Don Rush

News Director

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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8:45 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Special Session in Annapolis Considers Revenue Measures

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis

for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley and House and Senate leaders.

The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making $100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.

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8:42 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Maxima 900 Spanish Language Radio Station Hosts Festival in Salisbury

 

 

The Delaware-based Maxima 900 radio station will be hosting the Maxima Summer Fest in Salisbury on June 21st.

The station is the only 24/7 Latino station in the area broadcasting both Spanish and English programming and music to reach an underserved but growing population.

Jackie Lisjuan the accounts executive with the Hola Media Network which owns the station told the Wilmington News Journal there are more and more Hispanics becoming professionals going to schools and calling the region home.

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8:34 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Newark Charter School Seeks State Bonds

 

Newark Charter School will go before Delaware’s Council on Development Finance to get $18.5 million in low-interest state bonds to finance their controversial expansion.

It would be the first charter school to use state-backed bonds to fund a capital improvement project.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Military Academy was denied access to such state financing five years ago.

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8:28 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Major Landlord Suit Against Newark Gets Court Hearing This Week

 

The city of Newark is facing its biggest civil case since 2008.

Landlords are suing the town over the imposition of fees for rental permits saying they are so high that they constitute an illegal tax.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mayor Vance Funk said the plaintiffs want all fees for the last several years’ court costs and attorneys’ fees that could total more than $5 million.

In 1997 Newark doubled the annual rental-permit fee for single-family homes to $300 per unit.

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11:35 am
Fri May 11, 2012

David Recor Takes Job as Ocean City Town Manager

 

Ocean City has a new town manger.

David Recor will start on June 11th with the Town Council set to officially approve his contract at next Tuesday’s work session.

He is quitting his job as city manager for Fort Pierce in Florida.

Council member Jim Hall told the Salisbury Daily Times that Recor is a get-it-done guy with an eye toward watching the resort’s finances.

Recor’s salary: $147-thosuand for his first year.

 

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10:27 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Delaware Legislature Moves to Limit Powers of Sussex County Sheriff

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved legislation asserting that county sheriffs and their deputies in Delaware do not have arrest powers.

The bill was approved 36-to-2 Thursday and sent to the Senate,

but the issue of whether sheriffs have police powers may ultimately be settled by the courts.

A resolution asking the state Supreme Court for an opinion on the issue was shot down in committee on Wednesday.

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10:19 am
Fri May 11, 2012

How Will President's Remarks Impact Referendum on Gay Marriage in Maryland

 

With President Barak Obama endorsing gay marriage this week, voters in Maryland are assessing the impact on the vote in November on whether to legalize same sex marriage in the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, about her reaction to the president's remarks and their effect on the upcoming vote.  

 

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10:13 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Mobile Home Owners Could Get Rent Protection In Delaware

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has narrowly approved a bill requiring mobile home park owners in Delaware to justify raising rents on homeowners beyond a certain level.

The Senate voted 11-to-9 for the bill Thursday.

Under the bill, which now goes to the House, a park owner wanting to raise lot rents more than the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers must seek approval of the Governor's Advisory Council on Manufactured Housing.

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10:08 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Indian River School District Uses Website To Fight Bullying

 

The Indian River School District is reaching out on their website...to those who may have been subjected to bullying.

At http://www.irsd.net/,  a bullying prevention form where an incident can be reported without a name attached.

The district is asking for as much information as possible and users will have to Name the school where the incident allegedly occurred.

Preston Lewis, administrator of student services, told the Wilmington News Journal that the district will then send it to assistant principals at the school. 

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10:02 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Farmers Markets Could Soon Be Taking Food Stamps

 

Delmarva’s farmers markets could soon be taking food stamps.

In the past many have been able to accept vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children’s program and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

But farmers for years have not had the technology to take vouchers from the Electronic Benefit Transfer System that is used to provide food stamp benefits.

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11:50 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Science Test Scores Remain Steady for Delaware Eighth Graders

 

Delaware eighth graders science test scores remained unchanged on the National Assessment Education Progress report card and hewed closely to the national average.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the assessment was given in 2011 and shows that the average eighth grade student in Delaware scored 150

The national average was 151.

