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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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police say a man wanted for calling in false reports of a shooter at Newark's Christiana Hospital has surrendered.
Delaware State Police announced Friday that 20-year-old Jackie Cosden of Newark turned himself in to troopers Thursday.
Police say Cosden used one of the hospital's phones on Wednesday to report that someone was shooting a gun on hospital grounds, then called back with a similar claim.
Authorities from multiple departments responded to the hospital, but found no evidence of a gunman.

WASHINGTON (AP)- In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.
The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.

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With the papal visit this week, Pope Francis has placed particular emphasis on climate change. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes that he is often puzzled by some of the sharp reactions from presidential candidates to the pope's message on the environment.

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Maryland State Police in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state police barracks to receive the drugs.

The goal of the program is to give people a chance to dispose of their prescription drugs safely.

Maryland has seen an increasing rate of drug addiction and overdoses that stems from prescriptions and many times ends up with heroin use.

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The family of a man in wheel chair who was shot dead by Wilmington police on Wednesday is disputing a claim that he had a gun.

There is a cell phone video by a witness with an officer holding a rifle or shotgun at the man and screaming for him to drop the gun and hands up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the man who appears to be bleeding and trying to get up eventually slides his hand up his thigh toward his waist when officers open fire.

No gun is visible in the video posted on YouTube.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a man who they say twice called to falsely report the presence of a shooter at Newark's Christiana Hospital.

Delaware state police Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale on Thursday said 20-year-old Jackie I. Cosden of Newark used one of the hospital's phones on Wednesday to report that someone was shooting a gun on hospital grounds. Hale says the caller then ended the call, but called back a short time later, making a similar claim.

Authorities from multiple departments responded to the hospital, but found no evidence of a gunman.

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NORTH WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has announced his bid for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2016.

Multiple news outlets report that Short, a Democrat representing parts of North Wilmington, made the announcement Thursday. Short says he will work to get the middle class thriving again.

Short names the economy and education as policy areas he will focus on. He points to his experience as a small business owner and as a father of two school-aged girls as giving him a unique perspective on those issues, respectively.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - PBF Energy has reported that it has completed the repair and restart of an 82,000 barrel per day refining unit that had been crippled by fire Aug. 21.

The News Journal reports the fire and loss of a major air compressor system in the plant's catalytic cracking unit slowed the system for weeks, prompting operation of some plant systems at reduced rates for weeks. The newspaper reports full details and the cost and cause of the incident have not been made public.

Wicomico County is wrapping up its contract in December with Red Speed USA.

The company provided cameras hidden inside cars to cut down on speeding around area schools.

WBOC reports that County Executive Bob Culver said that the aim was to change the behavior of drivers and that it has done just that.  

The television station reports that an internal audit by the county found that the number of citations dropped from 500 in October 2012 to 100 last year.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials say a 102-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier should be moved from outside a downtown courthouse to Rockville's Beall-Dawson Historical Park.

The county's Department of General Services Director David E. Dise told The Washington Post Wednesday the county will send a formal request to the Rockville City Council to place the monument at the nearby park.

The former police chief of Crisfield Norman Swift is facing charges that include fourth-degree burglary among other counts.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the incident took place at the Tawes Brothers dealership in Crisfield in which the back window of a blue GMC truck was shattered with a hole.

In addition, the trailer hitch and trailer ball were also stolen according to the charging documents.

The Daily Times reports that surveillance video from a nearby pharmacy showed a GMC truck identified as Swift’s was seen driving near the area of damaged truck

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Authorities are now looking for a white, full-size, dual-axle pickup truck with a white horse trailer in the search for Dreamer’s Faith a foal that was taken from a Chincoteague corral two weeks ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say two men were seen trying to catch a foal.

In addition, the paper reports that authorities want to talk with a person in a white, single-seat electric car who might have details about the theft.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware police say officers fatally shot an armed man in wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wilmington police said in a news release that they encountered the man Wednesday afternoon "armed with a handgun."

Authorities say a shooting occurred and the man died at the scene. The news release did not elaborate, and police would not release any additional information. The races of those involved weren't released.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highway officials say 84 drivers were arrested on DUI charges in Delaware.

The Office of Highway Safety said in a news release Wednesday that seven of those arrests last week were made by the New Castle County DUI Task Force.

The effort is part of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign.

Officials say so far this year, there have been 3,009 DUI arrests in Delaware. During all of last year, there were 4,086 DUI arrests statewide.

