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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

Sales of Existing Homes in Tri-Cities Still Soft

Figures released by the Central Virginia Multiple Listing Service show some localities enjoyed sales and prices for existing homes that were a little stronger but for most, the opposite was true.

Prices for existing homes in the region are still at the same level as five years ago.

1,299 existing homes were sold in the Tri-Cities in the first three months of this year. The average price was just over $222,000, total value $288.9 million.

Chesterfield County had a strong first quarter but was the exception with 99 more homes sold than the same time last year.

Federal Grant Will Increase School Counselors for Disabled Students

The VCU School of Education have received a five year grant from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs to help increase the number and quality of counselors for students with disabilities.

LaRon Scott and Donna Gibson say the goal is to train counselors to improve the in school and post graduation experiences of children with disabilities.

DOE Expanding Math SOL Computer Adaptive Testing

The Virginia Department of Education’s expansion of computer adaptive SOL testing means that some 380,000 elementary and middle school students will be taking shorter mathematics tests this spring.

The computer adaptive test has fewer questions and is customized to each student.

The DOE’s Charles Pyle explained that the students’ scores are determined by the number of questions answered correctly and their relative difficulty.

DMV Urging Virginians To Become An Organ Donor

We’re nearing the end of National Donate Life Month and the DMV is urging Virginians to be an organ donor.

Across the country there are more than 120 thousand people waiting for an organ donation.

DMV’s Brandy Brubaker says it’s easy to sign up to be an organ donor when renewing a driver’s license or at any DMV office.

According to Donate Life Virginia, which coordinates the program, one person can save up to nine lives as an organ donor.

Dominion Virginia Power and Coal Ash Cleanup

Dominion Virginia Power will begin releasing treated water from its closed coal ash pond at Bremo into the James River today.

Dominion uses an eight step process to clean the water. It goes from the pond to a temporary on site plant where it is treated, filtered, and tested to see if more treatment is necessary before it’s sent to a 950,000 gallon holding tank.

There’s another test after that before 1,500 gallons a minute is pumped into the river. A team of independent scientists have a lab on site to test the water in the tank and before it flows into the river.

Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Testing Stroke Assessment

The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the VCU Medical Center have been working on a new stroke assessment pilot program.

Pre Alert is a telemedicine solution that will allow doctors at the hospital to assess a stroke patient while in the ambulance.

Dr. Sherita Chapman Smith is leading the program, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at VCU. Stroke, she noted, is the leading cause of disability and death in this country.

The hope is to have the PreAlert up and running in six months to a year.

No Public Comments at Prince George Budget Hearing

No one who lives in Prince George County had anything to say at last night’s public hearing on the budgets for the county and the school system.

The total proposed budget is $112 million. A little over $50 million will come from local sources, another $50 million from the state and $12 million from federal and other sources.

The budget increases the real estate tax rate four cents to 86 cents per hundred thousand assessed value.

Henrico Flushing Water Lines...Lakeside Tap Water is Brown

People living in the Lakeside area of Henrico county noticed their tap water was brown yesterday. It’s the result of water pipe work in the area of Staples Mill and Hermitage roads.

The Department of Public Utilities says the water is not a health hazard, it’s tested for lead and copper and meets all state and federal requirements.