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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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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News
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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Features
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.

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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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News
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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News
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. 

News
9:39 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Oyster Restoration Planned for Harris Creek

 

     ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says state and federal officials are planning a major oyster restoration effort for Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.

     DNR officials along with their counterparts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to discuss the effort Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

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News
9:36 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Delaware Gets C Minus for Government Transparency

 

     Delaware ranks 22nd out of 50 states for transparency and accountability in government.

    That’s according to the State Integrity Investigation a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International.

    The First State got a C-minus with a numerical score of 70.

    And the grade included problems like ineffective reform efforts cozy relationships between politicians and business elites as well as a lack of openness.

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News
9:33 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Campaign Launched to Get More Applications for Federal Health Insurance Program in Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants to increase the number of applications to a federally funded health insurance program run by the state.

     Brown will kick off the second anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act on Monday with a marketing campaign designed to enhance participation in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

     MHIP is a state and federally funded plan for people who cannot qualify for health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition.

News
9:30 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Suspect Possibly Injured in Cambridge Police Shooting

 

            Police in Cambridge are searching for a suspect that may have been injured early Sunday morning in police shooting during a traffic stop.

            An officer is also recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

            The suspect is 39-year-old Demetrice Demby who could be seeking treatment.

            After being stopped for a traffic violation Demby’s 1995 Chevrolet truck was being examined by a K-9 unit when he suddenly drove away from the scene.

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News
12:37 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Saturday is Earliest for NASA Launch at Wallops Island Facility

 

     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A planned launch of five rockets from coastal Virginia that's aimed at learning more about the upper level jet stream has been rescheduled again.

     NASA initially said it would send up the rockets early Thursday. The launch was scrubbed due a payload problem and rescheduled for no earlier than Friday night.

     But NASA says there's a high probability of bad weather. The launch is rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday night.

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News
12:33 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Maryland Pays a High Price for Slot Machines

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is paying more than double for each slot machine that officials acquired to fill the state's first three casinos.

     An analysis by The Washington Post found the state is paying about $10,000 per machine per year. At the current rate, the paper says the state could spend $50 million a year more than projected by the time all five privately owned casinos are open.

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News
11:49 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley to Speak Out on Gay Marriage and Catholic Church

 

       BALTIMORE (AP) - Weeks after signing same-sex marriage into law,Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley will address a conference on Catholicism and gay rights.

     O'Malley, a Roman Catholic, is expected to speak about efforts in Maryland to provide equal protection under the law at New Ways Ministry's conference in Baltimore on Friday.

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Features
11:45 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Impact of Shootings in Afghanistan

        The impact of the shooting of 16 Afghan civilians allegedly by a US soldier is still sending shock waves through the US presence, already falling into disfavor with the American people.  

        During a trip to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the shootings would not deter securing the country before the 2014 NATO withdrawal date. 

         Kevin Maurer is co-author of " No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" about a group of Special Forces who successfully disengaged from an ambush in 2008. 

News
11:16 am
Fri March 16, 2012

President of Community Foundation of Eastern Shore To Step Down

 

             Spicer Bell is stepping down as president of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

            He announced his retirement yesterday after seeing the organization through a period of growth in less than a decade.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that since Bell joined the Foundation in 2004, its assets have increased from $43 million to over $81 million.

            Annual grants and scholarship awards rose from $1.9 million to $4 million.

News
11:13 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Work on Maryland Budget Moves to House of Delegates

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Work on the Maryland budget is shifting to the House of Delegates.

     A House committee is scheduled to consider what delegates think should be done to balance the books for the next fiscal year and cut an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit in half.

     The Senate passed a package of budget legislation on Thursday. It raises the state income tax for most taxpayers. It also would phase in a split of teacher pension costs over four years.

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News
11:11 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Newark Charter School Expansion Delayed

 

            There’s been a delay in the expansion of Newark Charter School amid concerns about the institution’s diversity.

