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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

Distracted Driving Summit Will Research Solutions

Distracted driving is a serious danger to everyone on the road. At the end of this month, Drive Smart Virginia will have its 4th Annual Distracted Driving Summit.

Janet Brooking, Executive Director of Drive Smart Virginia, says distracted driving is reaching epidemic proportions in the Commonwealth and nationwide.

It is obvious why texting is dangerous and experts say drivers on their phone miss up to 40% of their visual environment but there’s more.

Petersburg Council Hears From The Public On Debt

The Petersburg High School Auditorium was full last night (9/6) as City Council considered recommendations to close a $12 million budget gap.

Council voted not to close one of the city’s four fire stations but they also voted to increase the lodging and the meals taxes. The cigarette tax will go from .10¢ to .90¢ a pack, and trash removal fee from $14 to $20. They deferred raising the personal property tax until their next meeting.

Petersburg City Council Will Hear from the Public Tonight

Petersburg City Council will have public hearings tonight (9/6) on a variety of issues including proposals intended to drain $12 million in red ink from the budget. The meeting is expected to be well attended and long.

This meeting will be the first opportunity for people who live in the city to offer input on the 19 step deficit reduction plan presented by consultants two weeks ago.

Changing Virginia’s Standards

On the 22nd of this month, the Virginia Board of Education will consider the first draft of plans that will change graduation requirements and better prepare students for life after high school.

The State Department of Education has been working to create the Profile of a Virginia Graduate called for by legislation passed by the General Assembly. The final rules are a work in progress so educators can’t really predict the affect on individual students, schools, or districts.

Governor Helps Celebrate Energy Share Anniversary in Petersburg

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Petersburg today (9/2) to help celebrate the anniversary of the expansion of Dominion’s Energy Share Program.

Dominion volunteers and energy experts weatherized four homes in the East Walnut Hill area and gave away energy efficiency kits.

Last year, Dominion committed $57 million over five years to provide bill assistance and long term energy efficiency improvements.

Bad News for Bike and Laptop Thieves Around VCU

The VCU Police Department introduced a high tech system today (9/1) to cut down on the theft of bicycles and laptops. They called it The Great Bike Roundup and officers were busy on the student commons plaza registering bikes and computers and applying what is called an Anti Theft Dot.

Assistant VCU Police Chief Chris Preuss explained that it’s no ordinary sticker. Part of the imprint that’s left can be seen, a tiny dot that can be read and the data retrieved can’t be seen.

Private Medical Contractors in Virginia Prisons

Among the issues cited by U.S. Justice Department to phase out privately operated prisons in the country is inadequacies in medical care.

A VCU expert was asked to investigate whether Virginia should be buying prison health care. Researchers found that facilities near large metropolitan areas, like Richmond, have access to major hospitals while for prisons in rural areas, private contractors are a useful option.

State Will Publish Unclaimed Property List

One in four Virginians has money waiting them. The Virginia Department of the Treasury is publishing lists in newspapers across the state of individuals and businesses that have unclaimed money, stock or property waiting

Vicki Bridgeman is Director of the Unclaimed Property Program. The state, she said, really wants to return this money.

In addition to the published lists, there is a website to search:

6 Virginia Teachers Named Finalists for National Math Science Award

Six Virginia teachers have been selected from 80 nominated by the state Department of Education as finalists for national recognition in math and science teaching.

Michelle Stolle, at the DOE, explained that the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is administered by the National Science Foundation for the White House. The winners will be announced next year by the President.

Chesterfield’s Clover Hill Elementary science teacher Carolyn Harlow is among the finalists.