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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8:47 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Help from UMES and Local School Children for Manokin River Park Project

Volunteers from UMES and Somerset County school children will descend on Manokin River Park.

Their job: To spruce up the recreational area.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that students in the Environmental Club at Somerset Intermediate School will raise flowers for the park at a greenhouse behind the JM Tawes Career & Vocational Center in Westover.

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8:45 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Dover Files Objections to Collective Bargaining for 78 City Employees

The Dover City Council had filed its official objection to collective bargaining for 78 non-union municipal workers requested by the Dover United Employees.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the letter was sent to the Public Employee Relations Board last week claiming that it would have – in its words – “an adverse effect on the efficient administration of government”.

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8:42 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Okays Dredging of Delaware River

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has rejected an appeal from environmental groups and the state of New Jersey challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of the Delaware River.

In a 67-page ruling issued Tuesday, the court upheld decisions by federal judges in Delaware and New Jersey who said the Corps could deepen the shipping channel in the river by five feet without violating federal environmental laws.

The Corps is deepening a 103-mile stretch of the river from 40 to 45 feet in order to accommodate larger commercial ships.

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8:37 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Old Indian River Bridge On Its Way Out

Now that the new Indian River Bridge has been built it’s now time for tear down the old one.

The project is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks.

Much of the concrete bridge decking on both spans already has been removed.

The concrete is expected to be crushed and used for construction of a parking lot at the Delaware Seashore State Park campground on the inlet’s south side.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the final phase involves taking out the four concrete piers sunk deep into the Indian River Inlet.

The plan is still subject to state approval.

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8:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Maryland Live Casino Scores Big in June

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's largest casino hasn't been open a month yet, but it generated more than twice as much as the state's other two casinos combined in June.

The Maryland Lottery released revenue numbers for the three casinos on Tuesday.

Maryland Live, located next to Arundel Mills Mall, generated a total of $28.5 million in June, even though it only opened June 6.

The Hollywood Casino in Perryville pulled in about $8 million, and the Ocean Downs Casino grossed $4.4 million.

June's combined revenue from the three casinos was about $40.8 million.

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8:56 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Three Deaths Amidst Heat Wave In Maryland

Three deaths have now been reported in the State of Maryland from the heat wave that has hit Delmarva.

The state health department they involved three men -- two senior citizens with one of them in Wicomico County.

These are the first heat-related death this year in the state with 34 fatalities last year.

The state health officials are warning people to stay out of the heat with the potential to cause stroke and exhaustion.

And, those still without power because of the recent storms should take advantage of the 58 cooling centers around the state.

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8:53 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Five Star Rating Restored by Environmental Group

The Natural Resources Defense Council has restored its five-star rating for water quality for Rehoboth Beach.

In its report last month the environmental group had given the resort four stars for cleanliness and monitoring.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that water samples never showed any harmful levels of bacteria but the NRDC said not enough samples were taken to qualify for the top ranking.

But DNREC officials who monitor the water said there had been a mistake finding that some of Delaware’s records did not make it from the EPA to the NRDC.

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8:49 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bateman Road on the Way to One-Way

The Salisbury City Council gave its approval during a special meeting yesterday to make Bateman Road one-way westbound including bike lanes paid for by the city.

The stretch of road between South Division and Wayne Streets would prohibit left turns from South Division Street.

In Addition, traffic signals will be installed and pedestrian crosswalks established at the intersection of Onley Road and South Division Streets.

Teresa Gardner, City Public Works director, said that anyone leaving from Wayne Street will Still be able to make left-hand turns onto Route 13.

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8:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

A Rare Infectious Disease Shows Up in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State public health officials are reporting Delaware's third case of a rare and potentially deadly infectious disease.

Officials said Monday that a 70-year-old New Castle County man has developed vancomycin (van-ko-MY-sin)-resistant staphylococcus (STAF-uh-lo-kaw-kus) aureus (AW-ree-us) infection, or VRSA.

VRSA is a type of antimicrobial-resistant staph bacteria. While the bacteria are resistant to vancomycin, other FDA-approved drugs have been shown to be effective in treating the infection.

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8:43 am
Tue July 3, 2012

DSU Gets Praise from Feds for Energy Efficiency Program

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State University's effort to improve energy efficiency on campus is winning praise from the federal energy secretary.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined Gov. Jack Markell and members of Delaware congressional delegation on Monday to get an update on DSU's progress under the National Better Buildings Challenge, an energy efficiency initiative.

