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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12:15 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Mosquito Eradication Program in Delaware Begins

 

     With the warm weather comes the annual mosquito eradication spraying.

    The Delaware state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section has begun treating wooded wetlands near populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

   There are approximately 7,000 to 10,000 acres that have woodland pools where early season mosquitoes breed in quantity.

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12:12 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich Comes to Delaware

 

      HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is making the first visit to Delaware by a candidate in this year's Republican presidential primary.

     Gingrich is scheduled to appear Monday evening at a joint meeting of the northern New Castle County and western New Castle County Republican committees at the Hockessin Fire Company.

     Gingrich also has planned an earlier private meeting with state GOP leaders, followed by an invitation-only afternoon reception in Wilmington.

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12:09 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Virginia Lawmakers Face Abortion Issue in Budget Debate

 

       RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate reconvenes Monday with expectations running high that it will finally pass a version of the state budget.

     The sticking point will be an amendment to be offered by Senate Democrats that would require insurance companies to pay for pre-abortion ultrasounds that will be mandatory under a Republican-backed law passed this year.

     The state would also pay the ultrasound costs for uninsured women.

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12:22 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Democrats at Odds Over Easton Mail Processing Plant

 

            Senator Barbara Mikulski has put a hold on postal reform legislation just as it was to be voted on next week.

            The Maryland Democrat complained that there was a lack of transparency and public input into the Postal Service decision to shut down the Easton mail processing plant that employs 127 people.

            Her action comes on the heels of an effort by her Democratic colleague Tom Carper to move the operation to Delaware to save the Hare’s Corner postal facility near New Castle.

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12:14 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

No NASA Rocket Launch at Wallops Sooner than Sunday

 

       ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - The launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast is being rescheduled again.

     NASA had planned to launch the rockets early Friday, following several earlier postponements due to bad weather. Cloudy skies at three viewing sites in Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina forced the agency to postpone the launch. The launch requires clear skies

     NASA says it will decide Friday afternoon whether to attempt the launch Sunday morning.

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12:07 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Maryland Senate Committee Considers Table Games

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee is expected to vote on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

     A vote by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee could come as soon as Friday morning.

     The measure would allow table games like blackjack and craps at Maryland casinos, which currently only allow slot machines.

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11:53 am
Fri March 23, 2012

No Burn Ban Expected For Wicomico County this Summer

 

            Maryland’s Lower Shore is not likely to see a ban on burning this summer with forecasters predicting temperatures moving closer to normal.

            AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson told the Salisbury Daily Times that this is despite the fact that the area is experiencing unseasonably weather…and slight drought conditions.

            So far this year he said there has been 6.6 inches of rain which is normal for this time of year.

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11:50 am
Fri March 23, 2012

ACLU of Delaware Opposes Proposed Sex Offender Law in Dover

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware is calling on the Dover City Council to oppose an ordinance that would place some living restrictions on registered sex offenders.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the group sent a letter to council members to oppose the proposal that would prevent registered sex offenders from living within 500 feet of licensed day care centers.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Delaware Seeks Volunteers for Beach Grass Planting

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is looking for volunteers to help plant dune grasses.

     The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says beach grass will be planted Saturday on public beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The planting will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at various locations. Those interested in volunteering can find locations on the department's website.

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12:17 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Eye Protective Gear for Riders of Mopeds and Motor Scooters Up for Vote in Annapolis

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take a final vote on a bill that would require moped and motor scooter riders to wear helmets.

     Senators are expected to consider the bill Thursday.

     Sponsored by Baltimore County Democrat Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, the legislation would also require scooter and moped drivers to have protective eyewear if they do not have a windscreen.

News
8:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Another Delay for Wallops Rocket Launch

 

       ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA is again rescheduling the launch of five rockets from Virginia due to bad weather.  The rockets are part of a study of the jet stream.

     The launch had been set for Thursday at NASA's space center on Wallops Island but has now been pushed back to early Friday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several times.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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8:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Tribute to Senator Barbara Mikulski

 

            Democrats and Republicans in the Senate yesterday afternoon…stood up to recognize the achievement of their Maryland colleague Barbara Mikulski…who became the longest serving woman in congress.

            She reached that milestone last Saturday after first being elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and ascending to the US Senate ten years later.

            Mikulski has been a leading voice for women’s issues with her latest accomplishment being the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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7:43 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Takes Up State Budget

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates will be working on the state's $35.9 billion budget.

     The House has scheduled two sessions for Thursday, as it considers amendments to a package of budget measures.

     One includes a scaled-back version of an income tax increase already approved by the state Senate.

     Another budget measure would phase in a split of teacher pension costs with the counties in three years, instead of four.

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7:41 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Delaware Considers Eliminating Voting Waiting Period For Felons

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment aimed at making it easier for convicted felons to vote.

     A bill to be considered by the House on Thursday would amend the state constitution to eliminate the five-year waiting period before eligible felons who have fully completed their sentences could have their voting rights restored.

     The proposed amendment would have to pass two consecutive general assemblies before it could become law.

 

 

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7:36 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Row Between Democrats Over Proposed Shutdown of Easton Mail Processing Center

 

             Maryland’s Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are now expressing their outrage at the decision to shut down the mail processing center in Easton and moving the operation to Hares Corner near New Castle in Delaware.

            The Democratic Senators said it was their understanding that the Easton operation would move to the Baltimore plant.