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With nearly 60% of the prison population in Delaware consisting of African American inmates, while blacks only make up less than a quarter of the population, a group consisting of Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware NAACP and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware are holding a town hall in Lewes. The meeting will focus on specific policy changes in the criminal justice system ranging from law enforcement and legal penalties to repeal of the death penalty. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Dr.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates say a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people.

An administrative law judge ruled in August that Patuxent Institution violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act over the treatment of Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, and because the jail did not have a policy for strip-searching transgender inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing two George Washington students in 1988.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.

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It was a packed community meeting at The Green on the campus of the University of Delaware yesterday after it was first reported that three nooses were found hanging outside a residence hall.

Those turned out to be paper lanterns from a previous event.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of minority students talked about enduring racial insults while on campus.

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a measure that would link rent that tenants pay to their landlords to a property’s assessed value.

The legislation would make the monthly rent for a home that is assessed at $77-thousand, $468 a month instead of the current $1-thousand.

The Mayor said if there were upgrades to the home the rent could be higher.

But WBOC reports some landlords reject the proposed rent control measure arguing that the city should not be able to dictate what a rented is charged.

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The state of Delaware is launching a 30-45 day pilot program that puts body cameras on state and municipal police officers.

Governor Jack Markell said he was convinced that this would help protect citizens and officers alike.

The move comes after a major push by the NAACP in Delaware for the devices following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, said he was pleased with the new program but says more needs to be done.

A new pediatric and senior care facility is coming to Milford.

This week Bayhealth said it had cut a deal with Nemour Children Health System in Wilmington for the facility.

WBOC reports that the goal of the partnership was to make their campus more than just a hospital.

Spread out over 165 acres services will range from outpatient care and specialty physicians to diagnostic testing.

The site is located at the intersection of Wilkins Road and Cedar Creek Road near Route One.

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Longwood University will host the 2016 vice-presidential debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that the sole vice-presidential debate will be held Oct. 4, 2016, at the small public school in Farmville, which is in central Virginia.

School president W. Taylor Reveley IV said Longwood's selection was a "proud juncture" for the university, which was founded in 1839.

The school said its efforts to host the debate received strong support from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia's congressional delegation.

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Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to offer up some relief to renters in Salisbury.

In his statement he says that residents pay far too much to for quality rentals and charges there has been a problem of greed in the rental industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to put $8 million back into the local economy.

The paper notes that rents rose dramatically during the early part of the last decade and have continued to climb despite the drop in paychecks during the Great Recession.

Get ready for Sunfest traffic.

From Thursday through Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is to be heavier than normal.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has issued an advisory and it says it will open up an extra lane on the west bound span for those going to Ocean City weather permitting.

WBOC reports that the state agency says that the best times to travel is before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday state officials say its best to leave before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m

University of Delaware police say the reported nooses outside Mitchell Hall were not nooses after all.

WBOC reports that they say they have determined that instead they were remnants of paper lanterns from an event held on The Green.

The university has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. community meeting on The Green today for a dialogue given the sensitivity on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Geri Wilson received a text message about nooses and ran toward the nearby residence hall at around 10 p.m.

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The medical marijuana company that wants to build a 40-thousand square foot facility near Hebron got their first public input last night.

During a public meeting at the Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland local residents expressed both support and opposition to the plans by BioCannatix based in Upper Marlboro.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some the neighbors were concerned about how much water it would consume and the security of the facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have decided to permanently close an aging state-run nursing home where water problems earlier this year forced the relocation of residents to other facilities.

Health and Social Services officials confirmed Tuesday that the Emily P. Bissell Hospital near Wilmington will close.

In February, 48 residents of the 84-bed facility were moved after months of problems with the hot water system culminated in a complete boiler failure.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the completion of a statewide effort to improve safety in public schools.

Gov. Jack Markell joined education and law enforcement officials Tuesday to recognize the completion of comprehensive safety plans across Delaware's school system.

Officials say this school year is the first in which every Delaware public school that was in operation as of last year has a comprehensive safety plan in place.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are accepting public comment on proposed changes to rules governing Delaware's farmland preservation program.

The Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation was to hold a public hearing Wednesday in Dover to discuss the proposed regulations.

Among the issues targeted by the regulations is the acquisition of preservation easements, including the process for submitting applications to sell easements, establishing the purchase price for the easements with appraisal information, and the basis for accepting offers to sell easements.