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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BALTIMORE (AP) - A police disciplinary board has cleared a Baltimore officer in a review of the death of a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in a police van.

The three-member panel ruled Friday that Lt. Brian Rice was not guilty on all charges. Rice is the highest ranking officer involved in the arrest and van transport of Freddie Gray in April 2015.

Gray died of a spinal cord injury a week after he was injured, setting off Baltimore's worst riots in decades. The unrest forced Maryland to bring in the National Guard.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest city has voted down a proposal to create a gun offender registry.

The News Journal reported Thursday that Wilmington's city council defeated the measure after a contentious discussion.

The Gun Offender Registration Act would have required all city residents convicted of gun crimes in Delaware to register with the Wilmington Police Department.  Those who fail to comply would face fines and jail time.

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BALTIMORE (AP) – Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the state will offer a $100-thousand reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a Baltimore homicide detective.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced yesterday that officer Sean Suiter had died of a gunshot wound to the head after conducting an investigation into a 2016 homicide on the west side of Baltimore.

Davis also said another reward has been offered for information on the killer totaling $69-thousand.

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Attorneys for former Governor Jack Markel have asked that a judge to postpone a hearing on the federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain correctional officer Steven Floyd.

They had been scheduled to argue for dismissal in the case that resulted from the 18-hour standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in February.

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - A cybersecurity company is expanding with a new corporate headquarters in Columbia, Maryland.

Officials from The Howard Hughes Corp. and Gov. Larry Hogan are announcing the expansion of software company Tenable on Friday. It will expand Tenable's current local employee base.

The selected site is part of the redevelopment of a 391-acre (158-hectare) core of downtown Columbia that is being revitalized by The Howard Hughes Corp. 

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Local state officials took in complaints about the educational system at a community meeting of the NAACP in Salisbury yesterday.

On hand were Delegates Carl Anderton (R) and Sheree Sample-Hughes (D).

WBOC reports that Anderton emphasized the need for greater access to the internet to get children more engaged in the classroom.

Meanwhile, Sample-Hughes told the audience that she has been fighting for things like better facilities at West Salisbury Elementary School and combatting bullying.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A police disciplinary board has heard closing arguments in a probe of the highest ranking Baltimore officer involved in the 2015 arrest of a 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died from injuries he sustained in a police van.

Attorneys gave their closing arguments Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear when the three-member panel will issue a ruling.

Lt. Brian Rice was shift commander during the April 2015 arrest and van transport of Gray. Rice was acquitted in a criminal trial last year but still faced 10 charges before a police board.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate's claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him.

Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of his former girlfriend, her two children and her brother in Norfolk.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, finding that a judge was wrong to dismiss Juniper's claim without holding a hearing.

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BURKE, Va. (AP) - A high school student in northern Virginia says a teacher pulled her hijab from her head, prompting the school system to put the teacher on leave.

The student posted on Twitter that she was infuriated by the actions of the teacher Wednesday at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.

Fairfax County Public Schools said in a statement Thursday that the teacher's action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The schools said the teacher has been put on leave while the headscarf incident is investigated.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has lost his verified status on Twitter, along with several other prominent white nationalists and far-right conservatives.

News outlets report Unite The Right organizer Jason Kessler on Wednesday lost the blue check mark that was bestowed upon him last month, a move that elicited backlash against the social media site from those who saw verification as an endorsement of Kessler's values or noteworthiness.

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