowed to take a person's property unless and until it proves the person did something wrong.

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The widow of a New Castle County police officer will be allowed to go ahead with her lawsuit against a bath salts company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Kathleen Szczerba has charged that Adrenalin Rush conspired with retailers to sell the synthetic drugs knowing that they were dangerous.

Bath salts are now banned.

The News Journal reports that court records indicate that David Salasky had taken the drug before his confrontation that led to the stabbing death of Lt. Joseph Szczerba in 2011.

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The deaths of a father and his seven children by carbon monoxide poisoning in Princess Anne a year ago has spurred legislation in Annapolis that would require landlords to install hard-wire or plug in carbon monoxide detectors.

WBOC reports that the tragedy occurred when police went to the home of Rodney Todd who had failed show up for work.

Family members at the time said that the electricity had cut off for non-payment.

A generator was left on apparently leading to the death of the family.

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Local leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury gathered this week to figure out how to combat rising heroin and opiod addiction rates.

Just this week the county council voted to fund a program called Community Outreach Addiction Team that uses peer counselors to help those with addiction.

Among the attendees were law enforcement officials Sheriff Mike Lewis, County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan as well as political leaders County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to allow certain school security officers to carry guns.

Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter's bill would allow school security officers to carry a firearm if they're a retired law enforcement officer and have met certain training standards. The local school board would also have to agree to it. 

McAuliffe said in his veto message that the bill would expose students and schools to "unnecessary risk and potential harm" by allow people without adequate training to carry firearms in schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has added a tax break on retirement income for law enforcement and emergency services personnel to an overall tax-relief plan.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee made the changes Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate.

The panel essentially added a Senate tax-relief plan and the break on retirement income to a bill that already has passed the House.

The changes need Senate and House approval before the session ends Monday at midnight, to send them to Gov. Larry Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has approved $37.5 million in tax credits over five years for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, if it keeps 10,000 employees in the state.

The bill was approved Wednesday in a bipartisan vote, sending it to the Senate.

Supporters say it's an important tool to keep jobs in Maryland. Opponents say it's a huge tax break for one company.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was stayed by a federal appeals court.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted Ivan Teleguz's execution, pending review of his petition by the nation's highest court. Teleguz was set to be executed on April 13.

Teleguz was convicted in 2006 of hiring another man to kill his former girlfriend. Since then, two key prosecution witnesses have recanted.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says DNA evidence proves that a man who is serving a life sentence was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a news release Wednesday that his office has filed a brief in the Supreme Court of Virginia, arguing that 59-year-old Keith Allen Harward's conviction should be vacated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on overriding two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.

The House votes are expected Thursday.

One of the measures vetoed by the Republican governor would create a scoring system to rank transportation projects for funding. While it wouldn't prevent the governor from funding a project with a lower score than another, it would require an explanation for the decision.

Another bill Hogan vetoed would change the composition of a commission that nominations members of the Anne Arundel County school board.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware River and Bay Authority is testing whether unmanned drones can be used to inspect the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The DRBA conducted its first test of the drones Tuesday afternoon. A drone captured video and images under the bridge, including its steel cable and superstructure.

Images captured by the drone will be transmitted to an operator on the ground who can view the images on a tablet.

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