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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

IRS Reports $26 million Unclaimed Refunds in Virginia

With the federal tax filing deadline a little more than a month away, the IRS is reporting a large number of Virginians may not be aware they are entitled to an unclaimed refund. We’re talking $26 million due to people who never filed their 2012 tax return.

Mark Green at the IRS said these are part time workers and retired people.

There is no penalty.

VCU Study Looks at Therapy Dogs, Students and Exams

Researchers at the VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction studied therapy dogs and students studying for exams.

Now Paws for Stress eases exam tensions. This study included 78 students and 10 therapy dogs.

Dr. Sandra Barker, director of the center, is a professor of psychiatry. It is mid term exam time at VCU and earlier today (3/15) there was a Paws for Stress event at the student commons.

Randolph Macon Mourns Graduate Killed in Maryland

Jacai Colson, a police officer in Prince George County, Maryland, is being mourned on the campus of Randolph Macon College, his alma mater.

Colson, a Prince George County, Maryland, Police Officer, died Sunday (3/13) in an incident outside of police headquarters. He was in plain clothes in an unmarked car, working undercover narcotics, when he responded to a report of a man with gun. Investigators believe the shooter staged an ambush intending suicide by police. Colson was accidently shot by a fellow officer.

New VCU Library Grand Opening

There’ll be a grand opening ceremony at five this afternoon for the renovated and expanded Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library.

University Librarian John Ulmschneider was enthusiastic, to say least, as we watched the final touches being made to walkway in front of the building at 901 Park Avenue.

The building combines 93,000 square feet of new construction and 63,000 square feet of renovated space. There’s a lot of glass and open space.

VSU President Wants it to be “Virginia’s Opportunity University”

The new President of Virginia State University says his goal is to make it “Virginia’s Opportunity University.”

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah says his top priorities are to assure that VSU continues to provide a transformational education experience for its students as he works to raise the school’s academic profile.

VSU has had financial, accreditation and enrollment problems but Abdullah told the Progress Index, enrollment has stabilized and he says revamping marketing efforts will continue that progress.

Agritourism Conference Set for Next Month

The 2016 Conference on Agritourism will happen April 5th and 6th in Halifax, bringing together farmers, government leaders, and experts.

The goal, the Virginia Cooperative Extension says, is to explore innovative strategies to grow what is becoming a big part of Virginia’s new economy.

Guests include Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and Todd Haymore the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS Checking for Fire Alarms

This weekend Chesterfield Fire and EMS personnel will team up with the Red Cross to canvass the Bexley subdivision to check home fire alarms.

In January five people, two of them children, lost their lives in a house fire on Wicklow Lane.

Battalion Chief Keith Chambers explained that tomorrow from 10 until 4, every house in the subdivision will be visited.

Sunday, daylight savings time begins, a good time, Chambers said, for everyone to check their fire alarms, no matter where they live.

James River Association Offers Teen Leadership Academy

The James River Association has begun accepting applications for its second James River Leadership Academy. It’s a year long program for 10th and 11th graders, the next generation of environmental leaders.

The inaugural group is working now on the action projects they’ve developed for their final symposium in May, that impact the environment, their community, and the James.

Georgia Busch, a JRA Watershed Educator, explained that the next group will meet this summer, they’ll meet again in October and in January.

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