Virginia fourth graders continued to be national leaders in math and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card.
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.
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Gov. Northam has signed legislation that is intended to help reopen the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County. He also issued an executive order to the Virginia Racing Commission.
VDOT said yesterday that it was a website glitch last weekend that caused problems for some E-Z Pass users who tried to add money to their accounts.
The final step in efforts by the Hanover County School Board to address requests to change the names of Lee Davis High and Stonewall Jackson Middle Schools will happen at tomorrow night’s regular meeting. The board will respond to the results of a public input survey.
76% of 13,000 respondents said don’t change the names. Norman Sulser represents the Cold Harbor District.
"In my case, 88% of the citizens in the district said do not change the name. To me, that’s democracy at work."
The Science Museum of Virginia is a popular destination and wants to add more parking and create some green space in Scotts Addition.
The Science Museum’s Chief Wonder Officer Rich Conti explained that they’ll create a parking deck between their domed theater and the Children’s Museum next door, "We’ve obviously watched the neighborhood around us improve over the years and we’d, frankly, like to be a part of that."
There’s a bill on Governor Northam’s desk that would permit historic horse racing machines in Virginia. If he signs it, live horse racing could return to Colonial Downs next year.
Debbie Easter is Executive Director of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. She explained that Revolutionary Racing, based in Chicago, is in negotiations to buy Colonial Downs but the sale depends on installing the historic horse racing machines, "They look a lot like slot machines but in them are hundred of thousands of pre-recorded horse races.
The Petersburg City Manager has presented city council with an operating budget of $73 million for fiscal 2019. That’s just over a million dollars less than the 2018 budget.
City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides said it was estimated that, with current staffing levels, the budget would be at about $78 million, "In order to start to budget for the future we were going to have to make some reductions across the board with departments and each department was asked to reduce their budget by a minimum of 10%."
Petersburg City Council recently stated that outsourcing the operation of the water and sewer system was no longer an option. They know that improvements are needed and a study concluded a 15% rate increase was likely each year through 2022. Now, it appears, that may not be the case.
The City and Schools Partnership in Petersburg is working to set up a school based health center in city schools to augment nurse services. It's part of an effort to deal with issues in a city recently named the unhealthiest in Virginia.
The Hopewell Superintendent of Schools has outlined a budget draft to the city for fiscal 2019. The request is for the same amount of money as the current year.