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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News
11:28 am
Fri April 13, 2012

LaFlerla Concedes in Congressional Democratic Primary for Maryland First District

 

            The Democratic Primary race for Maryland’s First Congressional district is finally over.

            Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, has conceded to businesswoman Wendy Rosen.

            In an email LaFerla told supporters that he did not believe he could regain the lead in the vote count. 

            Rosen leads LaFlerla by 82 votes with a third and final absentee ballot count still set for Friday.

News
11:23 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Staggered Elections In Salisbury Could End

 

            The Salisbury City Council has agreed to end staggered municipal elections.

            Council President Terry Cohen said that while the practice provided for continuity many voters felt it was just a form of – what she called -- re-election.

            The Salisbury Daly Times reports that eliminating the staggered voting would provide…elections for the Mayor’s office and all 5 Council seats every four years.

            The next municipal election is set for April of next year.

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News
11:20 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Salisbury Sued Over Historic Home Improvement

 

            Local landlord Stuart Leer of L&M Rentals has filed a lawsuit against Salisbury after the city’s Historic District Commission denied his request to modify a historic Camden Avenue home.

            He charges that the Commission did so after the 45 day window allowed for such a denial had passed.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the law says the failure by the Commission to act within that time frame constitutes automatic approval unless the two parties reach a mutual agreement for an extension.

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News
11:17 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Sussex County Church Seeks Expansion for Homeless Shelter

 

            A local church in Sussex County will be asking local officials to approve an expansion of its homeless shelter for women to now house men.

            The Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church near Ellendale is asking the Board of Adjustment for a special-use exception.

            Bishop Major Foster is the church leader who worked with Brandywine Counseling & Community Services to start the shelter.

Foster wants to provide help to men…who have been released from prison or are on probation but have nowhere to stay.

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News
11:14 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Newark Charter School Expansion Recommended by Top Delaware Educator

 

            Delaware Education Secretary Lillian Lowery is recommending approval to expand the Newark Charter School to become the state’s first K-thourgh-12 charter school

            But in her recommendation to the Board of Education she also required the school to reach out to poor and minority students as well as to offer free and reduced-price lunches to low-income students beginning in the fall of this year. 

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Delmarva Today
9:50 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Delmarva Today 04-13-2012

The Read Green Festival was back on the campus of Salisbury University this year. Conveying the importance of the environment to children and young adults through literature is the essence of the Green Earth Book Awards, given out annually by the Newton Marasco Foundation.

Guests:

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News
10:14 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley Attends Screening of film "Bully"

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and first lady Katie O'Malley will be attending the premiere screening of the film "Bully."

     The screening on Thursday night will be followed by a town hall discussion on the effects of bullying in Maryland's schools and communities.

     Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students David Esquith is scheduled to attend, as well as bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman, students, parents and educators.

News
10:11 am
Thu April 12, 2012

O'Malley Wants Consensus on Budget Before Calling Session

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he has no plans to call a special session until legislative leaders have a plan to avoid more than $500 million in cuts that are scheduled to take effect on July 1.

     The governor's press secretary tells The Baltimore Sun that there has to be some kind of consensus before O'Malley would consider bringing lawmakers back to Annapolis. Lawmakers this week failed to pass a budget package that included raising taxes on those making more than $100,000 a year.

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News
10:08 am
Thu April 12, 2012

UD Students Rally After Charges Filed in Trayvon Martin Case

 

           More than 100 students gathered at the University of Delaware in Newark yeserday…for a march, rally and voter registration drive.

            In the wake of second degree murder charges filed against George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin the Wilmington News Journal reports that the crowd was asked how many had had their car search by police.

            Dozens of the 100 students raised their hands at the rally organized by the Black Student Union and Black Graduate Student Association.

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News
10:04 am
Thu April 12, 2012

New Last Call Hour in Selbyville

 

 

            Eleven-thirty p. m. is now the time for last call at Selbyville restaurants for patrons who want last alcoholic beverage to cap off the night.

            And, consumption must end by midnight.

            The City Council approved the new ordinance this week.

            And Council member Frank Smith called the measure -- a way to maintain the perception that the town is safe.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ordinance was prompted by several late-night altercations at establishments in the town.

