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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9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.

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8:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

No Attorneys Needed for Bail Hearings Under MD Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would make courts rely on a data formula in determining whether or not to jail people after arrest.

The bill passed 37-9 Monday evening, with one senator abstaining. Several senators have predicted that the bill would face serious opposition in the House of Delegates.

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8:42 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Budget Reconcilation Begins in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers tasked with reconciling the House and Senate budgets have approved a first round of minor compromises. They are saving the toughest decisions for later this week.

Representatives of both chambers gave way Monday afternoon in budget areas where the other side objected to cuts.

For instance, the committee decided to keep intact grants offered by the Maryland Tourism Development Board and funds for the child care subsidy program.

They agreed to eliminate vacant public safety positions and to cut foster care payments.

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8:29 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MD Education Secretary Departs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's secretary of higher education is leaving her post to work for an education foundation.

Danette Howard, who has served as the secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2011, will join the Lumina Foundation as vice president for policy and mobilization. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday that Catherine McCullough Shultz will take over as acting secretary of the commission.

O'Malley says during Howard's tenure, Maryland has improved the quality of its colleges and universities and fought to hold down tuition.

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8:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Extra Time for Public Input on Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government has added 30 more days for the public to weigh in on its guidelines for seismic testing in Atlantic waters for oil and gas reserves.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the public now has until May 7 to comment on the rules.

Earlier this year, the agency outlined environmental guidelines intended to protect marine life if the government allows the testing, which would be a first step in the development of an offshore oil industry off Virginia and other states in the Mid-Atlantic and off the southern coast.

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11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Delaware residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 

With the open enrollment period for Delaware's health insurance exchange expiring at midnight Monday, officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.

Health and Social Services officials said there were 18 locations around the state where residents could get help enrolling in the exchange. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington was offering help right up to the midnight deadline.

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10:11 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Social Critic Camille Paglia: Overwhelmed in A Sea of Social Media

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Social and cultural critic Camille Paglia says the new world of social media has allowed individual expression while overwhelming individuality. The Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of  the Arts in Philadelphia discusses this phenomena and her new book, "Glittering Images",with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush. Paglia is scheduled to make an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University April 1st at 5 p.m.

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9:51 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Details Emerge About Centre at Salisbury Bomb Scare

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More details are emerging from the bomb threat that shutdown the Centre at Salisbury mall on Friday beginning around 10:30 a.m.  

Authorities say the caller who made the bomb threat was a man with a Middle Eastern Accent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say the cell phone that was used was activated shortly before the threat was received by the Sussex County 911 Center and then immediately turned off.

After an eight hour search police found no evidence of an explosive device.

  

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9:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Helicopter To Check Out Delmarva Power Transmission Lines

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines over the next few weeks.

WXDE-FM is reporting that the helicopter will fly low over the Delmarva Power transmission system to inspect and document items that may require attention.

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9:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Flood Maps By FEMA Cause Concern for Delaware Property Owners

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Thousands of property owners in Delaware are grappling with the new changes in the flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will mean a hike in flood insurance rates.

The rate increase has been capped by lawmakers at 18 percent and in some cases at 25 percent for certain categories.

And FEMA is also offering relief to some while drawing other into new insurance requirement.

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8:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Uninsured Maryland residents are facing a deadline to enroll in a health care plan in a state that still has serious computer problems with its online health exchange.

The deadline for enrollment without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul is midnight Monday.

People can get help enrolling in person at locations around the state. The Maryland Health Connection website has a list of places around the state.

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8:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Pot Bill Set for Hearing by MD House of Delagates Panel

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House committee is preparing to take up a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

A hearing is planned in the House Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the measure.

A similar bill passed the Senate last year but couldn't make it through this same House committee to receive a full House of Delegates vote.

Also Tuesday, two health care advocacy groups will meet in Baltimore to celebrate recent insurance expansion.

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8:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Crisfield Developing Mini-Business Park

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The Carvel Hall manufacturing plant is set to become a new mini-business park in Crisfield.

The industrial site consists of 23 acres of land with the plant occupying around 70-thousand square feet.

The Crisfield acquired the land in 2011 when the former property owner gave it to the city.

Bay Associates Environmental Incorporated has been contracted by the town to remove chromium dust from the plant which used to sell tools and cutlery items.

Mayor Percy Purnell WBOC that businesses will be able to move in as early as June.

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8:12 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Dogfish Head Brewery Speeds Up Assembly Line

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has tripled the speed of its bottling operation in the past year with a new facility and equipment.

The News Journal reports Dogfish Head spent $21 million on the new building and German-made robots to speed more bottles to market.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says it used to take 10 hours to fill 100 cases of beer on the company's original bottling line in 1996. Now he says the same number of bottles is filled every other minute.

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3:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Essay: Contemplation

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Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.

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12:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

"Brave New World" Rocks Cape Henlopen School District

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Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” has created a maelstrom in the Cape Henlopen School District where two board members say parents should be able to screen their children’s curriculum for explicit content before they begin classes.

