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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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Henrico Police Indict 43 People in Cigarette Trafficking Network

Forty three people have been indicted in Henrico County accused of being part of a $30 million black market cigarette network, buying untaxed smokes in Virginia and selling them for four or times more in places like New York City.

Dr. Robyn McDougle, at VCU’s Wilder School, said in addition to the tax loss to the Commonwealth, the bigger issue is the involvement of violent drug gangs. “Making that money using that money to fund their illegal drug and gang network so that’s a really big problem,” said McDougle.

Aetna Leaving Virginia

The insurance company Aetna has announced that’s its leaving Virginia’s Affordable Care Act market for 2018.

Aetna follows United Health Group which said it was pulling out of Virginia last month. Aetna’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Bertolini, cited “growing uncertainty in the marketplace” for the decision saying Aetna is anticipating $200 million or more in loses this year for its individual product in Virginia.

Goochland Sheriff Warns of Bogus Bills

Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew has been letting business owners have a look at four hundred dollars bills that were passed at the Food Lion in Goochland Courthouse.

Sheriff Agnew said it isn’t clear yet if the C notes were used intentionally or mistakenly.

"Lady went in and bought groceries, they accepted the money, and it was not until they were closing out the register that they noticed these were not real bills," said Agnew.

Grace Street Condo Tower Proposal On Hold

At the request of the developer, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration has withdrawn a proposal to sell property the city owns on Grace Street downtown for a condo tower.

City Center LLC plans to introduce new legislation soon. Robert Englander, of CathFord Consulting, is heading the development partnership City Center LLC. He said they are very much actively pursuing the condo tower. “We heard from historic preservationists, smart growth people, people that are concerned with affordable housing, all of which we are in agreement with,” said Englander.

Times-Dispatch Finds Problems with Bedden’s Dissertation

Looking into Richmond School Superintendant Dana Bedden’s sudden departure, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that Dr. Dana Bedden copied text from other sources in his 2006 doctoral dissertation, at Virginia Tech, without proper attribution.

Bedden’s paper appears to violate Tech’s anti-plagiarism guidelines and the standards set for Richmond schools.

UVa Poll Finds Trump Voters Still Support Him

As the President approaches his 100th day in office, a national poll and focus groups, commissioned by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, finds that most of the voters who cast their ballot for President Donald Trump still support him.

The center’s Kyle Kondik said they found 93% are still comfortable with Trump and approve of his performance. “Within that, 51% only 'somewhat approve, 41% ‘strongly approve’ so he’s got a strong base,” said Kondik.