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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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Dominion Announces Electric Rate Reduction

The cost of electricity is going down today (9/1/17) for Dominion Energy customers.

Dominion’s David Botkins said the typical thousand kilowatt-hour residential monthly bill will drop by $1.55, due for the most part, to a $2.07 reduction in transmission related costs.

"We work hard at Dominion to pass on any and all customers savings that we can in the form of credits and reductions for our customers. Obviously there’s occasions where bills go up but this is good news at a time where bills are going to be going down."

St. Edward-Epiphany School Adopts Texas School

Students at St. Edward-Epiphany School in North Chesterfield have adopted True Cross Catholic School in Texas. The school is in Dickinson a small town that was in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

Abbey McDonald is director of development at St. Edwards, she said, there’s a tee shirt, designed by students, that is for sale on the school website. “Students are working to organize bake sales and have discussed doing car washes to help raise funds and we also have a group of students who are working on a children’s book that, once its completed, will be available for sale as well.”

VCU Wilder School Report Recommends Uses for Hopewell Building

The Wilder School, at VCU, has completed a Downtown Hopewell Feasibility Study to consider uses for a vacant 14,000 square foot former social services building. The report also outlines risks, costs, and opportunities for re-purposing the building.

Evan Kaufman, is executive director of the Hopewell Downtown Partnership.

"It’s a building that could have a really significant use to enhance our downtown revitalization effort."

VCU Poll Looks at Discrimination and Free Speech on Campus

A poll by the Wilder School at VCU considered discrimination on college campuses and unlimited freedom of expression.

Dr. Robyn McDougle is director of the schools office of public policy outreach. “We found that 50% found that colleges and universities should place more emphasis on protecting everyone on campus from discrimination even if doing so means there are negative consequences for violating ones free speech.”

40% of the 800 poll respondents said the emphasis should be on allowing unlimited freedom of expression, even if some groups may face discrimination.

Third Option Offered for High Speed Rail Through Ashland

The Department of Rail and Public Transportation has presented a new option for carrying a high speed rail line through Ashland.

Ashland Mayor Jim Foley explained that the Citizen’s Advisory Committee continues to way options. “Accomplished two important things last night. Most importantly we removed the third track that would run through the middle of town and we are exploring the ‘trench option.’”

That option came out of talks about two expensive tunnel proposals.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Create Habitats for Pollinators

Dominion Energy is planning to establish new habitats for butterflies, bees, and other pollinator insects along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Dominion’s Aaron Ruby said the program is voluntary and will be implemented with approval and input from landowners.

"We’ve identified around 750 acres of suitable locations, along roughly 50 miles of the pipeline’s route, where we can create new habitats."

They worked with Virginia Tech’s Conservation Management Instiute to develop dozens of native seed mixes including grasses and wildflowers.

Science Museum Offers PrepareAthon

The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting PrepareAthon on Saturday, August 26. It is a free family event featuring a wide range of experts in a variety of fields.

Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, the climate and earth sciences professor at the museum, said the event is unique. “We’re providing our visitors with a chance to interact with non-profits, government officials, and emergency managers to help increase community understanding preparedness and resilience to extreme events,” said Hoffman.

There’ll be family preparedness kits and workshops from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Petersburg Superintendent Finds SOL Testing Violations

After being notified by the Department of Education of reports of testing irregularities on SOL testing at A. P. Hill Elementary, Petersburg School Superintendent Marcus Newsome launched an investigation.

The investigation found that students didn’t realize that the way the SOL tests were being conducted in some classrooms was irregular.

Hemp Could Be Big Money Crop In Virginia

An increasing number of farmers, businesses, and even some legislators are pushing now to change the law regarding the growing of hemp in Virginia. The plant is used in a wide range of farm and industrial products.

In 1970 concerns about this cousin of marijuana led the federal government to classify it as a Schedule 1 drug. It can’t be grown but it can be imported.

Marty Phipps owns Old Dominion Hemp. “We’re talking a large scale agricultural, industrial operation here when it comes to farming and the need that we have to supply our customers.”

New Home Industry Showing Strong Gains in Richmond Area

The latest RVA New Home Market Report shows strong gains in the first half of this year for the new home industry in the Richmond area.

Danna Markland, CEO of the Home Building Association of Richmond, said the industry is at about 56% of a normal market.

"In terms of single family housing, we’ve had roughly 1,200 built. If you account for condos and townhomes as well, about 1,600."

Seven of the eight localities studied for the report show increases in new home closings in the first six months compared to last year.

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