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.

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With little debate, a Senate committee has endorsed a House-passed bill allowing private child placement agencies to deny adoptions for gays or others who offend their religious or moral teaching.

     The measure heads to the Senate floor after an 8-7 party-line vote Friday in the Republican-dominated Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee. The Senate has already approved a similar bill and sent it to the House.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Md. delegates say they are prepared to consider handfuls of amendments to a bill designed to legalize gay marriage.

     The House of Delegates voted Thursday evening to delay debate on the measure until Friday afternoon after two committees review submitted amendments.

     The body did add one amendment to the bill Thursday evening,altering the effective date of the bill from October to January 2013.

 

             Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants the Salisbury City Council to consider at-will status for the city administrator and department heads, giving him sole hiring and firing power.

            Ireton argued that because the council had changed the city charter to give them sole authority over the city Attorney his office should be given that same power over the city administrator and department heads.

            The Council also has sole oversight of the City Clerk’s office.

Politics: The Crying Game

Feb 17, 2012

 

        Crying is not often thought of as being a part of politics, especially at the presidential level. However, there are times when politicians breakdown in public. This year, it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse looks back on key moments, when a few tears made a difference. 

 

   

 

Salisbury City Council President Terry Cohen dismisses call for her and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions. Delamarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared a report.     

 

 

            The Bank of America could give Delaware’s economy a boost 500 additional jobs…at its credit card business over the next three years.

            The announcement comes even as the financial institution has been downsizing its workforce.

            Chip Rossi, the bank’s Delaware Market president, hailed the move telling the Wilmington News Journal that this was a great day for the state.

 

          There will be an outside investigation into the planning, real estate, a record keeping Practices at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

            The probe comes after evidence of poor document security and unexplained gaps in key files…that could impact millions of taxpayer dollars.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt…would not rule out criminal misconduct.

 

 

            If you’re going to Orlando, Florida, you can take a direct flight out the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

            Allegiant Airlines began looking at Salisbury as another hub for their service…after the runway extension and upgrades were completed last year.

            Airport officials say Orlando is already the most popular destination for passengers…flying out of Salisbury.

            But they note that in the past they have had to take connecting flights…to get there.

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second Maryland Republican has said he will vote for a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     Carrie Evans, executive director of the gay rights organization Equality Maryland, said in a statement Thursday that Delegate Wade Kach has decided to vote for the bill. Kach voted against the measure in committee earlier this week.

     Evans said Wednesday that advocates are still courting delegates to collect the 71 votes needed to pass the bill.

 

      BEAR, Del. (AP) - A project to widen a 3.5-mile stretch of road in Bear where a number of accidents have occurred is now in the planning stages.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. reports that the construction project on Wrangle Hill Road is not scheduled to begin until 2015 or 2016 and that the project will cost $18 million. Residents and businesses hope the changes will reduce congestion and rush-hour backups as well as address safety issues.

 

             As debate was set to begin in the Maryland House of Delegates, gay marriage advocates were still looking to lock-down a couple key votes.

            The 71 votes needed to pass the measure in the House still hung in the balance Wednesday afternoon, less than a day before the chamber is expected to begin discussion on the bill.

 

            Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell is calling on Council President Terry Cohen and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions.

            Mitchell charged that many stake holders in the city have lost faith in them.

 

            The victims of priest sex abuse are calling on Catholic Church leaders in Wilmington…to quit…in light of records documenting how the Wilmington diocese handled pedophile priests.

            These officials include vicar general J. Thomas Cini….as well as Joseph Rebman and Clement Lemon…who are called the architects of the cover up. 

            In addition…the victims advocates called for Bishop Francis Malooly…to publicly address the complicity of his predecessors Michael Saltarelli and Robert Mulvee in the sex abuse scandal.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland's proposed state budget.

     Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River would receive funding for the placement of oyster shells, limestone, granite or other substrate to create habitat in the waterways, which are home to two of the state's new oyster sanctuaries. The Department of Natural Resources says it believes oysters will survive in the waterways if they have a substrate on which to grow.

 

       WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Victims of priest sex abuse are calling on Catholic church leaders in Wilmington to resign in light of church records documenting how the Wilmington diocese handled pedophile priests.

     Abuse victims obtained the church records as part of a

settlement in the diocese's bankruptcy case.

     Abuse victims scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington to announce that the documents will be posted online by the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org.

 

 

 

 

            An environmental group says plans by Worcester and Wicomico Counties to improve water quality do not go far enough.

