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 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.

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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.

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The profits for Dover Downs plunged during the second quarter of this year coming in at a profit of 32-thousand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s up from the $184-thousand loss in the previous quarter.

Nonetheless it’s still a 96 percent decline from the same quarter last year which saw a profit of $796-thousand.

The overall revenue for the second quarter was $43 million.

There has been a drop in hotel occupancy to 85 percent in the second quarter compared with 88 percent the year before.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities believe a passing train killed a man found on an Amtrak rail line in Delaware.

Newark police Lt. Fred Nelson says the body was found Wednesday at around 9:30 a.m. at Farm Lane and South Chapel Street. The person's identity has not been released.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports an initial investigation led police to believe the person was killed by the train, so the case was given to Amtrak police.

Amtrak police couldn't be reached for a comment.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware animal shelter has reopened its doors following a fatal, fiery crashed that destroyed the veterinary clinic and damaged the adoption areas.

News outlets report that all services at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle reopened Wednesday.

Brandywine Valley SPCA CEO Adam Lamb, says staff and vendors pushed to reopen as quickly as possible because the animals need the shelter as a haven.

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The results of the Delaware test scores are in.

State officials found that while there was greater proficiency in math and English only about half of all students met the proficiency cutoff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these are the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments given to grades 3 through 8.

The paper reports that 45 percent of students were proficient in math in 2017 compared with 44 percent the year before.

Meanwhile, in English the tests found 54 percent were proficient compared with 55 percent in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Maryland is asking the state's highest court to allow finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana to intervene in a lawsuit.

Julia Bernhardt, an assistant attorney general, said Thursday the finalists have a direct economic interest in the lawsuit's outcome. She says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission can't represent their interests, because the panel represents the public interest.

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(AP) - The Maryland Poison Center says it has seen an increase in snakebite reports, handling 52 so far this year. It says the majority of those have occurred since June 1 and 28 have been copperhead bites.

The center says there are many myths about the appropriate treatment for snakebites. It says you shouldn't apply a tourniquet, cut the wound, attempt to suck out the venom, or apply heat or ice.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Fewer people are buying guns in Virginia.

The Daily Press reports gun sellers have conducted 10 percent fewer background checks so far in 2017 compared to the same time period last year.

Experts say the decline follows a Republican being elected to the White House opposed to a Democrat. Johns Hopkins public health professor Cassandra Crifasi said fears have fallen over whether gun regulations will increase.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A body has been found after a 20-year-old man jumped into a creek at a state park and disappeared.

Delaware State Police said in a statement that the body was found Wednesday in the water near the Delaware Northern Greenway Trail.

Police say Miguel Angel Del Valle jumped into Brandywine Creek using a rope swing on Monday and was last seen going over a dam. Police say he had been at Alapocas Run State Park with three other people and they called 911 after returning homes to Wilmington.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92nd annual Chincoteague pony swim is history.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the crossing lasted about 18 minutes.

The wild ponies of Maryland's Assateague Island swam across to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. A flare that lit the sky at 6:47 a.m. signaled the beginning of the swim. It ended about 7:05 a.m.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county is hosting a disaster assistance center in response to damage from this week's tornado.

The Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services will open Thursday and stay open through next Thursday.

It will be located at Matapeake Elementary School.

The center is a central place for people who were affected by the tornado on Kent Island to receive information on relief programs. The Maryland Insurance Agency will be available along with multiple county and state agencies to offer assistance to residents and businesses.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The town of Ocean City is set to have an upgraded fireworks show for the end of Labor Day weekend.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports the upgraded fireworks will be displayed Sept. 3 at the "Sundaes in the Park" event in Northside Park. The event will also feature live music and activities for children before the 9 p.m. display.

The event is being pegged as a chance for the town to make up for a disappointing glitch at this year's Fourth of July fireworks shows.

