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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

New TSA Security Process and More Passengers Mean RIC Delays

The time it takes for passengers to go through security screening at Richmond International Airport has gone up considerably this month. There are a couple of reasons for that.

The Transportation Security Administration’s Lisa Farbstein explained that first of all, there’s an added security requirement. “People who are coming to the check point will be asked to remove any large electronic devices, basically larger than a cell phone, from their carry-on bags to put them in a bin.”

James River Association Releases Health of the River Report

The James River Association has released its biennial State of the James report. Things, it seems, are looking up for Virginia’s largest source for drinking water.

The overall score, says association CEO Bill Street, rose to 62% for the first time in the 10 years since they began compiling this report every two years.

"The overall health of the river has improved ten points and gone from a grade of a C to a grade of a B-."

14 of the 19 indicators of river health that the JRA considers showed improvement.

James River Association Releases Health of the River Report

The James River Association has released its biennial State of the James report. Things, it seems, are looking up Virginia’s largest source for drinking water.

The overall score, says association CEO Bill Street, rose to 62% for the first time in the 10 years since they began compiling this report every two years. “The overall health of the river has improved ten points and gone from a grade of a C to a grade of a B-.”

14 of the 19 indicators of river health that the JRA considers showed improvement. 

Contract Awarded to Widen I-64 in Chesapeake and Build Bridge

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a contract to design and build a new high rise bridge over the Elizabeth River and widen Interstate 64 in Chesapeake.

The contract, worth nearly $410 million, was awarded to Granite-Parsons-Corman Joint Venture from Tarrytown, New York. It is the largest of its kind in VDOT history.

VDOT’s Paula Miller said, “Approximately eight miles of Interstate 64 southside, will be widened for four lanes to six lanes near Bower’s Hill to just east of the Interstate 464 interchange.”

Revive RVA: Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

The Revive RVA summit happens Thursday (10/26) , from 8:30 a.m until 3:00 p.m., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 900 people are already registered but it’s not too late to register or just show up.

The summit is free and is the result of a partnership involving Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico Counties. Brandon Hinton is Henrico’s Deputy County Manager for Community Services. “Our primary hope is that the summit will generate ideas and solutions.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. One in eight women, that’s about 12%, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and experts are stressing the importance of mammography screening.

Dr. Biren Shah, is a professor of radiology at the VCU Medical Center. “It’s important to be screened for early detection of cancer and the recommendation, here at VCU, is to get screened starting at the age of 40, annually.”

Strong Beacon Theatre Spurs Hopewell Downtown Growth

Three years ago the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell underwent a $4.1million renovation. Now, with a string of successful shows to its credit, General Manager Laurin Willis says they’re close to breaking even.

Interim Hopewell City Manager, Charlie Dane said, “It looks like this year we’ll probably end up with a $100,000 or less in city money contributed to the facility for operational activities.”

35,000 or 40,000 people, he said, visit the Beacon every year.

Federal Judge Rejects Injunction Request for Transmission Line

A federal judge has turned down an injunction that would have blocked construction of Dominion Energy’s Surry-Skiffes Creek transmission line project across the James River. There is opposition to its being so near Historic Jamestowne and other landmarks.

Dominion’s Bonita Harris says the project has been thoroughly studied.

"We are pleased the court found that the plaintiffs failed to establish a likelihood of irreparable harm prior to this case being decided on its merits."

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