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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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.

News
9:31 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Maryland Governor Tries To Sell Gas Tax Plan to Lawmakers

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to sell lawmakers on his plan to create a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline.

     The governor is expected to testify on the bill Wednesday afternoon before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee as well as the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.

     His plan would apply the sales to gasoline in 2 percent increments for three years, generating about $613 million annually. Maryland's 23.5-cents per gallon gas tax has not been raised since 1992.

Features
9:27 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Proposed Teacher Pension Cost Shift Runs Into Strong Opposition In Annapolis

 

 

        Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to shift million of dollars in teacher pension fund costs to local counties is drawing strong opposition from Eastern Shore legislators and officials. 

        Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a look at the opposition and a proposed compromise. 

        Editors Note: Editorial work for Story from Melany Parlaman.

       

News
9:18 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Fundraising for Cambridge LIghthouse Nears Goal

 

      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Organizers say they have raised 90 percent of the money needed for construction of a replica of the Choptank River lighthouse, which they hope to have ready by September.

     The project is expected to cost more than $600,000 and supporters say more than two-thirds has been raised through private donations.

News
9:15 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Maryland Officials Scale Back Boating Fee Hikes

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it's scaling back proposed increases in boat registration fees.

     Department officials say the changes were made after meeting with boaters and others who would be affected.

     Boat registration currently costs $24 every two years. DNR says it will now propose fees ranging from $25 for boats under 16 feet up to $300 for boats more than 65 feet long. A bill before state lawmakers originally called for fees ranging from $50 to $700.

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News
9:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Delaware State Senator George Bunting Not to Seek Reelection

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Sen. George Bunting has decided not to seek re-election.

     The 67-year-old Democrat from Bethany Beach announced the decision on Tuesday. Bunting was elected to the Senate in 1996 after serving in the state House for 12 years.

     Bunting received a kidney transplant in 2008, but says his health did not play into the decision.

     Bunting says he has no plans to endorse a candidate to fill the seat he will vacate.

 

 

News
9:07 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental Group Says Not Enough Being Spent by Maryland to Clean Up Bay

 

            An environmental group says there is not enough money being spent to fund Maryland’s bay restoration plan.

            The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost said that while the state is halfway to its bay restoration goals lawmakers must come up with more money and make policy changes.

            Otherwise, he adds, the job will not get done as promised.

            Among the measures needed is funding for upgrading sewage treatment plants…and storm water systems.

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News
9:04 am
Wed March 14, 2012

MIstrial in Allen Taylor Murder Case

 

             A mistrial has been declared in the First Degree murder case against Allen Taylor who is being retried for the 2008 fatal shooting of an 18 year old in Wilmington.

            The jury deadlocked in the case yesterday afternoon and was dismissed by the judge.

            The exact split within the jury panel is not known.

            The 39 year old Taylor had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

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News
9:01 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Occupy Delaware Protester Arrested at Sheriff's Foreclosure Sale

 

            Sixty-one year old Occupy Delaware protester Stephen Cotrell of Pennsylvania got himself arrested yesterday after he allegedly disrupted a sheriff’s sale in New Castle County.

            He was cited for disorderly conduct and released.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the first time…that a supporter of Occupy Delaware has been arrested since the group has been protesting the foreclosure sales in November.

News
8:58 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Jobless Rate in Virginia Hits Three Year Low

 

            The jobless rate in Virginia hit 5.8 percent January.

            That’s down from 6.2 percent in December and 6.4 percent in January of last year.

            Governor Bob McDonnell said yesterday that the drop to a three year low comes despite job declines across the majority of the state’s industries over the last month.

            McDonnell along with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolliing and State Commerce Secretary Jim Cheng made the announcement…during an appearance at the Richmond based James River Air Conditioning Company.

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News
12:10 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Shellfish Harvesting Ban Lifted on Maryland Waterways

 

 

   

     

      BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment has lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in portions of three waterways following a decline in bacteria levels.

     Officials said Monday that an area of the Wicomico River at the border of Wicomico and Somerset counties has been approved for harvesting.

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News
9:05 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware Considering Relaxing Standards for Reporting School Crime to Police

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are continuing to reconsider Delaware's school crime reporting requirements.

