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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

Virginia DEQ Won’t Slow Gas Pipeline Cerification

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has been accused by environmental groups and some homeowners of not taking the time needed to thoroughly investigate alleged water quality issues they say are posed by two proposed natural gas pipelines.

The DEQ’s Ann Regn said, "The process for these proposed pipelines has been unprecedented in its scope and depth. The agency is taking the time it needs while meeting our obligations to address these certifications in a timely manner."

Right now, she said, thousands of comments from public meetings are being reviewed.

Two Hurricanes in the Atlantic – Will Virginia Feel Them?

Hurricanes Jose and Maria continue to churn in the Atlantic. The National Weather Service doesn’t expect much impact in Virginia.

Jeff Orrock, Chief Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, said Jose is forecast to keep moving north some 200 miles off the coast of Virginia.

"For us here it means a few clouds, we’ve had a few passing showers maybe some light drizzle. That’s really all we’re expecting on land."

Area Banks and Credit Card Companies Respond to Equifax Breach

The recent data breach at the Equifax consumer credit agency included the personal information of millions of Americans. Richmond area banks and credit card companies are alerting their customers.

While their systems weren’t breached they taking steps and offering advice to their customers.

Bill Cimino, at Union Bank and Trust, said, "We’ve ramped up our customer authentication methods to make sure you’re you when you’re dialing in or going to a branch and trying to open up an account."

Four Henrico Students Honored as Broadcom STEM Semi-Finalists

Four middle schools students from Henrico County Schools are being honored this afternoon at the MathScience Innovation Center for a remarkable achievement. They are semi-finalists, among nearly 2,500 competitors, in the nation’s most prestigious STEM competition.

Vonita Giddings, Director of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, explained that the four are competing in the Broadcom MASTERS Rising Stars Competition. They all attend Moody Middle School.

"They are Perisa Ashar, William Pardo, Ashwin Prabu, and Cameron Sharma."

All Goochland County Schools Accredited – Again

All of Goochland County’s schools are, once again, fully accredited. In fact, Goochland is one of only 10 school divisions, of 132 in the Commonwealth, where that has been the case for the last 11 years.

Superintendant Jeremy Raney, beginning his second year in Goochland, said their success is the result of what happens every day in county classrooms.

National Poll Finds Majority Say Leave Confederate Monuments

A national poll, released this morning, asked about Confederate monuments and whether they should remain in public places.

Political analyst Geoffrey Skelley at The University of Virginia Center for Politics explained that they worked with Reuters/ Ipsos which does national polling asking, first of all, if all monuments should remain or all should be removed.

"57%, about 3/5ths, said that Confederate Monuments should remain in public places, while only about a quarter, 26% said they should be removed."

DOE Says 86% of Virginia’s Public Schools Fully Accredited

The Virginia Department of Education announced this morning (9/13) that 86% of public schools in the Commonwealth are fully accredited this year, based on SOL performance. That’s a five per cent increase from last year.

The DOE’s Charles Pyle explained that revisions to the Standards of Accreditation, in place since the 90s, are in the final stage of approval for next year. “We’re moving to a system that’s more of a dashboard so you can look at multiple school quality indicators.”

Fort Lee Presents World War I Living History Event

Fort Lee is celebrating it’s centennial, and this weekend (9/16 and 9/17), from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m., they’ll tell the story of the soldiers of the 80th Division at Camp Lee when it opened during World War I.

There will be a lot to see and learn. Richard Killblane is the Transportation Corps command historian. “We have a number of living historians to represent the training that took place, we’ll have some French and British living historians who represent the advisors who trained our soldiers here.”