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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8:46 am
Thu July 19, 2012

O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.

O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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8:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Markell Vetoes Conduct Law For Georgetown Officials

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed a bill changing Georgetown's town charter.

Markell vetoed the bill Wednesday, expressing concern about a new standard for removing the mayor or town council members from office.

While such disqualification provisions are standard in many town charters, Markell said the proposed change for Georgetown goes too far in saying elected officials automatically forfeit their right to hold public office for "failure of personal conduct," as defined in the town code.

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8:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

MD Police Given Okay From Chief Justice To Get DNA Sample From Arrestees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes.

Roberts on Wednesday issued an order that temporarily blocked a Maryland court ruling that effectively barred the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant. The order was issued at the state's request in the case of Alonzo King Jr.

King was convicted of a 2003 rape based on DNA evidence taken after his arrest on assault charges in 2009.

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2:45 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Green Energy Workshop in Dover Tonight

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State environmental officials are holding a public workshop on proposed revisions to Delaware's Green Energy Fund program regulations.

Wednesday evening's meeting at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offices in Dover is aimed at presenting proposed draft regulations and collecting input from renewable energy installers and other members of the public.

Officials say the Green Energy Fund regulations are being revised to comply with requirements in the state's Energy Act.

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2:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Health Officials Emphasize Community Based Long-Term Care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health officials are highlighting a new emphasis on supporting home and community-based, long-term care with the help of last year's increase in the state's alcohol tax.

The state has included $14.3 million in the fiscal year that began this month expand community-based services.

In the first 11 months since it went into effect, Maryland's 50 percent increase in the alcohol tax has raised about $68.6 million. It's expected to raise about $75 million for the first year, shy of the $85 million projected when the bill was passed in 2011.

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12:16 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Gambling Expansion Talks Shift To Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O'Malley are scheduled to meet with the city's House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.

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12:14 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

First Sign of West Nile Virus in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say a dead crow found in the Newark area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first reported case of the disease in the state this year.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the finding is not a cause for alarm because the mosquito-borne disease has been found in the state every year since 2001. But officials are warning residents to reduce their risk of mosquito infections by avoiding mosquito-infested areas, wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent.

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9:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Crisfield Holds Annual Crab and Clam Bake

Crisfield is set for today’s 36th annual  J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.

The all-you-can-eat fest will take place at Somers Cove Marina with food served from noon through 4 pm.

Gates will open at 9 am.

The tickets are $40 which includes a mug, mallet and condiments.

Food will range from steamed crabs and clams to fresh fried.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is expected to attend.

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9:03 am
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

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8:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Worcester County Offers $100,000 for Movie Production in Ocean City

Worcester County officials say they will provide $100-thousand to produce the movie ”Ping-Pong Summer” that will be filmed in Ocean City at the end of summer.

The resort has pledged a matching amount.

$300-thousand from the Maryland Film Office for the film fell through.

Lisa Challenger, the county’s tourism director told the Salisbury Daily Times, that if the funding gap is not met then the film might not happen.

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8:55 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Outpouring of Sympathy for the Loss of Pastor David Chew

The Virginia Eastern Shore Community expressed its sorrow for the death of Pastor David Chew this week.

He was responding to an emergency call when the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company Engine in which he was a passenger ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

His engine was responding to a car accident.

Virginia Police say that Chew was thrown from the fire truck and died on impact.

Messages of sympathy have been flooding into his Facebook page and a funeral home memorial website recalling Chews’ life and work.

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8:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Anne Romney Fundraises in Delaware

Anne Romney, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will come to Delaware tonight for a couple of private fundraisers in Greenville.

The Wilmington News Journal cited copies of invitations and sources saying that a reception is set for 5 pm at the home of Michele Rollins the 2010 republican congressional candidate.

Those attending can expect to handover $1-thousand per couple.

After that at 6:15 pm there will be another more exclusive fundraiser that will rake in $10-thousand per couple.

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8:47 am
Wed July 18, 2012

GOP Hopeful Takes Shot At Governor Markell's Job Investments

Republican Jeff Cragg is taking aim at Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s signature jobs investments in his bid to oust the Democrat this November.

Cragg called the millions offered to Fisker Automotive and Bloom Energy…a heavy weight on the states’ recovery.

He told the Wilmington News Journal…that the investments have not created any new net job growth.

And the Republican gubernatorial hopeful said that Markell had focused too much attention on large businesses.

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8:45 am
Wed July 18, 2012

A New Sports Complex For Kent County

A sports complex with 15 fields and an indoor facility will be coming soon to Kent County.

WBOC-TV reports that Delaware has agreed to provide $3.2 million in funding.

The deal was struck at the end of a meeting between The Greater Dover Committee and the Kent County Levy Court.

The economic impact is estimated to be around $18 million annually  with over 300 additional jobs in the county.

Officials say the new complex will mainly host soccer, field hockey and lacrosse games with the possibility of drawing up to 10 major sports tournaments annually.

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3:15 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

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12:14 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Sussex County Council Documents Going Online

Sussex officials said today they will begin posting online documents related to each week’s County Council meeting agenda instead of solely providing the material in print form for the media and the Council leaders.

County Administrator Todd Lawson told the Wilmington News Journal that this would improve access and transparency for the public.

The new material will be available in PDF form by midday on Monday of next Tuesday’s meeting.