     House lawmakers on Tuesday were expected to take up a bill that revises the current mandatory school crime reporting requirements.

     The goal of the legislation is to ensure that the most serious offenses are reported to police while allowing school officials to handle minor offenses without having to report them.

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News
9:01 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware State Panel Recomendations on Child Sexual Abuse

 

            Sussex County needs two psychiatrists to meet the needs of child abuse victims.

            That’s the recommendation in an 8 page report by a state panel formed after pediatrician Earl Bradley was convicted in a case that potentially involved over a 100 children.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the panel also recommends monitoring the demand for mental health services in Kent and Sussex counties in order to property respond in the event of another Bradley like case.

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News
8:56 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware Sends Financial Team to Laurel School District

 

             The Laurel School District is expecting a special team of financial advisers…to help officials fill a projected spending gap of $106-thousand that threatens the district’s budget.

            Among the causes are slumping tax receipts and what the state’s Education Department staff  -- has called -- a pattern of inaction on the part of district leaders.

            The Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery invoked special powers to send a financial Recovery Team to Laurel.

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News
8:53 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Ocean Pines Looking for Firefighters

 

           The community of Ocean Pines is looking for fire fighters.

            It has more than 8-thousand residents but only has 15 firefighters in total department 62.

            Others include emergency medical technicians paramedics and cadets. 

            Fire Chief Tim Canham has kicked off the campaign telling the Salisbury Daily Times that too often the community has had to rely on other fire departments like Berlin or Showell.

            He said he would like to have 30 firefighters divided evenly between the north and south stations. 

News
8:49 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Second Hand Smoke Law for Automobiles Considered in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents would not be able to smoke in a vehicle with a passenger younger than 8, under a measure that has received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

     The Senate blocked two amendments Monday night that were offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, R-Anne Arundel.

     Reilly tried to change the bill so a violation of the law would be a secondary, rather than a primary, offense. As a primary offense, police officer would be able to pull someone over for the offense.

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News
8:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Recommended Hike for Dover City Pensioners

 

            A Dover Council committee is ready to consider a request for a hike in the cost-of-living adjustment for the city’s pensioners.

            That’s despite the fact that members say the city’s problematic financial situation would likely exclude any permanent raises.

            The city’s Civilian Pension Board voted last month to recommend a 4 percent increase in pension payments effective in January of next year and  a 2 percent annual increase in 2014.

            The 4 percent increase would cost the city around $98-thousand per year.

News
8:44 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Revolt of Chincoteague Taxpayers

 

             The decision by the Accomack County Board of Supervisors to impose a fire and emergency medical services tax on Chincoteague is getting some fierce blowback.

            By late last week more than 100 people had indicated their disapproval of the measure…through a new Facebook page called Save the Chincoteague Taxpayer.

            And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there is talk among Chincoteague residents to withhold payment of county real estate and personal property taxes in June…to protest the action.

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News
12:16 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Hearing on Medical Marijuana in Annapolis

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Several measures relating to medical marijuana in Maryland are getting a hearing before lawmakers in Annapolis.

     The measures will be heard Friday at a joint hearing with the House Health and Government Operations Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

     One of the bills, which is being sponsored by Delegate Dan Morhaim, would establish the Medical Marijuana Commission to develop requests for applications for academic medical centers to operate programs in the state.

News
12:14 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Memorial Services Held Today for Civil Rights Leader Rev. Maurice Moyer

 

      Services for long time civil rights leader and community activist the Rev. Maurice J. Moyer are being held today at the Saint Paul UAME Church in Wilmington.

      Moyer was pastor and founder of the Community Presbyterian Church near New Castle.

      He also was the former head of the Wilmington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

      He died at Christiana Hospital at the age of 93.

      Moyer lived in New Castle with his wife of more than 65 years, Vivian Cleopatra.

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News
8:37 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Compromise On Teacher Pension Shift to Local governments

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel is phasing in a proposed split of teacher pension costs over four years.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved the change on Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal, which would have split the pension cost in the next fiscal year to save about $239 million.

     The committee also has included a wide-range of budget cuts totaling about $262 million to take the place of the teacher pension shift, if it fails to find enough support in the full Senate.

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