There will be a meeting at Petersburg High School Thursday night (2/23) at 6:00 p.m. to consider privatization of the city’s water system and other options. Two companies, Aqua Virginia and Virginia American, have submitted proposals.
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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The Internal Revenue Service says its already received more than a million of the four million returns expected to be filed in Virginia for 2016 and there’s good news and bad news.
After a delay, there is good news for those taxpayers who’ve already filed claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit. Mark Green at the IRS said, “Those refunds have been released and they can expect to receive those in their account prior to the latter part of next week.”
The bad news this tax season involves identity thieves.
When Petersburg City Council meets tomorrow night (2/21), one of the issues under discussion will be a decision to outsource the city’s water system. Two companies, Aqua Virginia and Virginia American, have submitted proposals.
After a hearing, there will be a vote to choose one or the other or neither.
On social media, people who live in the city are asking questions.
The state Department of Education’s online Virginia School Quality Profiles, introduced in October, have been enhanced.
The Supt. of Public Instruction says response has been generally positive. Dr. Steven Staples explained, “I think it’s a much better product than what we had before and it allows users to determine the depth of their engagement.”
The efforts of the citizens’ group Clean Sweep Petersburg to petition the removal of two members of city council hit a wall in court yesterday.
Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep, said they thought they were going to court to hear about motions and future court dates:
"A discussion started about the actual form of the petition. The issue was the reasons for removal were separated from the signatures there was also an issue about signing and swearing on the petition which I still don’t really understand."
Owens and Minor, a global healthcare supply chain company, has been in Richmond for 135 years and now has decided to invest $80 million to expand its operations with a new Client Engagement Center in the city.
The Greater Richmond Partnership drove the effort. President and CEO Barry Matherly noted that originally there were 60 cities involved but in the end:
"It came down to Richmond, Nashville and Salt Lake City."
The Bank of the James, based in Lynchburg, figured most bank branches are pretty much the same. They’re opening a branch in Charlottesville today with an outdoor patio and free coffee and tea that they call their Un Branch.
This branch has an open floor plan, no traditional teller cages or specialists. There is Wi-Fi, video screens and tablets and new devices.
Vice President Philip Gould explained, "The whole branch is basically about serving customers in a quick and efficient way, to build a relationship and have the time to do that."
Petersburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Cassandra Conover said Friday (2/10) that Mayor Samuel Parham and Councilman Howard Myers should have abstained from voting on a motion to pay their legal fees calling it a conflict of interest.
The two are in court after petitions were presented to have them removed from office. Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of the citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said people on social media are very concerned.
Dominion Energy reports that it has invested more than $800 million in solar power generation in Virginia and has more solar projects in the planning stages.
Dominion’s Le-Ha Anderson said the company has invested more than $800 million to date.
“We have more than a dozen new facilities across the state. From Accomack County to Louisa, Isle of Wight, Powhatan, and most recently Fauquier County. 398 megawatts of solar generation have been either completed or are under development,” said Anderson.
That’s enough to power 100,000 homes.
The Washington based Consumer Federation of America analyzed insurance premium quotes in 10 cities from five large auto insurers and found often substantial rate increases for accidents that weren’t the policy holders fault.
The Federation’s Director of Insurance, Bob Hunter, said rate hikes on annual premiums increased, in some cases, as much as $400. “Progressive seemed to jack up the prices the most, the one company that didn’t do it was State Farm,” said Hunter.
GEICO and Farmers increased 10%, All State had penalties.