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 political figures buried the hatchet yesterday at least for a moment. It’s called Return Day where Republicans and Democrats gathered in Georgetown. The outgoing Governor Jack Markell declared that the campaign is over and now it’s time to govern. The Delaware Democrat added that, “The people have no patience for partisan fights.” The Wilmington News Journal reports that Georgetown Mayor Bill West added it time that “We stop all the political nonsense and become one.” But the paper...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of protesters displeased with Donald Trump's election as president have marched through Baltimore to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game. Protesters marched downtown to the Inner Harbor and then to the M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football. The protest brought traffic to a standstill but was otherwise peaceful. The Baltimore Police Department says in statement that the protest...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland ended up lower than state elections officials thought it would be. Linda Lamone, the state's elections administrator, said Thursday that voter turnout was about 66 percent for both Election Day and early voting. With some long lines at polls on Election Day, Lamone initially projected hours before polls closed that overall turnout could reach 80 percent or higher. In the end, about 2.5 million Maryland residents voted early and on Election Day....

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums. WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes. It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project. Norfolk...

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is recognizing Delaware's effort to end homelessness among military veterans. Castro planned to join Gov. Jack Markell, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and other officials Friday for a Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle. Also taking part in the ceremony are participants in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry. The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive. In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them...

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The political campaigns and election are over, and now it's time for Delaware Democrats and Republicans to bury the hatchet. Politicians of all stripes are gathering in Georgetown on Thursday for the time-honored tradition of Return Day, where they will settle their partisan differences, if only for the moment. The Return Day celebration features a town crier announcing the results of local election returns, and winning and losing candidates parading together in...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say 10 people were arrested as hundreds marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump and many blocked highway traffic. Media outlets report that hundreds of people gathered around Monroe Park on Wednesday night, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University. Online video showed marchers chanting "No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA" and carrying banners reading "Not my president." Police say troopers responded to Interstate...

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The stakes could be high for Delmarva when it comes to the effects of climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Republican has declared climate change “a hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese. On the peninsula great efforts have gone into plans for dealing with the loss of coastline. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the three states have serious vulnerable areas ranging from the wetlands along the Delaware Bay Shore and the Chesapeake Bay to...

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Wicomico County voters gave their approval to a set of charter amendments that would expand the power of the County Council. They received from 62 percent to 77 percent of the vote. The measures included changing the role of the county attorney representing the council to control of personnel policy in the executive branch. County Council president John Cannon told WBOC that he was pleased with the results. Last week County Executive Bob Culver said that while he was not against the...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen says President-elect Donald Trump has "a great burden" to reach out to Democrats after running an "incredibly divisive campaign." Van Hollen spoke Wednesday with Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin in Baltimore. Van Hollen won the seat that is opening with Mikulski's retirement after 30 years in the office. Van Hollen says he doesn't know much about Trump's agenda, except that he wants to build a wall on the Mexican border and deport...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's surprise victory has upended Virginia politics. It diminished the star power of the state's top Democrats and turned the political calculations of the already-in-progress 2017 gubernatorial race upside down. That race is likely to be the most closely watched election in the country next year. A Hillary Clinton victory would have given a giant boost to top Democrats in Virginia. Running mate Tim Kaine was set to be the next vice president and longtime...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Governor-elect John Carney has tapped a former top aide to serve as his chief of staff in the governor's office. Carney's campaign said Wednesday that Doug Gramiak will lead Carney's gubernatorial staff. Gramiak, who currently works as a lobbyist, was Carney's chief of staff in the lieutenant governor's office from 2001 to 2009. He then served as Carney's state director from 2011 to 2014 after Carney was elected to Congress. Carney also announced that Sheila Grant, chief of...

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities have determined that an on-duty Ocean City police officer was not at fault for fatally striking a pedestrian with his vehicle. Ocean City police say Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby found that there was no criminal liability to assess to any party involved in the May 3 death of 67-year-old Jeffrey Yale Delong, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Delong was walking in a crosswalk against a pedestrian signal when he was hit by Officer Xeniya Patterson. He...

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218. But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes. Voters React Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling: On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset. Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of...

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have charged a man with posting threats against Gov. Jack Markell on Facebook. State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said in a news release that a Middletown woman contacted them on Sunday. Troopers say the woman showed them a post on Facebook that threatened her and Markell. Investigators say the woman named a man whom she knows as the person who allegedly made the post. On Tuesday, troopers arrested 51-year-old Roger M. Matthews of Warwick,...

