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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

Court Rules Dominion Smart Meter Patent Was Infringed

In a jury trial, Dominion Voltage, Inc. has prevailed in a patent infringement case against Alston Grid, based in Pennsylvania. The case involved Dominion’ Edge technology, software that improves power grid efficiency.

The process uses smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

In addition, Alston’s petitions challenging Dominion’s patent were denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Petersburg City Council Meeting on Budget Deficit Today

The City of Petersburg is facing a $7.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year that started 11 days ago.

City council is holding a special meeting today (7/11). Council will hear Interim City Manager Dironna Moore Belton’s recommendations for cutting personnel costs by 20%.

Other topics being discussed could include reducing work hours or across-the-board furloughs for 700 employees or, perhaps even, changing the city into a town.

Grant Helps Goochland Free Clinic Building Campaign

Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services has received a $500,000 grant from the Harrison Foundation and a $500,000 matching grant from the Cabell Foundation to help build a 20,000 square foot building and put its 11 programs under one roof.

Last year, the organization served 1,700 disadvantaged people, many of them children, from three separate locations.

Virginia Lawmakers Consider Rising Sea Levels

Members of the General Assembly have been talking for some time about the threat of sea level rise along Virginia’s coast while many major projects are still on the drawing board.

This week, the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding, born two years ago, heard from the Army Corps of Engineers about navigating the often confusing process of getting federal approval to study certain areas.

State Board of Education Schedules Public Hearings

The Virginia Board of Education wants to hear what the public has to say about a variety of issues. Four public hearings have been set for July and August.

Supt. of Public Instruction, Steven Staples said the Department of Education has three or four topics that are in the development stages.

Families, educators, and community members, Dr. Staples said, are welcome to come and share ideas and make suggestions.

The first hearing will be in Manassas on July 14th. Others are set for Williamsburg, Lynchburg, and Abingdon.

Study Determines Virginia is the Most Patriotic State

Virginia, known as the mother of presidents, is also the most patriotic state in the country according to a new study.

The personal finance website WalletHub used 12 factors, based on data from the Census Bureau, the Defense Department and voter turnout for its evaluation. Six of those factors have to do with military engagement, things like the number of people enlisted in the military.

The other six considered civic engagement, total voters, civil education requirements, and volunteerism.

They also noted the number of Google searches for American flags.

Virginia ABC Awards $74,000 in Grants to Combat Underage Drinking

Twelve universities and community organizations have received grants from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control for their efforts to combat underage drinking.

This is the third consecutive year that ABC has made these grants. ABC’s Kathleen Shaw said a review committee begins considering entries in April.

Three groups were awarded $8,000: Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc., SAFE, in North Chesterfield, Hanover Cares Coalition in Ashland, and Futuro Latino at James Madison University.

Virginia State Police Undergoing National Accreditation in July

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is beginning a month long evaluation of the Virginia State Police. Corrine Geller with the Virginia State Police explained that two assessors, both former law enforcement, are looking at every aspect of state police operations.

The public is invited to be a part of the process.

The event is at 6:00 p.m. at the State Police Academy on Midlothian Turnpike.

Realtors Association Funding Tornado Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s effort to get financial help for Virginians who suffered devastating losses during the tornadoes that struck in late February. Now, realtors are offering help.

The Virginia Association of Realtors and the Southside Virginia Association have money available for the storm victims.

Martin Johnson is Chief of Policy and Advocacy for the VAR said the money comes from the national Realtor Relief Foundation, a fund set up after 9-11.

ABC Stores Now Open at Noon on Sundays

Legislation passed by the last session of the General Assembly became law at midnight.

There’s a change at you’ll notice tomorrow (7/2) at your local ABC Store. In 2004 the Commonwealth began opening some ABC stores on Sunday, four years later a few more were added and in 2012 all ABC stores began opening at one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

ABC’s Kathleen Shaw said Sunday opening has produced considerable revenue.

Will an extra hour have an impact? Well, in the past fiscal year alone, she said, Sunday sales have increased more than $2 million to $52 million.