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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 Investment in Solar Power Approaches $1 Billion

Dominion Energy reports that it has invested more than $800 million in solar power generation in Virginia and has more solar projects in the planning stages.

Dominion’s Le-Ha Anderson said the company has invested more than $800 million to date.

“We have more than a dozen new facilities across the state. From Accomack County to Louisa, Isle of Wight, Powhatan, and most recently Fauquier County. 398 megawatts of solar generation have been either completed or are under development,” said Anderson.

That’s enough to power 100,000 homes.

Consumer Group Surveys Insurance Rates After Accidents

The Washington based Consumer Federation of America analyzed insurance premium quotes in 10 cities from five large auto insurers and found often substantial rate increases for accidents that weren’t the policy holders fault.

The Federation’s Director of Insurance, Bob Hunter, said rate hikes on annual premiums increased, in some cases, as much as $400. “Progressive seemed to jack up the prices the most, the one company that didn’t do it was State Farm,” said Hunter.

GEICO and Farmers increased 10%, All State had penalties.

Henrico Base Avertest Monitors Addiction Program Patients

Avertest, based in Henrico County, offers a unique service to individuals in addiction treatment programs. They work with court related behavioral health programs and treatment providers.

Co-owner Jason Herzog explained that he and Jeff Herr acquired a company in 2011 and transformed it.

Patients interact daily with 30 second check in and provide specimens regularly. All become part of their data profile.

A Sky Show Tonight: Lunar Eclipse And A Comet

This will be kind of an exciting weekend in the heavens. A lunar eclipse and a comet will be visible pretty much everywhere on earth.

Astronomer Justin Bartel, at the Science Museum of Virginia, said the moon should be very bright. “When it is a full moon it is going to line up perfectly with the earth’s shadow, so it’s going to just graze the edge of the earth’s shadow and give us partial penumbral eclipse,” said Bartel.

The Book of Mormon Opens at Atria Theatre

Last night’s (2/8) opening of The Book of Mormon at the Altria Theatre ended with a full house standing ovation.

The 2011 Tony Award® Winner for Best Musical satirizes Mormon mission trips. It is very high energy.

John Garry, who plays Elder Thomas, also known as Elder PopTarts, said to keep up that energy, diet and exercise are important for the actors but he also invests himself in what’s going on.

The Book of Mormon also satirizes Broadway shows. John explained that it kind of sneaks up on you.