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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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a two-year investigation into a southern Delaware drug distribution ring has netted charges against 13 people and the seizure of roughly three pounds of heroin. 

Officials said Tuesday that 13 law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.

Authorities allege that 31-year-old Deangelo McGlotten of Felton was the ring leader of the drug distribution network, and that the illegal proceeds were being laundered by 37-year-old Salman Choudhary of Georgetown through casinos, businesses, and personal properties. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore police sergeant and an officer took the stand for the defense in the trial of an officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Edward Nero faces multiple charges stemming from Gray's April 12, 2015, arrest. Gray died a week later after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van.

Prosecutors say Nero illegally arrested Gray without probable cause and was negligent when he failed to secure Gray in a seat belt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The trial for an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray after being injured in a police van continues with defense witness testimony.

Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. His trial began Thursday. Prosecutors finished presenting testimony Monday, and the defense called its first witness, former Baltimore commander and recently retired Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo.

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There is a standoff between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and County Library officials.

Culver issued a letter demanding that the library turn over 33-hundred square feet of space to store county voting machines.

That’s where the library’s Entrepreneur Center is located.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that library officials sent Culver a letter yesterday refusing to turn over the keys.

The letter said that they believed the space should solely be used for library purposes.

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A dispute is developing over the cause of death for Amy Joyner-Francis who died after being jumped in a restroom at Howard High School of Technology.

The Medical Examiner’s autopsy found that she died after the assault triggered a pre-existing heart condition.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that four cardiologist with national reputations say that is not likely.

The paper cited Dr. Samuel Gidding, chief of cardiology at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children, who said an atrial septal defect is not the cause of death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse has died behind bars while serving a life sentence on federal cyberstalking charges.

The Bureau of Prisons website says seventy-one-year-old Lenore Matusiewicz died May 6. Her brother, Tom Kula, said Monday that he was notified of her death May 7.

An emergency sentencing was held for Matusiewicz in February as she lay gravely ill at a Philadelphia hospital.

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Ocean City buses and vans could soon have cameras – around 400 of them all told if the town council agrees.

WBOC reports that there is a federal grant for the cameras and that Maryland Transportation Authority has said it will help with the financing.

The feds would cough up $400-thousand while the state and resort would add another $50-thousand.

The resort’s Transportation Committee has said that the cost is reasonable given the safety and insurance considerations.

Officials say the cameras would help prevent vandalism and other illegal activity.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A precinct-level review of Baltimore's primary election has gotten underway.

The Baltimore Sun reports that workers from Baltimore and five other jurisdictions began checking documents in a west Baltimore warehouse on Monday. Officials are trying to find out how the number of votes at polls in the April 26 primary was higher than the number of people who checked in.

Maryland's State Board of Elections on Thursday ordered the city to rescind its certification of the primary results.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to travel to Canada this week to promote Virginia business with a top importer.

McAuliffe's office said Monday the governor will head a four-day marketing tour starting Tuesday.

The governor will visit Toronto and Montreal during the trade mission.

He will also go to Boston.

Canada is a major trading partner with Virginia, importing more than $3.3 billion in manufactured goods in 2015.

McAuliffe said he plans to promote Virginia oysters, wine, craft beer and travel opportunities during the trip.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on bill change the definition of family under Delaware law to make references to couples gender neutral.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday eliminates "husband and wife" from among the relationships that constitute a family, inserting instead the word "spouses."

The bill also strikes language referring to a "man and woman" cohabitating with a child, replacing it with the word "couple."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has narrowly confirmed one of President Barack Obama's nominees to be a federal judge in Maryland.

The Senate voted 53-34 to approve Paula Xinis (Zin-iss) for the lifetime appointment, filling a vacancy in the Maryland district that the courts have declared a "judicial emergency" because of the number of cases pending there.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general's office says George Mason University does not need state approval to name its law school for the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) was scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday. Mason announced plans to name the school for Scalia in conjunction with a $20 million anonymous donation. The $20 million is contingent on renaming the law school, which has a reputation as one of the nation's most conservative.

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An environmental consultant says that it would be okay for Wicomico County to allow the large chicken house operation slated for Naylor Mill Road.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that John D. Hynes and Associates found that the Maryland groundwater protection rules would be strong enough to protect such areas as the Paleo Channel and nearby waterways.

The paper says that Monica Brooks, a local resident and critic of the project, called the report “passing the buck” to justify going forward.

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Prosecutors have called an officer facing charges in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray to testify at his colleague's trial.

Officer Garrett Miller is the state's 14th witness called to the stand in the trial for Officer Edward Nero. Both officers face assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Gray's arrest. Nero's trial began Thursday.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was handcuffed and in leg irons, but left unrestrained by a seat belt.

