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John Ogle

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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

A STEM Academy in Colonial Heights

STEM, Krishan Agrawal said, is not a buzzword. It has meaning. Other countries are putting money into nurturing their children’s science, engineering and math education.

Before he was elected to the Colonial Heights School Board, the Virginia State University Math and Science Professor presented a proposal to establish a STEM academy to provide students with skills needed to compete for good jobs.

As a board member, Agrawal recently outlined the details for the STEM academy. The board voted to establish a committee to dig deeper.

Workforce Center Connect Jobs and Employers

Unemployment rates have been in double digits and jobs have been hard to find in some parts of Virginia. But, there is a place for people looking for work to learn and companies that can hire them to get together.

Debra Crowder is Executive Director of the South Central Workforce Investment Board. There are 15 such boards statewide.

The board operates four workforce centers in the region. The centers have resource rooms and materials necessary to find a job and explore career options. Job seekers can also further their education.

VCU School Of Business Is Part Of VITAL

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business is a part of the Virginia International Trade Alliance, VITAL, launched this month by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Dr. Van Wood, is a professor of International Business and Marketing. VCU, he explained, has worked the past two years with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and others to conceptualize and develop VITAL.

State Police Seek Help In Gun Theft Case

Virginia State Police are asking the public for help in indentifying the man who stole a firearm at a gun show in Henrico on July 11th.

According to troopers, the man approached a vendor's table at the Richmond Raceway Complex, took the gun, and smuggled it out of the building.

The suspect is a heavy set black man 5'10" to 6'2". He had a buzz cut along the sides of his head and is balding on top. He was wearing a dark blue or black t-shirt with a great white shark on the front.

Grants Support Tree Planting

Matching grants, from The Richmond Urban Canopy Tree Initiative, are available in the metro Richmond area to support tree planting.

Nonprofits in the city and Ashland, as well as communities and localities in seven counties in the Richmond area can apply.

According to Barbara White, at the Virginia Dept. of Forestry, about $80,000 is available for the program.

White noted that increasing sustained canopy tree coverage will improve water quality.

Judge Rejects Lawful Combatant Claim In Terrorist Trial

A federal judge in Richmond has rejected the claim of a Russian national that he was a lawful combatant when he fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

55 year old Irek Hamidullin claimed he was a prisoner of war who did not commit war crimes.

He is set to go on trial on July 27th, charged, among other things, with providing material support to terrorists, attempting to destroy a US military aircraft, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and attempting to kill an officer or an employee of the U.S.

Change In Petersburg Store Hopes To Reduce Crime

People's Food Market and Deli, on Harding Street in Petersburg, is closed now. Police and people who live nearby say crime is down in the area as a result.

The convenience store, known locally as the “blue store,” has a new owner and police say they're hoping trash, loitering, and drug dealing is a thing of the past.

Lt. Shelton Wills told the Progress Index that since the store closed, three months ago, that has been case. One neighbor said she hopes the store stays closed.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay Pollution Plan

A U.S. Appeals Court has upheld a federal plan intended to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Farmers have accused the EPA of abusing its powers.

The ruling upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment. It is seen as a clear win for environmentalists.

Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for a end to litigation.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation also believes EPA has overstepped its bounds.

Virginia and five other states have already agreed to pollution limits.