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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Students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a training session this weekend on how to administer Narcan to reverse a drug overdose.

The training was carried out by the university’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

It was the first of these sessions by the school to deal with the rising opioid addiction rate in the country.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 69 participants -- a high turnout that surprised many at the session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland court has rejected an appeal from a Salisbury man serving life in prison for the drug-related slaying of a Delaware man.

The Court of Special Appeals on Thursday ruled against Deshaune Darling, who  challenged the admission of certain evidence at his trial in the death of 40-year-old Radames Guzman of Magnolia, Delaware.

According to court records, Guzman was an informant for Delaware State Police who helped with several cases related to Darling.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted his ability to attract Republicans while former congressman Tom Perriello touted his appeal to disillusioned voters as the two met in their first Democratic gubernatorial debate.

Northam had been expecting an easy path to the nomination, but Perriello launched a late campaign that has attracted support of the party's insurgent wing.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia say a Newport News police officer shot and killed an armed man at a restaurant.

News outlets report Newport News police spokesman Brandon Maynard says officers received a call Saturday about a violent person at the Pondo Cafe. Arriving officers heard a gunshot from inside the restaurant, but couldn't immediately enter because it was locked.

Once inside, the tactical team engaged the suspect and an officer fatally shot him. He died on scene and remains unidentified.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Stephen M. Schenning has been named Maryland's acting U.S. Attorney.

Media outlets report Schenning will be succeeding Rod J. Rosenstein on an interim basis. Rosenstein left the position after the Senate confirmed him to be deputy U.S. attorney general on Tuesday.

Schenning is a Baltimore native and received a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he earned a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland.

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The Ocean City firefighters and paramedics are set to get their arbitration referendum on the ballot in the next election.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Board of Elections told the town council that the measure had received enough signatures to qualify.

With the council’s unanimous acceptance of the result Ryan Whittingon, president of Local 4269, told the paper that it will be helpful to have someone look into disputed issues.

Last March the union and the town of Ocean City hammered out an agreement that included the contentious issue of work shifts.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police haven't released the motive behind the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper that led to an all-night standoff which ended in the suspect's death.

State police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen says 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. was killed Thursday when he emerged from his home armed and "engaged police."

McQueen says Sealy shot Cpl. Stephen Ballard multiple times Wednesday afternoon after the trooper fell to the ground from Sealy's initial gunshot. The trooper died at a hospital.

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Tomorrow is “Drug Take Back Day” in Delaware for those who want to discard unused or expired prescriptions.

People will be able to drop off the drugs as 21 designated locations ranging from drug stores and law enforcement offices to medical centers.

They may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The program is offered twice a year and is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Trump will order his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has been deposed in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's 2011 redistricting process.
Michael Kimberly, an attorney representing a plaintiff in the case, said O'Malley was deposed Wednesday. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Busch also were deposed recently. All are Democrats.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia wants a rival deposed in a bitter fight over an anonymous email alleging an adulterous relationship.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports an attorney for state Sen. Bryce Reeves is asking a judge to allow state Sen. Jill Vogel and her husband be deposed by May 24. Reeves has previously said there is strong evidence the Vogels, or someone at their direction, sent an email to state Republicans alleging Reeves was having an affair with a campaign staffer.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's restored voting rights to more felons who have completed their sentences than any other governor.

McAuliffe announced Thursday he's restored voting and other civil rights to 156,000 felons, surpassing a total set by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's administration.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Police in northern Virginia say someone set of fireworks in an elevator and left sheets of paper with the word "bomb" at a building that includes an abortion clinic.

Falls Church police say they were called to the building on two separate occasions on Thursday. In the morning, people reported smoke and an explosion, and investigators found exploded fireworks in an elevator. No one was injured and people were allowed back in the building.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Government scientists are launching an investigation into an unusually large number of humpback whale deaths from North Carolina to Maine.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries says 41 whales have been stranded in the region in 2016 and so far in 2017.

Officials say 10 of the 20 whales that have been examined so far were killed by collisions with boats. That's far above the average of fewer than two per year, and officials say there's been no spike in boat traffic to explain it.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be taking part in a discussion on foreign policy.

It's scheduled for Friday morning at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Maryland Democrat will be including a special focus on new ways to increase diversity of the national security workforce.

This week, Cardin introduced legislation designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the departments of state and defense, as well as other agencies focused on shaping and implementing U.S. foreign policy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered a study of the state's developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation.
 
Hogan directed the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs on Thursday to initiate the study.
 
