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.


9:53 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Democratic Primary Senate Challenger Backs Independent

Kieth Spanarelli,

Even though Keith Spanarelli ran in the Democratic party primary to unseat incumbent Senator Tom Carper.

He is not staying with his party.

After he got trounced by Carper, Spanarelli is backing independent Senate Candidate Alex Pires.

Spanarelli said he wants to help – what he called – the little guy over the big-guy and urged voters to oust Carper as a professional politician.

Carper says he keeps in touch with voters touring the state on a regular basis.

10:04 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Future of Delmarva Public Radio Signal in Doubt

Delmarfva Public Radio,

The Salisbury Daily Times reports this morning that the future of one Delmarva Public Radio’s signals -- WSDL -- is in doubt.

Jason Curtin, interim executive director of the Salisbury University Foundation, told the paper that there was the possibility of major changes at the NPR News/ Talk signal.

He noted that there are a number of news/talk formats on Delmarva.

Meanwhile he said that the classical music station WSCL is not a format provided by anyone else in area.

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9:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Salisbury Police and Dispatchers to Get Raise

Salsibury Police Department, salisbury police

Salisbury City leaders have put a price tag on the decision to increase the salaries of police officers and emergency dispatchers.

It’s $488,000 and would cover the rest of the fiscal year through next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is around $40,000 more than the original amount because it includes pay hikes for the city’s nine dispatchers along with the 60 rank-in-file officers.

9:35 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Former OC Manager Announces Bid for City Council

Dennis Dare Council Campaign,

Former city manager Dennis Dare announced yesterday that he is running for a seat on Ocean City’s Town Council telling reporters that it was time to turn divisiveness into inclusiveness.

A year ago the Council majority told Dare in effect to hand in his resignation.

At the time the council members said they were not happy with his performance and wanted to take the town in a new direction.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Dare decided a month ago that he would make the run.

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9:30 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Ocean City Police Chief Could Be Moving to Florida

OC Police Chief Bernadette DiPino

Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino could be moving on to head up a department in Sarasota, Fl. 

She is one of five candidates now under consideration.

Chief DiPino says she is at the point that she would have to retire in October of next year after 25 years of service in Ocean City. 

She told WBOC TV that whether she gets the position or retires in a little over a year she will be sad to leave the Department.

DiPino says she now will have to meet with Sarasota town officials and members of the community next month. 

9:25 am
Tue September 18, 2012

New Labor Secretary for Maryland

Leonard Howie, biopic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a new labor secretary for Maryland.

O'Malley announced Monday that Leonard Howie will head the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Howie has served as deputy secretary for operations at the Maryland Department of Human Resources since November 2011.

Before that, he spent four and a half years as the labor department's deputy secretary.

Howie is a resident of College Park. He begins his work as the labor department's secretary on Oct. 8. 

9:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Delaware Revenue Projections, Up

Revenue Projections,

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections has updated its near-term financial forecast.

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9:04 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Comes to Delaware

Judge Jim Gray,

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee is visiting Delaware as he continues a tour of eastern states.

Jim Gray planned to meet with supporters at Dover restaurant Tuesday evening before an appearance at Delaware State University student center.

Gray also scheduled stops Tuesday at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and American University in Washington.

8:45 am
Tue September 18, 2012

New Deputy Education Secretary in Delaware


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A veteran school administrator has been named as Delaware's next deputy secretary of education.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports that David Blowman will replace Dan Cruce, who is leaving the post to work for a Washington-based education nonprofit group. Blowman has spent 10 years as the chief financial officer for the Brandywine School District.

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3:53 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Bodies of four Americans Killed in Libya Arrive at Dover Air Force Base

USA Flag,

The bodies of the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans have arrived at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary.

Military officials said today that they arrived on Friday after coming from Andrews Air force base outside Washington DC where President Obama led a public tribute.

The other victims included Sean Smith, an Air force veteran who work as an information management specialist for the State Department and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyron Woods, who provided protection for diplomatic personnel.

3:42 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

James Cooke Gets Death Penalty in Lindsey Bonistall Killing

James Cooke, Mug Shot

James Cooke, convicted twice for raping and murdering University of Delaware sophomore Lindsey Bonistall in May 2005 has been given the death penalty.

