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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

Bobb Group’s Return Visit Leads to Council Meeting Uproar

At this week’s city council meeting in Petersburg, the contract for the Robert Bobb Group, set to expire at the end of this month, became an issue. Bobb was called a parasite and it got so tense, a citizen was removed from the meeting.

After 11 months, the city, Bobb told WCVE, is in a good place now.

"But it’s not in a place where it doesn’t need to continue in an aggressive and disciplined way on the reforms that we have put in place."

Survey Measures Popularity of President and Governor

In a Mary Washington University Statewide Survey, just released, 55% of respondents say they disapprove of President Trump’s job performance while 37% approve.

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, director of the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said the President is as unpopular in Virginia now as he was as a candidate a year ago. “There are still strong doubts about whether he has the sort of temperament that one wants to see in a President. That’s something that people were concerned about before the election and it’s something that Virginians are concerned about now.”

Statewide Poll Finds Undecided Voters Will Have Election Impact

A University of Mary Washington statewide poll finds 44% of respondents favor Democrat Ralph Northam for Governor and 39% Republican Ed Gillespie for governor. That is within the margin of error for likely voters.

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth directs UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. He said, “The most striking thing is there are so many undecided voters this close to the election.”

17% of respondents said they have yet to decide for whom they’ll vote.

Virginia DEQ Won’t Slow Gas Pipeline Cerification

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has been accused by environmental groups and some homeowners of not taking the time needed to thoroughly investigate alleged water quality issues they say are posed by two proposed natural gas pipelines.

The DEQ’s Ann Regn said, "The process for these proposed pipelines has been unprecedented in its scope and depth. The agency is taking the time it needs while meeting our obligations to address these certifications in a timely manner."

Right now, she said, thousands of comments from public meetings are being reviewed.

Two Hurricanes in the Atlantic – Will Virginia Feel Them?

Hurricanes Jose and Maria continue to churn in the Atlantic. The National Weather Service doesn’t expect much impact in Virginia.

Jeff Orrock, Chief Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, said Jose is forecast to keep moving north some 200 miles off the coast of Virginia.

"For us here it means a few clouds, we’ve had a few passing showers maybe some light drizzle. That’s really all we’re expecting on land."

Area Banks and Credit Card Companies Respond to Equifax Breach

The recent data breach at the Equifax consumer credit agency included the personal information of millions of Americans. Richmond area banks and credit card companies are alerting their customers.

While their systems weren’t breached they taking steps and offering advice to their customers.

Bill Cimino, at Union Bank and Trust, said, "We’ve ramped up our customer authentication methods to make sure you’re you when you’re dialing in or going to a branch and trying to open up an account."

Four Henrico Students Honored as Broadcom STEM Semi-Finalists

Four middle schools students from Henrico County Schools are being honored this afternoon at the MathScience Innovation Center for a remarkable achievement. They are semi-finalists, among nearly 2,500 competitors, in the nation’s most prestigious STEM competition.

Vonita Giddings, Director of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, explained that the four are competing in the Broadcom MASTERS Rising Stars Competition. They all attend Moody Middle School.

"They are Perisa Ashar, William Pardo, Ashwin Prabu, and Cameron Sharma."

All Goochland County Schools Accredited – Again

All of Goochland County’s schools are, once again, fully accredited. In fact, Goochland is one of only 10 school divisions, of 132 in the Commonwealth, where that has been the case for the last 11 years.

Superintendant Jeremy Raney, beginning his second year in Goochland, said their success is the result of what happens every day in county classrooms.