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The state of Maryland will buy a tract 16-hundred acre tract of forest and wetlands in Somerset County.

The narrow decision by the Board of Public Works will mean the state will spend $3.4 million.

It’s located west of Route 13 just north of Princess Anne.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports it was a narrow 2-to-1 vote with Comptroller Peter Franchot saying that he was not satisfied the land needed to be purchased to preserve it.   

He noted that much of the tract is swamp and is not expected to be developed even within the next hundred years.

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WILMIGNTON, Del. (AP) - Police have identified a 20-year-old man who was reported missing after jumping into a creek at a state park.

Delaware State Police identified the man as Miguel Angel Del Valle on Wednesday.

Police say the man jumped into Brandywine Creek using a rope swing around 6:30 p.m. on Monday and was last seen going over a dam. Police say the man had been at Alapocas Run State Park with three other people.

Police say the three other people did not call 911 until around 8:10 p.m., after they had returned to their homes in Wilmington.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A woman has been hospitalized after falling from a ride at a boardwalk amusement park in Delaware.

WXDE reported that the 49-year-old woman suffered lacerations to her head and complained of pain on her left side. The incident occurred Monday evening at Funland in Rehoboth Beach.

Funland said its insurance company is reviewing the situation. It had no further comment.

More details about the incident were unavailable. The condition of the woman was also unavailable.

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ACCOMACK, Va. (AP) - Authorities say 50 people have been indicted after a 16-month undercover drug investigation in Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The indictments are the result of "Operation Firecracker" conducted by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. The task force consists of members of the Accomack and Northampton County Sheriff's Offices and Virginia State Police.

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In the past three weeks six people have died a heroin overdose in Delaware.

Authorities say they believe they deaths were caused by two types of the drug because the same stamp on has been found on the heroin bags.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that five of the deaths occurred in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.

Patrick Trainor with the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Philadelphia told the paper that such stamping leads to brand loyalty.

Authorities have not yet determine the type of heroin involved in the deaths.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Speed camera tickets will be issued to motorists in Baltimore for the first time since 2013.

The Baltimore Sun reports the tickets will start being issued Monday. Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau says 10 speed cameras will issue $40 tickets, while eight red-light cameras will begin a month-long warning phase before they issue $75 tickets. Pourciau says Baltimore is experiencing over 20,000 crashes per year, and the primary goal of the program is safety.

Pony Swim Underway

Jul 26, 2017
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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92 annual Chincoteague pony penning took place this morning.

Organizers say the wild ponies of Assateague Island are swimming across to Chincoteague.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Officials say they've completed house-to-house searches after a tornado touched down on Maryland's Eastern Shore and didn't find anyone trapped or in danger.

Queen Anne's County spokeswoman Elizabeth Malasky said by telephone Tuesday morning that officials didn't find anyone in trouble. Only one minor injury was reported Monday after a storm roared through communities east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 6-foot (2-meter) long dead shark has washed ashore a Maryland beach.

Ocean City town officials tell media outlets that the shark appeared Monday on the 120th Street beach. Lifeguards pulled it from the water in front of a crowd of beach-goers.

It's unclear what type of shark it was.

No other information was immediately available.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A 20-year-old Wilmington man is missing after jumping into a creek at a state park.

Delaware State Police said in a statement Tuesday that the man was at Alapocas Run State Park the night before with three other people.

Authorities learned he jumped into Brandywine Creek using a rope swing around 6:30 p.m. and was last seen going over a dam.

Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says in the statement that the three people who were with him did not call 911 until around 8:10 p.m., after they had returned to their homes in Wilmington.

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The Delaware state animal welfare director has quit.

Former State Senator Patricia Blevins left after only being on the job for five months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a statement was issued by Public Health director Karyl Rattay which said that Blevins retired to have more time with her family.

The Elsmere Democrat lost her reelection bid in November and was appointed to oversee the Office of Animal Welfare.

Blevins was instrumental in creating the office.

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