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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

Robert Bobb Tells Legislators Petersburg Has a Path Forward

Robert Bobb, hired to help Petersburg deal with a multi million dollar financial mess, appeared before the Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress created last year when the city’s situation became critical.

Bobb told the legislators that he sees “a path forward for the city of Petersburg.”

"We’ve been able to stabilize city’s financials in that we know what the challenges are with cash flow going forward. We have put in place a very strong management team."

CARITAS Planning Healing Place for Women

The non-profit group CARITAS, that has been working to end homelessness in Richmond for 30 years, also deals with the causes of homelessness. Now, they’re planning an addiction recovery service for women similar to one that has operated for men since 2005. 

CARITAS CEO Karen Stanley explained that The Healing Place for Men is a 215 bed facility in South Richmond with a strong success record.

Petersburg City Hiring Announcements Next Week

There have been reports that Petersburg City Council has already selected individuals for three key positions. City officials aren’t talking specifics.

The city’s Clay Hamner said the law requires that a background check can only be made after a job offer has been accepted to protect the anonymity of an individual who will assume a high profile position. "It’s unfortunate," he added, "that names and information were released prematurely."

Virginia Congressman Reacts to Alexandria Shooting

Virginia 7th District Congressman Dave Brat believes that, given the circumstances in the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, it is time to tone down the national dialogue.

Brat told WCVE, "We all need to start getting a little more serious on the ethical dialogue with our kids. In the schools we’re not doing enough to teach ethical systems of thought and its starting to show, right now, in our public behavior."

For Congress and the media, he said, it isn’t a question of party or of left or right, or even the middle.

Army Corps Issues Provisional Permit for Transmisison Line

The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted Dominion Energy a provisional permit to run a transmission line across the James River near historic Jamestown. Along with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation they’ve signed a mitigation agreement.

Dominion’s Bonita Harris said, "Mitigation funding gives Dominion Energy an opportunity to provide over $90 million worth of enhancements to the landscape and cultural and historical assets in the area."

Virginia ABC Looking for More Space

Right now, The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control works out of about 375,000 square feet. ABC is looking for a new, much larger, home.

ABC’s Valerie Hubbard said the agency’s current headquarters on Hermitage Road behind The Diamond is at capacity. She added, whether its renovation or a new building, "Whatever option is chosen it must be a turn key option because we are not able to stop operations at any time during the process."

Ashland Town Council Votes on New Town Hall

The question for the Ashland Town Council was: should they renovate or should they build a new town hall?

New won the vote.

The council vote was 4-1. The no vote was Mayor Jim Foley.

"Town staff and some citizens and some council members have been investigating this for over a year and issued a really comprehensive report. My hesitation was not enough public involvement up to this point," said Foley.

The vote, Mayor Foley explained, was a decision to begin considering designs for a new building.

Petersburg Purchasing New Police and Fire Vehicles

Petersburg City Council has approved a resolution that will add $3 million to the city’s $27 million in General Obligation Bonds in order to buy urgently needed police and fire vehicles.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrrell said fire department trucks are generally in service 10 to 15 years. In Petersburg, some are approaching 30 years. They’ll be getting three new special order trucks. Some police vehicles have dangerously high mileage.

VCU Study Finds Employees Leave Because of Managers

A new study, done by the Department of Management at VCU School of Business, confirms that when employees leave a job, their manager, not the company are usually the reason for quitting.

Dr. Christopher Reina led the study called Quitting the Boss. Leadership, he said, is all about influence so they considered two different ways mangers influence the people who report to them.

Reina said, "One is what we call using a “soft power,” helping the employee understand how what they’re doing fits into the large whole of the organization."

New Law Designed to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

On the first of next month, a new law takes effect that is expected to help to bring down Virginia’s slowly declining number of prescriptions filled for opioids.

David Brown, the director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, explained that at present medical professionals writing an opioid prescription for 14 days or more have to check the Prescription Monitoring Program and that is time consuming. On July 1st that changes to 7 days.