            Delaware Education Secretary Lillian Lowery announced that she had decided to wait until the education board’s meeting in April.

            Lowery got an email this week from the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware saying that the Newark Charter School contributes to the re-segregation of public education.

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Delmarva Today
9:53 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Delmarva Today 03-16-2012

Election 2012....we look at the state of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Guests:

Mike Pretl with the Wicomico Democratic Party

Ann Suthowski with the Wicomico Republican Party

 

News
12:23 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Maryland Senate Passes Budget and Income Tax Hike

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed budget legislation, including an income tax increase.

     The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 37-9 for the state's budget Thursday. The Senate voted 33-13 for another bill with cuts and taxes on tobacco and online sales.

     A separate measure to raise income taxes has also been approved on a 26-20 vote. The bill has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats who say the measure will make it harder to attract businesses to the state.

News
12:20 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Sea Level Rise Affects Delmarva Coast

 

    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - State officials say the rising sea level is a problem for Delaware - and not only for Rehoboth and Dewey Beach residents.

     The Wilmington News Journal reports that two reports released Wednesday find that rising sea levels could mean damaging storms could strike the Delmarva peninsula more often. It could also force changes in state and federal policies regulating coastal development and flood zones.

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News
12:18 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Reports on Political Enemies Released in Leopold Case

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police have released documents that show that officers and staff researched County Executive John Leopold's political opponents.

     Police released the documents Wednesday in response to requests by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and news organizations. The documents released include what appears to be publicly accessible information, including news reports, that might be collected by a political campaign about opponents.

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News
9:14 am
Thu March 15, 2012

NASA Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops Island

 

      ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has delayed its planned launch of five rockets aimed at learning more about the jet stream's current at the edge of space.

     NASA initially said it would send up five rockets in five minutes from coastal Virginia early Thursday. But it subsequently announced Wednesday the launch was scrubbed due to a payload problem. The next attempt will be no earlier than Friday night.

     The rockets are to release a chemical trail to track winds circling Earth at up to 300 mph, about 65 miles above the surface.

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News
9:12 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Begin Budget Debate

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.

     Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.

     The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.

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News
9:10 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Ocean View Hires New Town Manager

 

 

            Ocean View has hired a new town manager.

            His name is Rick Konrad.

            And he is currently town manager for the city of Fruitland.

            He has been offered a 3-year term at a salary of $72-thousand with a start date of April 16th.

            He came to Fruitland two years ago…after serving as head of the Parks Division in Norfolk, Virginia.

            But he is not a new comer to the area.

            Before that he spent seven years as superintendent of parks for Wicomico County.  

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News
9:06 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Dream Act Unveiled in Delaware

 

            Delaware lawmakers will get a chance to weigh in on – what’s been called – The Dream Act.

            The legislation would give children of undocumented immigrants living in the state a chance to get in-state college tuition rates…and become eligible for state scholarships.

            State Senator Robert Marshall unveiled the legislation yesterday  saying that children brought here illegally should get the same access to higher education as legal residents.

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News
12:20 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

AAA Mid-Atlantic Opposes Governor's Gas Tax Hike

 

             AAA Mid-Atlantic says it cannot support Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 6 percent tax hike on gasoline, unless there is a constitutional amendment that would ensure the increased revenue goes to the needs of the state transportation system.

            The automobile association said that the protections in the bill to prevent the use of these funds for other purposes are too weak, adding that the Trust Fund has already seen borrowing for expenditures unrelated transportation.

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News
12:17 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Earl Bradley Attorneys Appeal Conviction

 

        Attorneys representing convicted pedophile Dr. Earl Bradley have filed an appeal with the Delaware State Supreme Court seeking to overturn Bradley’s multiple convictions for child molestation

       In the court papers defense attorneys argue that the video evidence should have been excluded from the case because of a  bad police search in December 2009.

       The attorneys say that police did not have a valid warrant to search a building…where video evidence of Bradley molesting children was discovered so the evidence should be tossed out.

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