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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8:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

DelDot Hit With More Bad News From Audit

 

           The latest audit of the Delaware Transportation Department is not good.

            DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that it turned up at least $161-thousand in uncashed developer checks with dozens of state land rights potentially in jeopardy because of fragmented and lax practices.

            The six week probe was prompted by the Wilmington News Journal investigation into a land deal in Milford that has already led to reforms.

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8:48 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Construction Projects Get Water Allocation Approval in Somerset County

 

            In Somerset County the construction projects at the Arden’s Run apartment complex on UMES Boulevard and housing plans by Go-Getters, Inc. will finally be able to move forward.

            They have been held up because of the water shortage in the county.

            But they have finally been awarded their allocations from two wells that are expected to go online later this year.

            The Sanitary Commission was able to give its okay because several other projects that had been given water allocations are not ready to begin construction.

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9:13 am
Thu April 26, 2012

More Video Surfaces in Salisbury Macing by Police

 

             A new video has surfaced that shows beer cans being thrown at police officers before Salisbury authorities used pepper spray during last Saturday’s confrontation during a Shore on the War party.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the video was given to police by one of the four party-goers who was arrested during the gathering that was part of the La Crosse Championship.

            Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the individual has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

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8:58 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Dream Act Debated in Dover

 

           The Delaware Senate Education Committee heard a wide range of emotions and opinions yesterday as the panel considered the Dream Act that would give in-state rates for college tuition and scholarships to undocumented immigrants.

            The bill’s sponsor Senator Robert Marshall said he realized that this was not a popular measure noting he has gotten a lot of phone calls.

            But the Wilmington Democrat said he hoped to get the bill approved by the full Senate despite the outcry of opposition.

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8:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tom Gordon Wants His Old Job Back as New Castle County Executive

 

            Former New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is checking out his old office for another run.

            He left after eight years during which there was a federal indictment for racketeering mail fraud and misuse of county resources for personal and political gain.

            Prosecutors dropped those charges in 2007.

            Gordon says he has been talking with unions, churches and community groups whose support he would need to win a primary as well as trying to figure out how much money he would need to raise for the race.

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8:48 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Delaware Moves Closer to Tightening Home Invasion Penalties

 

            Delaware is inching closer to toughening up its home invasion laws.

            A measure that would establish home invasion as a distinct criminal offense with mandatory minimum jail sentences unanimously passed the state House of Representatives this week.

            Under the measure first time offenders would face six years in jail and 8 years for a second offense.

            There is a competing measure in the Senate that would establish a 15 year minimum jail term for the first offenders with a life sentence for a second offense.

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9:30 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Easton Mail Processing Center Expected to be Saved

 

 

          The Easton mail processing center will probably be spared from being shutdown as part of the Postal Service plans to close more than 100 facilities throughout the country.

            Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say they got assurances this week from Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that the facility will remain open.

            Mikulski called this a great victory for Maryland communities that rely on the post office for on-time delivery of lifesaving medications daily newspapers and important business documents.

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9:27 am
Wed April 25, 2012

O'Malley says Two Special Sessions Possible in Annapolis

 

           There could be two special legislative sessions in Annapolis this year.

            One would deal with a revenue package that would avoid a half a billion in drastic spending cuts while another would focus the expansion of gambling in the state.

            Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters yesterday that both of these issues deserve a hearing and some resolution.

            O’Malley said that the $500 million in cuts that would be triggered by the failure to increase the income tax could have a dramatic impact in education.

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9:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Union Asks for Whistle Blower Protection for VA Psychologist

 

            The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the US Office of Special Counsel for whistle-blower protection for Dr. Michelle Washington.

            Washington specializes in post-traumatic stress at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Elsmere and told a US Committee on Veterans Affairs last November that vets usually have to wait as often as two months for timely treatment.

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9:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Delmarva Brings in $4 Billion from Outdoor Recreation

 

 

          Most people don’t think about the economic impact of activities ranging from hunting and fishing to cycling and wildlife watching.

