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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

Mayor Asks Richmond Council to Approve Overtime Settlement

Richmond City Council will have a budget hearing on the 23rd. The Mayor is asking them to approve a settlement to resolve an employee overtime lawsuit.

The $2.7 million dollar deal would resolve the suit filed by 54 people who work at the Department of Social Services who claimed they were improperly denied overtime pay. The suit is similar to one covering 26 workers that Richmond settled last year for $750,000.

Developer Has Plans for Old American Tobacco Plant

Developer Tom Wilkinson has plans for the old American Tobacco Plant in the 800 block of Jeff Davis Highway, a property he plans to close on this summer.

Wilkinson believes the area is in transition and is confident that a $29 million dollar conversion of the warehouse space to affordable housing, followed by converting 170,000 square feet of tobacco sheds to artisan workshops, will bring positive improvement.

Taxicab Rules and Uber

Henrico supervisors began yesterday (5/10) to consider proposed changes in the county’s taxicab ordinance. Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, and Richmond are part of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board.

The taxi industry requested the regulation changes to level the playing field with the emerging ride sharing services. Uber operates under different, less stringent, state regulations that taxi companies. The state doesn’t allow localities to place additional requirements on the new services that connect drivers and ride seekers using a smartphone app.

Chesterfield School Board Approve Land Transfer for Park

The Chesterfield County School Board yesterday (5/10) unanimously approved transferring control of two parcels of land on Beach Road back to the county. The school division acquired 50 acres in a 2001 zoning case for new school construction.

Now, it will be merged with another lot to create a 240 acre regional park southeast of Beach and Winterpock roads. That would be the largest regional park in the county.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the current proposal to develop the land could cost up to $20 million and take years to finalize.

Richmond Settles Mobile Home Resident’s Lawsuit

The City of Richmond has settled a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former residents of mobile home parks. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in August, the plaintiffs claimed they were hurt by the “illegal and racially discriminatory” way the city enforces code policy.

Richmond will pay $25,000 to the 33 named plaintiffs collectively and $15,000 for repairs to mobile homes cited by code enforcement officers.

Home repairs will be identified and facilitated before sweeping inspections in the future and, a language access policy will be put in place.

Food Lion Joins Letter Carriers to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

The people who deliver the mail from the National Association of Letter Carriers are teaming up with Food Lion stores to help “Stamp Out Hunger” this weekend.

The letter carriers will be doing what they do every day, going door to door. But on Saturday, they’ll be picking up the grocery bags of food left for them.

They’ll deliver them to area hunger relief organizations.

In addition to Feed More in Richmond, other food banks in Fredericksburg, Norfolk and Salem will also be getting 10,000 meals on Thursday (5/12) to help “Stamp Out Hunger.”

Petersburg Could Miss Deadline for Courthouse Repairs

In December of 2014 three Petersburg Circuit Court judges found that the historic Hustings Court building was in violation of state law and ordered the city to make repairs. This month is the deadline, and the work isn’t done.

The judges said the building was insecure and out of repair and posed a danger to the health, welfare and safety of court employees and the public. In June 2014 they added the District Court and annex and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts to the list.

Radford Tuition and Fee Hikes Lowest in 15 Years

The Radford University Board of Visitors met Friday (5/6) and approved a 2.77% increase in tuition and fees for the next academic year. That increase of $272 for in-state undergraduate students is the lowest in 15 years. It’ll be $69 for out-of-state students.

Room costs will go up $149 and board up $116 for a 19 meal plan.

The university’s Joe Carpenter noted that Radford is 12.9% below the average cost for in-state undergrads and the lowest among Virginia’s four year colleges and universities.