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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An altercation at an apartment complex parking lot in Salisbury has resulted in two people being shot.

Yesterday afternoon Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives arrived at the complex on South Schumaker Drive.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say there was a confrontation between two adult males who were taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening conditions.

Authorities are still investigating the shooting and are looking for anyone with information about the shooting.

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William Harden has resigned as police chief of Pocomoke City saying it was the result of “differences in the direction and philosophy.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he announced his decision to leave on the department’s Facebook page.

His resignation was effective June 8th.

The paper reports that City Manager Robert Cowger said that Harden’s decision was by mutual agreement but did not go beyond on that.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia primary voters are set to narrow the field of candidates in a variety of federal and local races.

Among the contests on the ballot Tuesday is that for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Three candidates are facing off for the chance to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who does not have a primary opponent.

There are also primaries in nine congressional races, some in both parties. The most crowded is the Democratic race for the 10th District in northern Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland prison officials have announced the end of a new policy that restricts inmates' access to books.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports the Monday announcement comes less than two weeks after the state's American Civil Liberties Union called for the policy to be scrapped. The organization previously threatened a lawsuit if the policy wasn't rescinded by Monday. It will be revised to increase the screening process for books received through the mail.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say business is booming at the state-owned port in Baltimore.

Officials say the 312-year-old Port of Baltimore had its best quarter ever this year, with a record amount of general cargo and containers making their way through public marine terminals.

Officials say 2,765,247 tons of general cargo crossed the public piers during the first three months of 2018, an eight percent increase over last year's first quarter.

The port also handled 156,991 containers, a 14 percent increase over the first quarter of 2017.

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There’s an effort in the Delaware legislature to require doctors to provide but not necessarily perform ultrasounds before an abortion is performed.

WBOC reports that the measure is sponsored by State Senator Bryant Richardson (R-Seaford) who says it is an effort to provide women with information about their choice.

If doctors do not offer the ultrasound they would face a civil or criminal penalty.  

The measure comes just as state lawmakers are to consider a ban ono abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Authorities have charged a prison guard with taking bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband to inmates at a prison in southern Delaware.

Department of Correction officials announced Monday that 47-year-old Corey C. Davis of Delmar was arrested last Wednesday at Sussex Correctional Institution.

State police say the investigation began a week ago.

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A flash flood watch is in effect for much of the peninsula after the heavy rainfall over the weekend.

In Maryland it stretches from inland Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties to the Maryland beaches.

In Delaware the beach resorts are also looking at a flash flood warning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Saturday afternoon Ocean City was hit with so much rain that Coastal Highway north of 94th street was closed due to flooding.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The owner of a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been indicted on animal cruelty charges after dozens of dead and sick horses were found on her property.

Seventy-four-year-old Barbara Pilchard of Hebron made in initial appearance Friday in Circuit Court in Salisbury on 16 felony counts of animal cruelty and 48 misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and neglect.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said in March that it found as many as 25 dead horses on the 2-acre property.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's network of public colleges is awarding degrees at a significantly higher rate than a decade ago.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the 11 public colleges in the University System Of Maryland issued more than 40,000 degrees in 2017. That's a 42 percent increase over the 28,000 degrees handed out in 2008.

The biggest increase came at the University of Maryland University College. The online institution has seen a 120 percent increase in the last decade. It awarded more than 11,000 degrees, including associate's degrees, in 2017.