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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill banning sales of a popular cough suppressant to anyone under 18 in Delaware unless they have a prescription.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the legislation, which seeks to limit over-the-counter sales of dextromethorphan, or DXM, to minors.

The measure, which cleared the House unanimously last month, is aimed at youngsters who abuse DXM to get high.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Maryland official says a federal security officer charged with killing three people, including his estranged wife, voluntarily surrendered seven guns after a March court order and officials didn't suspect he was withholding a weapon used in the shootings.

The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Eulalio Tordil of Adelphi turned in seven guns that were consistent with a general list of five that Tordil's wife provided in seeking a protective order against him.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has ruled against the media on several motions made by attorneys involving public access during the trials of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Tuesday that he would not allow reporters to copy audio and visual evidence in the cases. Williams also denied requests to allow reporters to review discovery filings currently under seal, but said he would consider it once the trials are over.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law.

Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as governing bodies and courts grapple with a flurry of high-profile cases involving the rights of transgender people.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The family of a mentally ill man who died in a Virginia jail cell is suing several officials and health-care providers.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in federal court in Norfolk. It seeks $60 million in damages.

Jamycheal Mitchell was jailed in Portsmouth, about 3 miles southwest of Norfolk, in April 2015 after allegedly stealing $5 worth of snacks from a store. The 24-year-old Mitchell was found dead in his cell three months later after losing 46 pounds. A medical examiner said Mitchell lost so much weight that his heart stopped.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities have charged three teenage girls in a high school restroom assault in Delaware that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

The Delaware attorney general's office announced the charges Monday following an investigation into the April 21 death of Amy Joyner-Francis, a sophomore at Wilmington's Howard High School of Technology.

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Princess Anne Commissioner Lionel Frederick has been charged with extortion in an effort to squelch a challenge to a sitting Somerset County Commissioner.

WBOC reports that police say 25 year-old Frederick contacted the commissioner and told him that if he was paid $5-thousand he would keep this person from running for office.

Police say that they carried out surveillance of the meeting at Frederick’s home where he received $25-hundred.

The television station reports at that moment troopers closed in and arrested Frederick. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill that would remove homosexuality from the definition of misconduct that would serve as grounds for divorce.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday strikes both "homosexuality" and "lesbianism" from the definition of marital misconduct.

The law defines misconduct as behavior by a spouse so destructive that a person filing for divorce could not reasonably be expected to continue in the relationship.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State wildlife officials say the first piping plover nest of the season was found late last week on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a news release Monday that an American oystercatcher nest was also found.

Wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey says four or five pairs of plovers have set up territories at the park.

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In the wake of the Panama papers that revealed how the wealthy hide their money a top Delaware official says he’s backing Obama administration efforts to get more transparency for corporations that mask their identities.

Secretary of State for Delaware Jeff Bullock says that given the First State’s significant role for incorporation he says it’s time to do more – especially in the wake of concerns by law enforcement.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the proposed rules include requirements for banks to keep track of who owns companies that they serve.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is coming to swing-state Virginia to speak to the state's Democrats.

The Democratic Party of Virginia said Monday that Perez is the featured speaker for the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser.

Perez is a potential running mate of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are also often mentioned as potential vice presidential candidates.

The Jefferson-Jackson event is scheduled for June 18 in Richmond. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge will rule on several motions ahead of the trial for one of the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hold a hearing Tuesday on several crucial motions that will influence the scope of the proceedings for Officer Edward Nero, and could significantly limit what information about Gray's arrest will be available during the trial, scheduled to begin Wednesday. Prosecutors have asked to push the trial back to Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a Roanoke man's lawsuit against two police officers who detained him for a psychiatric evaluation.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that a judge who dismissed the complaint improperly treated a police report as the truth rather than just the officers' version of disputed events.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Western Community College officials say faulty equipment may be to blame for two lockdowns in quick succession at the school in Roanoke.

The school said in a statement Monday that officials believe the lockdown was automatically triggered by a potentially faulty emergency pull station. Officials say the campus is safe and has returned to normal operations after an investigation by campus police.

Spokesman Josh Meyer says this semester's classes and exams are finished. The school has nearly 13,000 students at its main campus.

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The new upgraded Antares rocket is set to be unveiled at Wallops Flight Facility launch pad this week.

If the hot-fire testing of the rocket works out Orbital ATK expects a launch sometime in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would be the first liftoff from Wallops since a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded on the launch pad almost two years ago.

The paper reports that the explosion caused $15 million in damage to the launch pad.

NASA has contracted with both Orbital and SpaceX to bring supplies to the space station.