            But a new study by the nonprofit Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership found they contribute nearly $4 billion every year to the economy on the Delmarva Peninsula.

            The study found that some 1.6 million people hunt, fish or watch wildlife on Delmarva and spend $1.5 billion.

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9:17 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Berlin Chosen As Maryland's First Environmentally Sustainable Town

 

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The Eastern Shore town of Berlin is the first in Maryland to be certified as sustainable under a new statewide environmental program.

     The Sustainable Maryland Certified program is managed by the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center. The program recognizes and helps communities that are working to protect resources, revitalize and improve their long-term quality of life.

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9:14 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Romney Wins Delaware Primary

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Mitt Romney has won Delaware's Republican presidential primary, turning back an upset bid by former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

     With Tuesday's victory, Romney continues his march toward the Republican presidential nomination and a November contest against President Barack Obama. Even before the results were in, Romney scheduled a visit to New Hampshire to begin what's billed as the next phase of his campaign.

     Gingrich paid several visits to Delaware, hoping his brand of retail politics would resonate with voters.

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9:07 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Delaware Primary Voters Could Decide Fate of Gingrich Campaign

 

      WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Newt Gingrich's longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination brought him back to Delaware on the eve of the state's presidential primary.

     Gingrich spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Brandywine-Wilmington Regional GOP Committee, shortly after Republican National Committeewoman Priscilla Rakestraw announced that she was switching her endorsement from front-runner Mitt Romney to Gingrich, becoming the second GOP official in Delaware to do so.

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9:04 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Poodle Show Opens in Salisbury

 

             Poodles are arriving in Salisbury for the 80th annual National Specialty Show.

            It’s hosted by the Poodle Club of America and is being held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

            This year’s theme is entitled, ”Poodles Over the Rainbow”, which is estimated to bring in $2 million into the local economy benefiting area businesses.

            The event has been on the Lower Shore for the last 16 years.

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9:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Two GOP Senators Question Federal Loan to Fisker

 

            Two prominent Senate Republicans are questioning the federal loan to Fisker Automotive which is negotiating with the Obama administration for funds to build its new facility at the old GM plant in Delaware.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Thune of South Dakota fired off a letter to Energy Secretary Stephen Chu demanding that he defend the now frozen loan to the automaker.

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8:57 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Delaware Legislature Looks at Charter School Laws

 

          The Delaware State legislature will weigh in on the future of Charter schools in the First State.

            The interest comes after public controversy over the expansion of the Newark Charter School.

            Last week the state Board of Education approved allowing the facility to add high school grades and enroll more students in grades K though 8.

            But critics expressed concern that the educational institution had some aspects that discourage minority and low-income students from enrolling.

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8:55 am
Tue April 24, 2012

State Panel to Review Natural Gas Power Plant in Dover

      

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel headed by state Economic Development  Secretary Alan Levin is scheduled to hear a request this week from an energy company looking to build a natural-gas power plant in Dover.

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8:45 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Occupy Delaware Evicted from Spencer Plaza

 

            Occupy Delaware members have been evicted from Spencer Plaza in Wilmington after 5 months and 18 days.

            Mayor James Baker notified the organization yesterday afternoon that it has until May 1st to dismantle its tent city.

            Baker said that the encampment had become a public nuisance. He added that it desecrated the final resting place of Peter Spencer a freed slave who became an early religious and civil rights leader in Wilmington.

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12:32 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Most SU Grads Will Not Be Looking for Jobs on the Eastern Shore

 

 

 

     It's almost graduation time for students on the campus of Salisbury University.

     However, not many of them will be looking for jobs on the Eastern Shore.

     Delmarva Public Radio's Melany Parlaman prepared this report.

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10:05 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Legal Finance Battle Up Before the Salisbury City Council Tonight

 

 

 

    The controversy over Salisbury's legal budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year will come up for scrutiny at night's City Council meeting.

     The Council is set to take a second and final vote on a measure that would add $30,000 for the City Attorney.

      However, at an April 16, meeting, Council members Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields received a spread sheet showing that an additional $100,000 is needed to cover legal bills for the rest of the fiscal year.