News
10:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Luke Chapman Joins Newark City Council

 

     NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A 28-year-old financial planner has been elected to the Newark City Council.

     Luke Chapman defeated Rick Celeste, a DuPont engineer, in the election this week for the District 5 seat. Chapman will replace Councilman Ezra J. Temko, who is leaving the council to pursue a doctorate in political science.

     Like Temko, who is 26, Chapman will be the youngest councilman on the board.

     Chapman says he is eager to participate in the selection of Newark's next city manager.

 

 

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12:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Lower Shore Counties Rank Low in Health Report Card

 

     ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A new report finds that Howard County is the healthiest place to live in Maryland, while Baltimore city is ranked as the worst.

     The report was released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It ranks counties in each state by several health factors, as well as other areas such as education, access to health care and unemployment.

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News
9:08 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Primary Day Comes to Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates are vying for 37 delegates in Maryland's primary, with Mitt Romney expected to fare well in a state that's home to many moderate GOP members.

     Candidates have been making campaign appearances in the state in advance of Tuesday's primary. Maryland is getting a rare moment in the Republican spotlight because of a nominating contest that has extended into April.

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News
9:05 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Fisker Makes Big Bet on new Hybrid to be Made in Delaware

 

            In New York tonight Fisker Automotive is unveiling its biggest bet yet.

            It’s known as Project Nina which involves the gas and electric powered hybrid that is seen as the make or break model for the car company.

            For Delaware and the former General Motors assembly plant near Newport which is gearing up for production of the car known as the Atlantic this may be a key to the First State’s future.

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News
9:02 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Unusual Light Show for Offshore Wind Power in Annapolis

 

 

            Around 500 Marylanders joined hands around the State House building in Annapolis last night calling it a circle of support for the offshore wind energy legislation now pending in the General Assembly.
            They were equipped with eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines handmade banners and signs and wearing electric blue t-shirts.

             The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that neither lawmakers nor activists could remember ever seeing the State House encircled like this.

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News
8:56 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Delay in Murder Trial of James Cooke

 

     WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - There has been a delay in the re-trial of a former death row inmate charged with raping and killing a University of Delaware student in 2005.

     Prosecutors on Monday rested their case against James Cooke Jr. but The News Journal of Wilmington reports that because of scheduling issues, the trial will be in recess for a week and that testimony will not resume until next Tuesday.

News
8:54 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health Report Card Is In for Delaware

 

             New Castle is the healthiest county in the state of Delaware.

            That’s the conclusion of the 2012 County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

            Meanwhile, Kent County as in the past ranked the lowest for overall health…although residents do live longer than those in Sussex County.

            Paul Silverman with the Division of Public Health told the Wilmington News Journal that it was difficult to tell why Kent is less healthy than other counties.

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News
12:44 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Former Death Row Inmate Given Bail in Delaware

 

      WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has set bail at $200,000 cash for a former death row inmate accused of killing a liquor store clerk during a 1991 robbery.

     In setting the bail for 39-year-old Jermaine Wright on Monday, Judge John Parkins rejected arguments by prosecutors that he did not have jurisdiction to do so. Parkins agreed to stay his ruling for two days to allow the state to appeal.

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News
12:41 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Redistricting In Salisbury to be Heard at Council Work Session

 

          The Salisbury City Council is set to take up proposals at its work session tonight to redraw district lines that could see the end of the at-large District 2.

            Council President Terry Cohen emphasized that the council body has not taken a position on any proposals or comments set forth by city staff or the public.

            Mayor Jim Ireton has offered three plans one of which would provide for only five council districts two of which would be majority minority districts.

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News
12:38 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Supporters of Wind Power Rally Tonight in Annapolis

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Call it a circle of support.

     Backers of developing offshore wind will be holding a rally in Annapolis on Monday night. They say they'll be making a circle around the Maryland State House.

     To brighten they scene, they say they'll be holding glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines. They also plan to wear electric blue T-shirts.

     The House of Delegates passed the bill on Friday on an 88-47 vote. The measure is now in the Senate Finance Committee.

