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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News
9:06 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Traffic Accident Leaves Two Dead

Mourning, 123rf.com

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say two people were killed while crossing a highway near Rehoboth Beach.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />


State police say 33-year-old Scott Emory and 28-year-old Cheryl Dunn-Winchester, both of Rehoboth Beach, were walking across Delaware Route 1 about 2:20 a.m. and were struck by a car driven by 25-year-old Lisa Governa, also of Rehoboth Beach. State police say both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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News
4:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Funding Request to Fight Mosquitos in Salisbury

Mosquito, 123rf.com

Mayor Jim Ireton wants to increase spending on mosquito spraying this season.


He says the amendment to this year’s spending plan would help Salisbury coordinate its effort with Wicomico County.


In the wake of the rise in the West Nile Virus that has left on dead in the state of Maryland Ireton reminded residents to protect themselves against mosquitos that carry the disease.  

News
3:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Money Available for Airport Expansion on Eastern Shore

Ocean City Airport, oceancityairport.com

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Eastern Shore airports have been awarded grants for safety and environmental assessments.


Ocean City Municipal Airport received a $54,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant to study moving existing instrument landing system localizers to meet federal safety standards. 


Bay Bridge Airport received an FAA grant of $150,000 for an environmental assessment to remove obstructions from the runway.


The grants were announced Friday by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Features
3:10 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Shooting In New Castle Park

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police say they are investigating the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in a park and that a suspect has been taken into custody.


Police say officials were called to Wilton Park for a person who had been shot about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Emergency responders found a man suffering from a gunshot wound and performed CPR. The man was then taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


The victim was identified as Benny Merrell of Newark.

News
12:37 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

No NRC License for French Company at Calvert Cliffs Nuke Plant

Calvert Cliff's Nuclear Power Plant, google.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel of judges says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can't issue a license to a French company to build a new nuclear power plant in Maryland as long as it is completely foreign-owned.


The ruling on the application to build a plant in Calvert Cliffs was made public Thursday by a panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.

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12:31 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Boaters Beware of Effects from Hurricane Isaac

Baot, 123rf.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters heading out on the water for the Labor Day weekend to be prepared for the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.


DNR officials say boaters should be prepared for high tides, debris and missing or misplaced navigational aids.


And boaters should inspect their vessels for damage before leaving the dock. Natural Resources Police will also be out on state waters to make sure boaters aren't drinking or operating their vessels negligently.


 

News
12:25 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

School Shooting Victim Dad, Be Careful With Social Media

Robert Gladden, google.com

BALTIMORE (AP) - The father of a teen wounded in a shooting on the first day of school wants parents to know what their children say on social media. He also urges young people to let an adult know if anyone makes a sinister statement.


Fifteen-year-old sophomore Robert Gladden is charged with shooting Daniel Borowy  on Monday at their school in Baltimore's suburbs. Gladden wrote on Facebook that morning that it was the "First day of school, last day of my life."

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12:16 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

DuPont Sells Paint Business

DuPont Paint, 123rf.com

The auto paint business owned by the DuPont Company will be worth nearly $5 billion cash deal as it moves out of oil-based product.


The DuPont Performance Coatings business is being sold to The Carlyle Group with the deal expected to be finalized next year.


The company has 2,000 employees in North America with 500 Wilmington area including at DuPont’s barley Mill Plaza offices and the Experimental Station.


DuPont officials say that it’s not known what staffing plans the new owners will have once company is sold.

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News
11:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Chancery Court Private Arbitration, Unconstitutional

Legal Challenge 123rf.com

The private arbitration process used by the Delaware Chancery Court has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge.


US District Judge Mary McLaughlin ruled that it amounts to a civil nonjury court proceeding and must be made public.


The ruling reflects arguments made by open government groups who have called the arbitration process “a secret court” since its proceedings take place behind closed doors.

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News
11:40 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Judge Reverses Ethics Ruling Against Dewey Beach Mayor

Mayor Diane Hanson, deweybeach.com

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has overturned an ethics ruling by Delaware's Public Integrity Commission against the mayor of Dewey Beach.


The judge ruled Thursday that the commission erred in finding that Mayor Diane Hanson had a conflict of interest in voting in 2010 to clarify 35-foot height restrictions for buildings in Dewey's resort business district. The vote came after developers wanting to expand the Ruddertowne complex sought to build a 68-foot structure.

