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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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Charlottesville man is competing on "Jeopardy!"

The Daily Progress reports that TJ Bateman, who does software quality assurance work, is competing on the show Tuesday.

This is the 32nd season of the show. It has been hosted by Alex Trebek since 1984.

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A crop dusting plane crashed in a corn field in Laurel, Delaware.

The double-wing spray plane touched down along Johnson Road mid-morning on Saturday.

The pilot, 39 year old Justin Hoffman, had been spraying water melon fields.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that after spraying a crop his engine lost power forcing him to make a landing in a nearby corn field.

Hoffman was not injured in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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There were two reported attempted abductions in Newark over the weekend.

They occurred late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the first occurred around 11:30 p.m. at the Colonial Gardens Apartments.

The paper reports that police say a 28-year old University of Delaware student had been unloading her car when a man tried to put a cloth soaked a chemical over her mouth.

At around 3:30 a.m. police say another woman says a man tried to abduct her from a nearby apartment complex called the Main Towers.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A professional single-A level hockey league has expressed interest in expanding into Salisbury.

Federal Hockey League Vice Commissioner Andrew "Sarge" Richards says the league, which is in its seventh year, is looking to broaden itself geographically and thinks Salisbury would be a good fit.

Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Director Steve Miller says the county is just beginning to examine the possibility of having a professional hockey team.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A report from the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee shows the blue crab population in the bay has grown, but still hasn't met target levels.

Media outlets report the 2016 Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report found the overall population of blue crabs in the bay has grown from 411 million in 2015 to 533 million this year.

The amount of female blue crabs had decreased in recent years. This year, there were 194 spawning-age female crabs in the bay, compared with 101 million in 2015. However, the target for 2016 was 215 million.

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Congressman Andy Harris says he will not only support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump he will campaign for him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during a town hall meeting in Fruitland on Wednesday he told the crowd that he particularly likes Trump’s choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s endorsement follows on the heels of a decision by the top GOP official in the state Governor Larry Hogan who said he would not endorse or vote for Trump.

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There are two more cases of the Zika virus in Delaware.

State health officials say these would be the sixth and seventh in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there are two other cases involving pregnant women who have received indeterminate tests results.

They will be monitored for up to a year after their children are born.

The announcement came as Delaware state officials met with Wilmington officials on ways to improve prevention of the virus.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a series of bills regarding pay equity and other women's issues.

Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose fight for equal pay led to Congress passing a 2009 law that bears her name, was the featured guest at Thursday's bill signing ceremony.

One new law makes it illegal for employers in Delaware to prohibit employees from talking about how much they are or their co-workers are paid.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats who control Maryland's legislature are hoping Republican Gov. Larry Hogan approves spending $80 million that lawmakers have fenced off for education, health care and public safety. But a Hogan spokesman says the governor hasn't decided yet due to economic uncertainties.

The money could be released at the start of the new fiscal year Friday.

Del. Maggie McIntosh says lawmakers steered the money into areas they believed Hogan would be inclined to support to avoid last year's dispute over $68 million for education that Hogan declined.

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Leadership at 11 of the 12 University System of Maryland institutions will be getting raises in the coming fiscal year, most of no more than 3.5 percent.

The Daily Record reports that University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh will get the largest increase of 14 percent, bringing his total 2017 salary up to $600,314.

The biggest overall earner is University of Maryland, Baltimore president Dr. Jay Perman, whose $895,923 salary also covers his work as a practicing physician.

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on the health of coastal wetlands in the nation, with the five-year effort revealing that wetlands in the coastal plains region, which includes Virginia, are slightly healthier than the nation overall.

The Daily Press reports that the EPA's survey shows that 50 percent of all wetland types in the region were in good health, 21 percent were in fair condition and 29 percent were in poor condition.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (AP) - A military post near Washington says a lockdown has been lifted, except for the medical building where an active shooter was reported.

Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet Thursday morning that the all-clear was given for the base except for the medical building. The base did not say why the building remained on lockdown.

A law enforcement official says no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington.

The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have issued a water quality advisory for Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street.

Media outlets report that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued the advisory for Wednesday and Thursday, citing bacteria levels above the recreational water quality standard. Officials say the elevated bacteria levels are likely due to increased rainfall.

The state issues advisories when samples test positive for excess bacteria, but it doesn't close beaches or swimming areas.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Coastal Bays Program says 14 migratory bird nests that included 40 gull eggs have been illegally removed from a hotel in Ocean City.

Media outlets report that in May, the manager of the Comfort Inn on the Ocean City boardwalk ordered maintenance staff to remove all bird nests from the roof. Some of the eggs were hatching at the time, but MCBP spokeswoman Sandi Smith says none of the birds survived.

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Governor Larry Hogan has appointed two members to the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are Nelson Malone and Maria Waller from the business community.

They have been appointed just as a Donna Hanlin takes over as superintendent replacing John Fredericksen who is retiring after 44 years in public education.

