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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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man who falsely claimed he had a bomb inside a carry-on bag at a Maryland airport has been taken into custody.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said says bomb squad technicians performed an X-ray of the bag at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport early Tuesday and saw what looked like a possible hand grenade device. Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said a robot was deployed and no device was found.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day says he is joining nearly 300 mayors in backing an initiative to combat hate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the effort is to promote more education about hate and bias in schools and law enforcement agencies.

The plan is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors including 270 city chief executives and the Anti-Defamation League

The initiative follows the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which Heather Heyer was killed.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has been dealing with a number of issues ranging from craft beer regulations to reforming the process for funding education construction projects. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Franchot about these issues in this second segment of the interview.

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89 long term residents will be looking for another place to live with a nursing home in Parksley closing its doors in October.

The Riverside Health System says there are a number of problems with the building including flooding and the impact of a recent lightning strike.

The nursing home also has 128 employees.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bill Downey president and chief executive of the health care organization said shutting down facility was a "difficult decision".

The plans for the Delaware Sports Complex in Middletown are up in the air.

The Wilmington News Journal reports after the company defaulted on its lease with the town terminating it.

A federal court decision paves the way for the town to seek another firm to build the sports complex.

It also would allow the property to go back to its original use.

The issues ranged from failing to sign a $2.8 million compensation agreement with the Department of Transportation to a bonding requirement.

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Governor John Carney has sent a letter to the Trump Administration expressing his opposition to offshore shore drilling along the Delaware coast or anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean.

The letter was sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in which he said there were over 60-thousand jobs involved in the tourist or fishing industries that could be effected.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Democrat said that a 2012 analysis found that more than 10 percent of the state’s total employment, taxes and production value is bound up with the coastal areas.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in black fabric.

The Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent Charlottesville's mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

The rally was sparked by the city's decision to remove a statue of Lee.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A Confederate memorial has been removed from outside a Maryland courthouse.

Photos posted on Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's Facebook show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck.

Kittleman said the "more appropriate place for the memorial is in a museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War."

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.
The Daily Times reports the two-story home that has been depicted on packaging and delivery trucks of Perdue Farms since 2005 was named to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties on Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan and local dignitaries.

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The nation is still reeling from images of Nazi and Klan flags during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he was appalled at the image and the president's response. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the the Comptroller in this first segment to talk about these events.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is "most likely" to submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue.

The Democratic governor also told reporters Monday that he is considering ways to prevent people from having weapons at highly charged demonstrations, such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. He did not offer details on what such move might look like, but has taken executive action in the past to limit where people can carry guns.

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The organization known as PETA or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has settled a lawsuit with an Accomack family for euthanizing their dog.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the agreement requires PETA to pay out $49-thousand to the family in addition $2-thousand to the local SPCA in honor of the Chihuahua.   

The family had sued for $7-million.

Wilber Zarate sued the organization for raking the dog from a mobile home park and terminating its life before the 5-day grace period in 2014.  

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Police in Lewes has found the body of a man who they say appears to a 55-year-old resident who has been reported missing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was found in the woods just south of the Lewes Dog Park on Sunday.

Police say the missing man walked away from his home and did not return.

Authorities add that they have not yet confirmed that the body is that of the missing man.

His name is being withheld until notification of his family.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A 9-year-old is fulfilling his civic duty by writing a letter to a Delaware city's mayor asking for traffic safety improvements in his neighborhood.

Local news media outlets report that Joey Tosh-Morelli convinced Newark officials and Mayor Polly Sierer to paint "stop ahead" warnings at intersections before signs.

Tosh-Morelli wrote to Sierer earlier this month explaining how many drivers do not fully stop at the intersection in front of his house. With a handwritten letter and drawn diagram, he showed Sierer an example of where to place warnings.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors say a third video from a Baltimore police officer's body-worn camera shows questionable activity by police.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's state's attorney, said in a news release Monday that the video was recorded in June. She says it was reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence.

Mosby says police notified her of the video this month. Prosecutors identified about 100 criminal cases that have been and or will be affected by the video. Forty-three of those cases were dropped.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Miss Virginia Pageant is moving to Lynchburg after more than 50 years in Roanoke.

