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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.

Articles by John Ogle

Legislation Would Include Nuclear Power With Other Energy Sources

Dominion Virginia Power is awaiting action on legislation in the General Assembly that would that would put nuclear power in the same category as other energy generation sources.

Dominion’s David Botkins said the North Anna and Surrey plants account for about 40% of Virginia’s energy needs.

Dominion is applying to the nuclear regulatory commission for a 20 year license extensions for both sites.

Consultants Concerned About Petersburg Accounting Proceedures

Money from the perpetual care fund set up to maintain Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg was moved to the city’s general fund without involving city council.

Interim Finance Director Nelsi Birch said the action turned up as The Robert Bobb Group continued its review of Petersburg financial issues.

Financial controls, she added, are vital to the success of the city.

Bipartisan Concerns About Medicaid Block Grant In Virginia

Budget leaders from both sides of the aisle in Virginia say they’re worried about a block grant to replace the current Medicaid entitlement program. The big concern is that a block grant would put Virginia at a disadvantage in funding needed health services.

Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, the Republican who chairs House Appropriations, said the Commonwealth would have to deal with a block grant based on spending that ranks Virginia 47th per capita.

Steward School Students Celebrate Dr. King With Service Day

This is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and most schools in the area are closed. The Steward School isn’t and the place is a bee hive of activity. Steward has a unique way of remembering Dr. King.

Art teacher Lynn Zinder, the event organizer, explained that they call it At Your Service.

This year there are representatives from half a dozen organizations on campus. Zinder said it's hands-on learning.

Older students are paired with younger kids for a variety of activities.

VCU Poll Looks at Economic Development and Workforce Training

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs has released results of their poll on economic development and workforce training. Dr. John Accordino, interim dean of the Wilder School, said its clear work force development and training are vital to economic development.

The poll covered a number of areas including entrepreneurship. 50% of those polled, Accordino noted, want expansion and more funding for training. Half were not familiar at all with its availability and among those with less than a high school diploma.

Richmond Transit Network Plan Bus Network

The Richmond Transit Network Plan study team will release its draft of a recommended bus network next week.

Amy Inman is the city’s Director of Mutlimodal Transportation. She explained that for the past year, working with GRTC, the question the study team has asked the public is simple.

Now, she said, its time to fine tune and starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon at the main library on Franklin Street, they’ll have the first of nine public meetings.

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Public Budget Hearings Scheduled in Petersburg

As required by law, the Robert Bobb Group has scheduled public hearings on the 2017 budget amendments it presented to Petersburg City Council last week.

The State Code requires a public hearing if expenditures grow more than 1% and that is true of the amendment proposed by the consultants.

Nelsie Birch, the interim finance director, said council budget questions will be answered at next week’s meeting.

The public hearing will happen February 7th followed by appropriation of the 2017 balanced General Fund budget.

Budget Amendment Hearing Set in Petersburg

The Robert Bobb Group presented 2017 budget amendments to Petersburg City Council Tuesday night (1/10). Now a budget hearing has been set.

Barb Rudolph, a founder of the citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg, was at the meeting and pointed out that state code requires that.

Last night the city’s interim finance director Nelsie Birch released a statement saying that no vote on the budget changes will take place at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Instead, questions posed this week will be answered.

Bobb Group Presents Petersburg Balanced Budget

The Washington based Robert Bobb Group turnaround consultants presented an update of Petersburg’s finances last night to city council and proposed a balanced budget.

Council heard that the 2017 fiscal plan it adopted in September isn’t working. Overtime is up, morale is down. City council may not be able to approve the Bobb budget proposals at its meeting next Tuesday.

A Balanced Budget And A Plan To Move Forward In Petersburg

The Robert Bobb Group, hired to help Petersburg put its finances in order and structure city government, will present a 2017 balanced budget revision to city council tonight (1/10). A large turnout is expected.

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says it will be listening for answers. Barb Rudolph is one of the founders. She said concern remains about what happens when the consultants leave in March.

Rudolph said she hopes city council, with virtually the same members as the past two years, is paying attention.