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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

Solar Grid Public-Private Partnership Announced

Dominion Virginia Power, Microsoft, and the Commonwealth announced an innovative partnership this morning (3/16) that will add 20 mega watts of solar energy to the grid in Virginia.

The facility, based in Fauquier County, will use 260,000 solar panels, will generate enough electricity at peak to power 5,000 homes.

Jim Eck is Dominion Virginia Power’s Vice President for Business Development.

The Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville

The Virginia Festival of the Book is underway in Charlottesville through Sunday.

This is the 22nd year for the five day festival that’s held all over downtown Charlottesville and Albemarle.

Jane Kulow is director of the festival that includes over 400 authors.

This year panel topics include drones, pandemics, science and black holes and the impact of immigration on society. Go online to for details.

IRS Reports $26 million Unclaimed Refunds in Virginia

With the federal tax filing deadline a little more than a month away, the IRS is reporting a large number of Virginians may not be aware they are entitled to an unclaimed refund. We’re talking $26 million due to people who never filed their 2012 tax return.

Mark Green at the IRS said these are part time workers and retired people.

There is no penalty.

VCU Study Looks at Therapy Dogs, Students and Exams

Researchers at the VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction studied therapy dogs and students studying for exams.

Now Paws for Stress eases exam tensions. This study included 78 students and 10 therapy dogs.

Dr. Sandra Barker, director of the center, is a professor of psychiatry. It is mid term exam time at VCU and earlier today (3/15) there was a Paws for Stress event at the student commons.

Randolph Macon Mourns Graduate Killed in Maryland

Jacai Colson, a police officer in Prince George County, Maryland, is being mourned on the campus of Randolph Macon College, his alma mater.

Colson, a Prince George County, Maryland, Police Officer, died Sunday (3/13) in an incident outside of police headquarters. He was in plain clothes in an unmarked car, working undercover narcotics, when he responded to a report of a man with gun. Investigators believe the shooter staged an ambush intending suicide by police. Colson was accidently shot by a fellow officer.

New VCU Library Grand Opening

There’ll be a grand opening ceremony at five this afternoon for the renovated and expanded Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library.

University Librarian John Ulmschneider was enthusiastic, to say least, as we watched the final touches being made to walkway in front of the building at 901 Park Avenue.

The building combines 93,000 square feet of new construction and 63,000 square feet of renovated space. There’s a lot of glass and open space.

VSU President Wants it to be “Virginia’s Opportunity University”

The new President of Virginia State University says his goal is to make it “Virginia’s Opportunity University.”

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah says his top priorities are to assure that VSU continues to provide a transformational education experience for its students as he works to raise the school’s academic profile.

VSU has had financial, accreditation and enrollment problems but Abdullah told the Progress Index, enrollment has stabilized and he says revamping marketing efforts will continue that progress.

Petersburg School Board Public Hearing on School Closing

In Petersburg, the school board will host a public hearing Wednesday to find out what people think about a proposal to close Vernon Johns Junior High School.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Linda Shifflette believes closing the school and moving administration office and two educational programs into the building is a good idea.