            The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that Maryland counties submit a draft of their Water Implementation Plan as part of the federal “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

            The Choose Clean Water Coalition called Worcester County’s plans “skeletal” without a clear strategy for implementing change.

 

            The Wicomico County School district inched closer to a school uniform program…next year for some schools…after yesterday’s board meeting.

            A final vote is set for next month. 

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far 11 elementary schools and Wicomico High have expressed interest in the Consistent Attire Program.

             It would require students to select from a very limited range of colors and styles of clothing.

            But…it has drawn opposition from parents.

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

     The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state's so-called "flush tax" that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.

     The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports

 

 

            Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden says he wants in on the reorganization of the $4.6 billion Florida Trust that funds AI du Pont Hospital for Children that is headed to court

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the trust has poured millions of dollars into Delaware…through Nemours Foundation to care for sick children and the elderly.

            Biden said that he wants to ensure that this flow of funds continues.

The reorganization is being carried out for tax purposes and administrative convenience.

 

            The President’s fiscal 2013 budget unveiled this week would increase spending on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

            Under the spending plan the Environmental Protection Agency would see a $15 million increase in funding to assist watershed states in carrying out their plans to cut nutrients and sediments from farms, urban runoff and wastewater by 2025.

 

            Delaware’s largest school district is getting a new superintendent.

            Longtime Delaware educator and district employee Freeman Williams has been named to head the Christina School District.

            His appointment follows the departure of Marcia Lyles, who told the board last December…she did not want to renew her contract.

            Williams began as a social studies teacher in 1975 at a middle school near Newark and worked his way up to acting superintendent for Christina and Appoquinimink school districts.

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is elaborating on his

proposal to phase in the state's sales tax to apply to gasoline.

     The measure is expected to be introduced Tuesday. It would phase in a 2 percent increase each year for three years.

     Local governments would receive a significant portion of the new revenue for transportation.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the House of Delegates will consider a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     After passing through a panel of 45 lawmakers, legislation to allow same-sex unions is expected to be introduced to the full chamber on Wednesday.

     The bill moves to the House floor with the support of at least

one Republican, Delegate Robert Costa.

     Costa voted to move the bill out of committee Tuesday, a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley said the support of GOP lawmakers could be critical to passing the legislation.

 

             Officials and businesses in Sussex County say they oppose hiking the state’s minimum wage.

            A measure in Dover would increase the rate by a dollar to $8.25 an hour over two years.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said her members oppose the hike noting that many of the local businesses now pay above the minimum wage.

 

 

            The Virginia based EcoCorp Incorporated is now contracting with Delmarva farmers for 8-thousand tons of chicken manure annually that will be used at the proposed ECI Biogas facility.

            The plant will convert chicken waste into electricity and custom blended fertilizer for market.

            The company will pay 1 cent per pound of chicken litter, which translates into $20 per ton.

            John Ingersoll, president of the company, says…that an average truck holds about $400 to $500 or around 25 tons.

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover City Council committee has agreed to

commit $6 million for the infrastructure around a proposed

natural-gas power plant.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

(http://tinyurl.com/8yente3), reports the money would cover half of

the estimated costs of improvements proposed by Calpine Corp.,

which plans to build a 300-megawatt plant. The action Monday must

be ratified by the council.

     Calpine and city officials are trying to obtain the rest of the

 

        ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

 

            Delaware appears to have been spared the budget axe in Washington.

            The President’s budget proposal does not suggest any cuts in aircraft or units…and calls for spending a modest amount for construction on Dover Air Force base family housing.

            In addition…the Wilmington News Journal reports…that there should be money for an Army National Guard training facility in Bethany beach.

 

      The Delaware Department of Transportation could be looking at cutting door-to-door para-transit service for disabled residents.

     Agency secretary Shailen Bhatt indicated that serious reductions were expected during a Joint Finance Committee briefing yesterday…on the agency’s proposed $346 million budget.

     In addition…the troubled ferry in western Sussex…that crosses Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford…could also see some cuts.

 

 

            There was a second day of sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the Delaware City Refinery…as the company carried out an emergency flare burnoff.

            Yesterday’s problems…hit the plant’s catalytic cracking unit…which produces more than 80-thosuand barrels-per-day of gasoline from partially refined crude oil.

            PBF Energy spokeswoman Lisa Lindsay…told the Wilmington News Journal…that the unit failed during maintenance preparations.

            Normal service resumed yesterday shortly after 4 pm.

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