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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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Grant Supports 2 Smart Beginnings Partnerships

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has presented grants to 2 of the 18 Smart Beginnings partnerships established statewide to prepare young children to be healthy and ready to start school and succeed in life.

A $180,000 three year grant went to Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. A second grant of $450,000 went to Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia.

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Family Medicine Clinic Expanding in Clarksville

Sentara Clarksville Family Medicine, Route 15 south, is planning a major expansion. The $1.7 million dollar project will add 12 exam rooms.

There are currently three primary providers at the practice. The additional space will make it possible for specialists to rotate in and out.

Forty-two parking spaces will be added to the parking lot.

Sentara Halifax Regional President Chris Lumsden told the Mecklenburg Sun the hope is to complete the expansion late this year and continue to add services in the Clarksville area.

VCU Researcher Develops Lyme Disease Vaccine for Dogs

A VCU microbiology and immunology professor has come up with a vaccine to prevent dogs from getting Lyme Disease.

Dr. Richard Marconi developed what he calls Chimeritope technology. Chimeritope technology, he said, has broad implications.

The vaccine for dogs was licensed by the Dept. of Agriculture earlier this month and will be available as VANGUARD cr Lyme in time for tick season.

Search Continues for Missing Woman in Amelia

The Amelia County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshals are looking for 43-year-old Dana William in connection to the disappearance of 68-year-old Olene Brooks from a home on Pourhouse Road Thursday night (1/21).

At her own home nearby, deputies discovered the body of a 67-year-old male, Woodell Brooks, her husband.

Investigators say William is likely driving a Silver Dodge Minivan with a handicap plate 433 114.

Amelia Sheriff Ricky L. Walker described Brooks as a white woman, 5’4” tall about 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Defense Asks Judge in Quick Murder to Exclude Police Connection

Lawyers defending six alleged gang members in connection with the murder of Waynesboro Auxiliary Police Captain Kevin Quick want a federal judge to exclude any mention of his ties to law enforcement. The lawyers claim references to his reserve police officer status are “irrelevant” and would be “prejudicial.”

A similar motion in April, before the original trial in the case, was withdrawn after Quick was referred to as a police captain in a jury questionnaire. A mistrial was declared after one of the defendants took personal information about the jury pool back to his cell.

UVa Student Still Held in North Korea

A UVa student, stopped January 2nd at the airport in Pyongyang is still being held. The Korean Central News Agency last week said only that 21 year old Otto Warmbier was caught committing a hostile act against the state.

The UVa third year was the last to go through customs in a group of 10 students, who’s trip was arranged by Young Pioneer Tours, based in China.

CEO Gareth Johnson stayed in Pyongyang and learned he was being held.

Reuters reported there was an incident at the hotel where the group was staying and that Warmbier, apparently, kept to himself.

Lethal Injection Drugs Lacking for Virginia Execution

When Virginia executed serial killer Alfredo Prieto in October, one of three drugs needed was provided by Texas. The Corrections Department says it lacks enough of that drug to carry out a March execution.

On March 15th, Ricky Gray is scheduled to pay with his life for the horrific murders of the Harvey family in Richmond.

Corrections officials say Virginia has three drugs approved for use in the first step, but because lethal drugs are difficult to obtain, they were only able to get three vials of pentobarbital from Texas.

Richmond Council Adjusting Affordable Housing Program

If they’re able to meet today (1/25), Richmond City Council may adjust the affordable housing program that gave $2 million in real estate tax breaks to the developer of luxury apartments in Manchester.

Sixth District Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, author of the original legislation, says the developer of The Terraces at Manchester took advantage of a loophole and council will revise the ordinance to make it more restrictive.