During a meeting last night board members Sandi Minard and Jennifer Burton delivered impassioned arguments saying they were concerned about literature that they said had violence, despair and sexual references.

They said they did not want to ban the book but just alert parents about the material and let them decide.

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12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Dip Expected in University of Maryland Enrollment

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BALTIMORE (AP) - University System of Maryland officials expect an enrollment dip at the system's 11 schools this fall for the first time since the 1990s.

The Daily Record reports that the forecasts outlined at a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday are attributed to a drop in high school graduates and other trends.

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11:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation At Centre at Salisbury Mall

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Authorities say the Center at Salisbury mall has been evacuated because of a bomb threat.

WBOC reports that Salisbury Police say a command post has been set up in the parking lot of the Gander Mountain store across the street.

Customers were ushered to the parking lot of the Sears automotive center.

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10:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

MD House Approves $39 Billion Spending Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $39 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The House voted 100-38 Thursday.

Delegates decided to stick with a plan already approved by the Senate to address a significant drop in revenue estimates earlier this month by using $200 million in money that had been planned to shore up the long-term health of the state pension system. The plan calls for restoring the full $300 million above the required annual payment in several years.

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9:57 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Delaying Somerset County Wind Project Could Face Governor's Veto

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Legislation to delay the wind project in Somerset County could face a veto by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as the state Senate prepares to take up the bill next week.

That's according to Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network during a teleconference with reporters yesterday.

"We don’t expect the bill to get to his desk to begin with, but if it does one would assume he being a vigorous opponent of the bill would be facing the prospect of a possible veto."

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9:28 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.

With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.

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9:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Headed to MD Governor's Desk

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 on Thursday. That sends a bill already passed by the Senate to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says he will sign the measure.

The bill aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

Passage came after long debate.

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8:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Delaware GOP Wants Tighter Campaign Finance Laws

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GOP lawmakers in Delaware want to change the way campaign finance laws are carried out.

The legislation would require political action committees to provide information on the employment records of the contributors as well as whistle-blower protection for those who reveal campaign finance violations.

In addition, it would require better detail on political contributions made jointly by more than one person.

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8:31 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Internet Viewing of Delaware School Board Meetings

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents could soon find it easier to keep tabs on what their local school boards are up to.

A bill released by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday requires that all public school district boards in Delaware digitally record their meetings. The recordings would then have to be posted online within seven days of the meeting.

The bill says the recordings would not be considered official board minutes but would be a way to enhance communications with the public and legislators.

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8:15 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Upping Penalties for Gun Use During Felony in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has released a bill that establishes new criminal penalties for using a gun while committing a felony.

Under current law, a person convicted of having a gun while committing a felony faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison.

The bill discussed by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday would increase the minimum penalty to four years if the offender brandishes the guns or threatens to use it.

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7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Richardson Joins Death Penalty Opponents in Delaware

Former Governor Bill Richardson
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is lending his voice to an effort to repeal the death penalty in Delaware.

Richardson, who as governor signed a bill repealing New Mexico's death penalty, visited Legislative Hall on Thursday to call for a Delaware House vote on repealing the death penalty.

A bill abolishing capital punishment in Delaware failed to gain enough support to clear the House Judiciary Committee last year after passing the Senate by a single vote.

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11:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

No More Blanket Delays in Delaware Drug Cases

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A Delaware Superior Court judge has turned down a request by prosecutors for a 60 day delay in all drug trials because of the missing drug scandal that has rocked the state lab.

A previous 30-day delay runs out on March 31st.

This means that prosecutors will have to get delay for individual drug cases that will include detailed explanations as to why a case cannot go forward.

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9:17 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Suspect Slams Into Police Car in Salisbury and Flees

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Police are looking for Edwin Lamont Fletcher who is wanted after he allegedly slammed into a Maryland State Police car and injured a state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy in Salisbury.

The incident near Parker Place last night led to a lockdown of the Salisbury University campus as authorities searched for the 31-year old man from Crisfield.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police used K-9 dogs and a State Police helicopter in addition to police on foot and in cars.

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9:04 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Milford Voters Say No to Tax Hike for New School

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Milford residents turned down two school referendums yesterday with votes of over a thousand against the measures while around 800 supported them.

One called for nearly $13 million in tax increases to replace the Milford Middle School  which was shut down last year while another wanted $2.1 million to cover operational costs such staff and program.

Superintendent Phyllis Kohel told WBOC that passage of the building funds for a new school would ease overcrowding.

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8:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

MD House Okays Pension Money to Help Budget

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The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to sticking with a plan already approved by the Senate to avoid cuts to education, health and other programs. The plan calls for using $200 million that had been planned to strengthen the long-term financing of the state's pension system.

Supporters say the state will gradually restore the full $300 million paid annually beyond the required payment to fully fund the state's pension system by 2039. But opponents say using the money now will cost the state more in the long run.

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