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9:55 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Berlin Town Council to Consider Easing Two Zoning Restrictions

 

      Berlin officials are expected to take up the issue of whether to loosen zoning restriction during today's Town Council meeting.

       One ordinance would relax restrictions no local bed and breakfasts. 

       Currently, there is a limitation on such establishments that 0nly allows breakfast to be served.

      B & B onwer Mark Cropper hopes to host wine tasting events if the restriction is lifted.

       The second measure would permit a home to be built up to 35 feet high, if the surrounding homes are also higher than 30 feet.

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9:47 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Preparations Underway for 30th Annual Salisbury Festival

 

       SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Salisbury Festival is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

     The festival, which officially welcomes spring, will be hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this weekend. The three-day event begins Friday and will feature games, rides and music. There will also be a farmers market, a flea market and beer tastings.

     Shannon Mitchell, the chamber's director of communications and events, says all past festival chairmen have been invited to attend the 30th anniversary.

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9:47 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Preparations Underway for 30th Annual Salisbury Festival

 

       SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Salisbury Festival is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

     The festival, which officially welcomes spring, will be hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this weekend. The three-day event begins Friday and will feature games, rides and music. There will also be a farmers market, a flea market and beer tastings.

     Shannon Mitchell, the chamber's director of communications and events, says all past festival chairmen have been invited to attend the 30th anniversary.

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9:44 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Interior Designs for Rehoboth Destination Station Center to be Unveiled

 

          Local officials are expected to unveil the new interior designs for the proposed Destination Station Center in Rehoboth Beach at the upcoming meeting of the local Chamber of Commerce.

            The May 17th meeting of the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber will provide a look at the plans that include ever-changing science energy and technology programs and exhibits.

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9:40 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Farmers and Environmentalists Unite Against Rehoboth Wastewater Treatment Pipeline

 

      REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some farmers and environmentalists are opposing Rehoboth Beach's plan to channel treated wastewater through a pipeline offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Board of Commissioners hasbeen seeking an alternative to the current procedure, which deposits effluent into the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal. They requested a $25 million loan from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to find it.

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9:36 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Over 3000 Show up for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

 

      OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Despite bad weather and recent bad publicity for the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the group's inaugural race in Ocean City drew nearly 3,600 participants.

     Breast cancer survivors, their relatives and other supporters gathered on Ocean City's boardwalk just after sunrise Sunday. Many were clad in pink, Komen's signature color.

     Two months ago, Komen pulled its funding from the Planned Parenthood organization. Komen then reversed its decision amid a public outcry.

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8:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Convicted Killer Shannon Johnson Executed

 

            Condemned Delaware killer Shannon Johnson got his wish and was executed early this morning.

            After his conviction for the 2008 murder of Cameron Hamlin,  Johnson said that he did not wish to appeal his death sentence.

            Following the execution the victim’s father, Vandrick Hamlin, told a press conference that now it was time for the family to get on with their lives adding – in his words – We can begin healing this morning.”

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8:53 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Ocean City Finished Boardwalk Work in Time for Susan G. Komen Race

 

            Work crews should be wrapping up the first phase of the reconstruction of the Ocean City Boardwalk today for this weekend’s Susan G. Komen race.

            Ocean City Engineer Terry McGean told the Salisbury Daily Times that it should be substantially finished between the Inlet and Somerset Street and between 15th and 27th streets.

            This is around two weeks ahead of schedule.  McGean said he had figured it would not be done before the end of the month.

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8:45 am
Fri April 20, 2012

State Gives Green Light to Restructuring Crisfield High School

 

            Somerset County officials say they got the official okay to restructure Crisfield High School.

            But the State Department of Education still wants some clarification on the plan about staffing and class schedules.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state also wants more input from the stakeholders since many of the previous public meetings focused on consolidation of two high schools.

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8:38 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Expansion of Newark Charter School Okayed

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Board of Education has approved an expansion for Newark Charter School, clearing the way for plans to add high school grades and enroll more students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the board voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of the expansion.

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