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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Governor Larry Hogan was in Salisbury for a luncheon where he told Delmarva Public Radio that he was frustrated by the plans on Capitol Hill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

During a luncheon in Salisbury he told Delmarva Public Radio that he had urged the state’s Maryland congressional delegation to seek compromise on reforming the Affordable Care Act.

As for the Senate bill the Maryland Republican said he did not believe that it would serve the interests of the state residents.

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There’s only a week left in the Delaware state legislative session.

And state Senate leaders told the Wilmington News Journal that they do not intend to hold votes on issues like hiking the minimum wage or re-instating the death penalty.

Much of the discussion is being taken up with last minute negotiations over the state budget which is facing a $350 million shortfall.

Legislative leaders say proposed tax hikes are still up in the air along propose budget cuts that proved extremely unpopular during the early going of the budgetary process.

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Congressman Andy Harris has co-sponsored a bill that would create a commission to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of famed former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

In a statement issued by his office the Eastern Shore Republican called Douglass the father of the civil rights movement.

The measure to create the commission is co-sponsored by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Douglas was born in Talbot County in 1818 and escaped from slavery in 1838.

He later become a leader in the abolitionist movement as a speaker and writer.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An annual report has found the overall population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has declined and it recommends limiting the number harvested in the fall.

The annual Blue Crab Advisory Report was released Monday. It was developed by scientists and other experts and will be used by state officials in Maryland and Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to develop crab management strategies.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's senior senator says planned replenishment of Ocean City's beach has been moved up a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sen. Ben Cardin says the $3 million project will begin after this summer is over, instead of the end of the 2018 season. The project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2018 summer.

Cardin and other politicians and officials announced the advance Monday on Ocean City's boardwalk.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for Delaware's Department of Education to develop regulations with specific guidelines to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The resolution says state employment policies and guidelines mandate that government employees not be discriminated against based on gender identity or expression. That includes the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use bathroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 30 employees at a Baltimore waterfront eatery didn't show up to work after an owner says Immigration and Customs Enforcement started reviewing its records.

The Baltimore Sun reports co-owner Gene Singleton says The BoatHouse Canton received an ICE request on Thursday to review I-9 forms. He says the more than 90 remaining staff had to keep pace with demand, including a 400-person event on Sunday.

ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke says the agency doesn't "confirm the existence of any ongoing investigation."

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State Senator Jim Mathias has a challenger in next year’s elections.

He’s Ed Tinus who ran for U.S. Senate Maryland in 2012 and 2016.  

But he was a Democrat then.

Now he wears the GOP label to challenge the Democratic incumbent in Senate District 38.

Tinus told the Salisbury Daily Times that he doesn’t really fit either party.

But, he added, with the current primary system it didn’t make sense to run as an independent.

And Republicans have a slight edge in the 38th District.

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Salisbury Police say they want help in finding 14-year-old Key' Asia Chanel Smith who was last seen early Friday morning on Adams Avenue.

She is described as 5-feet 5-inches tall weighing a 120 pounds.

She has black and purple hair with brown eyes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say she was last seen wearing a black shirt with black pants and New Balance shoes.

The paper says she is considered critically missing because of her age.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say an ultralight aircraft has crashed and its pilot has died.

Police say Michael Malick, 71, died Sunday after being transported to Nanticoke Hospital from the crash site in Caroline County.

Police say Malick was flying an ultralight aircraft when he lost control shortly after takeoff at a privately owned grass airfield.

Police say they believe the plane hit a power line, and witnesses say the plane spiraled to the ground. Police say a parachute appeared to have been deployed from the aircraft.

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Adjunct professor Kathy Dettwyler won’t be coming back to the University of Delaware.

The decision not to renew her contract in the anthropology department came after a post on her Facebook page.

In it, she said, that Otto Warmbier deserved to die after being released by the North Koreans.

He was returned recently to his family in the U.S. after falling into a coma.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in her original post she asked if it was wrong of her to think that Warmbier got exactly what he deserved.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Party of Virginia has decided to pick its candidate for the U.S. Senate next year in a primary contest rather than at a convention.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that party leaders voted 45 to 35 Saturday for a primary.

Conventions are generally favored by the party's more activist wing, while more establishment Republicans typically prefer primaries.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is asking the state school board to investigate allegations of fraud in one of Maryland's biggest school systems.

Hogan sent a letter Sunday to Maryland State Board of Education President Andrew Smarick requesting the board begin looking at possible wrongdoing at Prince George's County schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Representatives of several Native American tribes are celebrating a new monument planned near Virginia's Capitol.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that tribal representatives and others celebrated a groundbreaking Saturday of a new monument entitled "Mantle." The monument will recognize Native Americans' legacy in Virginia.

The Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission was established in 2009 to install a permanent monument on Capital Square. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former vice president Joe Biden already has a train station in Wilmington named for him.

Now, local officials are making a splash by naming a swimming pool for him.