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Congressman Andy Harris says that FBI Director James Comey has some explaining to do. Almost two weeks ago the nation’s top law enforcement official announced the review of emails found on the computer of Anthony Wiener in connection with the investigation into the emails of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Then, just days ago Comey announced that the FBI found nothing that would cause the reopening of the investigation into Clinton. WBAL reports that the Eastern Shore...

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October has come and gone. The pink ribbons and T-Shirts that marks Breast Cancer awareness month have disappeared. Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch reports that too often the awareness fades.

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Maryland residents are flocking to the polls today. And along with the presidential race voters also will pick the replacement for one of the state's most popular politicians: Senator Barbara Mikulski. She who is retiring this year after 30 years on Capitol Hill. Rep. Chris Van Hollen is aiming to succeed his Democratic colleague holding a commanding lead in the public opinion polls over Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga with 58% to 29%. In the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton...

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The woman injured when a Punkin Chunkin machine came apart on Sunday is still in critical condition at the Christiana Medical Center. Some of those at the event told WBOC that the 39 year old woman worked for a production company that was filming Punkin Chunkin. Police say that she was hit in the head and face. Meanwhile, a 56 year old man injured in the incident was treated and released from the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The incident took place at 2:45 on Sunday afternoon when the...

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $3 million to a University of Virginia administrator who they concluded was defamed by a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a gang rape at a fraternity house. Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article "A Rape on Campus" portrayed her as a villain who sought only to protect the university. Eramo had sued for $7.5 million. The jury concluded Friday that the magazine, its publisher and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely were...

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The Ocean City police say they want more officers living in the resort to take their patrol cars home during the off-season. The department wants to add at least five more car for program. Currently six are allowed to do so. Lindsay Richard with the Ocean City police said that this would provide an added sense of security for residents. WBOC reports that each patrol car costs nearly $48-thousand including equipment for a total additional cost of $241-thousand The program is now in its 20 th...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four. The high court denied Ricky Gray's petition for a rehearing Monday after declining last month to hear his appeal. Gray was convicted of killing Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby, while invading their home in 2006. Trial evidence showed the Harveys were tied up, stabbed and beaten to death...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Regardless of the winners, Tuesday's election promises to significantly alter Delaware's political landscape. Voters will elect a new congressional representative, a new governor, and new leaders of the state's two largest local governments. Balloting in House and Senate races also will define the balance of power in the General Assembly, where Republicans are hoping to end years of Democratic rule and regain control of the Senate. The top of the ticket features a...

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Punkin Chunkin yesterday left two injured when one of the pumpkin machines broke apart. When the Punkin Reaper fired off it load at around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday sending large pieces of material flew in all directions forcing many to flee from the cannon. A man and a woman were injured in the incident. Initially, authorities reported that she had died but are now reporting that she survived and is listed in critical condition. The Wilmington News Journal reports that she was seen lying...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is accusing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe of acting "illegally" to return voting rights to convicted felons who've served their sentences. The GOP nominee tells supporters at a midnight rally in the state that the governor is "letting criminals cancel out the votes of law-abiding citizens." He's imploring his supporters to get out to vote. He says, "We are going to have one of the great victories of all time," comparing it to the "Brexit" vote by The UK to leave...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An accident report shows the driver of the school bus that crashed in Baltimore this week, killing six people including himself, may have lost consciousness during an earlier crash two years ago. According to the report released to The Associated Press on Friday, police in suburban Howard County said Glenn Chappell's spouse told them at the time that he took medication for seizures. The accident report from Feb. 9, 2014, says Chappell was driving in Ellicott City, Maryland,...

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A county Republican headquarters in Maryland has been vandalized with language bashing Donald Trump. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that messages in spray paint appeared on the Wicomico Republican headquarters early Saturday morning. Someone disparaged the Republican nominee for president with foul language. The vandal or vandals also drew Xs through campaign signs for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga. Shawn Jester, president of the Wicomico County...

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Some parents are raising concerns about a school administering breathalyzer tests to students attending a homecoming dance. The Wilmington News Journal that some parents were annoyed by the practice at Smyrna High School and even felt it bordered on infringing on students' rights. But parents were most concerned about being unaware of the alcohol breath tests in the first place. The Smyrna School superintendent defended the right for the district to continue the long...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say the state saw a record number of voters casting ballots early. Media outlets report more than 800,000 people had turned out at polls by the time early voting ended Thursday evening. That's more than the 430,500 Marylanders who voted early during the 2012 presidential election. The record turnout means more than 20 percent of the state's registered voters will have cast ballots before Election Day on Tuesday. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in...

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