            Meanwhile, fellow Democrat Senator Tom Carper from the First State, who oversees the postal service, proposed the alternative plan in a bid to preserve the Hare’s Corner facility.

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9:25 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Maryland Educators Consider Change in Student Suspension Policy

 

 

 

      The Maryland State Board of Education is looking at whether the current student suspension policies may be doing more harm than good. 

       Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report with editorial work by Kristina Jackereas. 

 

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9:16 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Wallops NASA Rocket Launch Delayed Again

 

      ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia.

     The rockers are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.  The launch had been set for Wednesday morning but has now been pushed back to early Thursday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several days.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process behind the jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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9:14 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Pink Haired Student Allowed To Go Back to School

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - A sixth-grader who faced possible disciplinary action for coming to school with pink hair is back in class, with her pink hair intact.

     Officials at Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark told 12-year-old Brianna Moore last week that her dyed hair violated the school's uniform policy. She was told she could return to her regular classes if she agreed on a plan to change back to her natural hair color, but that she faced in-school suspension if she kept her pink hair.

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9:12 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Study Recommends Dumping Rehoboth's Treated Wastewater into Ocean

 

             Dumping treated-wastewater from Rehoboth Beach into the ocean is the safest way to dispose of it.

            That’s the conclusion of a draft environmental study by GHD Inc that will be used by Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to build the proposed outfall.

            A public hearing has been set for April 10th at Rehoboth’s Convention Hall.

            Chris Bason, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, told the Wilmington News Journal…that he has not had a chance to read the report.

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9:08 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Ocean City Okays First Wind Turbine for a Single-Family Residence

 

           An Ocean City family has been given the green light to install a set of  wind mills on the roof of their Boardwalk home.

            The three turbines will be the first in the resort on the roof of a single-family residence.

            The Villa Santa family has been trying to get permission to construct them on top of their 14th Street house over the last year.

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9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Worcester County Could See Hike in Property Tax Rates

 

           Worcester County residents could be facing a hike of as much as 7.25 cents in their property tax rate to close a $17 million budget shortfall.

            Worcester Commissioners say they do not want to raise the property tax.

            But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this could be changing.

            Commission President Bud Church told the paper that he felt a tax increase is inevitable.

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News
11:51 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Worker Shortage for Processing Plants as Crab Season Sees Strong Start

 

      NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia's blue crab season is off to a strong start but some plants are struggling to find workers to process the meat.

     Normally, most crabs are still dormant during the commercial season's first few weeks. The season opened Monday with watermen returning to docks with bushels full of crabs.

     Poquoson waterman Jimmy Winder tells the Daily Press that crabs are stirring because of the warm weather.

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News
9:14 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Wednesday is Latest Launch Date for NASA Rocket at Wallops Flight Facility

 

            It won’t be until Wednesday morning before the launch of five NASA sounding rockets from Wallops flight facility.

            The countdown is set begin at 7 pm tonight.

            The launch was delayed in recent days because of possible bad weather.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the multiple launches will allow scientists to study winds at the edge of space around 60 miles above the Earth’s surface.

            The mission is called the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment .

News
9:11 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Pink Hair Called Too Disruptive at Shue-Midell Middle School

 

             It seemed like a good idea at the time.

            The parents of Briana Moore allowed her to dye her hair pink as a reward for getting good grades.

            But officials at the Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark told her not to come back until her hair was back to its natural color.

            They said it was too disruptive.

            Her father Kevin told the Wilmington News Journal that the school officials should not be able to tell him – as a parent – what color his daughter’s hair should be.

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9:08 am
Tue March 20, 2012

McDermott's Name Comes Up In Murder Conviction Reversal by Maryland High Court

 

          Maryland’s highest court has overturned a 2009 first-degree murder conviction saying that now Delegate Mike McDermott improperly interrogated the suspect when he was a detective with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

            The court said that McDermott continued to question Charles Phillips even when he said he wanted a lawyer.

            Phillips was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of 77-year-old William Nibblett.

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9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Fewer Taxpayers Affected by Proposed Tax Hike in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Far fewer taxpayers would be affected by an income tax increase under a House panel's plan then one approved by the state Senate.

     The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday voted to raise taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000. Their rate would go from 4.75 percent to 5 percent. Joint filers would have to earn more than $150,000 for their rate to go up that much.

News
8:58 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Lower Revenue Estimates in Delaware

 

 

            The state of Delaware could be facing some budget cuts for the next fiscal year with yesterday’s revenue projections coming in at $22.7 million lower than the December estimates making total expected revenue projection $3.4 billion.

            In addition, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council predicted there would be $6 million less in revenue this year.  

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8:57 am
Tue March 20, 2012

New Financial Penalties Proposed for Crimes Against Seniors in Delaware

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is eyeing a bill that would establish a new financial penalty for crimes against senior citizens in order to raise money to fund programs aimed at helping seniors.

     The bill passed the House in January and the Senate is expected to consider it on Tuesday.

     The legislation creates an additional penalty of $100 for crimes committed against people who are 62 years old or older.

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News
9:48 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops May Be Tuesday

 

     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has rescheduled the launch of five rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.

     The space agency says that it has pushed back its scheduled launch to no earlier than Tuesday night because of bad weather.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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9:46 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Divisiveness In Presidential Nominations is Not Unique to the GOP

 

    The Republican presidential primary season has been a divisive one with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul battling it out across the nation. 

     The Democrats and the President may be looking on with some smugness, but in past years their own party has also been hit with strife that cost it the White House.

     Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has a look back. 

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