Gov.  John Carney was scheduled to join Biden and community members on Monday, when the aquatic center at the Brown-Burton Winchester Park will be renamed in his honor.

As a teenager, Biden worked as a lifeguard at what was known as the Prices Run swimming pool.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea says he's running for governor.

Shea announced Thursday night he will seek the Democratic nomination in next year's June primary.

Shea worked as a Maryland assistant attorney general before joining the Venable law firm in Baltimore in 1983. He later became Venable's managing partner before becoming chairman. He also served on the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents and served as chairman.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County is joining other jurisdictions that screen inmates at local jails for immigration violations.

The Capital Gazette reports that federal immigration officials and the county have finalized a deal under which county correctional officers will be trained to use federal databases that check inmates for immigration violations, warrants and past crimes.  

A spokesman for County Executive Steve Schuh said earlier this year that it was part of a "moderate and measured approach" to enforcing immigration laws.

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What is the truly Divine spark? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he believes it can be found in one's humanity.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says health care bills in Congress "do not work for Maryland."

Amelia Chasse, the Republican governor's spokeswoman, wrote in an email Thursday that the current health care system "needs to be fixed." But she says Congress "should go back to the drawing board in an open, transparent and bipartisan fashion to craft a bill that works for all Americans."

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There is an online petition being circulated opposing the removal of a historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury.

It’s sponsored by Jonathan Taylor a local conservative blogger in response to a Salisbury civil rights organization Showing Up for Racial Justice that has called for its removal.

Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that calls for removal was just another example of political correctness adding it was important not to let “this movement take away our history.”

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Commercial jet service is coming to the Salisbury airport.

Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, will be replacing its turboprop aircraft with jets in August.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be one early morning jet flight per day to Philadelphia.

The full complement of flights will commence by next year.

The announcement yesterday was made by Lyle Hogg, president of Piedmont Airline which has its headquarters at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware state senator missed his flight after his 9mm handgun was found in his carry-on.

The News Journal reports that Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was temporarily detained after Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the gun as he was headed on Thursday to a conference in New Orleans.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a loaded handgun was discovered when a carry-on bag went through a checkpoint X-ray machine.

Pettyjohn says in a rush to pack, he forgot to properly stow the weapon.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers have given final approval to a bill prohibiting Delaware charter schools from giving enrollment preferences to children living within a 5-mile radius.

The bill was approved on a 12-to-4 vote Thursday and now goes to Gov. John Carney.

The bill applies to all charter schools but is aimed at Newark Charter, a predominantly white, high-performing school with a waiting list of more than 3,000 students.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Dozens of Baltimore business owners are suing city officials for allegedly mishandling the city's response to rioting following the death of Freddie Gray.

News outlets report more than 60 plaintiffs filed a nearly 700-page complaint in federal court this week. The lawsuit names several defendants including Baltimore police, the city council and former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The plaintiffs are suing under the Maryland Riot Act statute, which allows parties to bring a claim against the city for property damage during civil unrest.

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A search for two men who jumped off the eastern side of the Route 90 bridge into Ocean City has come up empty.

WBOC reports that Ocean City officials got a call about the jumpers around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

A number of agencies including the Ocean City Fire Department immediately commenced a search.

The television station reports that officials believe the two were probably picked up by another boat before search crews arrived.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has joined a petition to remove the marker at the historic Wicomico County Courthouse commemorating Confederate General John Henry Winder.

Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that Winder had not connection with Salisbury.

He noted that the confederate general was from Nanticoke adding that was the place for such a marker.

Day also said that the marker should include that the general was a war criminal because of his time with confederate prisons that saw abuses – including the  Andersonville facility.

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Around a dozen or so protesters stood outside the offices of Congressman Andy Harris in downtown Salisbury as the Senate Republicans work out a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Progressive Maryland sponsored the protest opposing the House measure and calling for a single payer system instead.

The group says research shows that 56 percent of Maryland residents oppose the American Health Care Act already approved by the House.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted overwhelmingly to send a bill raising income taxes on Delawareans to the full House for a vote.

The legislation considered by the committee on Wednesday raises income tax rates across the board, eliminates itemized deductions while increasing the standard deduction, and creates a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

Representatives of the real estate and nonprofit communities urged lawmakers not to eliminate deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - The depth of community sorrow at the death of a 17-year-old Muslim girl attacked as she walked to her mosque has been made clear after thousands attended her funeral and a subsequent community vigil.

Many who turned out in support of Nabra Hassanen and her family Wednesday said they're fearful for their children's safety after the attack.

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There could be fewer school districts in the future for Delaware.

Some members of the General Assembly are making the suggestion as a way to save some money as the state faces a flood of red ink.

Currently, the state has 19 school districts with nearly 15-thousand students in the Red Clay school system alone.

State Representative Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) chair of the House Education Committee has sponsored a bill that would create a taskforce to see if district consolidation would actually save money.

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