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8:57 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Mark Murphy Reportedly New Education Secretary in Delaware

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The executive director of a coalition to improve education has been confirmed as Delaware's next head of public schools.

The state Senate confirmed Mark Murphy as the state education secretary on Wednesday. Gov. Jack Markell nominated Murphy last month to succeed Lillian Lowery, who is leaving Delaware to take over as the superintendent of Maryland's public schools.

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8:54 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Sussex County Sheriff Takes County to Court Over Arrest Powers

 

 

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed suit yesterday against county officials in Superior court alleging that they were attempting to unlawfully strip him of his constitutional right to arrest people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the court action comes just hours before legislation that makes it clear sheriffs do not have the power to make arrests made it out of committee.

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8:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Easton Curbside Recycling Program Set to Begin in July

 

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Easton's curbside recycling program is set to begin July 1.

The Town Council unanimously voted this week to accept a $1.5 million, five-year bid for biweekly pickup. The program will include businesses that are already served by the town's trash service.

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8:38 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Governor Jack Markell Signs Deal to Cut Municipal Electric Rates

 

Nine Delaware cities will get a reduction in their electricity rates under an agreement signed by Governor Jack Markell and The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the deal represents a treaty of sorts after three months of talks between the Governor and the consortium.

The agreement would cut the electrics by an average of 10 percent over the next three years beginning this year.  

In addition, the deal calls for discount rates to businesses that want to grow or relocate within municipal borders.

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8:35 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Shorter Hours for Post Offices

 

The US Postal Service says it will keep rural post offices open but with shorter hours.

During the briefing by the Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe he said he was backing away from closing up to 37-hundred low revenue post offices citing strong community opposition.

He said that the staffing will be whittled down over the next two years.

He added that communities could opt for a village post office which would be run out of a local business or merge a local office with another nearby facility. 

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8:32 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Ocean City Town Council Shaves Proposed Tax Hike

 

On a 4-to-3 vote the Ocean City Town Council has cut the proposed tax increase for the 2013 fiscal budget by 1 cent.

This would shave around $14 from the average household obligations and it will take $800-thousand or so it will lose from its reserve fund.

Council member Jim Hall said that even this small amount to would taxpayers that the town is doing something to try to help them.

But Council member Mary Knight said she did not believe the small saving to the taxpayers was worth taking the money from the reserve fund.

           

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8:57 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Ocean City Awaits Answer From City Manager Candidate as Deadline Looms

 

Ocean City could hear from the leading candidate to become the resort’s next city manager.

He was given until 5:30 pm this afternoon.

On a 4-to-3 vote the Town Council okayed negotiations for the position after the ouster of Dennis Dare nine months ago.

Council President Jim Hall said that if the answer is no then a consulting firm will be allowed to resume a nationwide search for a new candidate.

The name of the candidate under consideration has not been made public.

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8:53 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Environmental Group Charges Close Ties Between O'Malley and Perdue Farms

 

The national consumer group Food & Water Watch criticized Governor Martin O’Malley’s close relationship with Perdue Farms calling it – in the organization’s words – unnervingly close and direct.

The criticism comes after a Freedom of Information Act revealed 70 pages of emails between O’Malley and Herb Frerichs, the general counsel for Perdue business services.

The subjects range from chicken waste incineration to wind energy.

Food & Water Watch noted that there were several exchanges going back to August of 2010.

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8:47 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Top Maryland State Leaders on Special Session to Close Budget Deficit

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and leading lawmakers are set to discuss Maryland's upcoming special legislative session.

The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts.

The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push through an income tax increase that would eliminate the need for the cuts, which would largely affect education and social services.

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8:43 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Delaware Moves to Put Speed Enforcement Cameras Near Schools

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill that authorizes the use of speed enforcement cameras in Dover and Wilmington.

The bill was introduced on Tuesday and was to be heard in committee on Wednesday.