Agendas, minutes and Council audios also are posted on the county’s website.

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8:41 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Still A Chance to Expand Gambling in Maryalnd This Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.

O'Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in Annapolis.

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8:36 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Down

The Chesapeake Bay has seen a good year so far when it comes to – what are called – dead zones.

Because of the mild winter, a dry spring and a hot summer not much rain has been around…to move pollution from farms and city streets into water ways.

As a result the dead zones that usually show up this time of summer…are much smaller.

The nutrient pollution feeds algae blooms that eventually eat up the oxygen in the water.

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8:34 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Delaware Senate Incumbent Draws Fire From Independent Candidate

The Senate race in Delaware has just gotten more interesting with the entrance of Alex Pires as an Independent Party candidate.

He quickly launched a new line of attack questioning the health of incumbent Senator Tom Carper.

Pires said that the Delaware Democrat’s health is “the most important issue” in the race and called on Carper to release the results of his most recent physical.

The Carper camp fired back with campaign manager John Collins noting that the Senator has never missed a day of work because of illness in over 30 years.

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1:00 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Salisbury Mayor proclaims July "Delmarva Public Radio month"

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton presents the city proclamation to DPR's Don Rush
Angela Byrd

Salisbury Mayor James Ireton has issued a city proclamation declaring July “Delmarva Public Radio Month” in honor of the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1987.

The Mayor praised Delmarva Public Radio with its 40,000 listeners for bringing many local citizens, community leaders, politicians and other dignitaries to the airwaves to explore the issues that concern all Delmarvans.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Last Ditch Effort In Maryland to Expand Gambling This Year

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

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12:18 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Law in Delaware To Improve Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is signing a bill aimed at improving employment opportunities for the disabled in the state.

The measure becomes law today and requires state agencies that provide services to people with disabilities to consider, as a first option, competitive employment for the disabled.

But officials say it does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities.

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8:45 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Detours and Street Closures In Dover for Weekend's Firefly Music Festival

Delaware Transportation officials are gearing up for this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival.

DelDOT says it will close Leipsic and Persimmon Tree roads near the Dover International Speedway to through traffic with detours posted along the way.

The closure times will be 1 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All roads will be reopened at the conclusion of the day’s events.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that motorists should use caution while crossing the bridge over Del. 1 because a temporary traffic plan will be in place throughout the weekend.

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8:41 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Crisfield Readies for the 36th Annual Crab and Clam Bake

Crisfield is gearing up for the 36th annual Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake this Wednesday.

And it’s expected to serve up not only the traditional Eastern Shore foods but a bit of Maryland politics.

The Crisfield Chamber of Commerce says it expects an average size crowd but it is not known how many politicians will show up during this presidential year.

Last year crowds spotted those like Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Ben Cardin and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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8:36 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Delaware Governor Becomes Chair of National Governors Association

Governor Jack Markell is now the chair of the National Governor’s Association.

The Delaware Democrat was chosen at the end of this weekend’s meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia.

And he said that he will be working to increase job opportunities for Americans with disabilities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the association says only 20 percent of Americans with disabilities are actively looking for work.

That’s compared with 69 percent of Americans in general.

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8:34 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Delaware Food Bank Expands in Sourthern Part of State

The Food Bank of Delaware is expanding its operations in the southern part of the state.

The organization already helps to feed more than one of every four Delawareans.

And the non-profit will start a $2.8 million expansion at its Milford branch to serve the state’s fastest growing needy population.

Chief Executive Officer Patricia Beebe said that residents of Kent and Sussex counties are depending on the Food Bank to increase its effort to provide hunger-relief and job training in the southern part of the state.

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8:31 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Delaware AG Drops Lawsuit Against MERS

The Delaware Attorney General has dropped a deceptive trade practice lawsuit against the Virginia-based Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.

The settlement with the nationwide electronic mortgage registry was reached after the judge in the case expressed skepticism about the state’s claims against the company’s dismissal arguments during a hearing last May.

The Attorney General’s office had argued that the firm was filled with inaccuracies that raised questions about the rights of homeowners facing foreclosure.

That included who owned the underlying loan.

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8:29 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Sussex Courthouse Tours To Reopen By End of Month After Repairs

This summer a little work is being done on the Sussex County courthouse in Georgetown.

And weekly tours of the historic building should resume by the end of the month.

Jim Bowden, president of the Georgetown Historical Society, told the Salisbury Daily Times the building needed a little sprucing up.

Repair work is being done to expand the property’s parking lot and connect it to the sloped ramp for those with disabilities.

The structure was built in 1792 and was moved to the circle after 1837.

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1:58 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Delmarva Public Radio's ATC Host Moves On

Don Rush interviews Jamyla Krempel on her last day at DPR.
Angela Byrd

Delmarva Public Radio's All Things Considered host Jamyla Krempel is moving on to radio station WYPR in Baltimore, after her award winning tenure. A conversation with News Director Don Rush about her time at the station and her aspirations as a journalist.

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11:18 am
Fri July 13, 2012

$12.5 Million Bond for New Bennett Middle School Gets County Approval

$12.5 million worth of bonds were approved by the Wicomico County Council last night for the construction of the new Bennett Middle School.

All but one council member approved the money.

The exception was Council President Joe Holloway who said afterward that he was only allowed to vote to break a tie.

Board of Education President Ron Willey and Superintendent John Fredericksen both made their pitch for the project.

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