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11:31 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Opening Tract in Chesapeake Forest for Hunting

Chesapeake Forest dnr.state.md.us

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it has decided to open the 4,800-acre Foster tract in the Chesapeake Forest to public hunting.


The department also announced Thursday that it plans to move 15 other smaller tracts from public hunting to leased hunting. DNR has been gathering the public's input on proposed changes to hunting areas in the Chesapeake Forest, which cover nearly 67,000 acres in six lower Eastern Shore counties.

News
11:06 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Ocean Downs: Off the Septic System

Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino, oceandowns.com

The Worcester County Commission will hear a plan next Tuesday that would add another 18-thousand gallons to the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment plant at Ocean Pines.


Ocean Downs wants to lay a force main 10 feet below the bottom of Turville Creek that would extend to Gum Point Road providing access to a sewer line for homes there as well.


The venue currently uses a septic system and drain field to treat its wastewater.


Ocean Downs drew 77-thousand visitors last year.

Delmarva Today
9:40 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Delmarva Today 08-31-2012

Republican Candidate Mitt Romney

Local reaction the the Republican National Convention

Guests:

Dave Parker...Chair of the Wicomico Republican Central Committee

Mike Pretl...with the local Democratic Party

News
3:43 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Record Cover Crop in Maryland

Md. Agr. Secy. Buddy Hance, msa.md.gov

SPARKS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has approved a record 607,000 acres of winter grains so far in the state's cover crop program.


Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance joined agricultural leaders and farmers made the announce today.


A record 1,860 farmers are participating in the program, and 152 of them are new to the initiative this year.


The record acreage represents 170 percent of the current two-year goals of the watershed implementation plan for cover crops.

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3:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

First Deaths From West Nile Virus in Maryland and Delaware

Mosquito, 4-Beautiful-Free-Pictures

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the state's first death from the West Nile virus.


State health department spokeswoman Dori Henry said Thursday that the department is not releasing any details on the death. Maryland has had 13 cases of West Nile virus so far this year. Nineteen cases were reported last year and 23 the year before in Maryland.

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3:22 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Assateague Island Could Disappear in 100 Years

Assateagye Island National Seashore,nps.gov

There’s a new report out that believes Assateague Island National Seashore and several other national Parks along the East Coast could be underwater within the next 100 years.


The new 77 page report by Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and co-author of the report says that the future expects to see intolerably hot summers that could damage the tourism industry and harm wildlife.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it also says to expect stronger coastal storm surges that could erode barrier islands like Assateague.

News
3:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MD Fiscal Year Ends With Extra $230 Million

State Comptroller Peter Franchot, franchot.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has ended fiscal year 2012 with nearly $230 million more than expected.


Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday released the final numbers for the fiscal year that ended July 1. Franchot says general fund revenues were about $14.3 billion.


The extra $230 million is on top of about $200 million in fund balance that also is available for the upcoming budget cycle.

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3:07 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Winterhur Museum and Library Gets Federal Funds for Heating and Cooling System

Winterhur Winter Museum Library, winterhur.org

WINTERTHUR, Del. (AP) - The Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware has received a $350,000 federal grant to help install a new heating and cooling system.


The museum plans to match the National Endowment for the Humanities grant as it seeks to marry three systems now heating and cooling the museum, galleries and research buildings. The project will cost about $873,000 and be in place by 2014.

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News
10:20 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Congressman Andy Harris Blasts Democrats at GOP Convention

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md). wikipedia.org

Congressman Andy Harris sharply attacked state and national Democrats yesterday during an appearance before Maryland’s delegation at the Republican National Convention.


The Eastern Shore Republican charged they have been obstructionist and too dependent on raising tax revenue to close their deficits.


Echoing the first President George Bush he told the delegates that the first thing the GOP did when it took control of the House was to pledge “No new Taxes”.

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10:14 am
Thu August 30, 2012

A Moderate Republican Speaks Out About His Party

Mike Castle, wikipedia.org

Is the Republican Party moving away from its more traditional conservative roots? Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle, who lost a senate primary to Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell, is considered a moderate in his party. When Delmarva Public Radio caught up with him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, he clearly indicated that he had disagreements with some of the new policy shifts within the GOP.

News
9:54 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Maryland Milestone Reached for Cover Crops

Agr. Secy Buddy Hance, msa.md.gov

SPARKS, Md. (AP) - It's going to be a record year for cover crops in Maryland's coming season.


Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance are scheduled to join agricultural leaders and farmers on Thursday to announce the milestone.


They will be talking about the program at Cold Bottom Farms Inc., in Baltimore County.


The family-owned farm has been one of the biggest participants in the program. It's set to plant 2,000 acres this fall.

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News
9:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Potential Ethics Problem at Charter Business Hgh School

Education, 123rf.com

Pencader Charter Business and Finance High School is considering a contract with a company that is connected to its outgoing board president.


That concerns the Delaware state Department of Education which has told the Board this raises “ red flags” that must be addressed.


The Board is expected to accept the resignation of Vince DiMauro as its president today even while it considers a contract with his Wilmington based Integrate LLC which charges up to $245 an hour for its work according to the state Department of Education.

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9:21 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Delaware High Court Approved Big Attorneys Fees

Justice System, 123rf.com

The award by Delaware’s Chancery Court was $2 billion with an equally unprecedented $304 million in attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs.


That’s $35-thousand an hour for those lawyers.


The judgment was upheld by the state Supreme Court on a 4-to-1 vote in the suit filed by Southern Copper shareholders against Grupo Mexico SAB. 


That firm was accused of directing its subsidiary Southern Copper to acquire a third mining company for an over-inflated price.


That led to the suit by the shareholders of Southern Copper.

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9:16 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Crime Fighting Grants for Delaware

Handcuffs, 123rf.com

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are set to announce the latest round of federal crime-fighting grants for law enforcement agencies in the state.


Members of Delaware's congressional delegation planned to join other officials Thursday to announce the state's Justice Assistance Grant recipients for this year.


The JAG Program was created by Congress in 2004 to streamline justice funding and grant administrations.


The Delaware Criminal Justice Council received a JAG grant of almost $1.3 billion last year.

News
9:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Delaware State Grant to Build Science Learning Center

Iron Hill Museum, ironhill-museum.org

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Academy of Science has received a $233,000 state grant to help build a learning center on its property in Newark.


The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports the money will go toward the construction of sewer and water facilities for the center. The 2,800-square-foot building would be located about 300 feet away from the academy's Iron Hill Museum.


The academy's past president, Jim Neal, says the academy will begin soliciting bids for the project and a groundbreaking could be held as soon as November.

News
3:01 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Big Mortgage Payoff for MD Homeowners

MD Atty Gen. Doug Gansler, ioag.state.us

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Maryland homeowners have received more than $220 million so far from a national mortgage settlement.


Gansler said Wednesday that 2,825 Maryland homeowners received the assistance between March 1 and June 30. The figures are part of an initial progress report.


Maryland's share of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement has been estimated at nearly $1 billion.

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2:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Beefing Up Sustainable Energy Effort in Delaware

Energy, shutterstock.com

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's renewable energy task force is recommending that the state's Sustainable Energy Utility be involved in an upcoming procurement process for solar renewable energy credits.


The task force voted Wednesday to recommend the SEU's involvement in the 2013-2014 procurement process, despite concerns about ongoing annual administrative costs of about $200,000 for the SEU and its contractor under a 2012 pilot program.

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2:50 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violent Crime Down in Maryland

Crime, 123rf.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says homicides, violent crime and property crime have dropped to the lowest levels since 1975 in Maryland.


O'Malley released year-end crime data on Wednesday for 2011. The Maryland State Police compile the data, which is submitted each year to the FBI.


O'Malley, a Democrat, says the total number of crimes has dropped 4.6 percent, compared to 2010. The governor says it's the lowest total crime rate reported in Maryland since the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted in 1975.

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News
9:20 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Sher Valenzuela Addresses GOP Convention

Republican National Convention, 123rf.com

The GOP’s candidate for Lt. Gov. in Delaware went after President Obama during her address to the Republican National Convention last night.


Sher Valenzuela is a small business owner and charged that the President has imposed new regulations that have cost businesses billions of dollars and millions of hours in paperwork requirements.


And the Delaware Republican praised the business background of her party’s nominee Mitt Romney.

News
9:14 am
Wed August 29, 2012

GOP Delegate Predicts Big Win For Romney in November

Bonnie Luna, PAC 14

Bonnie Luna,, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, says she is hopeful her party's nominee Mitt Romney will win big in November against President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with her about the campaign.

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