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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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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8:54 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Abortion Clinics on Sign Issue

A federal appeals court has struck down two ordinances in in Maryland that would have required anti-abortion pregnancy counseling centers to put up disclaimers.

The 2-to-1 decisions by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the ordinance targeting centers in Baltimore and Montgomery County violated their free-speech rights.

The Baltimore ordinance would have required the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns to post a sign saying that it does not provide abortions or birth control. 

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8:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Delaware Senate Approves Online Betting

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State lawmakers have approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

The bill, which cleared the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate on a 14-to-6 vote Wednesday.

In addition to allowing online slots and table games, the bill expands keno beyond Delaware's three casinos to at least 100 other sites, and betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.

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8:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Delaware Senate Approves $3.6 Billion Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has approved an operating budget of almost $3.6 billion for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.

The state Senate voted 16 to 4 Wednesday for the fiscal 2013 spending plan, which now goes to the House.

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12:09 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Delmarva Claims Two of the Best Beaches in the Nation

Two beaches along the Maryland and Delaware shore have made the list of the nation's cleanest beaches.

Delaware's Dewey Beach and Maryland's Ocean City Beach 6 have earned a five-star rating.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Natural Resources Defense Council found that they were among a dozen beaches that follow best practices and violated health standards less than 5 percent of the time.

The environmental group is releasing its annual assessment of 3,000 beach sites today.

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9:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

O'Malley on Gambling and Hudson Farm

The clock’s ticking to reach a consensus on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s the word from Governor Martin O’Malley, who told the Salisbury Daily Times in an interview, that he has still not decided whether to call a special session to legalize table games and put a 6th casino in Prince George’s County.

He said that he met last Friday with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the options.

He also turned his attention to the federal lawsuit filed against the Hudson Farm in Berlin that charges it with polluting a nearby a creek.

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9:02 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Sussex County Attorney Has Warning for Lord's Prayer Protesters

The Sussex County Attorney has asked those attending Council meetings not to recite the Lord’s Prayer as a protest against a court ruling that bars council members from leading the room in prayer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at the June 19th council meeting several audience members stood and recited the Lord’s Prayer while the council members stood silent.

The paper reports that some said they came to the meeting specifically to protest the judge’s ruling.

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8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Extra Money for Classroom Supplies in Wicomico School Budget

Teachers will get a little extra money for classroom materials and supplies in the 2013 fiscal year budget approved by the Wicomico County school board.

The extra $80-thousand came after teachers turned out for a county budget hearing and told of spending personal funds on supplies.

The County increased its contribution by $580-thousand making the total $37-million.

Comptroller Bruce Ford noted that millions of dollars in federal education job funds were used to balance the budget this year but added they are disappearing.

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8:53 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Somerset County Liquor Dispensaries See Drop in Revenues

Liquor dispensary sales and profits in Somerset County had one of the worst years on record.

A recent audit found that sales dropped by more than $70-thousand while profits declined by over $26-thousand for the fiscal year ending in April.

Certified public accountant Scott Tawes told the Somerset County Council that the Route 13 store north of Pocomoke city had the worst year with sales dropping by more than $38-thousand from a year ago.

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8:47 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Seagrass Heads South Along Delmarva Coastline

Sea Grass is making its way further south this year along the Delaware coast.

Tony Crivella owns Beachcleaners based in Rehoboth Beach.

He says that he has been out cleaning up the grass because of a freak moon tide from around three weeks ago.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that much of it probably floated around the Delaware Bays with the tides taking it south from the Indian River into Ocean City.

Crivella said he spent one day removing between 90 to 100 cubic yards of seagrass in Fenwick Island and two days removing it from South Bethany.

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8:44 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Bill to Strengthen Child Abuse Laws Heads to House Floor in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill aimed at strengthening prosecution of child abuse cases in Delaware is headed for a House vote despite concerns that it may affect parents' ability to discipline their children.

A House committee voted unanimously Tuesday to release the bill, which cleared the Senate last week.

The bill broadens existing laws against child abuse with new language. It creates the new crimes of third-degree child abuse, a misdemeanor, and second-degree child abuse, a felony.

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8:41 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Delay in Delaware Senate Vote to Expand Gambling

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware state Senate has delayed a vote on a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

The bill was scheduled for a vote Tuesday, but the absence of one Democratic lawmaker raised concerns about whether supporters had enough firm votes for passage.

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8:35 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Crackdown on Alleged Electric Power Abusers Fails in Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has rejected proposed revisions to a law protecting utility customers with medical needs from having their power disconnected.

Supporters of a bill that narrowly failed Tuesday said the current law is so broad that many Delmarva Power customers are using it to avoid paying their bills. They noted that some 930 Delmarva Power customers enrolled in the Delaware program owe an outstanding balance of $3.6 million, far more than what is owed by customers in similar programs in neighboring states.

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12:14 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Severe Storm Hits Delaware This Morning

A severe storm with winds up of 70 mph swept through Sussex County this morning knocking down electric poles and damaging at least two buildings under construction at the Inland Bays wastewater treatment facility. 

A deck also collapse at the Lighthouse restaurant in Dewey Beach.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there were downed trees and limbs…with emergency crews responding to a report of a large oak tree on a house.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative says 62-hundred customers lost power but that the number has dropped to around 4-thousand.

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12:11 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Lets Maryland Redistricting Plan Stand

(AP) The Supreme Court won't hear a complaint against Maryland's congressional redistricting map by voters unhappy with the state's new maps.

The high court affirmed Maryland judges' decision to throw the lawsuit out. Some voters had complained that the new maps passed by the state legislature last year discriminated against African-Americans by failing to create a third majority-black congressional district in the state.

The lower court judges also said the lawsuit didn't meet the burden of proof that the map is a partisan gerrymander.

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8:44 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Delaware State Police Step Up Enforcement Against Panhandlers

Delaware state police are cracking down on panhandling along I-95 corridor from Prices Corner to Ogletown.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the campaign began last week and targets aggressive panhandlers.

There are reports that they block parked vehicles demanding money, knock on car doors that are stopped at red lights and in some cases falsely claim they are veterans or homeless.

Some collect as much as $150 a day.

The State Trooper 6 initiated the campaign after getting an escalating number of complaints in their areas.

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8:38 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Sea Level Rising Fast Along Mid Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe.

The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels in that region have been rising at an annual rate that's three to four times faster than the global average.

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8:35 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Pony Swim Makes Top Ten List for Visitors

The annual Pony Swim to Chincoteague Island has made it on the top 10 list as a favorite event for traveling families in Virginia.

Coming in at 8th the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it beat out visits to the Historic Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg.

Assateague Island’s recreational beach and light house as well as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge made mention.

On the last Wednesday of July the Saltwater cowboys drive the ponies into the Assateague channel on their way to Chincoteague.

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8:31 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Shakespeare Draws Citation in Henlopen Acres

Shakespeare in the park may not seem to be the thing to stir up a cauldron of controversy.

But a low key performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream earlier this month at the Rehoboth Art League campus in Henlopen Acres has just one problem.

It was illegal.

The non-profit league was cited for its increasing nonconforming use and operation of the theater without a special use exception.

That came with a $200 fine.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s the second time the league has gotten a ticket.

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8:28 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Work Release Program Shut Down in Sussex County

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — State corrections officials say they are investigating a program that allows offenders held at the Sussex Work Release Center to work as day laborers.

The Delaware Department of Correction says the Georgetown facility has virtually no documentation of the day-labor program over the past 23 years.

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