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.


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is delaying debate on a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     Republican leaders asked that discussion of the bill and potential amendments be postponed until Thursday.

     Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate could gather into the evening that day to consider the bill, which barely passed the House of Delegates last week. Debate could continue Friday before a final vote is taken.

       Abolitionist and civil rights leader Frederick Douglass had the honor of being the first African American to receive votes at a national convention of a major party for president.  Story teller and actor Bill Grimmette brings to life this historic figure in a one man show. During an appearance at Salisbury University he talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about Douglass's journey from slave to adviser of Presidents.


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill that would pave the way for table games like blackjack. The measure also would allow a casino to be built in Prince George's County.

     Even if General Assembly approves, Maryland voters would have a say on table games and a new casino location in a statewide referendum.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture and environmental officials are opposing a bill to prohibit additional bay restoration regulations on farmers until other states in the watershed catch up to their pollution reductions.


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are mulling over spending for Delaware's costly Medicaid program.

     The Joint Finance Committee is holding hearings on the

     Department of Health and Social Services' proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The committee was to hear Wednesday from the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.


            Superintendent John Fredericksen will serve another term to head up the Wicomico County public school system.

            But the vote by the school board was not unanimous.

            Members Carolyn Elmore and Don Fitzgerald opposed a second term.

            And several parents, who showed up at the board meeting, also spoke out against him complaining about the meeting being held at night with Fredericksen in the room.

            Board President Ron Willey said members had received many emails both for and against the reappointment.



          Worcester County has given its nod to plans for water and sewer capacity for the Pines Plaza Center development.

            Local officials will be soliciting proposals for a new connection to be built under route 589 with a public information meeting to be held today at the Ocean Pines library.

            The $2.9 million project would connect the development with the Ocean Pines sewer district.

            If approved work would begin later this year and is expected to be completed by the spring of next year.


        Maryland State Police have identified the man who was shot and killed on Olivia Street last night.

       Authorities say he is Charles Duffy Elmer Jr, a 54-year-old Salisbury resident who was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived around 6:30 p.m.

     The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland State Police troopers found a 1991 white Oldsmobile convertible parked outside.  

     Duffy was inside the vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.


       A record 429-thousand acres of cover crops were planted this past fall and exceeds to goal set for 2013.

      Governor Martin O’Malley hailed the new figures, saying that this demonstrates Maryland farmers are taking the lead in protecting the Chesapeake Bay and the region’s quality.

     Cover crops are one of the key ways the state reduces nutrient runoff and soil erosion.




            Boat registration rates could more than triple in Maryland under a measure sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

            The legislation is aimed at raising money for projects like dredging and maintaining buoys.

            DNR’s Director of Boating Services Robert Gaudette told the Salisbury Daily Times…that the rate hike would raise – what he called – critically needed funding.

            Under the measure the $24 paid by a boat owner for a two year vessel registration would rise depending on the size of the boat.


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People who leave a job to escape domestic violence would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a measure coming before Maryland lawmakers.

     Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is scheduled to testify in favor of the legislation Tuesday in front of the Senate Finance Committee.

     It would apply to someone who leaves a job because continued employment could jeopardize the safety of the person or the person's spouse, child or parent.



          Missing documents and unaccounted for checks are among the problems facing outside investigators…to be called into to probe of problems at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

            State officials say that the troubles could put millions of dollars of taxpayer money at stake.

            During a media briefing at the agency’s Dover headquarters the Wilmington News Journal reports that Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that talks were now under way with an accounting firm tentatively selected to look over DelDOT’s handling of checks.


            Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to divide the costs of teachers pension funds between the state and local governments is getting a thumbs down from Eastern Shore legislators.

            But…they do expect there will be a compromise that would be phased in.

            The measure would place $239 million in pension costs onto the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

            Delegate Norm Conway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects at some point…the counties will become a partner with the state on teacher pensions.


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for the developmentally disabled will hold a rally to highlight the need for more services.

     Advocates, family members and people who provide care will meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

     Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to address advocates before they hold a rally on Lawyers Mall near the Maryland State House.

Delaware Route 1 Closure

Feb 20, 2012



     Delaware Route 1 east of Dover will be closed today between Exit 8 and South Little creek Road. 

     The Delaware Department of Transportation is replacing a drainage pipe.

      The closures will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through March 2.

       The right lane and shoulder will be closed on the southbound side first.

       When that work is finished, the right lane and shoulder on the northbound side will be closed. 



     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's the last day to take advantage of a tax holiday in Maryland for energy-efficient appliances.

     Marylanders who buy new, energy-efficient appliances through Monday will not have to pay the state's six percent sales tax on the items.

     Eligible products include air conditioners, washing machines, furnaces and refrigerators. Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats are also eligible.



            During its work session tonight the Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a measure that would impose fines on problem properties.

            The legislation is the Three Strikes provision of Mayor Jim Ireton’s rental legislation.

            The nuisance law would allow the city to recover a portion of the costs connected with repeated calls for service to either the Salisbury Police Department or the Department of Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance.



            Soon, it could be more expensive to vacation in Ocean City.

            The Town Council is expected to hear a proposal that would allow taxis to raise their fares.       

            It’s being presented by Kevin Lyons, owner of Community Cab, in the form of a petition signed by other taxi owners and drivers.

            Lyons has asked for an increase in the base fare of 40 cents…bringing it to $3.60 and for a tenth-of-a-mile rate increase to 28 cents.


           Builders in Worcester County could be building structures higher than 45 feet without having to ask for permission.

            Since 1989, the county fire prevention code has capped the maximum height for any building intended for human habitation.  

            Any exception to that requirement has required approval from the county.  

            But that could change under a measure now being looked at by the
County Commissioners…that would eliminate the need for getting permission.


   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature's gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines.

     To truly hit the jackpot, some lawmakers believe the state must expand state-approved gambling further. They say table games and a Washington-area casino are needed to compete with neighboring states and generate the dollars needed for education and other needs. Much of the competition comes from venues in Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.


    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says he plans to talk to fellow governors next week about the best ways to create jobs.

     The Democrat is vice chair of the National Governors' Association, which holds its annual winter meeting in Washington beginning on Friday.

     The association's focus at the weekend meeting will be "Growing State Economies." NGA Chair and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's initiative is intended to give state leaders better ways to assess and grow their state economies.


     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.