 

 

News
12:35 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Cambridge Plans Mixed Use Redevelopment for City Waterfront

 

      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Cambridge officials say a mixed used redevelopment is planned for the city's waterfront.

     A mixture of commercial, public and possibly some residential properties is being considered for the port property at Sailwinds Park along Franklin Street. The property is owned by the state and leased by the city. The city and state have agreed to develop the property.

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News
9:46 am
Fri March 30, 2012

ACLU Weighs In on Salisbury Redistricting

 

             The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says that the at-large voting district with a majority-minority district in Salisbury violates the Voting Rights Act given the changing demographics of the city.

            African Americans now make up over 34 percent of Salisbury’s population as opposed to only 16 percent in 1986 when the current two district formula was developed.

News
9:44 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Hoodies Okayed Today for William Penn High School

 

       NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Officials at William Penn High School are allowing a temporary change in the dress code so students can wear hoodies.

     Students will be allowed to wear hooded sweat shirts on today as a silent demonstration in response to the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Principal Jeffrey Menzer granted a request from a student leader who asked that a school policy banning hoodies be lifted for one day so students could join a national call for justice.

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News
9:12 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates in Maryland Expose Opposition Tactics

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland gay marriage advocates are circulating a graphic via social media that they say exposes their opponents' strategies to overturn marriage laws.

     The graphic released Thursday afternoon responds to news that a Maine court released confidential memos of the National Organization Marriage. The memos outlined strategy to split the Democratic Party base by pitting blacks and Hispanics against gay-rights groups

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News
9:08 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Offshore Wind Supporters Make Push as Vote Nears in Annapolis

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of offshore wind will be highlighting its benefits as the House of Delegates nears a vote on a measure to develop it in Maryland.

     A coalition of supporters is scheduled to talk on Friday about how the measure could help minority-owned businesses in the state. They also will be discussing health benefits they say will result from reducing air pollution.

     The House of Delegates could vote on the bill as soon as Friday.

 

    

 

News
11:28 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School Bus Catches Fire in Mill Creek

 

      A school bus caught fire as it was dropping off students this morning in Mill Creek.

     The New Castle County fire board said the bus caught on fire at about 7:15 a.m. this morning on McKennans Church Road.

     The Wilmington News Journal reports...that the bus was dropping off students at McKean High School.

     A fire board official says no students were on the bus when authorities were alerted about the fire.

     Firefighters from Mill Creek and Hockessin had the fire under control in 20 minutes. No injures were reported.

News
9:56 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Civil Rights Landmark Saved in Delaware

 

      HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware school that educated black children in the days of racial segregation has been saved from the auction block.

     The Friends of Hockessin Colored School Number 107 paid Petrucon Construction $213,000 for the lien it held against the Hockessin Community Center, which owns the property, on Wednesday. It received a $100,000 matching loan from the Delaware Community Foundation's African American Empowerment Fund.

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News
9:54 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Brandywine Voters Approve Tax Hike for School District

 

      CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A referendum to increase boost school reserves and funding for school improvements has been approved in the Brandywine School District.

     The referendum passed Wednesday with 4,814 in favor and 4,126 votes against the tax increase. Officials say taxes would increase by 27 cents per $100 of assessed value, or about $188 a year.

     District officials say the money will go toward advancing educational goals, facility maintenance and helping restore the reserve fund.

News
9:52 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Delaware Moving Towards Ending License Fee on Crude Oil Lightering

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would eliminate the $100,000 business license fee for firms engaged in crude oil lightering.

     Lightering involves transferring crude oil from big tankers to smaller vessels. The process allows the heavy tankers to sit higher in the water, allowing them to navigate shipping channels without the risk of dragging the bottom while delivering their cargo to refineries like the one in Delaware City.

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News
9:50 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Wicomico County Could Get Break on State Education Spending Requirements

 

           A potential $14.4 million hit to the Wicomico County budget may be reduced to $6.7 million with a new amendment.

            Legislation in Annapolis was set to increase the Maintenance of Effort spending requirement for education for the County from $36.4 million to $50.8 million.

            That local officials said would have required the county to either dramatically increase taxes or sharply cut core services. 

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