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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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Citing safety concerns, a Maryland school system has explicitly banned students form walking out of school next week as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.

The Baltimore Sun reports Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Canavan distributed a letter Thursday saying students will be presented a "learning module" through which they can express opinions, followed by a moment of silence, instead of walking out March 14. Students who walk out may be disciplined.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jay Carney has signed legislation that would ease barriers to attaining aesthetic licenses for those with criminal histories.

A release says the bill signed Thursday gives the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering discretion to grant waivers for certain felony convictions if up to three years have passed since applicants' sentence, instead of five years. Those affected include applicants for licenses to practice cosmetology, barbering, electrology and nail technology.

Snow Hits Delaware

Mar 8, 2018
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Expect icy roads this morning in Delaware after a second nor’easter swept the state with as much as 10 inches of snow.

In Greenville it was 10.4 inches while White clay Creek saw 7.6 inches.

In Brandywine Hundred the total was nearly 7 inches while in Hockessin it was 6 inches.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that officials urge drivers to be on the lookout for fallen trees, tree limbs and downed power lines.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A Delaware high school student is accused of bringing a BB gun to school and threatening another student.

News outlets cite a release from Smyrna police saying a concerned parent reported a 15-year-old boy having a handgun on Smyrna High School grounds on Tuesday. An investigation determined the suspect showed the weapon to multiple students and threatened to shoot someone during an argument in the cafeteria.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on whether to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

The House is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

The number of allowed growers would rise from 15 to 20. The measure also would cap the number of marijuana processors at 25.

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawyers for Democratic Gov. John Carney are rejecting the notion that he should be held in contempt for ignoring a federal judge's ruling invalidating a state mandate for political balance among judges.

In a filing Wednesday, Carney's lawyers say the December ruling does not direct him to do, or not do, anything, and that he has discretion to consider political affiliation when nominating judges.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill intended to bring Virginia into compliance with an interstate body's decision regarding Atlantic menhaden catch limits has died in the House of Delegates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Del. Barry Knight made a motion Tuesday to send his bill back to committee, effectively killing it for the year.

The bill would have committed the state to pursuing an appeal of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's decision to adopt new catch limits.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is suing the Virginia city over its denial of his request to hold an anniversary event.

The Daily Progress reports Jason Kessler filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday. He argues that his First Amendment rights were violated when the city denied his permit application. Charlottesville rejected the application in December, saying the proposed event would present a danger to public safety.

Snow Hits Delmarva

Mar 7, 2018
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There’s a winter weather advisory for Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties in Maryland and Delaware through tomorrow morning.

There’s been some snow across these counties with accumulation of 1 to 4 inches.

Snow has hit Delaware with Greenville and Hockessin which is looking at around 2 inches.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some roads were slushy early this morning.

Also sustained winds are expected across New Castle County.

They are not expected to be as severe as last week’s nor’easter.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware emergency rooms saw a total of 2,075 suspected overdose-related visits from July 2016 to September 2017.

The News Journal reports data from the Centers for Disease Control released Tuesday marks a 105 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses, the second-highest percent change among the 16 states that participated in the enhanced data surveillance.