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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8:42 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Financing New Bennett Middle School Up Before Wicomico County Council

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up funding for construction of the new Bennett Middle School.

Consideration of the $12.5 million bond by the Council follows fear by parents that the panel would put off funding the new school for another year.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were concerns about getting the bonds out before any rise in interest rates.

The funding also includes a $50-thousand contingency fund to pay for the difference in projected and actual costs.

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9:18 am
Fri June 15, 2012

O'Malley Meets with MGM Officials on Casino Option

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials with Las Vegas casino operator MGM are scheduled to meet with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley about plans for a potential casino near the nation's capital.

The governor has a Friday morning meeting scheduled in Annapolis with MGM representatives about the possibility of opening a casino at National Harbor.

A work group O'Malley convened is studying the possibility of allowing table games like blackjack and poker in the state.

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9:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Delaware Financial Panel To Update Revenue Projections

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is meeting to update its financial projections.

Friday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is the panel's last before the start of a new fiscal year on July 1.

State lawmakers will use the updated figures to put the finishing touches on a budget for fiscal 2013.

Last month, the panel lowered its revenue estimates for the current fiscal year by about $47 million compared to its April estimate.

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9:08 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Property Tax Rate Holds Steady in Crisfield Budget

The Crisfield City Council has given its approval of a $3.3 million budget that is $100-thousand less than the current year’s spending plan and keeps the property tax at current levels.

Mayor Percy Purnell called it the – the tightest budget situation – the city has ever seen adding – in his words – Unless you want to raise taxes you’re living on the very edge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city will get $1.3 million from property taxes and another $1.3 million from water and sewer charges.

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8:45 am
Fri June 15, 2012

OC Trash Goes to Landfill

Ocean City will have to start taking the trash to the landfill in Worcester County.

ECR, the company that take the resort’s garbage to an out-of-state incinerator, has backed out of its contract.

Hal Adkins, the Ocean City Public Works director, said the company’s three-year contract runs out this Sunday and it decided not to rebid.

But there’s a new company coming on line to begin removal on Monday.

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12:07 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Isabella Street to Close Next Week

Next week, Isabella Street in Salisbury is set to be closed for drainage maintenance in the Newtown neighborhood.

The closure will extend from Lake Street to Mill Street with a detour will be available on Route 50.

Another closure will also take place on Isabella at the intersection of West Isabella and Mill Streets in July.

A detour will be available on Route 50.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that barricades, signs and barrels will direct traffic while access for residents and businesses are to remain open.           

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11:49 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Delaware Horse Rescue Group Seeks Funds for New Home

LAUREL, Del. (AP) - A Delaware horse rescue group has outgrown its facility and is seeking to raise funds to buy a 30-acre plot of land near Georgetown.

WBOC-TV  reports that Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, Inc. was awarded a $135,000  grant to help it expand and must raise $130,000 on its own.

The group currently rents a seven-and-a-half acre plot near Laurel, but it is at capacity and has had to turn away horses.

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11:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ocean City Gets A New Town Manager

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The resort of Ocean City has sworn in its new city manager.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports David Recor, a former city manager in Fort Pierce, Fla., officially took over the position this week.

Recor says he wants to immerse himself in the community and to meet with at least one community group or organization each week.

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9:37 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Lt. Ernest Leatherbury to Retire as MSP Barrack Commander

On July 1st Lt. Ernest Leatherbury Jr. will leave the Maryland State Police after 28 years on the force.

The 46-year-old Salisbury barrack commander announced his retirement this week but added he was not entirely sure whether he's leaving the field for good.

Leatherbury told the Salisbury Daily Times, “I'm retiring, but I still love law enforcement.”                                

Leatherbury is a Somerset County native and was named commander of the MSP barrack in Westminster in 2006.

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9:33 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Maryland Law Clinic in Eastern Shore Pollution Case Gets ABA Award

BALTIMORE (AP) - The University of Maryland says an environmental law clinic suing Perdue and an Eastern Shore poultry grower over farm runoff is being awarded for its work.

The university says the Environmental Law Clinic at the Carey School of Law will receive the award from the American Bar Association in August. The association gives the annual award to an individual or organization for leadership and contributions to environmental protection and sustainable development.

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9:29 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Gun Violence Strikes Wilmington

It’s been a bloody week for the city of Wilmington with three violent deaths in the span of 12 hours.

Last night the Wilmington Peacekeepers marched last night through the violence struck neighborhoods stopping along the way to mark the shooting deaths of victims as young as 16.  

The marchers decried the violence that has killed 12 people in Wilmington so far this year at a clip that outpaces the number killed by this time in 2010, which saw a record number of such deaths.

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9:25 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Gun Buy Back Program Not Renewed by Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware state Senate has refused to reauthorize a gun buyback program set to expire July 1.

Lawmakers last year approved a pilot program that resulted in more than 2,000 weapons being exchanged for prepaid debit cards worth $100 to $200. The buyback event was so popular that officials exhausted the $100,000 allocated by the legislature, and some people were given vouchers to redeem later.

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9:23 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Maryland Dream Act Will Go To The Voters In November

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says voters can  decide whether to approve a law that allows in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants, affirming a lower court's ruling.

The Court of Appeals issued a brief order on Wednesday affirming the judgment of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Supporters of the law contended during oral arguments on Tuesday that the Dream Act passed by state lawmakers last year is a spending bill, which cannot be subject to a referendum.

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9:19 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Sheriff's Powers Bill Ready for Vote in Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is ready to vote on legislation asserting that county sheriffs and their deputies do not have arrest powers.

The bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly last month and is on the Senate agenda Thursday, is a response to recent actions by the Sussex County sheriff.

Sheriff Jeff Christopher argues that as "conservators of the peace" under Delaware's constitution of 1897, sheriffs are law enforcement officers with the authority to arrest people and make traffic stops.

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8:58 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Delaware State Supreme Court to Hear Earl Bradley Appeal

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is set to hear the appeal of a former pediatrician serving life in prison for sexually abusing scores of patients over more than a decade.

Attorneys for Earl Bradley are scheduled to make their argument before the court Wednesday.

The attorneys say a 2009 search of Bradley's former office complex in Lewes in which state police found videotape evidence was unconstitutional.

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8:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Sussex County Council Changes Lord's Prayer Practice

The Sussex Council has decided to change its practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of its meetings.  

By a 3-to-2 vote the majority decided yesterday to have the Council President read the rotation of a non-sectarian prayer each week but that would also include the Lord’s Prayer.

Recently, a federal court judge ruled that plaintiffs would probably win a case barring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and urged the county to negotiate another policy on the prayer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that both sides have agreed to mediation.

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8:52 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Casino Revenues up at Ocean Downs

Revenue is up for the Casino at Ocean Downs.

For the month of May it rose 21 percent over a year ago.
The Maryland Lottery reports that combined revenue from slots statewide totaled $14.5 million.

That’s an increase of $1.2 million from a year ago -- or 9.5 percent.

Ocean Downs took in $4.4 million in May.

Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is not clear why there has been an increase and suggested that it may lie with marketing efforts at the casinos.

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8:49 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Gambling Expansion Good for Maryland, Study Says

Maryland could benefit from expanding its gambling market with an extra casino in Prince George’s County and table games at the five existing casinos.

That’s the conclusion of a joint study by the Maryland Department of Legilsative Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Warran Deshenaux, the General Assembly’s chief budget analyst, said the question is, “What to do with those additional revenues.”

The report found that the changes could bring in around $101 million more in revenue for education and the lottery with no additional compensation to operators.

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8:47 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bill to Legalize On-Line Gambling in Delaware Inches Forward

lDOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill, which was approved 29-to-8 Tuesday, also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.

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8:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Skipjack "Martha Lewis" and the War of 1812 Celebration

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - The skipjack Martha Lewis will be among the dozens of ships in Baltimore this week for a weeklong international maritime festival commemorating the War of 1812.

Harford County officials say the Havre de Grace-based ship will help promote the numerous heritage and tourism attractions in the upper Chesapeake Bay region. It's taking part in what is being called the "Star-Spangled Sailabration."

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8:37 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Delay in Bateman/Onley Project Expected in Salisbury

There could be a snag in the construction set for next month at the Bateman Street/Onley Road intersection in Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton presented the city council with a resolution that would make Bateman Street one-way and allow traffic to move in a westward direction from South Division Street to Wayne Street.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resolution will have to be turned into an ordinance which requires two votes and a public hearing.

A resolution only calls for one vote.

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8:30 am
Tue June 12, 2012

President Visits Baltimore For Fundraisers

BALTIMORE (AP) - President Barack Obama is visiting the Baltimore area for two fundraisers.

Obama is expected to attend a lunch at the Owings Mills home of a real estate developer Tuesday and later speak at a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Inner Harbor.

Tickets for the lunch event at the home of developer Josh Fidler cost from $10,000 to $50,000. Tickets for the event downtown will range from $250 to $10,000 and organizers hope to raise $1 million.

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8:28 am
Tue June 12, 2012

DSO Supporters Call for Board Resignation Over Suspension of 2012-13 Season

Longtime donors and musicians are not happy with the decision by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra board to suspend the 2012-2013 season.

They said the sudden decision could damage the DSO’s fundraising efforts and deprive the community of an important cultural institution.

During an invitation-only end-of-the-year board meeting a number of the donors faulted the board for not recognizing the symphony’s serious financial problems.

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8:25 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Experts to Testify In Annapolis About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.

The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.

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8:16 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Delaware Considers Expansion of Gambling

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is eyeing a bill that authorizes online betting in Delaware and allows more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.

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8:13 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Newark City Council Approves Settlement with Landords over Fee Structure

The Newark City Council approved a $950-thousand legal settlement last night with a group of landlords that also requires the city to cut its rental-permit fees by a third.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that, if approved by the court the deal would reduce annual fees for houses from $300 to $200.

The fees for apartment complexes with 15 or more units would come down from $70 to $45 per unit and for those with 14 units or less the fee would $55 per unit.

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7:58 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wicomico County Council Approves $117 Million Budget

On a 5-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council approved a $117 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year including $80-thousand to help teachers buy class room supplies.

In addition, there will be a 2 percent pay increase for Sheriff’s deputies under a collective bargaining agreement with no furloughs for county employees. 

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development will get $20-thousand for a part-time office assistant and the State’s Attorney’s Office will receive $50-thousand for personnel.

The fire fighters will get an additional $42-thousand to pay for EMS personnel.

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8:38 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Crabs are Plentiful On Delmarva

Demand for crabs is good.

Danny Webster, a waterman from Deal Island, described the supply as overwhelming.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that down in Somerset County there are more crabs than the market can stand.

Meanwhile, the manager at Higgins Crab House in Ocean City John Oleksak told the paper that there are so many crabs they had to lower their prices on bushels and half bushels by $10.

And in West Ocean City the manger at Hooper’s Crab House, Patrick Brady, said the crabs are a lot heavier than usual.

           

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8:36 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lefty Kreh Gets Honored in his Home State

PARKTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland fisherman whose name is known to anglers around the world is getting some recognition by his home state.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is leading a dedication ceremony Monday in Parkton for a fishing trail named for Cockeysville resident Lefty Kreh (kray). The trail runs for seven miles along the Gunpowder

Falls trout stream from Prettyboy Reservoir to Big Falls Road.

Kreh is an author and fly-tier best known for a lure he created called Lefty's Deceiver.

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8:31 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Poachers Beware on the Chesapeake Bay

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is clamping down on poaching in the Chesapeake Bay with radar and more cameras.

Later this year the maritime Law Enforcement Information Network is set to go online with 24/7 surveillance of areas in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that more than a year ago there were efforts to put GPS units on all boats.

But that was turned down by the US Supreme Court on a 5-to-4 vote ruling that it was a violation of the Constitution and would require a warrant or a judge’s consent.

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