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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3:05 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Single Lane Closures on Snow Hill Road

The Maryland Highway Administration is allowing single lane closures to install utilities for a developer on Snow Hill Road at the intersection of West College Avenue in Salisbury.

Weather permitting, the utility work begins tomorrow and should be completed by Saturday.

Expect lane closure from 8 pm to 5:30 am.        

Message signs and other indicators will signal to drivers the change in traffic pattern that will cause delays.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Dead Zone in Chesapeake Bay Is Down

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.

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9:31 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Gambling Expansion Goes to Full House in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is set to take up a measure that would pave the way for expanded gambling in the state.

The House is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m. Tuesday to consider allowing table games such as blackjack at casinos, and to permit a new casino site in Prince George's County.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday night to reduce taxes for the operators of a new Anne Arundel County casino and a planned one in Baltimore. The move is aimed at offsetting the economic impact of a future Prince George's casino near Washington.

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9:28 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Two Political Families Used Inmate Day Labor Program

Commissioner Carl Danberg Official Web Site

Two politically connected families have been found to be the primary beneficiaries of the inmate day-labor program in Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the result of a nearly two-month investigation by the Delaware Department of Correction.

The paper reports that only state representative John Atkins and his father-in-law David Allan Baker are listed as people who took out inmates for single-day work assignments this year.

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9:21 am
Tue August 14, 2012

African American Leaders Call for Probe Into Delaware Police Shooting

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African American leaders, activists and community members gathered at a rally yesterday where a 27-year old man came to rest after being shot by a New Castle County police officer.

They are calling for an investigation into the fifth police-involved shooting this year.

Those attending were members of the Black Clergy Consortium, the Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks of Wilmington as well as state and local branches of the NAACP.

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9:14 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Additional Firefighters Not Coming to Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council rejected a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would have funded 12 new firefighting positions over the next two years.

During last night’s work session Council member Debbie Campbell cited a bureaucratic requirement that the governing body approve the application before being submitted.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that Council President Terry Cohen said she wanted to know how the new positions would be affected if the city had to lay off staff members.

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9:10 am
Tue August 14, 2012

MACo Meets Amidst Fiscal Worries

Ingrid Turner, MACo President, Official Website

When the Maryland Association of Counties gathers in Ocean City this week there will be some tough questions about the cuts that local government leaders are now facing.

Many have seen their budgets slashed with falling property tax revenues in the wake of the housing bust.

And they face footing the entire teacher pension bill.

Howard County executive and former president of the Association Ken Ullman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a real tension between county leaders and the state.

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9:05 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator Cardin On Chesapeake Bay Restoration at MACo

Senator Ben Cardin Website

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be in Ocean City this week discussing Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The Maryland lawmaker says he plans to participate in a panel discussion on Thursday at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference. The panel will discuss local and federal support for efforts to restore the bay. Shawn Garvin, the mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also scheduled to participate on the panel.

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9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Ping Pong Summer" Filming Next Month in Ocean City

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An independent movie will begin filming in Ocean City next month.

"Ping Pong Summer," a comedy, is written and will be directed by Maryland native Michael Tully.

The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and John Hannah.

The movie takes place during the 1980s and is based on Tully's annual vacations.

The Maryland Film Office says production could result in the hiring of 90 local crew, actors and extras, and the purchase or renting of goods and services from some 140 Maryland businesses.

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8:46 am
Tue August 14, 2012

New Radio System For Improving Communications at Delaware Prisons

State of Delaware

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are unveiling a new radio system that improves communications within Delaware's prison system.

A demonstration of the new 700 megahertz radio system was planned Tuesday at the state women's prison in New Castle.

Officials say the new system supports communications both inside prison facilities and, for the first time, provides communications between facilities and directly with first responders.

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3:39 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rezoning of Farmland Overturned in Queen Anne's County

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation hailed a decision by the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court that overturned a decision to rezone nearly 600 acres of agricultural lands for commercial and residential development. 

By a 3-to-2 vote in November of last year the County Commissioners approved the rezoning, despite objections by two of the commissioners that this would have an adverse impact on neighboring residents.

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3:22 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Calvert Cliff's Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Shut Down

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One of the two reactors at Calvert Cliff’s nuclear power plant has been shut down because of an unplanned insertion of a control rod into the reactor core.

A spokesman at the plant in southern Maryland told the Baltimore Sun that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon resulting in a reduction of power generation.

The rods are used in the reactor to limit the fission taking place among the enriched-uranium fuel rods.

A plant spokesman told the paper that there was no risk to the public but could not say when Unit 1 will be back in operation.  

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3:13 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD Sales Tax Holiday Draws Shoppers

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state's week long sales tax holiday.

Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.

In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday. 

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3:05 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Baltimore Delegates Press Concerns Over 6th Casino

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the Maryland House of Delegates are starting to define proposed changes to a measure to expand gambling in the state.

Baltimore lawmakers met Monday morning to discuss amendments.

They are concerned about when a Prince George's County casino could open.

