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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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.

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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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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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11:56 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay on Decline

 

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Chesapeake Bay scientists say underwater grasses declined more than 20 percent last year, a blow to many fish and other species that need the grass to live or breed.

     Heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay and extreme summer heat are being blamed for the loss of the key habitat.

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11:53 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Sussex County Will Finish Subdivision if Developer Cannot

 

      GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Sussex County Council says it will finish work at a Georgetown housing subdivision if the developer does not complete it by August.

     The council decided Tuesday that it would step in on Aug. 1 if Anderson Homes, of Middletown, does not finish work that includes adding sidewalks and paving roads.

     County staff estimate $180,000 in repairs are needed. A $312,500 line of credit from the developer's commercial lender, M&T Bank,will be used to pay for the project if the county takes it on.

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9:59 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Newt Gingrich Makes Stop in Salisbury

 

     Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made his pitch to Salisbury University College Republicans yesterday during a campaign tour of Maryland and Delaware which hold their primaries in April.

     The former House Speaker found a receptive audience, even as he began to lay off campaign staff.  

     Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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9:17 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Maryland Senate Approves Measure on Placement of Septic Systems

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Senators have approved a bill to regulate where new residential septic systems can be installed.

     The legislation creates a four-tiered system that counties are expected to use to limit where septic systems can be located, especially in the most rural parts of the state.

     Some lawmakers say the bill was significantly weakened last week when senators amended it, taking away any ability of the state to overturn county development plans.

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9:13 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Delaware Proposes Tightening Up on Menhaden Harvesting

 

       LEWES, Del. (AP) - A regional fisheries oversight body is proposing changes to the interstate fishery management plan for Atlantic menhaden.

     A hearing was planned Wednesday night at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control field office in Lewes on the proposal by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

     Officials say the revision is needed because a panel found in 2010 that menhaden population abundance had declined steadily and recruitment had been low since the last peak observed in the early 1980s.

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9:09 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Delaware Considers Expanding Gambling

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell wants to authorize online gambling and allow more onsite venues for gambling while giving a financial break to Delaware's three existing casinos.

     Officials on Tuesday proposed expanding keno beyond the casinos to 100 sites throughout Delaware, and authorizing betting on NFL football in at least 20 more sites.

     They also want to make lottery and casino games accessible online within Delaware's borders.

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9:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Felons Voting Bill Inches Forward in Delaware

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at making it easier for convicted felons to vote in Delaware has cleared the House after a second roll call.

     The bill failed to garner the required two-thirds majority in the first vote Tuesday. But it was resurrected after a dissenting lawmaker was assured that a lifetime ban on voting for felons who commit violent crimes would remain in place.

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10:06 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Gingrich Makes Campaign Stops on Delmarva

 

      

  

     Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to speak at Salisbury University this afternoon from 3-4 at Holloway Hall.

    The former House Speaker ‘s speech is sponsored by the Salisbury University College Republicans and is limited to the campus community with attendees required to have a school ID.

    This morning Gingrich was scheduled to stop off at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with a walk down mainstreet.

   There are 37 delegates at stake in next week’s primary.

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9:44 am
Tue March 27, 2012

NASA Research Rocket Finally Launched from Wallops Facility

 

     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - After several delays, NASA has launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the upper level jet stream.

     The rockets began blasting off just before 5 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's space center on Wallops Island. Bad weather had postponed other planned launches last week.

     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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9:41 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Inches Forward in Annapolis

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to create a framework for a health insurance market place to provide coverage to the uninsured.

     The House voted 94-44 for the bill Monday. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

     The measure builds on legislation passed last year to create the health care exchange, a mandate of federal health care reform. The measure sets up standards and regulations to run the program.

     Maryland has about 700,000 uninsured residents.

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9:23 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Table Games Headed for Passage in Annapolis

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to expand Maryland gambling to include table games like blackjack and roulette.

     The chamber passed the measure to its final voting stage Monday night after shooting down amendments that attempted to strip profit enhancements for casino owners and limit how many licenses a slots parlor operator can have.

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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.

News
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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