The legislation authorizes Dover and Wilmington to establish pilot programs to use cameras to catch motorists speeding in school zones.

The cameras, similar to the red-light cameras found at intersections throughout the state, would record images of vehicles traveling at least 11 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

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8:38 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Delaware Tightening Rules for Independent Campaign Ads

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has passed two bills reforming Delaware's campaign finance laws.

One bill approved on a party-line vote Tuesday in the Democrat-led House requires third-party groups to disclose the source of funding for independent campaign ads that refer to clearly identified candidates, even if the ads don't urge a vote for or against any candidate. Under current law, third parties who buy independent campaign ads must file disclosures only if the ads expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a specific candidate.

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8:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Chicken Catchers to Unionize on Virginia Eastern Shore

 

On a 35 to 6 vote a group of chicken catchers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has voted to unionize.

They work for a Tyson Foods subcontractor.

Ellis Staten, an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the workers have had unsafe transportation to job site have not been given proper safety equipment…and have no insurance benefits.

Staten also says the catchers make $2.10 per one thousand chickens caught.

That’s down from almost $4 per one thousand.        

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8:28 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Virginia Eastern Shore Loses Offshore Wind Project

 

The state of Virginia has lost out on plans by the global Wind giant Gamesa to build a wind turbine prototype.

Instead, the company has chosen the Spanish Canary Islands because of the sluggish pace of offshore wind development in the US.         

The Spanish company had gotten regulatory approval last March to build a 479-foot, 5-megawatt wind turbine off the Eastern Shore.

The prototype would have been located about three miles off the town of Cape Charles with a completion date set for sometime next year.

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8:23 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Curfew for Carvel Apartments in Laurel Extended

 

The curfew at the Carvel Gardens apartment complex in Laurel, Delaware has been extended by the Town Council for the entire summer.

After it was imposed police say they got 64 percent fewer complaints about crime than they did last year.

The curfew bars people who do not live in the complex between 10 pm and 6 am. 

Police Chief Michael Wilson told city leaders last night that residents and nearby businesses are pleased with the result and had urged the Council to extend the curfew that was set to expire last night.

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8:16 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Delaware Considers Reforming Third Party Campaign Ad Laws

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to consider two bills reforming Delaware's campaign finance laws.

One bill up for a vote Tuesday requires third-party groups to disclose the source of funding for independent campaign ads that refer to clearly identified candidates, even if the ads don't urge a vote for or against any candidate. Under current law, third parties who buy independent campaign ads must file disclosures only if the ads expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a specific candidate.

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12:20 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Sussex County Judge John Henriksen to Retire After Inappropriate Relationship with Attorney

 

Delaware Family Court Judge John Henriksen has been disciplined for pursuing "an inappropriately close social relationship" with a young female attorney…who regularly appeared in his Sussex County courtroom.

In addition, the state Court on the Judiciary says the 63 year old judge will also be leaving the bench in early November after he becomes fully vested in his state pension.

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12:13 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Tremont Wright Released From Hospital After Police Involved Shooting

 

Tremont Wright, who was wounded early Sunday after a high speed chase with Salisbury Police, has been released from the hospital.

Police fired on the 21 year Princess Anne resident after he backed his vehicle toward two officers who were attempting to stop him for erratic driving.

He is currently charged with two counts each of attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

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9:05 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Curfew at Carvel Apartment Complex Up for Extension Tonight in Laurel, Delaware

 

Tonight, the Laurel Town Council in Delaware  is set to decide if it will extend the curfew for non-residents at the Carvel Gardens and Carvel Gardens Annex apartment complex.

It was imposed in late February after months of criminal activity at the complex.

But the curfew is set to expire at midnight.

The WBOC reports that police say that it has been useful in curbing emergency calls from the complex.

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8:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Delaware Poultry Production Declines

 

The Delaware’s poultry industry is fighting high grain prices and lagging sales with federal figures finding that production in the state fell last year by 7.3 percent.

In addition, state and industry officials note that Delaware was also hit by the bankruptcy of Allen Family Foods.

The company was taken over by the South Korea-based Harim and has revived production.

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