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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

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Governor’s Comment on Charlottesville Incident in Error

In a podcast interview on Monday (8/21) Governor Terry McAuliffe talked about police picking up weapons during the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

McAuliffe made the comment in an interview with a civil rights activist called DeRay McKesson. The governor said state police had good intelligence on the people they were facing.

"They had battering rams and you know we had picked up different weapons that had been stashed around the city."

Richmond Entreprenuer’s Hot Southern Honey is a Hit

A local man, who likes food with a little heat, began making what he calls hot southern honey as a gift for his friends. Now it’s in stores and restaurants, on the verge of going nationwide.

Ames Russell adds fresh red chilies to honey. He calls it AR’s Hot Southern Honey.

"It’s good all natural Virginia Honey and just with that little bit of heat to it, it just creates a fun little sweet heat combination."

In December 2015 he gave away about a hundred bottles to family and friends as a gift. In February he started hearing from them.

Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo Dead at 75

The Most Rev. Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Richmond, died last night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.

Bishop DiLorenzo, born and raised in Philadelphia, was appointed the 12th bishop of Richmond in March 2004 by Pope John Paul II. In April of this year, the bishop sent a letter of resignation to Pope Francis formally beginning the retirement process that is prescribed by canon law when a diocesan bishop reaches his 75th birthday.

Funeral Arrangements for State Troopers

Virginia State Police have released information on the funeral arrangements for the two Troopers who lost their lives when in the crash of a VSP helicopter last weekend. Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates were supporting law enforcement on the ground during the violence in Charlottesville.

Susan Rowland, at State Police headquarters, said visitation for Trooper Bates took place this afternoon (8/17) and will continue from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. this evening at the Nelson Funeral Home on South Laburnum.

Redevelopment of Regency Square About to Begin

Regency Square Mall is changing. Opened in 1975, it is about to undergo a major facelift.

General Manager Steve Bonniville said the renovation is a multi-phase project. “We’re going to kick off Wednesday the 23rd with the lowering of Quioccasin Road that will be shut down to east bound traffic. I think they’re going to start taking down the bridge itself on the 28th.”

The single lane bridge that provides a northbound Parham Road entrance will remain. The parking deck in front of the former Macy’s will come down.

Petersburg Superintendent Comment on SOL Results

Petersburg Supt. of Schools Marcus Newsome says he wasn’t surprised by the results of SOL testing in the 2016-2017 school year and remains upbeat about the future.

Dr. Newsome said an “implementation dip” was anticipated. “We brought in a new leadership team, we have a new curriculum, new focus, we’re trying to rebuild the school division from the foundation up. We are very confident that in the long term we are going to see the results that we are anticipating.”

He expects it will take at least four years. Licensed and certified teachers are in short supply in the city.

Hanover County Ready to Widen Mechanicsville Turnpike

Hanover has proposed to widen Mechanicsville Turnpike, US Route 360, one of the most well traveled roads in the county.

Mike Flagg, Hanover’s Director of Public Works, said this is the second phase of a project that, due to funding, has been in the works since the 90’s.

"We’re finishing up an existing project that VDOT is completing this Fall. We will carry its existing three lanes and make it four lanes at the intersection of Lee-Davis and 360. While we’re working we’ll also improve the intersection so that we can improve the traffic flow in that area."

September Rally At Lee Stature Cancelled

Two weeks ago, Brag Bowling applied to the City of Richmond for a permit to hold a rally at the Lee Memorial on Monument Avenue on September 16th. It isn’t going to happen.

Bowling said he’s concerned about the potential for violence.

"We have withdrawn the request for the permit and cancelled the rally for the 16th. We can’t do it. It’s too much a chance for violence."

His purpose for the rally, he said, was to support keeping Confederate monuments in Richmond.

VCU Releases Summer Public Policy Poll

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU has released its summer public policy poll. The poll asked questions on issues likely to have an impact on the November elections.

Among those issues .. the role of local governments in immigration enforcement. Dr. Robyn McDougle, is faculty director of the Office of Public Policy Outreach at the Wilder School.

"Over 55% of those polled said that they believed that local governments should be required to use their resources to enforcement federal immigration laws."