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
9:26 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Arrest of Delaware Professor During Protest Raises Academic Freedom Concerns

 

             The arrest of a Delaware State University professor during a student demonstration last week has drawn concerns about academic freedom and free speech issues.

            Professor Jahi Issa assistant professor of history and Africana studies was led away by two campus police officers and later charged with counts ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest and inciting a riot.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that DSU officials say the professor was acting aggressively toward police.

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News
8:54 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Delaware Officials to Hear Testimony on Bloom Energy Project

 

        NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are preparing for a hearing to consider whether to grant a permit to Bloom Energy for construction of a highly touted fuel cell project.

     Bloom Energy, in the form of Diamond State Generation Partners LLC, is requesting a permit under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act to install and operate 235 fuel cells, also known as Bloom Boxes.

     A public hearing on the permit request is set for Tuesday evening at the DNREC offices in New Castle.

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8:47 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Election Results for Milton City Council

 

      MILTON, Del. (AP) - John Booros and Kristin Patterson have won seats on the Milton town council.

     They took the top two spots in a three-way race Saturday to succeed retiring council members Mary Hudson and Deanna Duby.

     Officials say 299 people cast ballots, with Booros winning 260 votes and Patterson taking 240. Officials say 45 votes were cast for Gwendolyn Jones.

     The three newcomers to politics in Milton all called for streamlining business regulations and preserving the town's historic charm.

Features
8:37 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Educational Aid for Children of Slain Law Enforcement Officers

 

         The children of police who fall in the line of duty could get educational aid under legislation now in the Maryland General Assembly.

          Delmarva Public Radio's Travis McKee prepared this report:

News
8:31 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Worcester Public Schools Ask for More Money From County

 

           Worcester County Commissioners will get their first look at the local education budget during this week’s meeting.

            The school board is asking for A $1.9 million increase in the County’s contribution for a total allocation of $73.5 million.

            The Board of Education says that the 2.5 percent hike in funding was long overdue.

            County Commissioner Judy Boggs said that the school system’s county appropriation has stayed the same in recent years while other departments have taken major cuts.

News
8:28 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Legislation to Boost Ranks of Natural Resources Police

 

            State Senator Rich Colburn wants to double the number of Natural Resources Police patrolling Maryland’s waterways.

            The Eastern Shore Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times…that there are not enough police officers to enforce the laws.

            While the state Department of Management and Budget calls the proposal well intended, it says, any such increase in staffing would impact other parts of the state budget.

            Colburn says that DNR would only get the additional personnel if the money was available.

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News
9:56 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The Dog Stories of Presidential Politics

 

      On the presidential campaign trail, the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney putting his dog in a cage atop his vehicle has become the stuff of commentary and comedians.

      However, dog stories have often plagued presidential politics.

      Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has this look at our nation's leaders and their dog stories.

News
9:50 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Man Dies in his Car After Being Shot in Delmar

 

            In Delmar a man died in his car after being shot several times…near an apartment complex on Chestnut Street yesterday.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that residents say the incident was just waiting to happen.

            Delmar shopkeeper Jackie Duffield told the paper that he has watched for years…as teens and adults loitered in the parking lot or a green space that is located in a cluster of rental buildings.

            He said loiterers talk on cell phones and then quickly scatter when strangers come around.

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News
9:47 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Sister Helen Prejean Meets With Maryland Lawmakers to End Capital Punishment

 

      ANNNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.

     Prejean, who wrote the book "Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States" is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday to encourage them repeal the law.

     Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland's

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News
9:45 am
Fri March 2, 2012

No Gun Found on Suspect in Somerset County Police Shooting

 

          Maryland Police say the man fatally shot by two state troopers in Somerset County was not found to have a weapon.

            Forty-nine year old Terry Diaz of Princess Anne was shot in the head following a chase with state police and County Deputies on Wednesday evening along Route 13.

            Trooper Ryan Watkins and Trooper 1st Class Carl Tyler have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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9:41 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Legislation to Crack Down on Bullying In Delaware Public Schools

 

       WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's lieutenant governor and attorney general are unveiling proposed legislation to crack down on bullying in schools.

     Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden planned to discuss the legislation at a news conference Friday. They also will talk about their work on cyber-bullying.

     Denn noted last month that he was working with Biden to improve the reporting of bullying incidents.

News
9:39 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Delaware Lawmakers Question Funding of Bike Trails

 

             A couple of Delaware lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Bond Bill Committee say they don’t like a recommendation by Governor Jack Markell for $3 million to fund bike trails.

            Instead, they say the money should go toward maintaining aging dams and dikes statewide.

            The objections by Representatives Helene Keeley and John Viola…came during yesterday’s hearing on budget requests from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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9:36 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Need for Rehabilitation of Delaware University Labs

 

         (AP) - The University of Delaware is asking state lawmakers to accept Gov. Jack Markell's recommendation for $3 million to help the school rehabilitate some labs.

     University President Pat Harker tells WDEL Radio some of the school's labs on its Newark campus and one in Lewes are old and need repairs. Harker says the rehabilitation projects would cost more than $3 million, so other funds would be necessary as well.

News
9:33 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Gay Marriage Bill Signed by Governor In Maryland

 

 

            Maryland has become the eighth state to legalize same sex marriage.

            Yesterday afternoon Governor Martin O’Malley signed the legislation which will go into effect next January.
            But before that, opponents are expected to gather the 56-thousand signatures needed to put the law to a referendum on the November ballot to give voters the final decision.

            Much of that opposition is expected to come from African American pastors and the Catholic Church.

           

Delmarva Today
9:27 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Delmarva Today 03-02-2012

Debating Gay Marriage in Maryland

 

Guests:

Juila Glanz, President, Salisbury University Graduate Student Council

Charles Lollar, New Day Maryland

News
12:30 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Somerset Shooting Suspect Identified

 

       PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - State police have identified a man shot and killed by troopers after a chase on the lower Eastern Shore.

     Police say 49-year-old Terry Diaz of Princess Anne was shot in the head after the chase in Somerset County Wednesday night. He died at the scene.

     Police haven't said why the troopers shot Diaz. Diaz's sport-utility vehicle was stuck in the mud in a grass median at the time, and he was inside the car. Police say the troopers gave Diaz verbal commands before they opened fire.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Delaware State Official Blames Feds for Delay at Fisker Automotive Plan

  

       Delaware state economic development chief Alan Levin is blaming the federal government for stalling Fisker Automotive's plans to build hybrid-electric sedans at a former General Motors assembly plant near Newport.

      He told a legislative committee in Dover this week…that Delaware taxpayers already have more than $17 million invested in the project.

      The U.S. Department of Energy has blocked Fisker's access to more than $300 million in loan funds after the company failed to reach certain benchmarks.

News
8:43 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Same Sex Law Expected to Get Maryland Governor's Signature Today

 

            Making sex marriage legal in Maryland will take another step today.

            But, expect a major battle over the issue in November.

            Delmarva Public Radio’s Travis McKee has this report:

 

News
8:33 am
Thu March 1, 2012

New Job for Former Wicomico County State's Attorney

 

             Davis Ruark has a new job: At the prosecutor’s table in New Mexico.

            The former Wicomico County state’s attorney has been representing criminal defendants since he was defeated in the 2010 election.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he posted a notice on his Facebook page that he had accepted a position as senior assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District in New Mexico.

            Ruark wrote that while he looks forward to his new job he will always consider the Eastern Shore his home.

News
8:31 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Questions Arise Over Modeling Used For EPA's Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Plan

 

     STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - Modeling used by the Environmental Protection Agency to craft the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay has been a point of contention.

     A new study is raising that issue anew, this time when it comes to forested areas.

     The News Leaderof Staunton reports thestudy by the United States Geological Survey concludes thatforested areas account for 2 percent of sediment entering waterwaysin the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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8:28 am
Thu March 1, 2012

High Denial Rate in Disability Cases From Social Security Administration

 

             Delaware’s Congressional Delegation wants the Social Security Administration to explain why its Dover administrative law judges have some of the highest denial rates in disability cases.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the agency denial rate has been 57 percent in the cases they have heard since October of last year.

