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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 Council Hears Tough Choices to Drain Red Ink

Union Train Station was packed last night (8/23) as Petersburg City Council heard a presentation from Public Financial Management to deal with a $12 million dollar budget deficit.

David Eichenthal, managing director of the Richmond based consulting firm, explained a 19 step action plan.

The city may need to lay off 24 full time employees, close one of its fire stations, shut down museums and tourism centers, and raise taxes to drain the red ink.

Council didn’t take action on specifics last night but will do that after a public hearing set for next month.

National Kidney Registry Advanced Donation Program in Richmond

There are just over 2,300 people in the Commonwealth waiting for a kidney transplant.

The Virginia Transplant Center, at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital Forest, is one of 12 hospitals in the country participating in a new National Kidney Registry Advanced Donation Program. Melissa VanSyckle, RN, is the Living Donor coordinator at the center. She explained that the Advanced Donor Program is intended overcome barriers and get more people transplanted.

VanScykle said it’s a chance for more people can save lives.

IRS Warns of “Federal Student Tax” Phone Scam

Last week Virginia State Police warned of a phony caller ID scam. Now the Internal Revenue Service is warning about another phone scam with a new twist.

Mark Green, at the IRS, explained that this time the target is college students and their parents. The caller states the tax must be paid immediately. The thing is, the Federal Student Tax doesn’t exist.

Green said the scammers have often collected your personal information from the internet to lend realism to their call.

The best response, he said, is to hang up.

Aetna Join Insurers Dropping Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Aetna Health Insurance‎, the nation’s third largest, has joined other major insurance companies pulling out of Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. Citing heavy losses, Aetna is dropping Obamacare insurance in 69% of the counties and 11 of 15 states where it currently offers plans.

Dr. Michael McCue, at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions, studies the ACA. Aetna points to a lack of balance.

Virginia State Parks Looking For Veterans for Pilot Program

Virginia State Parks are looking for veterans to be part of an additional AmeriCrops pilot program that will provide them with an opportunity to serve the public and the environment.

The state park’s Jim Meisner explained that the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps Veterans Crew will include six vets to serve in parks throughout the state.

There’ll be a base camp in the western part of the state and another in this area. From there they’ll deploy to other parks.

Petersburg Fire Department Impacted By City’s Money Woes

Cincinnati based First Vehicle Services, Inc., the company that maintains Petersburg Fire Trucks, Emergency Vehicles, and Police Cars among 550 total pieces of equipment, has terminated its contract as of today saying it’s owed just over a million dollars.

The city says it owes $884,000.

A Richmond based company has repossessed fire equipment and another Virginia firm is on the verge of taking the same action.

Political analyst and commentator Bob Holsworth says some serious questions need answers.

Cameron Foundation Grant to Hopewell Downtown Partnership

The Hopewell Downtown Partnership has received a $30,000 grant from the Cameron Foundation to hire a second full time staff member. There is a part time farmer’s market manager, but the partnership depends on a volunteer board of directors and volunteer committees to do the work of revitalization.

At present Executive Director Evan Kaufman is the partnership’s only paid employee. He’s looking to hire a self starter with a varied background.

Applications will be accepted in the next few weeks. Interviews will happen next month and the hope is to hire someone in October.

Commonwealth Education Policy Institute Releases Schools Data

Just over a million students, K through 12, and half a million college students are heading back to school shortly.

The Commonwealth Education Policy Institute at VCU has released Back to School Facts and Insights.

Parents of K-12 students who were polled were upbeat about the teaching. Higher education is also highly regarded.

The full report is on line at