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 defense attorney and his interpreter are charged with trying to intimidate a rape victim by raising the possibility of deportation if she testified against their client.

A Baltimore grand jury indicted attorney Christos Vasiliades and interpreter Edgar Rodriguez on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and intimidate a victim and a witness.

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It’s about that time for families to hit the road.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects nearly 744-thousand Marylanders will be on the highways for Memorial Day Weekend.

This will be a 2.1 percent increase for the holiday over last year.

State officials say there will be no dump trucks or cranes working on the roadways this weekend.

The Department of Transportation told the Salisbury Daily Times that this will allow a smoother drive for motorists.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A package of measures in Maryland to battle opioid overdoses are scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor has a bill signing ceremony scheduled Thursday with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

One measure is called the HOPE Act. It requires hospitals to set a new protocol for discharging patients treated for substance abuse disorders. It also increases access to the overdose-reversal drug known as naloxone. The bill also provides added funding for community behavioral health providers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has upheld a 2015 school district election in which residents approved a property tax increase, despite finding that the district's advocacy for the tax hike violated the state's constitution.

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Those stopped by New Castle County law enforcement will not be asked about whether they are a citizen or not.

In addition, police will be barred from making an arrest on the basis of citizenship status.

County Executive Matt Meyer unveiled what is called the “Safe and Inclusive Communities” executive order yesterday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Meyer said it was not the job of local police to enforce immigration laws.

Nor, he added, was it the job of librarians or county employees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes this will help prevent her deportation by President Donald Trump's administration.

The case of 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church has become emblematic of tougher immigration policies under Trump.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor is seeking to convene a special grand jury to investigate the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate who was jailed on charges of stealing $5 worth of junk food.

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales filed a motion with the Portsmouth Circuit Court on Wednesday requesting a special grand jury in Jamycheal Mitchell's case.

Mitchell died at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail a few months after his arrest. A medical examiner said the 24-year-old died from heart failure accompanied by severe weight loss.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The death of an inmate is under investigation after officials say he was found hanging in his cell at the Roanoke City Jail.

Media outlets report that the inmate was found Tuesday evening. The Roanoke Sheriff's Office says a deputy found 51-year-old Roy Foley of Boones Mill hanging by his bed sheet. Foley was unresponsive and after deputies, medical staff and EMS administered CPR and lifesaving procedures, officials say he was pronounced dead.

Governor John Carney will be meeting with opponents of marijuana legalization on June 1stas Delaware lawmakers consider allowing those 21 and older to buy one ounce from stores around the state of Delaware.

The legislation would also allow cultivation facilities businesses that convert the weed into edibles, liquids and ointments.

The meeting will take place on the campus of Delaware Technical Community College – the same site where he met with supporters of legalization.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park's chapel garden to honor Richard Collins III, who was killed Saturday on the campus.

Mourners placed red and white flowers in the center of a circle in the garden. Many walked the few blocks to the bus shelter where Collins was stabbed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Five of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the in-custody death of a young black man face disciplinary action.
An attorney representing the officers confirmed that three officers - Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson- face firing, while two others-Officers Edward Nero and Garrett  Miller-face a five-day suspension. Officer William Porter does not face any disciplinary action.

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Mayor Jake Day’s plans for a two tiered property rate has drawn strong opposition from Salisbury landlords.

The proposal in his 2018 budget plan would cut the rate for owner-occupied house down to 90 cent for $100 of assessed property value.

Meanwhile the rate for rentals and commercial property would rise to $1.06.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the Mayor says this is an effort to encourage homeownership.

But the paper reports that owners of rental property say this should not come at the expense of renters who are often low-income.

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Delaware will be losing around 400 jobs with the announcement that the financial services company HSBC Bank USA is closing its offices in New Castle County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company says moving the jobs out of the First State is part of a two year plan to cut real estate expenses.

The offices in the Churchman’s Corporate Center employs 450 workers 50 of whom will still be able to work remotely from the company’s office in downtown Wilmington.

The paper reports the announcement came as a shock to the employees as well as the landlord.

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It is baseball and craft beer.

That’s the theme of the latest efforts by the Maryland Department of Tourism.

Officially called the Maryland Baseball and Brew Scorecard the summertime promotion is aimed at encouraging travel across the state.

The scorecards can be picked up at participating breweries and Maryland Welcome Centers.

And when they are all filled out there are prizes.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is a way to celebrate to great Maryland traditions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Fire School has received a nearly $440,000 federal grant to add equipment for training exercises.

