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.

 

 

            The Virginia based EcoCorp Incorporated is now contracting with Delmarva farmers for 8-thousand tons of chicken manure annually that will be used at the proposed ECI Biogas facility.

            The plant will convert chicken waste into electricity and custom blended fertilizer for market.

            The company will pay 1 cent per pound of chicken litter, which translates into $20 per ton.

            John Ingersoll, president of the company, says…that an average truck holds about $400 to $500 or around 25 tons.

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover City Council committee has agreed to

commit $6 million for the infrastructure around a proposed

natural-gas power plant.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

(http://tinyurl.com/8yente3), reports the money would cover half of

the estimated costs of improvements proposed by Calpine Corp.,

which plans to build a 300-megawatt plant. The action Monday must

be ratified by the council.

     Calpine and city officials are trying to obtain the rest of the

 

        ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

 

            Delaware appears to have been spared the budget axe in Washington.

            The President’s budget proposal does not suggest any cuts in aircraft or units…and calls for spending a modest amount for construction on Dover Air Force base family housing.

            In addition…the Wilmington News Journal reports…that there should be money for an Army National Guard training facility in Bethany beach.

 

      The Delaware Department of Transportation could be looking at cutting door-to-door para-transit service for disabled residents.

     Agency secretary Shailen Bhatt indicated that serious reductions were expected during a Joint Finance Committee briefing yesterday…on the agency’s proposed $346 million budget.

     In addition…the troubled ferry in western Sussex…that crosses Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford…could also see some cuts.

 

 

            There was a second day of sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the Delaware City Refinery…as the company carried out an emergency flare burnoff.

            Yesterday’s problems…hit the plant’s catalytic cracking unit…which produces more than 80-thosuand barrels-per-day of gasoline from partially refined crude oil.

            PBF Energy spokeswoman Lisa Lindsay…told the Wilmington News Journal…that the unit failed during maintenance preparations.

            Normal service resumed yesterday shortly after 4 pm.

 

             There’s a move in Annapolis to make the University of Maryland in Baltimore pay the legal expenses of the farm in Berlin…they are suing…even if the suit has not been settled by the court.

            Eastern Shore State Senate Richard Colburn has sponsored the legislation…that would require the university to use…its $500-thousand 2013 budget appropriation…to pay for the farm’s legal expenses.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

 

      Ed Butler who has spent 25 years in City Hall in Seaford and is currently the town's mayor has announced that he is retiring.

     The Wilmington News Journal reports Butler, who is in his third term as mayor, will step down from his post this spring.

     Butler was elected to the city council in 1986, and had only one contested election during his seven terms.

  

 

     President Barack Obama’s budget proposal recommends spending $31 million to deepen the main shipping channel of the Delaware River and Bay.

     The Wilmington News Jouranal reports…that has been confirmed by the office Sen. Chris Coons.

     Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and the Delaware congressional delegation have lobbied hard for additional funds.

     Having the money in the budget proposal…could make it easier for lawmakers to protect funds for the 103-mile project during the appropriations process.

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