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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The Mayor of Tangier Island went on CNN’s Town Hall event last night and told former Vice President Al Gore that he did not see any evidence of rising sea levels.

Mayor James Eskridge admitted he was not a scientist “but was a keen observer.”

And he asked Gore why Eskridge “had not seen any signs of it.”

Eskridge said what his home town needed was a sea wall to fight erosion.

Gore responded by saying that he knew of Tangier Island’s erosion problem and said it was due to the rising sea levels.

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It’s been six months since the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna that resulted in the death of a prison guard.

So far, no charges have been filed against anyone.

That’s has drawn the concern of the Geoff Klopp president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware.

WBOC reports that he said there was enough evidence and enough eyewitnesses and that something needs to be done.

Governor John Carney also said that while he understood the difficulties of bringing charges he too was concerned that none had been brought.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware death row inmate, who was acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing, is suing current and former state officials.

In a federal lawsuit filed late last week, Isaiah McCoy claims he was wrongfully and maliciously investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated.

McCoy also claims state police and prosecutors knew or should have known he was innocent of the 2010 murder of James Munford, but nevertheless investigated and prosecuted him.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2014 shooting outside an Elks Lodge that left two people dead.

Thirty-three-year-old Terrance Jermaine Brown was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life terms for the deaths of 25-year-old LeRon Todd and 28-year-old Ashley Cornish.

Cornish and Todd were shot in October 2014 outside Dorchester Elks Lodge 223, where a private party was being held.

Brown himself was shot by another man while fleeing the scene.

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There’s a new study that found that there are more than 120 regulations that must be followed by soybean producers in Delaware.

The Delaware Soybean Board authorized the study.

And Chairman Jay Baxter a farmer himself told WBOC that the local farmers needed to be educated about the many rules.

He adds that some of the regulations may not be necessary.

Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse told the television station that the regulations were there to protect the agriculture industry and not to burden the farmers.

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The Environmental Protection Agency could be coming to the aid of businesses and residents near Newark to clean up some polluted groundwater.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are two plumes of polluted water near the Delaware Route 72 corridor.

Along with local businesses there is also a city well-water plant in the area.

Delaware environmental officials say the water has been polluted with tetrachloroethylene which the federal government says is carcinogenic.

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 62-year-old fisherman whose boat was 13 miles off the coast of Chincoteague.

WBOC reports that the Coast Guard was notified around 4 p.m. yesterday that a fisherman had suffered heat-related injuries.

A life boat crew got to the fishing boat Windmill Point around 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard took the man to the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onley, Virginia.

With the new immigration policies of the Trump administration, the undocumented community has become more anxious about its future. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with some of them about the new atmosphere.


Tangier Island will be in the spotlight tonight.

Mayor James Eskridge will appear on CNN’s Global Town Hall event with former Vice President Al Gore.

The issue: Climate Change.

Gore will be discussing his latest film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tangier Council member Anna Pruitt-Parks called the event on her Facebook page “a pretty big deal” adding that the mayor will be debating Gore.

Tangier Island is experiencing the effects of rising sea levels produced by climate change.

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The body of 30-year-old Ashley O’Connor of Texas was discovered in a hole on an Ocean City beach.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort’s police department was notified that a body near Second Street had been found around 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The paper reports that that O’Connor apparently got separated from her family earlier in the morning.

Authorities say her death appears to be accidental but they have not ruled anything out.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A government watchdog group in Maryland has released a report on how much it costs to run a campaign for state legislative offices.

Common Cause Maryland released an analysis of fundraising totals from the 2014 election cycle on Monday.

It found that state senators averaged about $290,000 in campaign contributions from 2011 to 2014. That's compared to a nearly $80,000 average for delegates.

The Delaware Attorney General says that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The office says that the agency failed to properly respond to a request for records by the Delaware Audubon Society last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law requires agencies to respond within 15 days by either providing the records, denying the request or asking for more time.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As proposals to change the nation's health insurance landscape continue to move swiftly, a Maryland commission created to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to meet for the first time.

The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

Democrats who control the legislature created the commission by legislation this year, out of concern that President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress would repeal the health care law. So far, they haven't, but the White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two top Maryland lawmakers say they support expanding the state's medical marijuana industry next year to increase participation by minority-owned businesses.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch wrote in a July letter that they support passage of "emergency legislation" in the legislative session that begins in January.

Currently, 15 growers are allowed, and but none is a black-led company. A bill designed to bolster diversity ownership failed to pass in the closing moments of this year's legislative session.

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PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. (AP) - Rising sea levels are killing trees along vast swaths of the North American coast by inundating them in salt water.