The governor's office says he's ordering the study in response to concerns expressed by the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A record amount of underwater grass has been reported in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that there are 59,277 acres of underwater grass in the state's portion of the nation's largest estuary.
 
Underwater grass is important, because it is a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality. It is the fourth straight year bay grasses have increased.
 

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The family of a man who hanged himself outside a Delaware psychiatric hospital says in a lawsuit that the hospital had turned him away one day earlier.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims 38-year-old Clay McInnis III was denied admission to the Rockford Center on March 28, 2016. McInnis had a history of bipolar disorder and suicide attempts.

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The suspect who barricaded himself in his family home  after reportedly killing a Delaware State Trooper is dead.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources say the man was Burgon Sealy Jr. who had been firing at police throughout the night from his family home north of Middletown.

Sealy reportedly shot and killed state trooper Stephen Ballard after his car was stopped by the officer in the parking lot of a convenience store.

According to police one man got out of the car and shot Ballard several time before fleeing.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say officers have come under fire again at a home where the suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper is holed up.

Police said in a statement that officers came under fire at the home in Middletown about 4 a.m. Thursday. Police say they blew off windows with explosives, but have not entered the home. On Wednesday night, they blew the front door off its hinges, but did not enter.

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Fellow firefighters from Laurel and Ocean City held a memorial service for Howard Schweitzer yesterday.. after he was killed in a motorcycle accident.

It was held at the St. Phillips Episcopal Church with a later gathering at the Laurel Fire Hall where many shared their memories of Schweitzer.  

Sherry Williamson, an honor guard at the Church the Salisbury Daily Times, that the 62-year old firefighter was a “lively, happy person.

In attendance outside the church were members from the motor cycle group Hogs & Heroes Foundation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan plans to eulogize his father at a funeral this weekend.

Lawrence Hogan Sr.'s funeral will take place Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis. Interment will be private in the city of Frederick.

The former Maryland congressman died last week following a stroke. He was 88.

The elder Hogan served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975. He represented Maryland's 5th congressional district, which included Prince George's and Charles counties near Washington.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore police officer who was acquitted in the high-profile death of a 25-year-old black man recently told his supervisors that he witnessed officers from a neighboring county kicking and punching a suspect.

Edward Nero was the first of six officers charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray to be tried and acquitted. The Baltimore Sun reports that Nero notified supervisors in January that he saw two Baltimore County officers abusing a suspect.

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Two worker advocacy groups held a rally in front of the Perdue Processing Plant in downtown Salisbury to deliver a petition to representatives of the company.

The rally was held by Oxfam and CATA a worker’s rights group.

They called on the poultry company to be more transparent about listening to their employees about working conditions.

Jessica Culley, a supporter, told WBOC that there were problems getting time off for medical appointments or taking vacation time.

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A rally held by the United Muslim-Americans of Delaware took place outside Legislative Hall in Dover yesterday.

On hand were Muslim, Jewish and Christian speakers who said they were there to promote peace and unity among all faiths.

WBOC reports that the rally took place just weeks after a state Senator made controversial remarks about Islam on the Senate floor.

But the rally organizers said they were not responding to those comments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge's decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts.

OneVirginia2021 said Wednesday that it has appealed the case to the Virginia Supreme Court. The group argues that lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled last month that the districts are constitutional.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An author on innovation in business has entered the Maryland governor's race.
 
Alec Ross announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination. He's the first Democrat to say definitively he is running.
 
The senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University advises startup and tech companies.
 
Ross says Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can't be defeated by using ideas from the same old politicians. He says his campaign will be about innovative ideas to better prepare students for the new economy and to make government more transparent.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a man in Smyrna.

Smyrna Police Department Cpl. Brian Donner tells news outlets that a 19-year-old man was shot Saturday afternoon in the Trevi Restaurant parking lot. The man suffered a wound to his upper torso area. He was treated at Kent General Hospital and released.

Donner says an investigation led police to believe that two local 15-year-olds shot the victim over an ongoing property dispute.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office is searching for additional examiners to help handle a surge in opioid overdose deaths.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the office said earlier this month that it was struggling to perform autopsies in a timely manner and was at risk of losing its accreditation.

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The search for a waterman who went missing off Tangier Island has been suspended.

He has been identified as Ed Charnock.

The island’s Mayor James Eskridge told the Salisbury Daily Times that the community is in mourning.

His brother-in-law Dan Harrison confirmed that Charnock and his son Jason were out on their vessel the Henrietta C.

The incident began with a report to the Coast Guard that the 40-foot crabbing vessel was taking on water yesterday afternoon.

Both went overboard without life vests and Jason was picked up by a nearby boat.

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