Fredericksen served two terms and was praised during a tribute by former education officials.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials have denied requests to remove three school board members who ousted a superintendent in Queen Anne's County.

The Washington Post reports that the Maryland State Board of Education announced Tuesday that the community requests were not factually or legally sufficient to warrant the removal of the board members.

The requests stemmed from the school board's decision in February to not renew the contract of Superintendent Carol Williamson.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blasted the cost-sharing plan to improve the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they appeared together insisting that they would do whatever it takes to reverse the April decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hogan said that residents of both states would bear an unfair burden paying for electricity they will be using.

The estimated total cost of the improvements by PJM Company will now total $272 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are entering the final day of this year's legislative session with plenty of work still left to do.

While the House and Senate have passed a $4 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday, they must still sign off on a capital budget for construction projects and a grants budget for community groups and nonprofit agencies.

Meanwhile, a controversial school redistricting plan for Wilmington backed by Gov. Jack Markell is languishing in the Senate, much to the frustration of Wilmington-area lawmakers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill making it illegal for employers in Delaware to prohibit employees from talking about how much they or their co-workers are paid.

The measure was approved Wednesday by majority Democrats on a straight 12-9 party line vote and now goes to Gov. Jack Markell. It is part of a package of bills aimed at improving workplace equity between men and women.

Supporters say the bill will help women determine whether they're being paid less than male co-workers for equal work and fight for equal pay.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Kraft Heinz Co. is set to receive state funds to create 28 full-time jobs at its Dover plant.

The Delaware Council on Development Finance on Monday approved two grant requests totaling about $1.2 million for the factory. $1.05 million will be used to upgrade the plant's bakery division, while an addition $131,130 will come from the state strategic fund for the creation of the new jobs.

The grants will be issued through the Delaware Economic Development Office.

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Casino revenues may be up but Ocean Downs is not bringing in the kind money that had been hoped for when slots got approved.

It only brought in $56 million in revenue providing only $27 million in taxes and fees.

When the green light was given in 2009 to build the casino it was supposed to rake in $97 million by 2013 with $65 million going to the state and local governments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the casino has only been able to hire half of the workforce that had been projected.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland Foundation says it will no longer directly invest in certain fossil fuel sources.

Leonard Raley, president and CEO of the foundation, which oversees the system's $1 billion endowment, tells The Baltimore Sun that they are concerned about climate change and taking actions to reflect that.

The foundation said Tuesday that it would sign on to a United Nations pledge to be more socially aware of its investments, and appoint a staff person to identify opportunities in renewable energy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have unveiled a uniform policy for use of body cameras by police agencies in Delaware.

The policy released Wednesday is not binding on law enforcement agencies but has been endorsed by groups including the Delaware Police Chiefs Council and the Fraternal Order of Police.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Police Department has updated its use of force policy to mandate officers to immediately render aid if someone in custody complains of an injury a year after Freddie Gray suffered a critical spinal injury in a police van but was initially denied medical treatment.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the new policy Wednesday. The policy hasn't be updated since 2003.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has identified the probable cause of a plane crash that killed a 16-year-old Spotsylvania County student.

The Daily Progress reports that the agency found that Ryan McCall's failure to maintain adequate airspeed after takeoff led to the March 29 crash that killed him.

The report also states that it's possible that the plane engine's performance was degraded during takeoff, which would have likely contributed to the plane's loss of control.

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Jun 29, 2016
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Last year there were upwards of 12-thousand vape shops in the United States and an estimate 1-thousand manufacturers and wholesalers of vaping equipment.

But the Food and Drug Administration has issued some new rules that vape shop owners say will hurt their business and are unnecessary.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Jacob Luque has this report.

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (AP) - Officials at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland say security forces are taking precautions because a suspicious vehicle was trying to gain access to the installation.
 
Spokeswoman Heather Roelker said by telephone Wednesday that the vehicle is at the Maryland Avenue Gate on Route 715. There have been no injuries.
 
Roelker says the installation is not on lockdown. She says officials are recommending that people avoid the area and use the gate on Route 22 instead.

     
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A series of new laws are set to go into effect on Friday, including parts of a landmark gun compromise between Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers.
 
The gun measures will allow more out-of-state concealed-handgun permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia while prohibiting people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms.  Police presence will also be required at gun shows for voluntary background checks.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The New Castle County Council has agreed to give county union employees a series of raises over the next two years.
 
WDEL-FM reports that the council on Tuesday authorized the County Executive to sign the collective bargaining agreement negotiated with employee union representatives.
 
As part of the agreement, employees will receive a 1 percent retroactive raise for this year, as well as 2 percent raises in each of the next two years.
 

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Governor Larry Hogan says he will probably not appoint Cecil County State’s attorney Edward Rollins III to the state bench.

He made his remarks during an interview with WBOC – the first time he has commented on the case.

Rollins was arrest for indecent exposure in Ocean City last week.

Hogan told the television station that he does not know any more than what he has seen the newspaper but added “It sounds pretty terrible.”

Rollins has been the state’s attorney in Cecil County since 2011.

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