A bill approved by the Senate says the casino could open July 1, 2016 or 30 months after a casino opens in Baltimore in 2014. Baltimore lawmakers want to specify opening at 30 months after the Baltimore casino opens.

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12:41 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Reflections on the Sikh Temple Shootings

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Worshippers gathered at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin for the first time, since a white supremacist gunned down six members this month. The event capped a weekend that marked the killings. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mona Sigh with the Sikh Center of Delaware about the tragedy.

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12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.

The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O'Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.

The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George's County. 

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12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Delaware To Require Health Coverage For Autism

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Monday requires coverage and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under 21 years old.

The law also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

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12:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-School Shoppinig

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state's week long sales tax holiday.

Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.

In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday.

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10:18 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Second Town Resignation in Dewey Beach

City of Dewey Beach

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The finance director of Dewey Beach has announced he is resigning, making him the second town leader to step down in less than a month.

The Daily Times of Salisbury (http://tinyurl.com/8sypjxo ) reports Bill Brown will leave his post on Aug. 30. He has spent two years in the position.

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10:13 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Cut in Capacity Fees To Be Considered By Salisbury City Council

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The Salisbury City Council tonight will be looking at a cut in the city’s water and sewer connection fees by 60 percent for those buildings which are not connected to the city’s system.

This would mean a reduction from $8500 to just under $3400.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce says the fee reduction will stimulate growth.

The revenue from the capacity fees has dropped dramatically from $1.6 million four years ago to $114,000 this year.  

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10:06 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Ballot Measures Facing Wicomico County Voters

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Wicomico County voters will be facing some charter changes this fall.

Among the measures on the ballot is one dealing with petitions filed with the election board.

It would require residents to gather 20 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election or 10-thousand people whichever is fewer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that currently the number is 15 percent of registered voters in the county.

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10:01 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Newcomers Impact Sixth District Senate Seat in Delaware

State of Delaware

The explosion in the come-here population could be the key to who wins the 6th state Senate seat in Delaware.

The district covers the coastal resorts like Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes as well as inland towns like Milton and Harbeson.

A Wilmington News Journal analysis finds that voters are far different than the rest of Sussex County.

It has more retires, fewer farmers and mostly wealthier households.

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3:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

MD Senate Begins Debate on Gambling Expansion

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is debating amendments to a measure to permit table games like craps at Maryland casinos and to allow a casino in Prince George's County.

The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs that would have raised impact grants in Allegany, Cecil and Worcester counties from $200,000 to $400,000.

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3:20 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Maryland Has Highest Foreclosure Rate in Nation

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland topped that of any other state this spring.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the spike can be attributed in large part to a national settlement with the country's five largest mortgage servicers that led to a flood of new cases.

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3:13 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Pediatrician Loses License After Waterboarding Accusation

Delaware State Police

Delaware state officials have pulled the medical license for pediatrician Melvin Morse who has been accused of waterboarding his 11 year old daughter.

It comes two days after the 58-year old Milton man was arrested on felony charges of reckless endangerment and conspiracy.

Court documents say that he grabbed his daughter by the ankle and dragged her across a gravel drive way after which he took her inside their home and spanked her. 

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3:03 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Corn, Soy USDA Forecast Down

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It’s bad news from the US Department of Agriculture who said that they are forecasting a 13 percent drop in corn production from last year – expected to come in at 10.8 billion bushels.

It’s the first official USDA assessment on the impact of the drought that has swept across the heart of the Corn belt.

The government says the price of a bushel last month was $8 and could reach as high as $8.90.

Soybeans are expected to be hit a bit less hard with production expected to be down by 12 percent over last year at 2.6 billion bushels.  

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11:41 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Gambling Expansion Out of Senate Committee in Annapolis

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The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved expansion of gambling in the state yesterday on an 11 to 1 vote.

It came on the first day of a special legislative session in Annapolis to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.

The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Owners of the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel county testified against the measure…fearing that the sixth casino would damage their business.

Meanwhile, William Rickman, the owner of Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore, supported the bill.

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11:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

DE & MD Governors: Loosen Ethanol Requirements

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The governors of Delaware and Maryland are joining an effort to persuade federal officials to ease renewable fuel standards because of a severe drought that has led to a drop in corn supplies and a corresponding increase in corn prices.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a letter Thursday to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to relax rules requiring that a percentage of the corn crop go to making ethanol.

Similar pleas have been made by the two states' congressional delegations.

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11:26 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Atlantic Sturgeon: An Endangered Species

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The Atlantic Sturgeon, once plentiful in Delmara waters, has been put on the Endangered Species Act.  But for some researchers this may backfire. Delmarva Public Radio's Jake Ryan prepared this report.

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11:18 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Fisker Gets Taxpayer Money For Utility Bills

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Despite Fisker Automotive suspending work at its Newport-area factory in April Delaware taxpayers have shelled out $400-thousand to pay for the plant’s utility bills.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Markell administration says it must make payments under the $9 million deal with the California based hybrid car maker.

The auto company says even though it has laid off dozens of workers and keeps only a small maintenance team the power is necessary to ensure the valuable equipment inside is in good shape.

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