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
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.

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.

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