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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 Council Drops Motion to Remove Mayor

Petersburg City Council last night (4/11) dropped consideration of Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith’s motion to dismiss Mayor W. Howard Myers. Wilson-Smith’s motion was made last week but none of the other council members offered a second.

The Acting City Attorney, Mark Flynn, said there was no need to close last night’s meeting as explained that council doesn’t have the authority to remove the mayor without a specific finding of misconduct or illegal actions.

Petersburg Council Meeting To Decide Mayor’s Fate

The Petersburg City Council will meet tonight (4/11) to talk about removing 5th Ward Councilman W. Howard Myers as mayor. Budget red ink and water meter problems have led to several months of protests.

Mayor Myers says that in February, he was threatened in a phone call by State Sen. Rosalyn Dance, a former mayor of Petersburg, demanding that he join efforts to remove the city manager and others or lose his position. He told her he wasn’t yet ready to fire anyone.

Richmond’s East End May Soon Get Grocery Store

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority says it has acquired land at North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road for a development anchored by a grocery store.

The area qualifies for what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls a “food desert.” That’s a neighborhood where at least a fifth of the people live in poverty and 33% live more than a mile from a supermarket or grocery store.

VDOT is Planning New I-95 Rest Areas

The Virginia Department of Transportation has plans to build three new rest areas. VDOT Commissioner Charles Kirkpatrick says adequate rest areas encourage drivers to take a break and that promotes safety, reducing fatigue related accidents.

Two of the new facilities will be built on either side of I-95 in the Ladysmith area of Caroline County. The third will be near the state line in Greensville County.

The current structures will close shortly and temporary rest stops will be ready before Memorial Day.

Petersburg Council Will Meet Behind Closed Doors

The tension between a member of Petersburg City Council and Mayor Howard Myers boiled over this week. On Monday (4/11) there’ll be a meeting to consider removing him.

They’re planning to have a closed door meeting to talk about the demand made by Ward 1 Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith. She claims the support of a number of people who live in the city who have been vocal in their protests of city government, among them, her husband.

VCU and National Public Health Week

We are nearing the end of National Public Health Week.

At VCU some advanced degree students are involved in events intended to promote the theme Healthiest Nation 2030. The students, in the Master of Public Health Program are teaming up with the Richmond City Health District.

A variety of events have been taking place since Monday (4/4), including a walk challenge with prizes.

Dr. Saba Masho is an associate professor in the Epidemiology Department. She noted it will reduce health care spending overall.

VCU Symposium Will Be A Dialogue Substance Abuse

A symposium, with the title “From Research to Rehab: A Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse and Young People,” will take place next Thursday (4/14) and Friday (4/15) on campus. The event will bring together experts on substance abuse, addiction, and treatment.

Dr. Danielle Dick is director of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, known as COBE. The goal is an open dialogue.

Richmond Offers Cardiac Smart Phone App PulsePoint Respond

The city and Richmond’s Public Safety agencies are the first in Virginia to offer a new smartphone app that’s intended to promote public awareness of cardiac events and save lives. PulsePoint Respond is active now throughout the city. It’s free and it works on both Android and Apple devices.

Rob Lawrence is Chief Operating Officer at the Richmond Ambulance Authority. When a 911 call is made, he says, it triggers the app.

The RAA welcomes the help.

Petersburg City Council Will Meet Again About Mayor

There was another well attended, somewhat contentious, Petersburg City Council meeting last night. One member is calling for the Mayor to step down.

When 1st Ward Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith called for Howard Myers to resign as Mayor, some in the audience applauded.

Myers isn’t well but texted from home that he wasn’t going to quit and thinks there should be a review of what he called Wilson-Smith’s “official misconduct” as a city official.

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