Media outlets report Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester D-Del. and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons D-Del. visited the school Monday to announce the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This year's grant will provide a forcible entry training trailer, ambulance simulator, and several hazardous materials training props.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A black Bowie State University student slain over the weekend at the University of Maryland was remembered at the ceremony where he was meant to graduate.

The historically black school's commencement was held Tuesday at the neighboring university's College Park campus, where Richard Collins III was fatally stabbed early Saturday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of school buses in Virginia are missing a device that prevents parking brakes from disengaging by accident.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that state officials say up to 4,000 of the state's 17,000 school buses lack a brake interlock.

Officials noticed the missing device several weeks ago during a spot check. Several bus manufacturers have agreed to install brake interlocks on qualifying school buses for free.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

But supporters of those programs say the cleanups are already a team effort. They are fighting a proposal in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget plan to cut $427 million for regional waterway restorations.

Many members of Congress in both parties also oppose defunding the cleanup efforts, which are popular with constituents.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The father of a black student slain while visiting a neighboring university says he's too consumed by shock to fully grasp the implications of the "horrific and senseless act."

Richard Collins Jr. tells WRC-TV that he's "in no place to feel very many emotions beyond sadness and just (a) deep sense of personal loss." Collins describes his son, Richard Collins III, as a competitor with "a loving and giving heart."

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has named Dawn Parks to head up the Finance Department on an interim basis.

She replaces Leslie Lewis who was fired by Culver last week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports it’s not the first time Parks has filled in.

She is a veteran of the Finance Department including serving as acting finance director two years ago.

Lewis was dismissed last week without explanation and her departure comes as the county begins its budget deliberations.

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Delaware lawmakers voted to cut the tax break enjoyed by senior citizens on their property by $100.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the members of the Joint Finance Committee said they reluctantly did so.

They cited the prospect of a $400 million budget shortfall as a reason for the reduction.

But there were three dissenting votes with Representative William Carson calling it wrong to take this money away from seniors.  

The move will cut the maximum tax break from $500 to $400 on their property tax bill.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a new $1.5 million program designed to increase access to mental health care for uninsured residents and those with little to no medical care.

Richmond Times Dispatch reports Beyond Blue was revealed on Monday as a two-year initiative beginning this summer. It will focus on the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners in Virginia, treating depression in diabetic patients and implementing a trauma-informed care approach.

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BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. The teen attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles' pregnancy announcement, school officials also suspended her for two days and removed Runkles from her student council position.

Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The word "shame" has been spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Virginia.

Media outlets report Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says officers were called to the vandalism site Monday morning.

The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the top of the monument is a statue of a Confederate soldier also known as a Johnny Reb.

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Delaware Transportation officials are finding the cost of road construction going up.

That’s according to the Wilmington News Journal.

The paper reports that with a flood of new projects only a few construction companies are bidding on them.

One case is a contract for U.S. Route 301 tollway where Greggo and Ferrara bid on a toll collection facility.

It would connect the Maryland Eastern Shore with Delaware Route 1.

The paper reports that the company bid was $7.9 million for a contact that the state engineer said would cost $4.5 million.

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Plans to open up the Virginia Coastline for offshore drilling saw over 30 people protesting at the Willis Wharf on the Eastern Shore Saturday.

The event was called “Hands Across the Sand Eastern Shore” and was part of around 20 events across the county over the weekend.

State Senator Lynwood Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt the Eastern Shore Virginians were “ground zero in the battle over offshore drilling.”

He said it would impact tourism, aquaculture and even the military in the region.

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The court battle over the winner of the White Marlin Tournament in Ocean City has gotten underway.

It was last August when Phil Heasley caught a 75.6 pound white marlin and was eligible for a $2.8 million prize.

But tournament officials decided against declaring him the winner after a post-tournament lie detector test.

The tournament officials said they withheld the prize and asked the courts to decide who won.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A school bus crash in Delaware has injured two students and the driver of a car.
Delaware State Police said in a statement that the crash happened Monday morning at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive in Newark. Police say the bus was carrying about 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark when it crashed with a car.
Police say the driver of the car and two children who were on the bus were taken to hospitals with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening.


As we look out upon the heaven we are reminded that we were all once star stuff. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we are connected by the light of our being.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials say Delaware residents should expect delays due to lane closures on the I-495 bridge over the Christiana River this week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that DelDOT contractors will close two northbound lanes on the bridge from Monday evening until Wednesday afternoon to conduct repairs. The lanes will remain closed each day from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The newspaper reports that one lane will be open while the work is being done. All lanes will reopen Wednesday afternoon.