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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7:45 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Bullying Bill Moves to Delaware House of Representatives

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has passed a bill expanding the reporting requirements for incidents of school bullying.

The bill was approved unanimously Thursday and now goes to the Senate.

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9:26 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Get Ready to Pay for Summer Parking at the Beach

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

 

Summer time is just around the corner and the parking will no longer be free in some beach towns. 

On May 15 those visiting Bethany Beach will have to pony up some cash to park in beach lots and designated areas on Atlantic and Pennsylvania Avenues from First Street to Hollywood Street.

In addition, there will be paid parking on Garfield Parkway and the lots by PNC Bank and the fire department.

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9:19 am
Thu May 3, 2012

No Ethics Violations by Salisbury Officials

 

There were no conflicts of interest.

That’s the ruling by the Salisbury city Ethics Commission in complaints leveled against almost all of the Council members including its top leadership as well as its legal counsel.

The opinions were written by Worcester County Attorney Sonny Bloxom who was appointed to hear the complaints against Council President Terry Cohen, Council Vice President Debbie Campbell council members Shanie Shields and Tim Spies as well as City Attorney Mark Tilghman.

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9:13 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bill to Tighten Reports of Bullying in Delaware Schools Passes House

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill expanding the reporting requirements for incidents of school bullying.

Under the existing law, school districts must report substantiated cases of bullying to the state Department of Education within five business days.

But officials have said it sometimes takes longer than that for a school administrator to verify a report of bullying, so the incident never gets reported.

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9:09 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Shields Criticizes New Redistricting Plans for Salisbury City Council

http://www.ci.salisbury.md.us

 

The new proposals before the Salisbury City Council that would expand minority representation on the Salisbury City Council has drawn sharp criticism from Council member Shanie Shields, who represents the only minority majority district on the council. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report.  

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8:47 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Two New Plans as Salisbury Struggles with Minority Representation on City Council

City of Salisbury

 

All of the redistricting plans for Salisbury’s City Council elections are now off the table.

In their stead there two new plans.

One would create three council districts.

Two would be majority-minority districts while the third would be an at large district with three council members.

A second proposal would create a two-district map that combines the two minority-majority districts but with two representatives. 

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8:41 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mikulski Visits Eastern Shore: Talks Postal Service and Broadband

 

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) comes to the Eastern Shore this week with a stopover in Easton to hail efforts to save the mail processing center from being shutdown by the US Postal Service. In addition, the Maryland Democrat will visit Wor-Wic Community College to discuss the impact of the Maryland Broadband Network on the Lower Shore. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Mikulski on the eve of her trip and talked with her about the postal service debate and the one year anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden.  

 

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8:25 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Pay Day Loan Bill Narrowly Passes Delaware House of Representatives

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to regulate and monitor payday loans in Delaware has narrowly cleared the state House and is headed for the Senate.

The House voted 26-to-7 for the bill Tuesday, giving it one more vote than the required three-fifths majority.

Payday loans typically are small, short-term loans with high interest rates that effectively represent advances on a borrower's next paycheck.

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8:17 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Blue Hens Get White House Get Tour From Vice President Joe Biden

 

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware women's basketball team has been treated to one final highlight following the most successful season in school history.

The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/IUcCj4 ) reports that Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday gave the Blue Hens, their coaches and school administrators a personal tour of the White House and then hosted them for a poolside dinner at the vice president's residence in Washington.

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12:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Hit And Run Kills Pedestrian in Newark

 

The Newark Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle last night Library Avenue then fled the scene.

Police said the accident was reported around 8:30 pm in front of the Newark Free Library just south of Ogletown Road.

Police say the car that fled the scene may have been a Honda but said they did not have other details.

Authorities say it is likely that the vehicle has some front-end damage and possible damage on the right side.

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9:06 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Wicomico County Council Member Bob Culver Investigated Involving Protection Order

 

The Maryland State police are investigating Wicomico County Council member Bob Culver after his mother filed a protection order last week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State police confirmed that there is an investigation but declined to comment further.