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The development of the large chicken operations with as many as 10 houses has Delmarva officials scrambling to find ways to regulate them as local residents raise concerns ranging from the economic impact on housing prices to pollution and health risks. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with noted environmental author and Eastern Shore native Tom Horton on how he assesses the latest conflict.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors will likely rest their case Monday against an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and subsequent death of a man who died after being injured in a police van and could call to the stand another officer charged in the case.

Officer Edward Nero is facing assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Freddie Gray's arrest.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was in handcuffs and leg irons but left unrestrained by a seat belt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Companies offering coverage on the health care exchange in Maryland are proposing to increase rates.

The Baltimore Sun reports that United Healthcare will no longer offer individual plans on the state's online exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. It will still offer plans in the small-business market. 

CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield has asked regulators for a 12.4 percent increase in its HMO plan next year. It's seeking a 16 percent increase for its two other plans.

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Former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi has filed a lawsuit over online posts that he says defames his reputation.

Grimaldi wants a judge to require social media websites to cough up the name of the person responsible for the posts.

He was fired by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon after an incident involving Grimaldi allegedly trying to use his position after a traffic stop.

Grimaldi denies the allegations and has filed a lawsuit against Gordon.

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The waters off Ocean City got a visit from a great white shark on Saturday.

The shark’s tracker was spotted off the coast and the appearance made it on Twitter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the shark Lydia was tagged by OC Research in March three years ago.

She is around 14 feet 6 inches long.

Another shark Mary Lee made a few appearance off the Delmarva coast last year with the latest in April.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged as an adult after the shooting of another 17-year-old.

The shooting occurred on Saturday afternoon. Police said in a news release that the 17-year-old victim was wounded in the upper torso and was taken to a hospital, where his condition was stable.

Police say officers quickly identified 17-year-old Michael Taylor as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident. He's been charged with first-degree assault, numerous weapons offenses and illegal gang participation.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have arrested a man in connection with murder in the shooting death of another man in a Salisbury home.

Troopers said in a news release that 22-year-old of Salisbury has been charged with first-and second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Irvonte C. Jones of Salisbury. Shaquille Gaskins was served with a warrant this week at in the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial for a separate case.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A funeral is being held for a Maryland woman who police say was fatally shot by a federal security officer now charged with three murders.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Church says a funeral for 65-year-old Claudina Molina of Silver Spring is being held Monday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville.

Molina was fatally shot May 6 in a parking lot outside a supermarket in Aspen Hill. Police say she was shot by 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, who was apparently trying to carjack her.

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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A former Naval Academy instructor facing a possible court martial after a newspaper uncovered new evidence related to his convictions for indecent acts with female midshipmen walked out of his own preliminary hearing.

The lawyer for Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson called Friday's hearing at Quantico Marine Corps Base a "show trial." Thompson and his lawyers walked out of the hearing, which continued without him.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit over alleged bribery involving Wal-Mart's operations in Mexico.

The judge ruled Friday that a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware must be dismissed because an Arkansas judge had previously dismissed a similar complaint. Chancellor Andre Bouchard said the Arkansas ruling precluded shareholders from pursuing the Delaware lawsuit.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - In the second day of the trial for Officer Edward Nero, who faces assault and other charges in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray, the state called its ninth witness.
 
Brandon Ross testified that he was with Gray and another friend on April 12, when they came upon a bike patrol officer. Gray took off running and that officer and two others, including Nero, chased Gray.

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$112 million is coming Maryland’s way as part of a 2017 Senate bill funding Energy and Water Development that was approved this week.

The money will be will go to projects by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving the state’s waterway and infrastructure.

The projects range from $62 million for Poplar Island environmental restoration and $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program to $1.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive restoration plan and $2 million for maintenance dredging of the Wicomico River.

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EARLEVILLE, Md. (AP) - Recovery Centers of America has announced that it will be transforming a Cecil County mansion into a drug and alcohol treatment center.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that the treatment center is scheduled to open in July and will employ 70 people full time inside Bracebridge Hall in Earleville. The company is spending $13.7 million to turn the 31,000-square-foot mansion into a 108-bed residential facility.
 
Bracebridge Hall was built in 1991, and was originally a private residence.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors will call more witnesses Friday in the trial for Officer Edward Nero, one of the Baltimore police officers facing charges stemming from Freddie Gray's arrest and subsequent death.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but not seat-belted into the back of a police van.

Edward Bailey, a 20-year Baltimore Police Department veteran and member of the inspections unit, took the stand yesterday as the state's sixth witness in Nero's trial.

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The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder says Wicomico County must find a compromise between residents and poultry growers over the proposed mega-chicken house in Wicomico County.

In addressing the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this week he said he recognized the importance of the poultry industry calling it “the lifeblood of the economy” on the Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he added that there have to be parameters for such operations.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has concluded that criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although investigators concluded that one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun.

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