Before Superior Court Judge Charles Toliver announced his decision this afternoon, the 41-year old Cooke again proclaimed his innocence and objected to the proceedings.

The judge concluded that the case's aggravating factors out-weighed the mitigating factors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Cooke did not react.

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3:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Lewes To Get A Children's Garden

Children's Garden,

LEWIS, Del. (AP) -- The resort town of Lewes will soon be home to a children's teaching garden.

Warren Golde, co-chair of the Lewes in Bloom organization, tell the Daily times of Salisbury that he hopes the 40-by-32 foot garden will be open in the spring or summer.

The group aims to use the garden to pique children's curiosity about nature and teach them about how fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown.

3:21 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Grove Farm on Eastern Shore Looking for Curator

Grove Farm,

EARLEVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A historic farm on Maryland's Eastsern Shore needs a caretake. State officials are offering a life time lease in exchange for restoring and maintaining the Grove Farm near Earleville in Cecil County.

The Department of Natural Resources is holding open houses at the farm on Saturday and again on October 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. The farm is part of the state's Resident-Curatorship Program, which matches historic properties with those interested in restoring and maintaining them.

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12:52 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Rep. Andy Harris To Hold Town Hall Meetings In Lieu of Debates

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md), Bio Pic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Because his Democratic opponent has dropped out, Rep. Andy Harris is planning to hold town hall meetings in place of debates.

Kathy Szeliga, Harris' campaign manager, said Friday that with Democrat Wendy Rosen's exit, Harris would better serve his constituents by holding town hall meetings instead. She also notes there could be multiple write-in candidates.

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12:48 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Upwards of 2,000 Volunteers Out for Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Delaware Coastal Cleanup,

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials got more than 2,000 volunteers to join in Delaware's annual Coastal Cleanup.

The 26th annual cleanup took place  on Saturday morning along 97 miles of Delaware river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas. More than 40 sites in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties are targeted this year.

Last year's cleanup volunteers collected more than 10 tons of trash from along Delaware's shorelines and tributaries.

12:37 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Renaissance Square in Hyattsville Is Model for Rivers Edge

Renaissance Square,

Andrew Hanson, vice president of Osprey Property Company, says if the residents of Salisbury want to know what he has plans for the Rivers Edge project near downtown look no further than the Renaissance Square in Hyattsville.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is a four-story apartment complex that overlooks an arts-themed district of specialty shops, hip food joints and art galleries replacing old storefronts.

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9:29 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Panel Meets on New Delaware Revenue Projections

Revenue Projectiosn,

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is meeting to update its financial forecast. Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is the first since lawmakers passed a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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9:25 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Possible Farm Visit in Hudson Pollution Case

Hudson Farms,

Could court officials visit the Hudson Farm in Berlin next month?


Lawyers representing Alan and Kristin Hudson and Perdue Farms recently asked the federal court to come in person to the couple’s farm.

They argue that a visit would help the court understand the evidence and provide a firsthand look at the farm’s chicken houses, manure shed and cow pastures among other things.

9:16 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Lt. Joseph Szczerba Honored With Renaming of Police Academy

Lt. Jospeh Szczerba,

Hundreds of police officers, political leaders and family of Lt. Jospeh Szczerba were on hand yesterday for the renaming of the New Castle County police academy in his name.

Szczerba was fatally stabbed a year ago as he struggled with a suspect.

During the ceremony his wife Kathy said the building reflects her husband’s commitment to serve others.

New Castle County Executive Paul Clark said that renaming the building after the fallen officer symbolized the lessons of self-discipline, compassion and duty.

9:10 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New Delaware National Guard Headquarters Under Construction

Delaware National Guard,

Construction of Delaware’s new National Guard headquarters is underway along Airport Road in New Castle.

The $39 million project is currently a two-story steel frame spread out over a concrete slab.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that by May work crews are expected to have completed the basic structure which should be ready for moving in the furnishings.

The building will be wired for modern communications as well as being energy efficient.

When is finished the structure will include a sharply angled stone-and-glass facade.

