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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

Petersburg Turning to Software for Government Transparency

One of the issues of concern in Petersburg has been government transparency. Now, two computer programs are being used to provide information on a wide range of aspects of the city’s financial state.

Spokesman Clay Hamner said a wide range of information on budgets and department spending becomes part of a data base.

"That dumps information into a program called Opengov and it’s a completely transparent system."

Hamner said another program called City Works is a graphic information system showing, for example, water mains and fire hydrants.

Wilde School Summary of Public School Budget Facts

The Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute at VCU’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs has released a summary of public school budgets and insights to answer key questions for taxpayers, state, and local budget makers.

The Institute’s Interim Director, Dr. Robyn McDougle noted, "In 2016 we spent 16 billion on K-12 Education which breaks down to about $11,000 per child so funding is a key criteria."

Institute polling found 66% of Virginians support increased funding and 70% think it impacts the quality of K-12 education.

Ashland Council Okays WaWa at Route 1 and England Street

Ashland Town Council last night (3/7) approved a WaWa convenience store for the intersection of Route 1 and England Street.

Nora Amos is Ashland’s Director of Planning and Community Development. She said, “It’s a corner that has been vacant for a while and has been underutilized for even longer. It’s taking up a whole block. It’s the entrance to our main street downtown corridor so it’s important for us to make sure that it was the right fit and an attractive development.”

Brat Says House Healthcare Bill Won’t Pass

In Facebook posts, Republican 7th District Congressman Dave Brat called the House of Representative’s American Healthcare Reform Act “Obamacare-lite”.

Brat posted that conservatives are concerned because the bill maintains most of the insurance regulations of the Health Care Act while adding a new entitlement program.

"I’m obviously against the bill and the major reason is because, just like eight years ago, we’re paying attention to coverage issues and not paying any attention to price issues. We have not driven the cost curve down at all."

Petersburg Council Appoints Committee on Water Privatization

At its meeting last night Petersburg City Council appointed a citizen ad hoc committee to look into two bids to privatize the city’s water and wastewater operations.

Each member of council appointed a citizen to an ad hoc committee that will examine the system and the bids from two companies.

Mayor Sam Parham emphasized, "It definitely is a preliminary one before we even get to discussing the negotiations of possibly selling the asset."

Petersburg City Council Meets Tonight at Union Train Station

Petersburg City Council meets for it’s regular meeting tonight (3/7) at the historic Union Train Station. Mayor Samuel Parham pointed to two items on the agenda.

The mayor explained that there’ll be a public hearing for disposal of city owned property. “A company that is interested in purchasing the old Petersburg Hotel,” said Parham.

Congressman Brat And Virginia Attorney General React To Travel Order

President Trump has issued a new travel order affecting seven Muslim countries. Reaction from Virginia’s elected officials has been along party lines. Republicans like it, Democrat don’t.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who filed a legal challenge of the original travel order said the new one “sends a horrible message to the world.” Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, also Democrats, issued statements disagreeing with President Trump.

Neighbors Say Sussex Landfill Smell is a Health Issue

A number of people who live in Prince George have told county supervisors the smell emanating from the nearby Sussex Landfill, operated by Atlantic Waste Disposal, has become a health issue.

A year ago, the company entered into an emergency consent order with the state department of environmental quality to deal with the odor. The agency’s Bill Hayden said they’ve had a lot of difficulty getting this accomplished. “DEQ has been working with them to get this fixed by June 30th of this year,” said Hayden.

Grant Will Help VCU Dogs-on-Call Program Expand

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction was founded in 2001 in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU School of Medicine. A $20,000 grant from the PETCO Foundation will help expand its internationally recognized Dogs on Call program.

Psychiatry Professor, Dr. Sandra Barker, explained, “We have close to 70 dogs and last year we reached 36,000 people in the medical center, which is pretty amazing.”

Warm Cold Weather Pattern Threatens Virginia Fruit Crops

The very warm/very cold weather pattern that damaged fruit crops in Virginia last winter is repeating this year and growers agree the next couple of months are going to be critical.

I asked Elaine Lidholm, at the state Department of Agriculture, about Virginia’s normal winter weather patterns. She said,"You know I’m not sure what the weather pattern traditionally is anymore because it seems like we have as many aberrations as we have falling the pattern."