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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

SCC Okays Dominion’s Greenville Power Station

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Virginia Power’s request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to build a gas fired power station in Greensville County.

Dominion’s Dan Genest says this will be a major economic development project in Southside Virginia.

Construction is expected to begin this year on the $1.3 billion project.

Science Matters: Charging Electric Cars Without a Plug

A startup company, headquartered in Richmond, uses hundred year old technology and modern engineering to recharge electric cars without a cable or a plug. Evatran, in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, manufactures a first of its kind wireless electric vehicle recharging station, they call it Plugless.

Evatran co-founder Rebecca Hough says integrating cordless recharging technology with different models of electric vehicles is their biggest engineering challenge.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA notes that nine out of ten Virginians, 2.1 million people, don’t know they have prediabetes. A federal pilot program’s success may change that.

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed expanding Medicare to cover programs to prevent diabetes, based on the success of a three year demonstration project involving 17 YMCAs across the country.

Former Petersburg City Attorney Still on Payroll

Petersburg’s former city attorney resigned on March 3rd. He is still on the city payroll.

Brian Telfair, city attorney since 2012, said he resigned primarily for health reasons and had been thinking about it for some time. It turned out, he left the same day City Manager William Johnson, III, was fired.

Telfair’s contract didn’t require severance but City Council signed off on paying him just under $34,000. The day after his last day of work, he was also paid just over $22,000 in unused vacation and sick leave.

Telfair started a new job two weeks after his last day.

Chesterfield’s New Superintendent of Schools Ready for Challenge

Dr. James Lane was confirmed last night as the next Superintendent of Schools in Chesterfield County.

Dr. Lane has been at the head of the Goochland County Schools for three years, much smaller than Chesterfield which is one of the largest in the state.

Dr. Lane noted that Chesterfield schools, like Goochland, are committed to innovation, instructional technology and project based learning: