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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7:35 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Berlin Town Officials Seek Public Input for Henry Park Improvements

The Berlin Parks Commission wants to create a subcommittee to look at ways to improve Henry Park.

The group will get input from neighbors to develop recommendations for the parks commission.

Grant money has allowed the town to hire a company to come up with a design for a walking path.

Mary Bohlen, Berlin’s deputy town administrator, and liaison to the parks commission told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a similar path at Stephen Decatur Park.

Mike Wiley, chair of the parks commission, added that particular walking path is heavily used.

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12:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Pay To Play for Musicians in Dewey Beach

 

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Musicians booking gigs in the town of Dewey Beach will have to pay to play.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,  reports that for the first time the town is making musicians and DJs buy a $109 business license to play in the town. If a performer does not pay, they face a warning or a fine of up to $500.

The fee only applies to musicians being paid, so free acts are exempt.

Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson says having artists pay for a business license is a matter of fairness.

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8:30 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Worker Dies in Trench Collapse at Heritage Shore Development

 

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware are investigating a deadly trench collapse at a construction site in Sussex County.

Authorities said 47-year-old Richard A. White of Milford died Thursday morning when the trench he was working in collapsed at a job site in the Heritage Shores development in Bridgeville.

Emergency crews worked for almost five hours to recover the man's body, which was buried beneath several feet of sand and dirt.

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8:24 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Delaware Public Employees To Get 1% Raise

 Delaware state workers will get a 1 percent pay hike this coming July.

The legislative committee, which is drafting the state’s 2013 fiscal budget, approved the compromise after its co-chairs had asked for a 2 percent raise on Tuesday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the raise would cover all state workers and retirement pensions as well as public education employees including state college and university staff.

The cost will be $20.7 million.

That’s about $10 million less than the 2 percent proposal.

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8:21 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Feldman Furniture Project Gets Okay From Historic District Commission in Salisbury

 

Developers have gotten the okay from the Historic District Commission for the Feldman Furniture building project in downtown Salisbury.

Palmer Gillis, one of the developers says, that his company is taking it slow making a $2 million commitment to buy the property and turn the structure into professional and potential retail space. 

Gillis says his company is also considering including residential use.

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8:16 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Anglers Begin Search for Diamond Jim

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland natural resources officials say Diamond Jim is on the loose.

The first specially tagged Diamond Jim was among dozens of striped bass released Thursday into the Chesapeake Bay as part of an annual fishing challenge. Anyone who catches the fish wins a prize that increases the longer the fish goes uncaught. Diamond Jim is worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight June 30. A new Diamond Jim is released each month and the prize increases to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

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8:14 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Maryland Officials Delay Smart Meter Program

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers can defer installation of so-called smart meters until the panel issues a permanent order on whether customers can opt out of the meters entirely.

The commission's order is effective immediately and affects customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company and Delmarva Power.

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8:10 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Oyster Castles Are Coming to Ocean City Coastal Areas

 

The artificial reefs off the coast of Ocean City could be getting a new addition known as oyster castles.

These are palette contraptions that attract sea-dwelling creatures that would benefit the local ecosystem and fisheries.

The Ocean City Reef Foundation also wants to relocate a set of concrete pipes to a new site.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the Foundation will be enlisting volunteer divers this summer to take 16 oyster castles out to shipwreck sites that serve as artificial reefs.

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12:18 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Colorado Superintendent Jerry Wilson to Head Worcester Public Schools

 

NEWARK, Md. (AP) - The Worcester County Board of Education has selected a Colorado educator as its new schools superintendent.

Jerry Wilson will replace Jon Andes on July 1, pending approval from the Maryland Department of Education. Wilson was chosen from four candidates after a nationwide search that began last year.

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12:15 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

UD Students Protest Outside Sallie Mae HQ in Newark

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - More than 100 people are demonstrating against the lending practices of student loan company Sallie Mae outside its headquarters in Newark.

The protesters criticized the heavy debt burden that students accumulate during college and what they say are unfair profits made by Sallie Mae. Shouting slogans and carrying signs, the demonstrators demanded a meeting with Sallie Mae CEO Albert Lord.

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9:16 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Maryland And Delaware Ranks High for Bicycling

Maryland and Delaware have made the Top Ten list drawn up by the League of American Bicyclists.

