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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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Petersburg Names New Director of Public Works

Petersburg has named a new Director of Public Works. Tangela Innis will take over the department on September 2nd overseeing an $8 million dollar budget.

City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides said believes Innis’ oversight of Public Works spending is critical in addressing many of the department’s budgetary issues.

"My vision for the city is to be more business minded. I believe Miss Innis’ administrative and procurement expertise bring the dynamics we need to transform the Department of Public Works into a more robust operation."

VCU’s Announces 8th Annual Southern Film Festival

VCU’s 8th Annual Southern Film Festival will offer five movies over three days beginning September 6th.

Dr. Emilie Raymond, an associate professor of history, is the film festival organizer. This year’s theme is Screening Southern Justice.

"All of the films that we have chosen have something to do with court cases or law enforcement ..something to do with law and order. And, at the same time, trying to show the perspective of a lot of the people that are represented by these lawyers and these police officers and how these people are perceiving what’s going on."

Surry Nuclear Reactor Back on Line

Dominion Energy shut down one of the two nuclear reactors at the Surry Power Station this week. It is now back on line.

Dominions David Botkins explained that a steam leak was discovered on Tuesday in a valve that pulls samples for the coolant system for testing in the Unit 1 containment building.

"It was certainly not an emergency of any kind. Our repair team made all the necessary repairs and returned the unit back into full service effective this morning."

DEQ Says No Conflict of Interest in Pipeline Evaluation

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is holding a water quality hearing on one of two Dominion Energy pipeline project tonight (7/10) in Farmville The agency says there is no conflict of interest in the evaluation of the two Dominion Energy pipeline projects by EEE Consulting, based in Mechanicsville.

The company is looking at the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines and how erosion, sediment, and storm water will be managed. They’re also consulting Dominion on a microwave tower project.

Richmond Annoucnes Tax Amensty Program

For a limited time, Richmond is offering tax amnesty benefits to individuals and businesses that own certain back taxes. The program runs from Monday through October 16th.

Richmond Finance Director John Wack explained that the city is owed tens of millions of dollars.

"During this program, we have the opportunity to waive both penalty and interest for real estate taxes, business personal property taxes, admissions, lodging and meals taxes that were due February 1st, 2017."

Tri-Cities Young Farmer Program Graduates Six

Mike Jackson, a retired US Marine, leads Think Then Choose Wisely an organization that works with young people in Petersburg and the Tri-Cities. One of the non-profits projects is an urban farm right in the city.

The goal of the Young Farmer program, Jackson said, is a simple one.

"Developing the community one seed at a time."

Agricultural tasks, he explained, are used to teach good work habits, character building skills, team work and healthy living.

Gasoline Prices Going Up – For Now

The price of a gallon of gasoline is going up. Triple A says the average price per gallon in the Richmond area is at $2.15.

The price of gas is up 15 cents since last month, 27 cents from the same time last year.

Patrick DeHaan is a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy dot com. He said this is the third straight week this has happened and the national average price per gallon is at its highest point in eight weeks.

"I think there’s a good possibility that gas prices, more often than not, will continue trending higher for the next few weeks."

City Manager Says Petersburg Needs to Update Tech Systems

Petersburg’s new city manager was surprised when she visited the permits office and found that forms are filled out on a type writer. Petersburg, she said, needs a technology upgrade.

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides said most cities don’t even own a typewriter.

"I’m looking to build a team of folks that are looking at how do we to automate some of the processes. Mr. Bobb’s Group and his technical expert have looked at some of the opportunities we have. Even if we look at some of our billing issues, it’s all a technology issue."

VCU Will Lead Evaluation of Virginia’s Addiction Recovery Program

The Department of Medical Assistance Services has chosen VCU to lead a five year evaluation of Virginia’s new Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program - ARTS.

Dr. Peter Cunningham, a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy heads the evaluation team. He said VCU was chosen for a number of reasons.

"Both our knowledge and familiarity with state health policy, in particular policies that affect the Medicaid population. But we also have a lot expertise within VCU and especially within the school of medicine."

VCU Researcher Developing Lyme Disease Vaccine for Humans

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology has developed a test intended to more effectively detect Lyme disease in humans and is working on a vaccine to prevent it.

Last year Dr. Richard Marconi’s lab produced a Lyme disease vaccine for dogs and now, with a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, work is nearly complete on a vaccine for humans. It will consist of a protein called a Chimeritope.

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