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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

DOE Expanding Math SOL Computer Adaptive Testing

The Virginia Department of Education’s expansion of computer adaptive SOL testing means that some 380,000 elementary and middle school students will be taking shorter mathematics tests this spring.

The computer adaptive test has fewer questions and is customized to each student.

The DOE’s Charles Pyle explained that the students’ scores are determined by the number of questions answered correctly and their relative difficulty.

DMV Urging Virginians To Become An Organ Donor

We’re nearing the end of National Donate Life Month and the DMV is urging Virginians to be an organ donor.

Across the country there are more than 120 thousand people waiting for an organ donation.

DMV’s Brandy Brubaker says it’s easy to sign up to be an organ donor when renewing a driver’s license or at any DMV office.

According to Donate Life Virginia, which coordinates the program, one person can save up to nine lives as an organ donor.

Dominion Virginia Power and Coal Ash Cleanup

Dominion Virginia Power will begin releasing treated water from its closed coal ash pond at Bremo into the James River today.

Dominion uses an eight step process to clean the water. It goes from the pond to a temporary on site plant where it is treated, filtered, and tested to see if more treatment is necessary before it’s sent to a 950,000 gallon holding tank.

There’s another test after that before 1,500 gallons a minute is pumped into the river. A team of independent scientists have a lab on site to test the water in the tank and before it flows into the river.

Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Testing Stroke Assessment

The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the VCU Medical Center have been working on a new stroke assessment pilot program.

Pre Alert is a telemedicine solution that will allow doctors at the hospital to assess a stroke patient while in the ambulance.

Dr. Sherita Chapman Smith is leading the program, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at VCU. Stroke, she noted, is the leading cause of disability and death in this country.

The hope is to have the PreAlert up and running in six months to a year.

No Public Comments at Prince George Budget Hearing

No one who lives in Prince George County had anything to say at last night’s public hearing on the budgets for the county and the school system.

The total proposed budget is $112 million. A little over $50 million will come from local sources, another $50 million from the state and $12 million from federal and other sources.

The budget increases the real estate tax rate four cents to 86 cents per hundred thousand assessed value.

Henrico Flushing Water Lines...Lakeside Tap Water is Brown

People living in the Lakeside area of Henrico county noticed their tap water was brown yesterday. It’s the result of water pipe work in the area of Staples Mill and Hermitage roads.

The Department of Public Utilities says the water is not a health hazard, it’s tested for lead and copper and meets all state and federal requirements.

Registration is Underway for Annual James River Rundown

The 3rd Annual James River Rundown is happening June 11th and 12th. It’s a series of paddle races that end up at Robious Landing in Richmond.

The JRA says there’s something for everyone. There’s a 100 mile race on the 11th at James River State Park and a 20 mile race starting the next day at Powhatan State Park.

Justin Doyle, Community Conservation Manager for the JRA, explained that this race begins June 11th in Riveredge Park in Lynchburg.

Hopewell Preschool Program Has Room for More Kids

In Hopewell the Virginia Preschool Initiative, to prepare children for kindergarten, has sent newsletters to homes and offered early registration but still has openings for more children next year.

The VPI program, at the Woodlawn Learning Center, has more than 140 available slots and only about 70 applications. There is also a Head Start program at Woodlawn for three and four year olds.

CDC Finds Suicide Rate is Up 24%

The Center for Disease Control has released study showing that the age adjusted suicide rate in the U.S. increased 24% between 1999 and 2014.

The rise was greatest after 2006 according to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The largest increases were, alarmingly, among females 10 to 14 years old and men 45 to 60. VCU Psychiatrist Bela Sood says social media is a contributing factor for young people.

Former Petersburg School Superintendent Files Lawsuit

Joseph Melvin, former Petersburg Supt. of Schools, has filed a lawsuit claiming that the school board owes him more than $100,000 in salary because he says he was fired without cause.

When Dr. Melvin resigned in October a news release from the school system said he had agreed to resign in the best interests of the school division and that would allow him to look for other professional opportunities and the school board could start searching for a replacement.