Delaware State University is investing about $19 million in energy efficiency projects that officials say will result in a guaranteed net savings at least $5 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

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8:38 am
Tue July 3, 2012

School Choice Option Closed for Prince Street Elementary

Parents in Salisbury who had been sending their children to A different school under the Public School Choice Program may have to start sending them back to the Prince Street Elementary School for the coming year.

The parents had been able to send their children to schools ranging from Charles H Chipman Elementary and Glen Avenue to North Salisbury Elementary and West Salisbury Elementary.

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8:43 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Storms Wreak Havoc as Heat Wave Hits Delmarva

More than 22-hundred Delmarva Power customers remain without electricity early this morning in the wake of weekend storms that left tens of thousands without power in the midst of a stifling heat wave.

Most of the remaining outages are in Cecil and Kent counties in Maryland where more than 1,700 remained out service this morning.

About 200 are out in New Castle County and only a couple dozen in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.

Even with the quick storm that passed through the region today temperatures are still expected to approach the 100 mark.

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8:38 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Farmers Sweat Over Corn Crops During Heatwave

The intense heat has local farmers worried about their corn crops.

Richard Nottingham, a University of Maryland Extension agent in Somerset County, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the leaves are beginning to curl under the hot sun.

With temperatures above 95 degrees the pollen could be killed off.

Nottingham said most of the local crops are within two weeks of reaching the critical stage of tasseling which needs moisture.

Rainfall has been spotty in recent weeks with Princess Anne getting around three-tenths of an inch during a thunderstorm last week.

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8:35 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Bateman Road Could Become One-Way After Salisbury City Council Session

Bateman Road in Salisbury could be on its way to becoming a one-way street.

The controversial road is set to come up before the Salisbury City Council tonight for a final vote.

Lore’ Chambers, assistant city administrator, says that converting the road to one-way would improve safety and would avoid having to change the way the intersection is aligned.

One stipulation for the legislation is that the city expends the least amount of dollars on the project.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that making Bateman one-way goes back to 2005. 

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8:33 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Middletown Set to Take Up Budget with No Tax Increases

The Middletown City Council is set to consider its $38.5 million budget tonight that would include pay hikes for staff but no increase in taxes or utility rates.

The spending plan calls for a 2.6 percent increase in overall spending including a 5 percent pay hike for police.

That’s on top of the 5 percent pay increase for the 29 member department in last year’s fiscal budget.

The civilian staff picked up a 1 percent pay increase after receiving a 2 percent hike last year.

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8:31 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Delaware House Speaker to Retire After 40 Years in State Politics

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Democratic House Speaker says he is retiring after 40 years in state politics.

Speaker Robert Gilligan of Wilmington, first elected to the state House in 1972, announced Saturday night on the final day of this year's legislative session that he would withdraw his name as a candidate for re-election.

The 70-year-old Gilligan said he was tired of the political grind and wanted to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren.

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8:28 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Delaware House of Representatives Approves $429 Million Capital Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware state House has approved a $429 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting Sunday.

House members on Saturday voted unanimously for the bill, which was sent to the Senate for approval on the final day of the legislative session.

The capital budget, which pays for construction, maintenance and renovation projects, authorizes $173 million for roads and other transportation projects and about $256 million for non-transportation projects, including $120 million for public schools.

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11:53 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Only Single-Day Passes Left for Firefly Music Festival

Sold out.

That’s the word on the regular three-day passes for the Firefly Music Festival in Dover this July.

But fans can still pick up single-day passes starting at noon today.

The Firefly Facebook says that the July 20-22 event sold out of weekend passes late yesterday

Festival officials would not say how many tickets were sold or the number of single-day passes that will be made available.

They only said that it would it be a limited quantity

The cost of the single-day passes are $68 for Friday and $88 for either Saturday or Sunday.

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11:51 am
Fri June 29, 2012

More Marylanders Are Expected to Be Driving July 4th

BALTIMORE (AP) — AAA says more Marylanders are expected to travel away from home next week for the July 4th holiday.

The projection for a 5.3 percent increase in travel over last year would be the highest volume of travel by Maryland residents in more than a decade.

AAA says declining gas prices and a mid-week holiday seems to be giving travelers an excuse to take extra vacation days for holiday travel. The auto club is projecting 846,000 Marylanders will travel at least 50 miles or more from home for the holiday next week.

