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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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Ocean City marina is selling T-shirts featuring the phrases "White Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" to spread awareness - about the conservation of white and blue marlins.
 
The NAACP is not pleased about this.
 
White Marlin Marina worker George Lamplugh, who designed the shirts, says he means no offense, and that fishermen know a good joke when they see one.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware is being formally recognized as an American Indian tribe.

The formal recognition becomes official with Gov. Jack Markell's signature Thursday on legislation passed by state lawmakers on the final day of this year's legislative session.

The action by the state acknowledges the Lenape tribe's history and culture, centered in Kent County, but also means the tribe can be recognized as eligible for the programs and services provided by the federal government to Native Americans because of their status as Indians.

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$80 million will not spent by the state of Maryland.

That’s the decision by Governor Larry Hogan who decided against the outlay because of worries about softening state revenues.

The state legislature had provided the funding in an all-or-nothing deal with the governor having the final say on whether it would be spent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that $19 million would have been spent on an additional one-time financial allocation for teacher pension contributions by state agencies.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Environmental officials say millions of gallons of sewage have flowed in the Patapsco River after a line broke during flooding in Ellicott City.

Jay Apperson is a spokesman for the Department of the Environment. He tells The Baltimore Sun that about 5 million gallons per day of sewage have poured into the Sucker Branch tributary of the Patapsco.

Apperson says the break came in Ellicott City when the town took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night. The broken line was not discovered until Tuesday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is scheduled to address the National Urban League.

Kaine is slated to speak Thursday morning at the group's "Save Our Cities" summit in Baltimore.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump's campaign declined an invitation to speak.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A Washington, D.C.-area transit police officer charged with attempting to support the Islamic State group has made his initial appearance in court.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Young of Fairfax appeared Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. A magistrate appointed a public defender to represent Young after he requested a court-appointed attorney.

The FBI says Young is the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. to be charged under the federal government's terrorism law.

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Charges of internal theft are swirling around the treasurer of the Smyrna Parent Teacher Organization.

WBOC reports that the Smyrna Police Department came across the thefts in March of this year.

Their investigation led them to 39-year old Kellie Sullivan McGovern.

She is suspected of using a debit card issued by the PTO.

The locations where she allegedly used the card range from gas stations to liquor stores.

And items included jewelry and clothing.

The television station reports that she faces two counts of felony theft.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Discount store Dollar Tree plans to spend $110 million to expand its Virginia headquarters.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion Wednesday, saying it will create 600 new jobs in the next six years.

McAuliffe approved more than $9 million in grants for the expansion, which he said will help the state's economy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The levels of dissolved oxygen within the Chesapeake Bay plummeted in July after a promising start to the summer.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state environmental officials are blaming a recent heat wave for the decline since warm water holds less oxygen than cold water.

The Department of Natural Resources wrote in a statement that a lack of winds also prevented surface oxygen from mixing with bottom waters to increase the oxygen levels.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Officials at a Virginia jail say they have found security footage they thought had been deleted that was recorded outside of the cell of a mentally ill inmate who died last year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Hampton Roads Regional Jail Assistant Superintendent David L. Simons has declined to release the video recorded outside 24-year-old's cell.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

In a 148-page opinion Tuesday, a majority of the justices said Delaware's law violates the U.S. Constitution because it allows a judge to sentence a person to death independently of a jury's recommendation.

The court also said the law is unconstitutional because it does not require jurors to be unanimous in finding that aggravating circumstances that weigh in favor of the death penalty.

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The Maryland State Police have identified 17-year old Natalie Insley as the teenager who was killed in a Sharptown car crash on Monday.

She was a passenger in the vehicle when it struck a tree.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. with three other teens ranging in age from 14 to 17.

When she arrived at Peninsula Regional Medical Center she was pronounced dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports authorities are awaiting a decision as to whether the driver will be charged before releasing the name.

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The Delaware SPCA has found headstones for a woman  and her pet in its Stanton pet cemetery that has been slated to be sold for development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization’s application to the Division of Public Health says that after clearing the brush away they discovered the headstones for Ms. Ligon and her pet Lady.

The SPCA says it will not remove the headstone or dig up the grave to confirm that her ashes are actually there.

This means that this portion of the property will be placed in its care in perpetuity.

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A body was pulled from the Choptank River near Cambridge yesterday morning.

And it may be that of a boater who has been missing since last November.

WBOC reports that the authorities say the body was found near Horn Point and will be sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

63-year old Edward Asvick from Easton went missing after his boat mysteriously showed up near Cambridge.