            That is compared to the national average of 41 percent.

            In the fiscal years of 2010 and 2011 the state denial rates ranged from 54 percent to 60 percent.

News
8:25 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Delaware's Health Officials Seek Increase in Budget

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services says it needs $13 million to keep its current 153 buildings functional.

     Agency chief Secretary Rita Landgraf tells WDEL Radio that the average age of the agency'sbuildings is morethan 57 years old. So, she says, they requireupkeep.

     The department has five hospitals among its facilities.

     Landgraf's capital funding request also includes about $2 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. That fund provides low-interest loans to community water systems.

News
12:19 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

US Marshall Reportedly Shot During Cambridge Barricade

 

      CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - An officer has been shot in the Eastern Shore town of Cambridge during a barricade situation.

     Cambridge Police spokesman Lt. Martin Herring says shots were fired Wednesday morning in a residential area of the town. Herring says a member of a U.S. Marshal's task force was shot. It was not clear how seriously the officer was injured.

     Herring says police are responding to a barricade situation. He says other details were not yet clear.

 

 

News
12:17 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Possible Jail Time for Tigani In Campaign Scandal

 

     

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Delaware businessman who pleaded guilty in an illegal campaign finance scheme deserves prison time, not home confinement.

     In papers filed in federal court in Wilmington this week, prosecutors say Christopher Tigani deserves a prison sentence of at least 25 months. They say such a sentence would send a message that engaging in political corruption has serious consequences.

     Tigani faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced March 6.

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News
12:17 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Possible Jail Time for Tigani In Campaign Scandal

 

     

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Delaware businessman who pleaded guilty in an illegal campaign finance scheme deserves prison time, not home confinement.

     In papers filed in federal court in Wilmington this week, prosecutors say Christopher Tigani deserves a prison sentence of at least 25 months. They say such a sentence would send a message that engaging in political corruption has serious consequences.

     Tigani faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced March 6.

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News
11:08 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Student Suspensions Could Be Curbed In Maryland Public Schools

 

       BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's school board is proposing that officials only be allowed to suspend students for more than 10 days if they believe that is the sole way to keep the school safe.

     A draft proposal released Tuesday by the state school board is part of Maryland's effort to cut the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses. The board also proposes eliminating the disproportionate number of suspensions for minorities and special education students.

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11:08 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Student Suspensions Could Be Curbed In Maryland Public Schools

 

       BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's school board is proposing that officials only be allowed to suspend students for more than 10 days if they believe that is the sole way to keep the school safe.

     A draft proposal released Tuesday by the state school board is part of Maryland's effort to cut the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses. The board also proposes eliminating the disproportionate number of suspensions for minorities and special education students.

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News
11:05 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Mortgage Interest Deductions: A Hot Button in Maryland Goverenor's Budget

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents who oppose Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to cap income tax deductions have held a rally to express their frustration about how the plan would affect mortgage interest deductions.

     Opponents braved rainy weather to fill Lawyer's Mall on Wednesday in front of the Maryland State House.

     Karen Winterling and her husband David, who are small business owners from Ellicott City, say they counted on the mortgage deduction when they bought their home 10 years ago.

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News
11:00 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Sussex County Looking At Allowing Electronic Billboards

 

       GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Sussex County council is considering a proposal to allow electronic billboards. 

       WBOC-TV reports that the plan being evaluated by the council would allow the digital devices on commercial land with a special-use permit.

     During a meeting on Tuesday, Councilman George Cole questioned whether additional restrictions were needed to limit electronic billboards to major highways.

     There is currently one electronic billboard in Delaware, along Interstate 95 in New Castle County.

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News
10:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Del Tech Community College Wants Funding Above Governor's Budget Proposal

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - The president of Delaware Technical Community College is asking state lawmakers to approve an additional $10 million for capital funding over Gov. Jack Markell's recommendation if funds become available.

     Delaware Tech President Lonnie George tells WDEL Radio the money would be used to expand instructional space. He says the school needs additional classrooms, science labs and computer labs.

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