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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland official says special conditions may be justified for a proposed natural gas pipeline, as opponents to the project are set to rally at the governor's residence.

Ben Grumbles, head of the Maryland Department of the Environment, sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Delaware Flu Cases Soar

Feb 15, 2018
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the flu has killed the first person in the state who didn't have an underlying condition.

The New Journal of Wilmington reports the 47-year-old woman who died this week did not have this year's flu shot and was infected with influenza B. The 10 other Delawareans who have died from the flu all had underlying conditions; Six of them had received a flu shot.

Director of the Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says the woman's death is a solemn reminder the flu can kill otherwise healthy people.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants the First State to spend more on drug treatment.

During testimony before a legislative panel Denn told lawmakers that prison was not the answer to those addicted to heroin or other drugs.

The state Attorney General calls the opioid epidemic a public health issue.

Denn said he is asking for lawmakers carve out $4 million for increase the construction of private treatment facilities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that currently there are 137 residential treatment beds in the state.

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Assateague Island has lost a 31-year-old mare known as “Miss T.”

Considered one of the oldest on the island she was humanely euthanized after she should could no longer stand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a Facebook page says she had lived most of her life in in the area near of a bayside campground.

She had foaled three times with one second-generation descendant.

Liz Davis with the Assateague Island National Seashore told the paper that she was one of 11 mares that are over 30-years-old. 

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The town of Blades is beginning to install a carbon filtration system for its water.

It is an attempt to restoring the water to three contaminated wells.

Blades Town Water and Maintenance Supervisor Brandon Slater told WBOC that it was a big relief and the efforts are “going as hard as we can go.”

The carbon is set to be placed into the system by Friday.

After it’s tested the town wells will begin flushing out the system.

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A legislative taskforce is expected to vote at the end of the month on whether the state should ease its laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana.

Co-chair Representative Helene Keeley told the Wilmington News Journal that she believed there should be enough votes for the recommendations to pass.

Those recommendations range from allowing local governments to enact regulations and requiring a tracking system for seed to sale to banning products resembling candy or cartoon characters and police funding and training.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county school district is advancing plans to ban Confederate flag imagery from schools.

WBAL-TV reports Carroll County Superintendent Stephen Guthrie says the revised dress code will stand up in court. This comes after a Carroll County School Board Wednesday meeting where a ban on wearing and displaying the flag was discussed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore attorney has been tapped to help lead a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the credit bureau's massive data breach last year.

The Baltimore Sun reports Hassan Murphy was selected by a federal judge in Georgia on Monday to serve on a seven-member steering committee for consumer plaintiffs in the case.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two brothers arrested during a Maryland gun ownership rights protest last week have filed a lawsuit against police.

The Baltimore Sun reports Jeff and Kevin Hulberts' lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore accuses Capitol Police of filing charges in "retaliation" for speaking to journalists. The Hulberts were arrested on Feb. 5 after police asked them to leave a public sidewalk.

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(AP) A fifth Republican is now running in the June primary for a chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia in November.

News outlets reported Tuesday that Bert Mizusawa has entered the Republican primary and is expected to plan an announcement this week. He is a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve and foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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