The Department of Natural Resources Police have been searching the Horn Point area since his disappearance.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Help is on the way for Delawareans taking care of family members released from the hospital.

Legislation being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell requires health care facilities to develop processes to maintain records and educate family caregivers about their responsibilities upon discharge of a loved one from a hospital or treatment facility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is ramping up efforts to promote its agriculture and forestry products worldwide.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will open two new trade representative offices in Singapore and Dubai.

The state is also hiring a new Richmond-based staff member who will oversee the expanded trade effort. The state is spending $850,000 over the next two fiscal years on the initiative.

Virginia currently has representative offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India and China.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, the first such pool found in the state this year.

The Department of Agriculture said in a news release Tuesday that workers mosquitoes collected mosquitoes in Capitol Heights on July 19. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in those mosquitoes on July 27.

Officials say truck sprayed the area to control adult mosquitoes.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new solar energy project that will be built at Naval Air Station Oceana.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Dominion Virginia Power will build and operate an 18-megawatt facility on the base, and state government will buy all of the energy produced.

The project is part of McAuliffe's bid to increase the amount of solar energy the state procures. McAuliffe announced a similar public-private partnership with Dominion in March to build a 20-megawatt facility in Northern Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lobbyists in Virginia are spending less taking public officials out to eat at high-end restaurants, while lawmakers are more frequently covering the cost of eating out with their virtually unrestricted campaign accounts, according to data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project.

The shift comes after a gift scandal caused Virginia's elected officials to tighten the state's ethics rules.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia's former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband's convictions.
 
News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell's attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate her convictions in a motion filed Monday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The high court overturned his conviction and sent it back to the appeals court.
 

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - After deadly floods in central Maryland, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman says he's tapped the county's planning department to draft a master plan to address flood-prone areas in order to prevent future disasters.

He said he believes nothing "could have stopped this tragedy," but that "it is an opportunity to make some changes."

Kittleman hosted a meeting Monday for residents impacted by severe flooding in Ellicott City.

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The Chemours headquarters will stay in downtown Wilmington with 1-thousand jobs to stay in the First State.           

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the firm had looked at other sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The headquarters employs around 800 people with another 200 at research sites throughout the state.

The News Journal reports that the impact on Wilmington and the surrounding area could have been devastating if the company had decided to pick up and leave.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A mosque in Spotsylvania County may stay at its current location rather than build a bigger facility nearby after meeting resistance from residents who denounced Islam.

Samer Shalaby, a trustee of The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, tells the Free Lance-Star that the mosque is considering selling some its land to a homebuilder and using the proceeds for a possible addition at its current facility.

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The region’s governors have given their support for a Navy drone surveillance program to come to Wallops Flight Facility.

The letters from governors Larry Hogan of Maryland, Jack Markell of Delaware and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, give some strong political support for the move.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, a local trade group, hailed the letter of support.

Some 400 jobs would open up with the coming of the MQ-4C Triton drone program.

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It could get a little noisy for the next week if you are near the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Navy is carrying out some flight training that will include the Navy’s E-2C/D and C-2A turboprop aircraft.

Around 150 personnel will be involved in the training exercise at its Accomack County facility.   

These will involve both navy pilots and civilian maintenance crews.

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Rain is suspected to be the main cause of a sinkhole that was 3 feet by 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep which showed up on Route 90 into Ocean City.

It showed up in the right lane of traffic and a portion of the shoulder just as the Assawoman Bay Bridge hits the land on the bay side of Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that traffic backed up for those trying to leave the resort while authorities got the vehicles coming into the city moved off the highway and onto detours.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - One man has been killed and two others injured in a boating accident in Annapolis.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said in a statement that 49-year-old Paul Dettor was thrown from a 20-foot boat Sunday night when the vessel hit a rock jetty in Whitehall Creek. He was found on the rock jetty and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities did not release a cause of death.

Two other men who were on board the boat were treated for minor injuries.

Police say Dettor is the eighth person to die in a boating incident in Maryland this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says his office is appealing a judge's order granting a new trial to a man convicted of murder in a case that was featured in the "Serial" podcast.

Frosh said in a telephone interview that his office filed the notice of appeal Monday. The attorney general's office has asked that any new trial for Adnan Syed be halted during the appeals process.

Syed was convicted of killing his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has launched a new program aimed at teaching teens how to interact with law enforcement officials.

Herring announced the program Monday at the 16th annual Virginia School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton.

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