The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office says that the investigation is being carried out by the State Police from the Princess Anne barrack because Culver is an elected official.

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9:02 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Earl Bradley Home Up for Auction in Lewes

 

The Earl Bradley’s former home is expected to be sold off during an auction this May 15th with neighbors hoping to put behind them the former pediatrician who is serving life sentences for sexually assaulting more than 80 young children.

The house sits on the main road leading into downtown Lewes and is in foreclosure with a debt of $560-thousand owed to US Bank.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one neighbor exclaimed, “Sell it. Get rid of it.”

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9:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Obesity and Smoking Impact Health in Accomack County

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Eastern Shore Virginians eat too much, drink too much and die too early.

That’s the conclusion of a new health survey that found Accomack County ranked 91 out of 131 counties under the 2012 County Health Rankings.

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8:56 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Smyrna Voters Turn Down Police Station Renovation in Non-Binding Referendum

 

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Residents in Smyrna have rejected a proposal to expand and renovate the town's police station, a move that would have required a 15.5 percent tax increase.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., (http://tinyurl.com/7wx8djn ) reports the proposal was voted down in a non-binding referendum Monday. The town council will have the final say on the $4.9 million project.

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8:52 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Maryland Needs EPA To Curb Air Pollution From Other States

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is not meeting federal ozone standards and isn't likely to do so without federal policies to address pollution blowing in from other states.

That's the word from a new clean-air report issued Monday by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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12:13 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

School Bus Crash in Bear

 

     BEAR, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash involving in a school bus on U.S. Route 40 in Bear.

     Police say the crash happened at the Route 1 southbound on-ramp about 8:15 a.m. Monday. Authorities say a 2000 Toyota Minivan struck a 2007 Saturn in the left turn lane of the highway, pushing the Saturn into the school bus.

     Police say seven of the 30 students on the bus were taken to Christiana Hospital as a precaution.

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9:14 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Ground Breaking for Bloom Energy Plant in Newark

 

      NEWARK, Del. (AP) - California fuel cell maker Bloom Energy is breaking ground on its new plant in Newark.

     The (Wilmington) News Journal (http://delonline.us/IhU3rT ) reports that company officials also plans to announce new East Coast business for the plant at Monday's groundbreaking.

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9:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

On the Beach with Wi-Fi

 

Free Wi-Fi could be easier to get in Bethany Beach this summer.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet said the resort hopes to offer the service on the Beach, boardwalks and bandstand by Memorial Day.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that it will be offered all year in the boardwalk area with beach access in the summer.

 For the last several years residents have been able to get free Internet access at the wireless park next to the Town Hall.

Many businesses and hotels have also offered Wi-Fi.

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9:10 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Delaware Could Get National Park by Next Year

 

Delaware could have a national park just in time for next year’s 375th anniversary of the arrival of settles from Sweden.

Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.)has been pushing the legislation in Congress for the last ten years with Delaware being the only state without a national park.

The Delaware Democrat says he expects the measure to be bundled with some non-controversial legislation to gain board support for the park.

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9:07 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Wicomico County Takes Up Budget

 

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up the 2013 fiscal year budget on Tuesday night after a two week delay.

Among the cuts the County  liability for pensions that should produce a $767,000 savings.

The County Executive was given a delay in presenting the budget to assess the impact of the state’s budget problems.   

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11:58 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Greenwood Couple Found Dead

UPDATE 4/27 4:45 p.m.

Delaware State Police have ruled the death of a senior Greenwood Couple as a double homicide. 

Delaware State Police are investigating the deaths of a senior Greenwood couple who were found in their home late yesterday.

Authorities say troopers were called to a residence located in the 28000 block of Liden School Road at about 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon after concerned neighbors called police and said they had not seen any activity by the couple since Sunday.