Both fulfilled six of the 10 signs of a bike friendly state.

These ranged from a safe passing and vulnerable road user laws and complete streets policy to dedicated state funding for bicycling and a share the road campaign.

Maryland ranked 8th and got praise for establishing the Cycle Maryland program offering up $5 million in grants this spring for new bikeway connections and bike share stations.

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9:12 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Salisbury City Council Rejects Hearing Affordable Housing Plan

 A redevelop plan to turn the Residences at Rivers Edge into affordable homes got a thumbs down from the Salisbury City Council before the plan was even heard.

Council Vice President Debbie Campbell said that while she wanted to break the cycle of poverty in the city – in her words – subsidizing somebody’s house is not going to change their ability to earn and prosper.

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9:10 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Dover City Council Members Question Proposed Property Tax Hike

 The Dover City Council is still seeking an alternative to a proposed 3 percent property tax increase offered up by city administrators to help filled a $3.4 million shortfall in next year’s budget.

Last night’s meeting wrapped up a two-night draft budget presentation which asked for alternatives to the 1 cent rate hike that would account for only $315-thousand.

Council member Beverly Williams wondered whether there was a better way to come up with the money emphasizing that the tax increase would be a relatively small part of the $166 million operating budget.

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9:07 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Delaware University Students Plan Protest of Sallie Mae

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group of college students and recent graduates is planning to protest at the annual shareholders meeting of student loan company Sallie Mae.

The students say they should not be forced to pay back loans they took out for their education, and that Sallie Mae should forgive their student debt.

They plan to protest at Sallie Mae's annual meeting Thursday at the company's Newark headquarters.

About three dozen people were arrested in March at similar protest at Sallie Mae's Washington, D.C. offices.

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9:05 am
Thu May 24, 2012

More Money in Maryland for School Construction

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved $161 million in unallocated school funding.

The Board of Public Works approved the money on Wednesday. That brings the total amount allocated for school construction to $349 million for the next fiscal year.

The board approved $187 million in initial funding for school construction in January. Representatives from 19 jurisdictions came before the board to seek portions of the remaining $161 million.

 

    

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12:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Possible Wrongful Death Suit in Turnbull Police Shooting

 

The family of 32-year old Erik Turnbull who was shot and killed by New Castle County police earlier this month say they plan to file a wrongful death claim in federal court.

The Rev. Derrick Johnson along with the family stood outside the federal building in Wilmington this morning and said there are questions the community wants answered.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family also said there were some discrepancies in what police told them and what police told the media.

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9:25 am
Wed May 23, 2012

AAA Expects Steady Beach Attendance This Summer In Delaware

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - About the same number of Delaware residents will leave home this Memorial Day weekend as did last year.

AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts about 100,000 people in Delaware will travel 50 miles or more between Thursday and Monday.

Meanwhile, Delaware is also expecting to receive many visitors. 

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9:23 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Beachgoers May Be Enticed to Ocean City by High Gas Prices

 

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The head of a think tank at Salisbury University says the value-conscious mind-set of beachgoers could be changing.

Memo Diriker, who heads the BEACON economic think tank, says he is hearing that many believe the upcoming summer season is going to be clearly better than the past few years.

And while gas prices are a factor, Diriker says higher gas prices could benefit Ocean City by keeping tourists from driving farther.

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9:18 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Coastal Bay Grasses See Major Decline on Eastern Shore

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Seagrasses suffered sharp losses in coastal bays on the Eastern Shore, according to survey results released by Maryland and Virginia officials.

Seagrass acreage dropped 35 percent between July 2010 and May

2011, according to the figures released Tuesday. Water quality and high summer temperatures were blamed for the drop, which coincided with decreases in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Seagrasses are important because they provide food and shelter for many species and are an indicator of water quality.

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9:15 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Christine O'Donnell Takes Stand in Lawsuit

 

Former Republican Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell took the witness stand in a New Castle County courtroom as she fights off a claim by her former aide Jonathon Moseley who says she owes him around $20-thousand for his work.

O’Donnell and her attorney Richard Abbott said that Moseley was obsessed with the candidate.

Outside the courtroom O’Donnell told the Wilmington News Journal and other reporters that during her talks to resolve his financial claims Moseley allegedly said, “If I sue her she’s forced to think about me and at least I’m then in her life.”

