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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

Mecklenburg Sheriff Says Heroin A Problem in County

Mecklenburg Sheriff Bobby Hawkins says heroin is a problem in the county.

The Sheriff said this week that a crackdown on widespread use of pain meds, like oxycodone and Vicodin, has led to some drug users choosing heroin, which is less expensive than prescription pills.

He pointed to the regulation of strength in prescription drugs that is absolutely lacking with heroin. “You don’t know what you’re getting,” he told the News Progress, “heroin has been cut many times and you don’t know what it was cut with.”

UVa Medical Center is Making Patient Outcome Stats Public

The University of Virginia Medical Center will make some patient outcome statistics public as part of an effort to improve transparency.

Dr. Richard Shannon, Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs, said UVa is one of many professional organizations across the country that track patient outcomes. For example, the American College of Cardiology keeps track of heart attack mortality rates in hospitals--national average 4.6%, UVa 3.4%.

James River Association Urges DEQ to Tighten Coal Ash Permit

The James River Association says a draft permit to drain coal ash ponds at Dominion Power’s Bremo Power Station fall short of protecting the river, the people who use it, wildlife, and endangered fresh water mussels.

CEO Bill Street, says technology exists to filter the coal ash water at the point of discharge.

The Association is urging the State Water Control Board to send the permit back to DEQ to be rewritten.

U.S. Marshals Ask Public Help to Find Fugitive

U.S. Marshals are asking the public for help in finding Andrew Williams, a fugitive wanted in Colonial Heights.

Wiliams didn’t show up for sentencing a year ago this month on controlled substance and firearms convictions.

U.S. Marshal Brian Stalnaker said Williams is six foot, 200 pounds, brown eyes with greying hair. But, he added, he is likely armed so don’t approach just call the Marshals at )877) 926-8332.

Mecklenburg County Jobless Rate Up Slightly

November numbers from the Virginia Employment Commission show Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate rose in November. The county’s unemployment rate climbed to 6.1% up from 5.9% in October, still better than a year ago.

Thirty-one more people were out of work, while 48 more had jobs in Mecklenburg and the workforce increased by 79. All in all, good news for the county because it has seen both its civilian labor force and the number of employed workers declining steadily for the past seven years. The civilian workforce is people available for work, whether or not they hold a job.

Healthy Beginnings Helps Incarcerated Pregnant Women

VCU and the College of William and Mary are collaborating on a program called Healthy Beginnings. It focuses on pregnant women who are incarcerated. Healhty Beginnings provides vital care for these women.

Dr. Aaron Goldberg is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Through Healthy Beginnings, he said, the mothers and babies get the multidisciplinary care that may be needed.

Science Matters: Science Museum of Virginia Adding Supersonic Blackbird

In the spring, the Science Museum of Virginia will open a new permanent exhibit called Speed. It will include a supersonic plane, the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft.

The SR-71 Blackbird is being disassembled now at the Virginia Aviation Museum near the airport.

The plane is on permanent loan to the Science Museum from the U.S. Air Force.

Poll Finds Support for Education Funding in State Budget

A recent poll by the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute at VCU, finds strong support for increased funding for public schools.

Only 25% say schools have enough funding now.

63% support additional funding to low income, low performing schools.

71% said the amount of funding effects the quality of education either a great deal or a lot.