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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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7th District Congressman Dave Brat Talks About Obamacare

A Facebook page called 7th District Town Hall Meeting says it was created by some of his constituents in support of Congressman Dave Brat holding town hall meetings.

Congressman Brat posted on his Facebook page saying meetings will be organized after the first hundred days of the Trump Administration.

In a recent interview, he talked about his views on health care issues. He said Republicans have several plans to consider.

The problem with health care under the Affordable Care Act, he said, is skyrocketing costs.

Hopewell Revitalization Continues with Boathouse Restaurant

Hopewell officials have been trying for two years to get restaurateur Kevin Healy to locate a Boathouse Restaurant in the city. A deal was finalized last week.

The Boathouse at City Point will open on the site of the former Navigator’s Den along the Appomattox River on Route 10.

The restaurant is expected to open in April.

Court Names Counsel for Petersburg Petitioners

A Petersburg Circuit Court judge has set Monday, February 8th for a hearing on Clean Sweep Petersburg’s petitions to remove Mayor Samuel Parham and 5th Ward Councilman W. Howard Myers. The Petersburg City attorney will represent the councilmen.

As far as the petitioners, Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep, has been in communications with Conover.

Rudolph noted a House Appropriations Committee meeting Wednesday (1/25)  that concentrated on fiscal distress in localities.

Shiver in the River Annual James River Cleanup Event

Tomorrow (1/28), large numbers of people will jump into the James River for a cause that matters to them. They call it Shiver in the River.

Mike Baum is Executive Director of Keep Virginia Beautiful, the group that started it three years ago. The goal is helping to clean up the James and encourage litter prevention and recycling.

Shiver in the River continues to draw larger crowds.

Everything happens at historic Tredegar at the river’s edge.

Robert Bobb Talks Petersburg Recovery Before Committee

The Robert Bobb Group continues efforts to guide Petersburg’s financial recovery. Yesterday (1/25) Bobb appeared before the House Appropriations Committee in Richmond.

The committee is considering state approaches and recommendations for Virginia Distressed Cities. Actions taken, he noted, were internal.

Among other things, Bobb talked about Petersburg’s practice of issuing “revenue anticipation notes” and educating city leaders that those notes aren’t a grant, they have to be paid back.

Ashland Taking Proactive Approach to Train Issues

As many as 80 trains a day pass right through the middle of Ashland.

Recently two cars were hit by trains after getting stuck on the tracks.

Ashland Police Officer Chip Watts said when it comes to trains, its simple. The town, he said, is looking at several initiatives.

Also under consideration is brighter lighting at crossings especially, he said, at England Street where the most recent wrecks happened.

Wilder School Polls Look at K-12 and Higher Education

Each year at this time, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs releases its Commonwealth Education Polls. This morning’s (1/24) release concerned K-12 education.

Dr. Robyn McDougle, who directs the Educational Policy Institute at the school, explained that 54% of respondents said they were willing to pay more in taxes to increase school funding. Nearly 70%, she added, believe funding is related to the quality of education.