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10:41 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Party Lines Divide Delmarva Politicians on Court's Health Care Decision

 

       Delmarva Congressional members split along party lines over the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the President's Affordable Health Care Act.

      Senator Ben Cardin (d-MD) and Senator Tom Carper (d-DE) hailed the decision, while Rep. Andy Harris (r-MD) said it would hurt the President's re-election chances. 

       Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report. 

 

 

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8:46 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Maryland Governor Praises High Court Ruling on Health Care Reform

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown say the Supreme Court's health care ruling gives considerable momentum to health care reform efforts in Maryland.

In a joint statement, O'Malley and Brown said Thursday they remain committed to moving forward.

Maryland has passed legislation to create a health care exchange, setting up standards and regulations to run the program and creating the framework for a marketplace where individuals and small businesses can buy coverage.

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8:44 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Delaware Pushes Forward With Medicaid Expansion Despite High Court Decision

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials are moving ahead with plans to expand eligibility for Medicaid to residents living at 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that states can't be forced to expand Medicaid eligibility under the national health care reform law. But officials believe a Medicaid expansion in Delaware makes sense because it would bring a higher percentage of federal matching funds.

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8:40 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Delaware Governor Signs Expansion of Gambling Legislation

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

Markell signed the measure Thursday, less than 24 hours after it narrowly passed the state Senate. The Senate vote was marred by controversy as a Democratic lawmaker who opposed the bill mistakenly voted for it, thinking he was voting for an amendment instead.

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8:36 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Princess Anne Ethics Exemption Request Turned Down by State

Princess Anne officials will not be exempted from a new state ethics law.

Maryland’s State Ethics Commission denied a request from city officials…who has asked for the exemption saying that the new rules could deter residents from running for elected office or agreeing to serve on an appointed board.

Town Commission President Garland Hayward told the Salisbury Daily Times that the decision was not unexpected since the state panel had not granted exemptions to towns above a certain population size.

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8:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Delaware Firefighters Join Battle Against Western Blaze

A crew of 20 Delaware firefighters has joined the fray to battle a 92-hundred acre Colorado fire.

They are among 635 firefighters from around the nation fighting the Weber fire one of the smallest of the many burning across the western states.

It’s difficult terrain and extremely steep with the firefighters working a 14 hour day.   

The Delaware crew boss Glenn Gladders said that two teams are doing daytime mop-up operations which involves putting out fire flare-ups in burned areas.

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12:36 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Senator Ben Cardin Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

Senator Ben Cardin hailed today Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s Health Care Reform Acting calling it a win for the American people and the future of the health care system.  

He said that this paves the way for everyone to have access to affordable, quality care and protect against abusive practices by the insurance industry.

The Maryland Democrat said the measure would extend coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured and improve Medicare coverage for nearly 50 million people.

 

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12:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Medical Society of Delaware Respects High Court Decision On Health Care

The Medical society of Delaware said that it respects the decision by the Supreme on the Health Care Reform act and sees this as an opportunity to continue to improve access to quality, affordable health insurance for all Americans.

It added that it hoped this would remove all barriers to access to health care.

However, the Society said that it was concerned about the issue of actual insurance affordability fearing that the demand will still exist for free clinics and other safety net programs such as its Voluntary Initiative Program.

             

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12:28 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Maryland Chapter of NFIB Calls High Court Decision on Health Care a Tragedy

The Maryland chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business called today’s Supreme Court ruling on health care a “tragedy” that puts the state’s residents at the mercy of politician from other states and Washington bureaucrats.

Director Ellen Valentino charged that small businesses in the state would be overwhelmed by mandates taxes and other burdens.

The national organization vowed to continue to fight for repeal of the Health Care Reform legislation.

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8:59 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Firefly Music Festival: Not Much Room at the Inn

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The upcoming Firefly Music Festival in Dover is close to selling out, but most hotel rooms across Kent County already appear to be booked as music fans consider making the trip.

The festival runs July 20 to July 22 at the Woodlands Dover International Speedway. It's expected to draw top acts including The Killers, Jack White, the Black Keys, John Legend, Death Cab for Cutie and others.

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8:56 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Maryland Will Push Ahead With Reforms Despite US Court Decision On Health Care

Whatever the US Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Act today the state of Maryland plans to push ahead with the reforms.

Those could include a state-run health insurance exchange even if that provision is struck down by the High Court.

Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters to expect Maryland to be in the forefront of health care reform if left with going on a state-by-state basis.

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