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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

Joe Morrissey Leads Eight Candidates for Mayor in New Poll

Joe Morrissey, who’s served in the House of Delegates and as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond, leads in a new poll from Christopher Newport University.

There are eight candidates for Mayor in Richmond and only three have double digit support among those polled.

Dr. Quentin Kidd, is Director of the Wasson Center for Public Policy. He said it’s important to know that a candidate needs to win in 5 of the city’s 9 districts to be elected.

National Park Service 100th Anniversary at Maggie Walker House

Last Thursday (8/25) the National Park Service turned 100 years old.

Over the weekend there was a special battlefield bus tour that ended with a visit to the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond’s Jackson Ward. Andrea DeKoter, chief of interpretation for the battlefields and the Walker House, said as part of the ongoing effort to help every American find “My Park” --a unique mural-- was more than a display.

Dominion’s Underground Line Initiative Moving Forward

Last week, Dominion Virginia Power received approval from the State Corporation Commission to bury power lines and charge the typical customer an extra $6 a year to pay for it.

Dominion’s David Botkins explained that the 2014 General Assembly passed legislation to create The Strategic Underground Program. Dominion was authorized to bury 400 miles of distribution lines. A second request could include another 4,000 miles of lines and impact as many as 150,000 customers.

Grants Will Fund Educational Programs in Henrico

Henrico County Schools have received more than $714,000 in grant money. The largest amount, just over $640,000, came from a Virginia Department of Education Start Up Grant.

The state designated those start up grants for schools that have traditionally struggled or use year round schedules.

The Henrico Education Foundation’s Executive Director Mike Taylor said they awarded nearly double what they were able to do last year.

The Foundation, he said, sees itself as a research and development resource for teachers who come up with innovative approaches.

Petersburg Council Hears Tough Choices to Drain Red Ink

Union Train Station was packed last night (8/23) as Petersburg City Council heard a presentation from Public Financial Management to deal with a $12 million dollar budget deficit.

David Eichenthal, managing director of the Richmond based consulting firm, explained a 19 step action plan.

The city may need to lay off 24 full time employees, close one of its fire stations, shut down museums and tourism centers, and raise taxes to drain the red ink.

Council didn’t take action on specifics last night but will do that after a public hearing set for next month.

National Kidney Registry Advanced Donation Program in Richmond

There are just over 2,300 people in the Commonwealth waiting for a kidney transplant.

The Virginia Transplant Center, at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital Forest, is one of 12 hospitals in the country participating in a new National Kidney Registry Advanced Donation Program. Melissa VanSyckle, RN, is the Living Donor coordinator at the center. She explained that the Advanced Donor Program is intended overcome barriers and get more people transplanted.

VanScykle said it’s a chance for more people can save lives.

IRS Warns of “Federal Student Tax” Phone Scam

Last week Virginia State Police warned of a phony caller ID scam. Now the Internal Revenue Service is warning about another phone scam with a new twist.

Mark Green, at the IRS, explained that this time the target is college students and their parents. The caller states the tax must be paid immediately. The thing is, the Federal Student Tax doesn’t exist.

Green said the scammers have often collected your personal information from the internet to lend realism to their call.

The best response, he said, is to hang up.

Aetna Join Insurers Dropping Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Aetna Health Insurance‎, the nation’s third largest, has joined other major insurance companies pulling out of Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. Citing heavy losses, Aetna is dropping Obamacare insurance in 69% of the counties and 11 of 15 states where it currently offers plans.

Dr. Michael McCue, at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions, studies the ACA. Aetna points to a lack of balance.

Virginia State Parks Looking For Veterans for Pilot Program

Virginia State Parks are looking for veterans to be part of an additional AmeriCrops pilot program that will provide them with an opportunity to serve the public and the environment.

The state park’s Jim Meisner explained that the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps Veterans Crew will include six vets to serve in parks throughout the state.

There’ll be a base camp in the western part of the state and another in this area. From there they’ll deploy to other parks.