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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

Lynchburg Rehabilitator Works to Help Bats Rebound

Bonnie Miles is a bat rehabilitator. She is working to help Virginia bat populations rebound from the impact of a deadly fungus.

Miles nurses baby bats back to health at her home in Lynchburg. When the tiny bats come to her, they weigh only a fraction of an ounce.

The Virginia Bureau of Wildlife Resources says bats are “a natural pesticide in our environment.”

Losses since 2007 are costing farmers millions and concerns over mosquito-borne Zika virus has refocused attention on these night flyers.

Redskins Camp Attendance Down for 4th Year in Richmond

This is the 4th year for the Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Camp and observers say, in spite of the team winning the NFC East, fan attendance is down.

Estimates were about a thousand yesterday. Hot, humid weather may have something to do with the smaller numbers according to Dr. Greg Greenhalgh at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership.

Last year’s attendance was just under 81,000, well short of the 100,000 predicted before the team moved here.

Youth Conservation Corps Working at Pocahontas State Park

Through the 12th of next month (August), a crew of 14 teenagers from the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps, will be building a new hiking trail at Pocahontas State Park. Similar crews are working at other state parks across the Commonwealth.

Andrea Hasenfus is the YCC coordinator on the project, and she said they’re learning social responsibility, building self esteem, and developing leadership skills.

The Youth Conservation Corps has been recognized with the Interior Department’s Outstanding State Volunteer Program award.

Virginia Earns 4th Consecutive High Rating for Special Education

For the fourth year in a row, Virginia has earned the highest possible rating from the U.S. Dept. of Education for compliance with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Commonwealth is one of only 23 states and territories that received a “Meets Requirements” designation on the IDEA report card.

Thirty-four states and territories were classified as needing assistance from the DOE and three needed intervention to improve services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

Park Service Sponsors Urban Archaeology Corps for Students

The Urban Archaeology Corps was organized by the National Park Service, partnering locally with Groundwork RVA, a conservation group.

Nearly a dozen students are learning history by digging into it at the Chimborazo Medical Museum on Church Hill. The program is part of the park service’s 100th Anniversary observance.

Andrea DeKoter is Chief of Interpretation for The Richmond Battlefield Park. Chimborazo is rich in history.

On Saturday (7/30) from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the students will share their discoveries with the public.

New Grant Program Will Ensure Workforce Credentials Access

The Governor launched a new, first in the nation, grant program yesterday. It’s designed to make it possible for Virginians looking for goods that pay well to afford the training to learn the skills they need. The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college non degree training programs. Glen DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, added that students can also finance their classes. Students can apply at any of Virginia’s community colleges or on line at VCCS dot edu.

Petersburg Mayor Sues Former Employer

W. Howard Myers, the Mayor of Petersburg, is suing the non profit Virginia Supportive Housing. He says he was fired for, as he put it, “being too black.”

Myers filed suit in U.S. District Court last month. He claims a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the Mayor is asking for a total of some $1.8 million in back pay and loss of salary, punitive damages and compensation for humiliation although the exact amount is unclear in court records.

James River Association Concerns Over Coal Ash Dewatering

The James River Association has joined with the Southern Environmental Law Center to urge the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to toughen a draft permit to dewater coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Chesterfield Power Station.

The JRA says it believes the draft permit falls short of adequately protecting the river.

Jamie Brunkow, the association’s Lower James Riverkeeper, noted a 12 year old study that led to DEQ permitting the hot water discharge.

Dominion Defends Actions to Drain Coal Ash in Chesterfield

At the end of last week, the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center expressed concerns over a Dept. of Environmental Quality draft permit to allow Dominion Power to dewater coal ash ponds at its Chesterfield Power Station.

Dominion has worked with the JRA to do the same kind of thing at two other sites.

The environmental groups are urging DEQ to amend the draft permit citing specifically the impact of water used for cooling that is discharged at temperatures as high as 129 degrees.