9:06 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Governor Markell Launches Reelection Campaign

Governor Jack Markell, BioPic

The campaign is on for Governor Jack Markell.

The Delaware Democrat kicked off his campaign this weekend with eight stops as he toured the state.

At the Delaware City stop Markell spoke to many workers who were hired back when the refinery re-opened in 2011 after being shut down for a long time.

He told the crowd that his administration was focused on putting people back to work like getting the refinery reopened.

Markell made stops at other businesses in towns ranging from Bethany and Milford to  Dover and Wilmington.

9:04 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Governor O'Malley Dips Toe Into the 2016 Presidential Sweepstakes

Governor Martin O'Malley, Biopic

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley walked an early — and tricky path — into presidential proving ground Iowa on Sunday, less than 60 days before the 2012 election.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he was focused on helping Iowans elect a Democratic governor in 2014, not sowing seeds for his own presidential ambition.

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4:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

New Abortion Regulations Approved in Virginia

Atty, Gen. Ken Cuccinelli,

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Board of Health has approved abortion clinic regulations that include the strict building standards that abortion-rights supporters opposed.

The board voted 13-2 Friday to enact the regulations, including a hotly contested provision that requires Virginia's 20 existing abortion clinics to meet the same architectural standards as new hospitals. Opponents claim the provision is intended to put clinics out of business. Several chanted "shame" as they left the room.

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4:22 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Shellfishing Restrictions Lifting


BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment has removed shellfishing restrictions on a section of the Chester River, citing a drop in bacteria levels in the Eastern Shore waterway.

The department announced Friday that a section between Ashland Landing downstream to Spaniard Point has been approved for shellfish harvesting. The section had previously been classified as conditionally approved, meaning oysters and clams could not be harvested for three days following rainfall of more than an inch in 24 hours.

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4:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Police Academy Renamed for Fallen Officer

Joseph Szczerba,

This weekend the New Castle County Police Academy will be given a new name.

On Sunday it will be renamed for Lt. Joseph Szczerba and will mark the one-year of his death in the line of duty.

He was stabbed in a scuffle with David Salasky while he tried to take him into custody.

Salasky has been charged with murder as a result of the incident. 

Among those attending the ceremonies will be County Executive Paul Clark and Police Chief Scott Mclaren and his widow Kathy.  

3:49 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Lone Sussex County Charter School Expands

Graduating Student,

The sole charter school in Sussex County is looking to expand.

The mandate of the 12 year old Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences has been changed so they can add high school students to their middle school halls.

This will double the facility’s enrollment.

Next fall the school will add a 9th grade with another grade each year to complete the 12 year curriculum.

The school is now in the process of raising $10 million dollars to move forward with the expansion.   

11:18 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Two Carroll County Selections on Display at MD Wine Festival

Maryland Wine Festival,

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - A wine festival in Maryland will include two new wineries from Carroll County.

The Carroll County Times reports the two wineries joining The Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster this weekend are Detour Winery and Old Westminster Winery.

Detour Winery is located on the western edge of the county and planted their vines in 2008. They started wine production in 2010.

10:54 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Delaware to Unveil Plans to Mitigate Impact of Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise,

Today Delawareans will get a series of proposals to fend off the impact of sea-level rise on the coastline.

The plans developed by Delaware Bay Beach Work group come with a price tag ranging from 1.6 million to $200 million over the next thirty years.

The group plans to meet this morning at 10 am in Legislative Hall in Dover to review the costs and benefits.

The report found that 8-to-11 percent of the state’s land area could be flooded by the end of the century.

10:46 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Nation Marks 11th Anniversary of 911 Attacks

American Flag,

With the protests over a video offensive to Muslims spreading across the world, Americans this week took a moment to reflect on the 9-11 terrorist attacks eleven years ago. With the passage of time and the death of  Osama Bin Laden , the architect of those attacks, America seems to have turned a page.  Salisbury University political science professor and peace activist Michael O'Loughlin reflects on the era which saw two wars and an economic crisis.

Delmarva Today
10:27 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Delmarva Today 09-14-2012

Born on the Fourth of July,

The films of Oliver Stone and SU interns travel to the Conventions.