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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

VCU Finds Exports Present Growth Opportunity for Richmond Region

Research by the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU has revealed that exports present a tremendous growth opportunity for the Richmond region.

Dr. John Accordino is director of the center, known as CURA. It is the research component of the Greater Richmond Exports Initiative.

Many small businesses, Accordino observed, don’t even think about exporting.

There are, he pointed out, very good places for them to get answers.

Hopewell Prosecutor Asks for State Investigation

Hopewell Commonwealth’s Attorney Richard Newman has asked the Attorney General’s Office and State Police to investigate allegations of a potential conflict of interest as the result of an alleged intimate relationship involving the city’s Vice Mayor Christina Luman-Bailey.

The Vice Mayor denies that she had a physical relationship with former Sheriff Greg Anderson and says allegations that she did are politically motivated and she will not resign.

Petersburg Middle School Denied Accreditation Again

Peabody Middle School in Petersburg has once again been denied accreditation. This is the tenth year in a row that’s happened.

Peabody was one of only 13 schools in seven divisions that was turned down for state accreditation for this school year.

The reason: persistently low student achievement. But, The Progress Index reports, there was some good news for city schools.

Virginia Students Score Well Nationally in Reading and Math

Virginia fourth and eighth graders continue to perform well on national reading and mathematics proficiency tests.

The 2015 the National Assessment of Education Progress rankings have been released.

Charles Pyle at the state department of education noted that Virginia has done well on these tests for a number of years.

4th and 8th graders are achieving or exceeding rigorous standards of proficiency.

Cosby Student on Time Magazine Most Influential Teen List

Time Magazine is out with it’s list of the 30 most influential teenagers in the country. A Chesterfield high school student is one of them.

Cosby High School student William Turton writes cyber security stories for an online publication called the Daily Dot.

He began writing video game reviews when he was 14. He did the first interview with the Lizard Squad hacking collective after the Play Station- X Box Live breach.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care Center Planned

A proposal is in the works to create the West Street Center in Charlottesville. It would be a mental health and substance abuse care center for women in central Virginia.

Robert Johnson, Executive Director of the Region 10 Community Services Board, said the city and surrounding counties have not committed but are considering a proposal to contribute $150,000 annually.

The hope is to open in January of 2017.

Paper Ballots for Richmond and Henrico Voters Next Month

A week from today Virginians go to the polls. In Richmond and Henrico, voters will be using paper ballots and optical scanning for the first time in a general election.

The change is the result of the State Board of Elections decision to stop using touchscreen voting machines because of security issues.

Next week, voters will fill in ovals next to the name of the candidate they choose and put the ballot into an optical scan machine.

All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election and there are a slew of local races.