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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

Warner’s Bill to Protect Veteran’s Severance Passes Committee

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s bill to ensure that injured veterans are not improperly taxed on severance payments has passed in the Senate Finance Committee. By law, the severance pay of vets with combat related injuries aren’t supposed to be taxed.

The Senator says he found than nearly 14,000 veterans had been taxed due to computer problems at the Department of Defense and that’s not fair.

The bill language was added as an amendment to the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2016 that passed last night (4/20).

Survey Finds Older Americans Favor Drug Cost Negotiations

The American Association of Retired People has released a survey that finds 93% of adults over the age of 50 believe the government should negotiate Medicare drug prices.

Dr. Peter Cunnigham, at the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, researches Medicare and Medicaid issues.

Will the survey results impress law makers? Republicans in Congress are opposed and the Obama Administration made a deal to get the Affordable Care Act passed.

Virginia Tech Researchers Testing NASA Tool for Drones

At Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm, John Coggin is leading a team that’s testing a tool developed by NASA that could be a precursor to air traffic control for drones.

Using 22 drones, testing this week was done just days after an incident at Heathrow Airport in London in which a drone struck a British Airways plane as it was landing. Coggin said the technology could help prevent these sorts of things.

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t issued any reports of drone strikes on commercial aircraft in this country but recognizes the danger is real.

Virginia Air Quality Shows Progress

According to the American Lung Association’s national State of the Air 2016 report card, Virginia cities and counties are showing great progress in reducing unhealthy air pollution.

The report notes that many Virginians are among the 166 million Americans who live in places where ozone or particle pollution levels can make the air unhealthy to breathe.

The region also saw dramatic reductions in particle pollution.

University of Richmond Adds Solar Panels

749 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Richmond.

UofR has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050 and this installation is a step in that direction.

There are two different panel designs that will be used in research projects by students who hope to collect data to make rooftop installations more effective.

President Ronald Crutcher said yesterday (4/19) that the project will create energy but is also expected to bring solutions.

Petersburg Seeking New Finance Director

Petersburg’s Acting City Manager told City Council last night that the city is beginning “the recruiting process for a new finance director.”

Dironna Moore Belton did not send a press release when Irvin Carter was dismissed and last night said only that his services were no longer required.

Irvin was hired in 2011 by fired City Manager William Johnson. According to a recent audit, the Petersburg’s general fund is overdrawn by close to $7 million.

Vietnam Vets Honored at Fort Lee

Fort Lee will pay tribute tomorrow (4/20) to a group of veterans who were in the same unit in Petersburg before deploying to serve together in Vietnam. They were part of the 109th Quartermaster Company at Fort Lee in 1966 and were deployed to Vietnam with the 383rd Quartermaster Detachment Air Delivery. There’ll be a ceremony commemorating their service and their return.

Space Station Visible in Virginia This Week

The International Space Station, now the largest artificial body in orbit, is going to be visible over Central Virginia several times this week.

If you want to see tonight, look to the southwest sky at 9:12, the station will appear as a bright star for only about three minutes.

Tomorrow night it will be seen for about four minutes beginning at 8:21 and Friday the station will be visible for only a minute or so at 8:13.

YWCA and Children’s Museum Pre-School Program

The YWCA and the Children’s Museum in Richmond are partnering to expand the Y’s pre-school program called The Sprout School.

CEO Linda Tissiere explained that the YWCA, involved in pre-school education for 40 years, found it was time to update their approach. She said the curriculum is geared to teaching children by allowing them to use their curiosity to explore.

Of 130 children accepted, two thirds will either pay no charge or receive scholarships at The Sprout School.

Special Olympics “Little Feet Meet” is Thursday

Special Olympics Virginia and Chesterfield County Public Schools’ will sponsor what they call a Little Feet Meet on Thursday (4/21). The event is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at James River High School.

Ally Truesdale is the Special Olympics James River Region Director.

More than 400 James River High students have volunteered to help with the Little Feet Meet.