The Roanoke Times, citing city officials, reports the 2018 event will be held at Liberty University.

The event affiliated with the Miss America pageant for decades brought dozens of contestants, their supporters and spectators to the Roanoke area. But officials told the newspaper the pageant has been subsidized by multiple organizations and the economic return from that investment has been waning.

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It’s eclipse time.

The moon will blacking out the sun for a period of time this afternoon.

But unless you have the right glasses don’t look at it.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the first contact between the sun and moon will take place around 1:22 p.m.

The mid-eclipse will take place around 2:47 p.m.

The last moment will occur at 4:05 p.m.

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The paper reports that there will be a number of locations that will hand out viewing classes to see the phenomenon.

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The Wicomico County Council has received a petition to take down the plaque commemorating Confederate General John Henry Winder from downtown Salisbury.

But the council members appears to have brushed aside the controversy.

The Salisbury Daily Times caught up with council member Matt Holloway who said there were more pressing issues in the country like the economy.

Meanwhile, County Council President John Cannon told the paper that County Executive Bob Culver needed to take the lead on making a decision about the plaque.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for governor in Virginia is telling conservative activists they need to stand up against the "twisted mindset" of the hate groups that were part of a deadly rally a week ago in Charlottesville.

Ed Gillespie made the remarks Saturday in Richmond at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity. It's his first major speech since last week's violence.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia city is preparing to welcome a U.S. Coast Guard tall ship to its docks.

The city of Alexandria announced Friday that the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will visit September 4-8, as part of an East Coast tour.

The ship is scheduled to pass through the Woodrow Wilson drawbridge that carries the Capital Beltway across the Potomac River and dock at Robinson Landing.

The city recommends Jones Point Park, Fords Landing City Park or Point Lumley Park as good places to watch the arrival.


On Sunday a man drowned in the Nanticoke River after he swam out to help some kayakers who were having some problems.

Officials say that the man got caught up in the water near the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Maryland.

WBOC reports that firefighters and diving units from a number of departments around Wicomico County came to the scene to help.

The television station reports that so far the man’s identity has not been revealed.

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The Fenwick Island Town Council members will continue into another two-year term after facing no opposition.

Mayor Gene Langan and Vice Mayor Richard Mais who also sit on the council will be coming back.

In addition, Roy Williams and Julie Lee will have another term.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it only took four minutes for them to be sworn in last week.

As early as June it was apparent they would be in office for another two years when no opponents showed up to run against them.

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Michael Pullen who has announced his candidacy for Maryland’s First Congressional District is calling for the removal of the confederate statue on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn.

The Eastern Shore Democrat said that it was time given the events in Charlottesville where a violent white nationalist rally left one dead and many others injured.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Pullen says that the Confederate statues represent men who divided the nation in the name of maintaining slavery.

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away.

A panel voted by email Wednesday to remove the statue, which was erected in 1872.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mourners will gather to remember one of the two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.

A funeral for Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond. A private burial will follow.

Authorities say Bates was a passenger in a helicopter providing video to police of activities in downtown Charlottesville last Saturday before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two men who identify themselves as the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson are calling for the removal of the statue of the Confederate general in Virginia's capital city.

Jack and Warren Christian say in a letter published by Slate late Wednesday that the removal of the Jackson statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue will "necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice."


Accomack County has been urged to back a sea wall and other efforts to fend off erosion on Tangier Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Supervisor Paul Muhly told his colleagues they should not leave the island’s residents to fend for themselves.

Board Chair Robert Crockett who represents Tangier Island in Accomack County said that a letter has been sent and signed by him to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe congressional representatives and others about the issue.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two former volleyball coaches are suing the University of Delaware, claiming they were fired based on their age, sexual orientation and marital status.

In separate federal complaints filed Thursday, Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory, who were married in 2013, also claim violations of their equal protection and due process rights.

The couple, both in their mid-50s, is suing the school, former HR director Thomas LaPenta, and athletic director Christine Rawak.

Kenny and Gregory were fired in October, but the school did not provide any details.