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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

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.

Billboards Call for School Support in Richmond

Richmond City Council began budget deliberations at noon today (4/25). Billboards are up in the area supporting more funding for city schools.

Among the simple messages on the billboards--“Support Our Schools,” “Fully Fund our Schools”--they urge people to show up at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (4/25) to march from Martin Luther King Middle School on the other side of I-95 to City Hall and a rally there in advance of tonight’s council meeting.

Petersburg Council Spending Priorities Questioned

Petersburg City Council unanimously approved $8.1 million for potential upgrades and new equipment in the next fiscal year. There were questions about priorities.

The highest cost items in the proposed capital improvements program are $1.9 million to replace a water main at the Locke’s Pump Station, $1 million for drainage improvements on Walton Street and $900,000 for construction of the clock tower on the old Hustings Court building.

Home Sales Report Shows Continued Growth in Virginia

Growth continues in the state’s residential real estate market according to a report just out on homes sales from the Virginia Association of Realtors.

The First Quarter 2016 Homes Sales Report shows the value of transactions was 2.2% higher than the same time last year and nearly 15% higher than the first quarter in 2014.

Martin Johnson, Chief of Policy and Advocacy for the Association, noted that growing homes sales boost state and local revenues.

DMV Grants Temporary Digital Delivery

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has begun granting temporary operating authority for local delivery service using a digital platform.

Last year, DMV put a transportation network law into effect. It authorized companies to match passengers with drivers using a smartphone app and GPS.

Now businesses can apply to do the same thing for delivery.

Among other things, it limits vehicle size and travel distances for delivery and requires insurance and a history checks for drivers.

Warner’s Bill to Protect Veteran’s Severance Passes Committee

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s bill to ensure that injured veterans are not improperly taxed on severance payments has passed in the Senate Finance Committee. By law, the severance pay of vets with combat related injuries aren’t supposed to be taxed.

The Senator says he found than nearly 14,000 veterans had been taxed due to computer problems at the Department of Defense and that’s not fair.

The bill language was added as an amendment to the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2016 that passed last night (4/20).

Survey Finds Older Americans Favor Drug Cost Negotiations

The American Association of Retired People has released a survey that finds 93% of adults over the age of 50 believe the government should negotiate Medicare drug prices.

Dr. Peter Cunnigham, at the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, researches Medicare and Medicaid issues.

Will the survey results impress law makers? Republicans in Congress are opposed and the Obama Administration made a deal to get the Affordable Care Act passed.

Virginia Tech Researchers Testing NASA Tool for Drones

At Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm, John Coggin is leading a team that’s testing a tool developed by NASA that could be a precursor to air traffic control for drones.

Using 22 drones, testing this week was done just days after an incident at Heathrow Airport in London in which a drone struck a British Airways plane as it was landing. Coggin said the technology could help prevent these sorts of things.

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t issued any reports of drone strikes on commercial aircraft in this country but recognizes the danger is real.