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The State of Delaware is seeing an increasing number of seniors moving into the state while millennials are moving out.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that three decades ago 30 percent of the First State’s population was between the ages of 18 and 34.

That figure has declined to 23 percent.

In addition, 61 percent of the people born in Delaware now live somewhere else.

The News Journal reports that economists say millennials are looking for a better labor market where the can build their lives.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote this week on a bill banning sales of a popular cough suppressant to anyone under 18.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan, or DXM, to minors without a prescription.

The measure, which cleared the House unanimously last month, is aimed at youngsters who abuse DXM to get high.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Police say attempted carjackings were the likely motivation at two shooting scenes in suburban Maryland parking lots that left two people dead.

Sixty-two-year-old Eulalio Tordil was arrested Friday after a two-day shooting spree at three separate crime scenes. The first occurred Thursday, when police say Tordil fatally shot his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, in a high-school parking lot. She had recently obtained a protective order against him and was the first of the three deaths.

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SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) - Federal regulators are considering requests from four companies to look for oil and natural gas in the mid-and south Atlantic Ocean by blasting the sea bed with sound waves.

It's an efficient way to look for energy deposits, but environmental groups fear it could harm marine mammals including whales, dolphins and turtles.

The proposed surveying would range from Delaware to Florida.

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The 38th annual Point-to-Point event in Brandywine Valley was held on Sunday.

But it was missing George “Frolic” Weymouth who had led the procession since its inception.

He died at the age of 79 two weeks ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a tribute to him yesterday before the parade of carriages began.

Point-to-Point Race Director Jill Abbot told the paper that Frolic had been the mainstay of the event with many attendees looking forward to seeing him.

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Vice President Joe Biden praised the next generation during his commencement address at Delaware State University over the weekend.

He told the students that they were “the most tolerant, talented and technologically-advanced generation” in the country’s history.

But he also urged them to remember where they came from and to remember those who did not have the same opportunities.

Students told WBOC that this was a commencement address that they would not soon forget.

There were around 700 graduates for the university’s 125 anniversary.

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Six people were rescued off Kent Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard along with the Annapolis Fire Boat and Station Annapolis crews found the boat taking on water.

They helped keep the vessel afloat and Personnel TowBoatUS finished de-watering bringing it to safety at the Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard was first notified when it received a distress call that the 23-foot boat was taking on water on Saturday.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have arrested five people in connection with two separate strings of burglaries in Sussex County.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Matthew Miller and 44-year-old Kimberly Parsons on May 3 in connection with a series of burglaries from December 2015 and March 2016.

After an investigation, police determined that Parsons and Miller broke into sheds and removed items such as chainsaws, generators and power tools, and then sold the items at pawn shops. Police say the burglaries were committed while they worked delivering newspapers.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Hampton residents will get a chance to weigh in on whether to rename two school campuses named after Confederate figures.

The Daily Press reports that the Peninsula Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is pushing for the school division to rename the Davis Middle School and Campus at Lee.

The schools are named after the prominent Confederate figures Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.

School Board Chairwoman Martha Mugler said the board wants to make a decision that's based on "the true will" of the community.

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There could be more arrests in the Onley arson case.

That’s the word from the town’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue company.

Brandon Haynes was arrested for the February 2nd arson of a tractor trailer.

It belonged to Antonio Logan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Fire Chief Chris Davis said there could be additional arrests of junior members of the company connected to a series of fire-related incidents over the last winter.

The paper says that the Virginia State Police have been called into investigate.

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Often we get caught up in the day to day events not contemplating the motion around us. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill suggests that it is time to appreciate the stillness of life.

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There will be no fireworks for Dover Days tonight.

The event has been cancelled because of the rain expected to continue into this evening.

Friday’s activities had been set to begin at Legislative Hall with the fireworks to go off at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Annual Dover Days Parade is still on and will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Wendie Vestfall, the executive director for the Kent County Tourism, told WBOC that it was unfortunate that the rain has hampered activities but that the first priority was to keep everyone safe.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are warning motorists to expect increased weekend traffic at the Bay Bridge because of a festival in Ocean City.

Ocean City's Springfest began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

As a result, officials with the Maryland Transportation Authority are encouraging motorists to travel at off-peak hours. MDTA says it will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open one lane of the westbound Bay Bridge span to eastbound traffic.

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The nation's universities have been struggling with racial incidents across the country. At Salisbury University one incident involved a hoax by some African American students. The University has met with African American students and have developed  efforts to reach across the racial divide. Delmarva Public Radio's Amber Riley prepared this report.

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As the nation struggles with its military commitments overseas a small group were honored in Ocean City.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Patrick Lieb prepared this report.

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