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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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Shipbuilder Announces Plans To Hire 3,000 Workers In Virginia

The nation’s largest military shipbuilder says it plans to hire 3,000 workers in Virginia this year. Huntington Ingalls Industries says that number includes 250 engineers and designers.

Spokeswoman Christie Miller said its facility in Newport News is also recruiting IT professionals, welders and shipfitters.

The yard builds and overhauls nuclear aircraft carriers. Large portions of submarines also are built there.

Profits are soaring at the company overall, driven in large part by its Gulf Coast shipyard.

Virginia Students Rank Sixth in the Nation in AP Exam Qualification

The non profit College Board has released figures on the number of high school seniors qualifying for credit on Advanced Placement Exams. Virginia student did very well.

Charles Pyle at the state department of education said, "Virginia is sixth in the nation in terms of the percentage of students who have earned at least one qualifying score on an AP Examination."

He noted that, in the past few years Virginia has been ranked third or fourth but that doesn’t indicate that fewer students are taking AP tests or that their performance has slackened.

Petersburg Council Will Hear Water System Report Tonight

Petersburg City Council will hear from the Robert Bobb Group tonight about the steps being taken to deal with the city’s drinking water and wastewater systems. Privatization is one option and no decision on that will apparently be made tonight.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrell explained that there are safety and function issues and an infrastructure to deal with that has some pipes that are well over a hundred years old:

"We are going to do the right thing. And, we’re going to look at it through sophisticated eyes, with a great deal of diligence."

Repairing and Sustaining Petersburg’s Aging Water Systems

When Petersburg City Council meets tonight they’ll hear a presentation from the Robert Bobb Group explaining the condition of the city’s water and waste water operations and options to sustain and update it.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrell said the fundamental question is how the city will pay for the sadly neglected water system and contribute its fair share to capital improvement programs that it depends on.

Good News and Bad News from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service says its already received more than a million of the four million returns expected to be filed in Virginia for 2016 and there’s good news and bad news.

After a delay, there is good news for those taxpayers who’ve already filed claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit. Mark Green at the IRS said, “Those refunds have been released and they can expect to receive those in their account prior to the latter part of next week.”

The bad news this tax season involves identity thieves.

Petersburg Council Hearing on Water System Operations

When Petersburg City Council meets tomorrow night (2/21), one of the issues under discussion will be a decision to outsource the city’s water system. Two companies, Aqua Virginia and Virginia American, have submitted proposals.

After a hearing, there will be a vote to choose one or the other or neither.

On social media, people who live in the city are asking questions.

DOE Enhances Features of Online School Quality Profiles

The state Department of Education’s online Virginia School Quality Profiles, introduced in October, have been enhanced.

The Supt. of Public Instruction says response has been generally positive. Dr. Steven Staples explained, “I think it’s a much better product than what we had before and it allows users to determine the depth of their engagement.”

Petitions Drive to Remove Petersburg Councilors Withdrawn

The efforts of the citizens’ group Clean Sweep Petersburg to petition the removal of two members of city council hit a wall in court yesterday.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep, said they thought they were going to court to hear about motions and future court dates:

"A discussion started about the actual form of the petition. The issue was the reasons for removal were separated from the signatures there was also an issue about signing and swearing on the petition which I still don’t really understand."

Owens and Minor Picks Richmond For Expansion

Owens and Minor, a global healthcare supply chain company, has been in Richmond for 135 years and now has decided to invest $80 million to expand its operations with a new Client Engagement Center in the city.

The Greater Richmond Partnership drove the effort. President and CEO Barry Matherly noted that originally there were 60 cities involved but in the end:

"It came down to Richmond, Nashville and Salt Lake City."