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9:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Ocean City Lowers Property Tax Rate in New Budget

Ocean City’s 2013 fiscal budget that lowers the property tax rate by a penny and dips into the resort’s reserve funds to make up the difference got a slim majority of the Town Council.

Council members Jim Hall, Joe Hall, Brent Ashley and Margaret Pillas cast their votes for the spending plan that includes A 45.85 cent tax rate on $100 of assessed property value.

Council members Lloyd Martin, Doug Cymek and Mary Knight opposed the budget saying they did not want to take the $860-thousand from the reserve fund.

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News
12:07 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Route 54 Opens for Memorial Day in Fenwick Island

 Route 54 is now – for all practical purpose ready for motorists -- bringing some relief to residents of Fenwick Island who wanted the construct ion to be done before Memorial Day.

Geoff Sundstrom with the Delaware Department of Transportation  told the Wilmington News Journal that crews will still be on site to remove some equipment and complete some last minute items like drainage work.

Last summer business owners along the corridor reported financial losses because of the daytime construction.

             

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12:04 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Bricks Project Costs in Salisbury Still Not Resolved

 

 

Still no word from Homes for America over whether the City of Salisbury owes any money for $106-thousand in out-of-pocket expenses in the effort to revitalize the project known as The Bricks in the Church Street neighborhood.

City Attorney Mark Tilghman sent out a letter April 16th telling the organization that the town was not responsible after the Salisbury City Council pulled out of a plan to secure a $75-thousand grant that would have provided $1.4 million from the Department of Housing and Community Development for the project.

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8:25 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Special Session in Annpolis on Gambling Set for Week of July 9

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.

The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.

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8:23 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Delaware Lawmakers to Divide Up New Revenues

 

 

When the Delaware General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee meets today it will have $60 million more than expected for the 2013 fiscal budget beginning in July.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council now says the state could get around $63 million more from a corporate income tax settlement.

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8:16 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Christine O'Donnell Takes Stand In Lawsuit Over Debt

 

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is expected to testify in her court battle with a lawyer who says he's owed more than $20,000 for work on her Senate campaigns.

O'Donnell will take the stand on Tuesday, a day after Jonathan Moseley testified about various attempts to collect money from O'Donnell. Moseley said on Monday that the work he did for O'Donnell ranged from temporarily acting as her campaign manager and treasurer in 2008, to developing responses for allegations in 2010 that she had misused campaign finances.

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7:58 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Collective Bargaining Rights Effort for Ocean City Workers Picks Up Steam

 

 

 

There is a new headquarters in Ocean City.

It’s located at the Food Lion shopping center on 118th Street.

And it is for a group that is seeking to get collective bargaining rights for the resort’s municipal workers.

They call themselves the Ocean City Employee Coalition.

There’s no banner yet but posters have been taped to the front windows asking for public support.

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News
12:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

First Craft Distillery In Delaware to Open

 

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A pair of business partners is planning to open Delaware's first craft distillery.

Thirty-two-year-old Mike Rasmussen of Bear and 46-year-old Ron R. Gomes Jr. of West Chester, Pa., plan to open Legacy Distilling in Smyrna. The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports it would be the only standalone distillery in the state to make gin, vodka, whiskey and brandy.

A bill signed into law this spring created a framework for issuing licenses to distill spirits. Production is limited to 750,000 gallons a year.

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8:53 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Arsenic Chicken Additive To Be Banned in Maryland

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a bill this week that would make Maryland the first state to ban an arsenic additive in chicken feed.

Last month, state lawmakers passed a bill banning the use of Roxarsone, a chemical used to help the birds grow and fight parasites.

Pfizer Inc., which distributes Roxarsone, stopped selling the chemical in July after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study found higher levels of inorganic arsenic in chicken treated with

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8:47 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Redistricting Plan Up Before Salisbury City Council

 

There’s a seven hour work session set for today during which the Salisbury City Council will take up the controversial charter amendment that would increase minority representation on the council.

By a 3-to-2 vote the Council told the City Attorney Mark Tilghman to draw up a measure that would expand the majority-minority district to two at-large council members while leaving a second at-large district with 3-members.

In addition, the proposal would eliminate the staggered elections for the council members and the Mayor.

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