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9:02 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cedar Crossing Incident Puts Police On High Alert for Salisbury Festival

http://www.ci.salisbury.md.us

 

An estimated 30-thousand visitors are expected to attend this weekend’s Salisbury Festival with rides, booths and entertainment to greet them.

But the events of last Saturday at Cedar Crossing in which around 15-hundred students found themselves sprayed with Mace by police and four arrested has left city officials scrambling to repair the damage done to the relationship between the city and University students.

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8:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

DelDot Hit With More Bad News From Audit

 

           The latest audit of the Delaware Transportation Department is not good.

            DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that it turned up at least $161-thousand in uncashed developer checks with dozens of state land rights potentially in jeopardy because of fragmented and lax practices.

            The six week probe was prompted by the Wilmington News Journal investigation into a land deal in Milford that has already led to reforms.

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8:48 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Construction Projects Get Water Allocation Approval in Somerset County

 

            In Somerset County the construction projects at the Arden’s Run apartment complex on UMES Boulevard and housing plans by Go-Getters, Inc. will finally be able to move forward.

            They have been held up because of the water shortage in the county.

            But they have finally been awarded their allocations from two wells that are expected to go online later this year.

            The Sanitary Commission was able to give its okay because several other projects that had been given water allocations are not ready to begin construction.

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9:13 am
Thu April 26, 2012

More Video Surfaces in Salisbury Macing by Police

 

             A new video has surfaced that shows beer cans being thrown at police officers before Salisbury authorities used pepper spray during last Saturday’s confrontation during a Shore on the War party.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the video was given to police by one of the four party-goers who was arrested during the gathering that was part of the La Crosse Championship.

            Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the individual has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

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8:58 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Dream Act Debated in Dover

 

           The Delaware Senate Education Committee heard a wide range of emotions and opinions yesterday as the panel considered the Dream Act that would give in-state rates for college tuition and scholarships to undocumented immigrants.

            The bill’s sponsor Senator Robert Marshall said he realized that this was not a popular measure noting he has gotten a lot of phone calls.

            But the Wilmington Democrat said he hoped to get the bill approved by the full Senate despite the outcry of opposition.

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8:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tom Gordon Wants His Old Job Back as New Castle County Executive

 

            Former New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is checking out his old office for another run.

            He left after eight years during which there was a federal indictment for racketeering mail fraud and misuse of county resources for personal and political gain.

            Prosecutors dropped those charges in 2007.

            Gordon says he has been talking with unions, churches and community groups whose support he would need to win a primary as well as trying to figure out how much money he would need to raise for the race.

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8:48 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Delaware Moves Closer to Tightening Home Invasion Penalties

 

            Delaware is inching closer to toughening up its home invasion laws.

            A measure that would establish home invasion as a distinct criminal offense with mandatory minimum jail sentences unanimously passed the state House of Representatives this week.

            Under the measure first time offenders would face six years in jail and 8 years for a second offense.

            There is a competing measure in the Senate that would establish a 15 year minimum jail term for the first offenders with a life sentence for a second offense.

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9:30 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Easton Mail Processing Center Expected to be Saved

 

 

          The Easton mail processing center will probably be spared from being shutdown as part of the Postal Service plans to close more than 100 facilities throughout the country.

            Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say they got assurances this week from Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that the facility will remain open.

            Mikulski called this a great victory for Maryland communities that rely on the post office for on-time delivery of lifesaving medications daily newspapers and important business documents.

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9:27 am
Wed April 25, 2012

O'Malley says Two Special Sessions Possible in Annapolis

 

           There could be two special legislative sessions in Annapolis this year.

            One would deal with a revenue package that would avoid a half a billion in drastic spending cuts while another would focus the expansion of gambling in the state.

            Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters yesterday that both of these issues deserve a hearing and some resolution.

            O’Malley said that the $500 million in cuts that would be triggered by the failure to increase the income tax could have a dramatic impact in education.

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