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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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8:34 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Mukulksi To Be Awarded Harriet Tubman Award

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland African American Tourism Council plans to honor U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski with the 2012 Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.

     Mikulski, the first non-African American award winner, will be honored at a Friday morning ceremony in Annapolis.

     The senator supported legislation to establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historical Park in Dorchester County.

     Mikulski, a Democrat, is recognized for securing nearly $1 million in federal funds to create the park.

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8:32 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Maryland Attoney General Asks for Stay of Ruling Overturning State Gun Law

 

            Maryland Attorney General Doug Ganlser is asking a federal judge to keep the state’s gun law in effect while his office appeals the court’s decision that found the measure unconstitutional.

            This week Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that under the Second Amendment Maryland’s law requiring state residents to show a good and substantial reason to carry a handgun is unconstitutional.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the judge said that the right to bear arms extends outside of the home.

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8:27 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Millville Considers Conduct Manual for Civic Volunteer Group

 

            Town officials are looking at drawing up a set of policies for the Millville Volunteer Group.

            Town Manager Debbie Botchie told the Wilmington News Journal that a manual would explain the dos and don’ts…when representing the city as a volunteer.

            Council member Robert Gordon, who is the municipality’s liaison to the group, noted there haven’t been any problems yet but there were concerns about what they should be doing.

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9:05 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Racial Disparity for Colorectal Cancer Disappears in Delaware

 

 

          Delaware has become the first state to eliminate the statistical gap between African Americans and whites in the incidence of colorectal cancer.

            The new figures were released yesterday at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.

            Former Governor Ruth Ann Minner is credited with much of the early work, spearheading a cancer prevention task force that led in 2001 to the Delaware Cancer Consortium.

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8:55 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Economic Recovery May Be Better Than Thought In Delaware

 

            The latest revised Labor Department figures indicate that the Delaware job market has been recovering a lot faster than many economists had originally thought.

            The statewide jobless rate actually fell below 8 percent in June 2010 rather than in October 2011.

            The First State’s unemployment rate reached a high of 8.5 percent rather than 8.8 percent that had been previously reported.

 

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8:53 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Shuttle Ride Prices To Go Up in Ocean City

 

             Paying $1 to ride all day is no longer an option for visitors leaving their car at the Ocean City Park & Ride and taking the bus in and out of town.

            The city council has voted and is now giving the public two choices: pay $1 each time they board or buy a $3 ride-all-day pass.

            In-town, bus fares were already $1 per boarding or $3 to ride all day.  The change will make riding the shuttle alone more expensive than previously.

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8:47 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Expansion of Newark Charter School Draws Opposition

 

 

            There was a standoff over plans to add high school grade levels at Newark Charter School at a meeting in Dover yesterday.

            Opposition came from staff parents and officials from Christina School District, who say the expansion will cause the district financial and institutional problems.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the new grades along with expanded enrollment in lower grades would push Charter School enrollment to an estimated 23-hundred students in five years.

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8:45 am
Thu March 8, 2012

A Major Music Festival May Be Coming to Ocean City Next Year

 

          An entertainment group will get a second chance next year to pull off a high-profile music festival on the beach.

            Founders Entertainment garnered a unanimous Town Council nod giving Tom Russell approval to hold the festival on June 1-2 pending cost approval and acquisition and approval of performers.

            The festival was initially slated for June 2-3 of this year, but the timetable proved to be too ambitious for Russell and the company to lock in the type of talent they were hoping for. 

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12:25 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

New President Announced for University of Maryland Eastern Shore

 

             Julliette Bell, a biochemist, who has been called a giant in science, will soon become President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the appointment was just announced by Patricia Florestano chair of the University System Board of Regents. 

            Bell has been provost and vice president of academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and is credited building or strengthening competitive academic science programs at universities.

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9:06 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Civil Rights Figure Reverend Maurice Moyer Dies at Age 93

 

            A giant of the civil rights movement, who marched with the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior died yesterday in Christiana Hospital yesterday.

            93 year Reverend Maurice Moyer lived in New Castle with his wife of more than 65 years Vivian Cleopatra.

            He was part of the historic 1963 march on Washington where King delivered his I have a Dream speech…as well as participating in the treacherous march in Selma, Alabama.

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9:03 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Tigani Gets Two Years in Prison

 

             Liquor executive Christopher Tigani got two years in prison yesterday for violations of Delaware’s campaign laws that US District Court Judge Gregory Sleet called brazen.

            Before handing down his sentence yesterday Sleet revealed that Tigani had been addicted to methamphetamines at the time he committed his crimes and when he was fighting with his father for control of NKS Distributors, Inc.

            The judge noted Tigani is currently in recovery.

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9:01 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Commutation Requests Before Governor Maryland Governor

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor will consider commuting the sentences of two Maryland inmates serving life in prison for murder.

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8:58 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Citizens' Concerns Over Wind Turbine Ordinance in Somerset County

 

            There are just a few days left for public input on the proposed wind turbine legislation in Somerset County.

            And residents are expressing concerns…that range from health issues to the impact on wildlife.

            Resident Tammy Truitt said she was concerned about health issues like the noise…that can affect sleep.

            Truitt pointed to a Website for National Wind Watch which listed problems like insomnia, headaches and nausea that have been reported by people who claim they live near wind turbines.

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8:56 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Ocean Pines Association Must Pay Back Taxes, Says Federal Court

 

 

          A federal appeals court says the Ocean Pines Association owes back taxes…on money it got from running an oceanfront club and parking lot at which only Ocean Pines residents could buy memberships.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Association argued that the revenue from the Beach Club was not taxable because it was part of a nonprofit organization.

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9:41 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Doomsday Budget To Be Heard in Annapolis

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's going to be a "doomsday" kind of a morning for the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

     Analysts with the state's nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services plan to give the panel a briefing on the so-called "doomsday" budget plan Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

     The plan has been put together in case lawmakers can't agree on new revenues to balance this year's books and reduce an ongoing structural budget deficit of about $1.1 billion by half.

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9:39 am
Tue March 6, 2012

More Wine And Beer Festivals for Worcester County?

 

            Wine and craft beer enthusiasts could see more opportunities to taste their favorites on the Lower Shore.

            Legislation in Annapolis would allow three festivals each year in Worcester County and capitalize on the growing the popularity of micro-breweries and local wineries.

            Ocean City hosts the Wine Fest at the Beach each fall, while Wicomico County hosts the Autumn Wine Festival and good Beer Festival.

            The measure in the General Assembly would allow two more festivals in Worcester County.

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9:35 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Hudson Farm Pollution Case Survives

 

            A federal judge in the case of the Hudson Farm accused of violating the Clean Water Act will go on with no victories for either side.

            Judge William Nickerson said that he would allow testimony by expert witness Bruce Bell…upon whom the WaterKeeper Alliance is relying in their case against Alan and Kristin Hudson who own a farm in Berlin.

            Perdue Farms wanted the judge to ignore the testimony.

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9:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Incumbents Beat Back Challengers in Middletown City Elections

 

      MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Three incumbent town Council members have been re-elected in Middletown.

     Council members Robin Burgess, Robert McGhee and Jim Reynolds won two-year terms on Monday. They fended off challenges by David Fisher and Mary Harris.

     Residents could vote for three of the five candidates. The three who got the most votes won the at-large seats.

     Town officials announced the results minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m. No irregularities or problems were reported.

     Winners will be sworn into office March 12.

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