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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8:36 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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11:13 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Need for Legal Protections for Transgenders

With a number of states now legalizing same sex marriage and the end of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military public opinion has clearly shifted toward this community.

In the mid-1990’s only 27 percent of Americans approved of same sex marriage.

Now the figure is 53 percent.

But while attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed for those in the transgender community it can be a different story.

In the final part of our series Delmarva Public Radio’s Jamyla Krempel looks at their treatment by society, which can sometimes turn violent.

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11:11 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Ocean City Pulls Back on Enforcement of Beater Board Ban

Ocean City is backing away from strictly enforcing its 42 inch limit on body boards.

This week the Ocean City Beach Patrol began pulling users of -- what are commonly called – beater boards from the water warning not to use them.

The Beach Patrol had been lax about enforcing the 1972 law.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision to clamp down on the boards was the result of a complaint from a beachgoer who said that someone on a beater board nearly hit them in the water.

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11:08 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Summer Camp Proposed to Stem Violence In Wilmington

Plans for a summer camp to prevent violence in Wilmington have picked up speed.

The Reverend Derrick Johnson brought dozens to their feet at a meeting last night calling on the City Council to invest $70-thousand into the project.

Council member Michael Brown quickly backed Johnson’s plan with council member Charles Potter offering up a second.

After the meeting Council member Kevin Kelley said the council has set aside $100-thousand for youth programs and suggested that some of those funds could be used for the summer camp without an official council vote. 

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11:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Senator Carper Wants to "Embarrass" House into Passing Postal Reform Act

Senator Tom Carper said he wants to embarrass the House of Representatives to get them to approve the postal reform bill before the August recess.

House leaders initially planned a vote after the July 4th recess.

But Republican party leaders say they don’t expect it to happen until September.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that postal officials and mailing industry leaders wanted the House to pass the measure before the current fiscal year ends on September 30th.

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12:13 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Blaze Engulfs Home In Bethany Beach

At least a hundred firefighters battled a three-alarm fire early this morning that destroyed a home and damaged two others in the Bethany Dunes development.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that crews arrived at the scene around 3:30 this morning and found the building on Heather Lane fully engulfed in flames

Joe Hopple, a spokesman for the Bethany Beach Fire Company said that both homes on either side of the building were also on fire

He said that blowing embers also put other homes at risk.

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9:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Public Hearing on new Bennett Middle School

There will be a public hearing by the Wicomico County Council tonight on the plans for a new Bennett Middle School.

But Superintendent John Fredericksen said he was not sure if he will speak.

The hearing is being held to approve $12.5 million in bonds for the construction of the school in the fiscal year 2013.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county has spent around $8 million to buy the parcel of land in Fruitland.

The planning phase of the project began back in 2008…but was put on hold because of financial concerns.

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9:42 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mixed Scores on Maryland School Assessment for Lower Shore

Worcester County students did well on the Maryland School Assessment tests scoring above state averages in reading and math.

Jerry Wilson superintendent of the County school system said that the students in 2012 did better than last year.

In Wicomico County school system officials said there were some successes for their students.

They improved in their proficiency in math for grades five, six and eight.

But the percentage of students scoring proficient in reading declined in every grade except fourth.

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9:39 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Transgender: Changing the Physical to Match Sexual Identity

With eight states legalizing same-sex marriage and the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military a dramatic shift in public opinion has occurred over the last 15 years.

In the state of Maryland there has even been a shift in the polls over a measure on the November ballot that would legalize same sex marriage in the state.

In Delaware the state legislature approved a measure that recognized same sex civil unions.

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9:33 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Maryland's Redistricting Plan on November Ballot

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland State Board of Elections official says opponents of Maryland's congressional redistricting map have acquired enough signatures to give voters a chance to reject the map in November.

Donna Duncan, the board's election management director, said 56,323 signatures had been validated Wednesday afternoon. Opponents needed 55,736 to put the map on the ballot. Duncan says there are still about 2,900 signatures to be verified.

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9:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

O'Malley Calls for Review of Maryland's Procurement Process

Governor Martin O’Malley wants some outside help to look over Maryland’s procurement process for state contracts.

During yesterday’s meeting of the Board of Public Works the Governor issued his call as the panel extended a $4.3 million contract for a company to run a call center that takes questions about child support payments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that board extended the contract because the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals found problems in the process for hiring a new contractor.

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9:07 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley Attends National Governor Association Meeting

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley will be joining his counterparts in neighboring Virginia for the National Governors Association summer meeting.

The meeting is being held on Thursday in Williamsburg.

The 104th Annual meeting of the NGA will run from Thursday until Sunday.

News
9:55 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Proposed Septic System Regulations Draw Fire in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland legislative panel is weighing regulations proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to require the use of the best available technology in septic systems to remove nitrogen in new construction in most of the state.

Two Sides Clash

Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment Robert Summers told the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review that combined with regulations there would be a dramatic cut in the nitrogen produced by around 31-thousand households.

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9:50 am
Wed July 11, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be Transgender?

This month Barney Frank wed his long time partner Jim Ready to become the first sitting congressman in a same-sex marriage.

Nationally, there are now eight states that have legalized same-sex marriage with a similar number recognizing same sex civil unions -- including Delaware.

In November, Marylanders will go to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same sex marriage.

Just this year, President Obama improved its chances for passage by his endorsement of same sex marriage.

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9:39 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Homebrew Featured For Beer Lovers At Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — A homebrew competition is returning to the Delaware State Fair.

Eighty-eight people have submitted 329 beer entries for the competition, which will take place July 21 in the Delaware Electric Cooperative tent at the fair in Harrington. Winners in 23 styles will be selected.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the top beer in each style will compete for Best in Show. The champion will get a $250 cash prize.

Fairgoers will be able to taste beers from local breweries and get advice on how to make beer at home.

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9:36 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Wife Makes Bid To Take Over Delaware House Seat From Husband

In a Delaware state House race a husband is leaving while his wife makes a bid to fill the seat in this year’s election.

Brad Bennett decided not to run again after he was arrested a second time for drunk driving.

But his spouse Andria Bennett filed papers yesterday to take his place.

She will face retired Dover city Council member William McGlumphy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Andria Bennett is also the daughter of Newark-area state Representative John Viola and serves as a legislative aide to two state Senate Democrats. 

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9:34 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Famous Crisfield Restaurant and Tiki Bar Up For Sale

If you’re interested in buying a waterfront tiki bar and restaurant the city of Crisfield may have just what you’re looking for.

The bar along with the adjoining Olde Crisfield Crab & Steakhouse is on the market listed at $1.2 million.

On its website it announced that the restaurant and bar is closed for the 2012 season.

A few months ago a Save the Crisfield Tiki campaign was launched on Facebook after months of speculation by local residents about the fate of the property.

But the Facebook page has since been removed.

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9:30 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Worcester County Comissioner Hit With Bill for Back Taxes

Worcester County Commissioner James Purnell has been hit with a lien filed by the state comptroller for back income taxes in 2009 and 2010.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County paperwork filed last month says that the lien totals $18-hundred in taxes with $456 in interest and $109 in penalties.

The bottom line is nearly $24-hundred.

Purnell says that this was the result of “an honest mistake” and “oversight”.

He said that he had filed state and federal taxes through H&R Block in Berlin.

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