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John Ogle

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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

Virginia 10th In Deer Strikes

State Farm Insurance has released new data showing that drivers in the Commonwealth have a one in 97 chance of a deer strike this year.

That ranks Virginia tenth in the nation, down one from last year’s ranking when the chances of a hitting a deer were one in 88.

Nationally the likelihood of drivers filing a claim for hitting a deer, elk, or moose is one in 169; that hasn’t changed since last year.

The chances more than double in October, November, and December. West Virginia is at the top of the list with a likelihood of one in 44.

Richard Bland College Launches Exceptional Student Experience

Richard Bland College of William & Mary is the first in the US to partner with UK based IBM-Portal to launch Exceptional Student Experience, or ESE, in pursuit of the college’s stated goal of 100% student success.

ESE@RBC is based on the success of the program that's been developed at Brockenhust College in England.

Debbie Sydow, President of Richard Bland College, says once you have the predictive analytics, what matters, is what you do with the information.

Each student is assigned what they call a Learner Mentor.

Charles City Man Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping

A Charles City County man entered a guilty plea in federal court this morning to a charge of kidnapping.

37-year-old Delvin Barnes appeared in Philadelphia before US District Judge J. Curtis Joyner to plead in the November 2014 kidnapping of a 22 year old woman on W. Coulter Street in Philly.

He grabbed her from the sidewalk as she was walking home, according to prosecutors, dragged her down the street and into his car.

Today Is International Suicide Prevention Day

Today is International Suicide Prevention Day and in this country Suicide Prevention Week. In the US there is suicide every 13 minutes, more than a million every year.

In Virginia suicide is the second leading cause of death among 12 to 24 year olds.

The Virginia Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reports that more than one in seven young people seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.

Dr. Martin Buxton is Chief of Psychiatry at HCA Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals. He says it's important to know help is available.

Mecklenburg Boasts Highest SAT Scores In Region

The average SAT score for students in Mecklenburg County’s Class of 2015 was the highest overall in Region 8.

Mecklenburg seniors had an average total score of 1363. Their mean score for critical reading was 465; math 447; and writing, 451.

The national average was 489 in reading, 498 in math and 475 in writing.

146 Park View High School students did especially well with an average score of 1420, just below the state average of 1523.

Nationally, achievement declined in all three subject areas.

Fort Lee Holds First SHARP Summit

The first SHARP Summit at Fort Lee was an unfiltered and frequently harsh look at sexual misconduct in the military.

The Summit included presentations by a criminal investigator, a forensic examiner, the lead staff judge advocate for CASCOM, and a behavioral science professor.

In his remarks, the commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Darrell Williams, made it clear how he feels about sexual harassment and assault saying, “We are not going to ignore this or allow it to happen in our formations. It has no place in our ranks.”

Mecklenburg Teacher Pay Among Lowest In Region 8

The salaries paid to teachers in Mecklenburg County are among the lowest of Region 8 school divisions in southern and central Virginia.

A new study by the Virginia Dept. of Education and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVa, finds that among twelve Region 8 school systems in southern and central Virginia, Mecklenburg is number 7 in teacher pay for the first 20 years of work.

The study compares salaries adjusted for the taxes paid.

Daniel Radcliffe Filming New Movie In Hopewell

Hopewell is the location for a new feature length film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Filming begins on Sunday (9/13).

Imperium is the true story of an FBI agent, played by Radcliffe, who goes undercover to upset the plans of a local terrorist group to create a dirty bomb.

There are 15 locations around Hopewell where most of the film will be shot. The producers are looking for two to three hundred local actors as extras for the picture.

State Leaders Unite To Fight Uranium Mining

Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, and members of the Dept. of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, want US District Judge Jackson Kizer to dismiss a lawsuit that would overturn Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining.

That ban has been in place for 33 years and plaintiffs claim that it tramples their legal and property rights and that the Commonwealth overstepped its bounds declaring it, usurping a federal government responsibility.