The dead trees in what used to be thriving freshwater coastal environments are called "ghost forests" by researchers.

Efforts are underway to determine how quickly the creation of ghost forests is increasing around the world.

But scientists agree the startling sight of dead trees in formerly healthy areas is an easy-to-grasp example of the consequences of climate change.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond is kicking off a series of meetings to discuss what should be done with the city's prominent Confederate monuments.

Mayor Levar Stoney announced last month that he thinks the statues on Monument Avenue should stay put, though he appointed a commission to study adding historical context, likely with signs or new statues.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a commission subgroup met Monday, and several more meetings are scheduled for this week.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A newspaper has found that several experts who reviewed Maryland medical marijuana business applicants had ties to companies they reviewed.

The Washington Post obtained records that show potential conflicts of interest and reports that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is investigating. Final licenses are set to be awarded in August.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities say an early morning shooting and apparent robbery has injured an Applebee's employee who was leaving work. 

The News Journal of Wilmington reports officers responded to a report of a shooting at an Applebee's parking lot around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to an unspecified extremity.

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(AP) - Delaware's senior senator is seeking a fourth term.

Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, recently announced he's running for re-election.

Carper is a former Naval aviator and governor who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

He said in an interview on MSNBC on Monday that he was considering retirement before last year's presidential election because he thought Hillary Clinton would win and Democrats would hold a majority in the Senate.

But with President Donald Trump's victory, Carper said he's more motivated than ever to serve in the upper chamber.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charles Blizzard was sentenced by a Delaware judge in June to a year of probation after pleading guilty to offensive touching.

That's a far cry from the life sentence he was given for the fatal beating of a man in 1982, when Blizzard was 17 years old.

Blizzard, now 52, was released from prison in 2014, one of more than a dozen convicted killers in Delaware who were resentenced after initially being given life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles.

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DUNDALK, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County is honoring Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cancer cells continue to have an impact on medicine more than 60 years after they were taken while she was under anesthesia.
The county held a ceremony Saturday at the Fleming Community Center to announce that every first Saturday in August will be known as "Henrietta Lacks Day." A street where Lacks lived was also ceremonially renamed in her honor.

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The Maryland State Police have identified a man who was killed Sunday morning in Salisbury.

He is 32-year-old Tavin Molock from Salisbury.

He was assaulted on Bethel Street at around 11:30 a.m. by one or more suspects.

He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he died.

Earlier, police issued a photos of two distinct tattoos on his shoulders.

One was that of a pit bull with the word juice underneath.

The other was that of a bulldog holding a machine gun.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An inmate has died after being found unresponsive in a Maryland jail cell.

The Daily Times reports that Wicomico County Administrator Wayne Strausburg said there was no suspected foul play. He said the inmate was in a cell by himself at the Wicomico County Detention Center when he was found Saturday.

Strausburg said the inmate had undergone a routine screening when he arrived at the jail and did exhibit signs of distress.

The inmate's name was not immediately made public.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured after he fell from a hotel balcony in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reports the 37-year-old man was sitting on a railing when he fell backwards early Saturday from a third-floor balcony at the Commander Hotel.

Police said alcohol played a role in the incident. They did not release the man's identity.

The man was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of three people including two from the Beach Patrol yesterday afternoon in the waters just off Ocean City.

After someone was swept out by the inlet current two Beach Patrol members jumped in but they were also taken out by the current.

WBOC reports that the Coast Guard was alerted and sent a boat crew which eventually rescued all three.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that finalists to become licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests against a legal challenge over how those finalists were picked.

The Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case.

Alternative Medicine Maryland, an applicant not chosen, alleges in a lawsuit that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission didn't consider the racial diversity of the applicants for licenses as required.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Ocean City amusement park ride made by the same manufacturer as one that malfunctioned in Ohio, killing one person, has been inspected as a precaution and will continue operating.

Theresa Blaner is a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She tells the Baltimore Sun the Freakout at Trimper Rides is the only one in the state similar to the Fireball in Ohio. One person was killed and seven others were injured when the Fireball broke apart Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing changes to Maryland's Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program that he says will save residents more than $2 million a year.

Hogan described the changes announced Thursday as common sense.

They include extending initial inspections for new vehicles by one year. The Hogan administration says numerous advancements in vehicle technology over the years have allowed for streamlined inspection regulations.

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The pony auction in Chincoteague brought in a record $210-thousand.

That’s an average of $33-hundred per horse with 62 ponies sold off this year.

The auction follows the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Some of the ponies will be returned to live again on the Assateague Island.

The funds will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The event was made famous by the 1947 novel ”Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.