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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

Hospital Association and State Health Department on Zika in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association gathered the media early this afternoon (7/13) to talk about Zika virus prevention and coordinated efforts to respond.

The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Marissa Levine, made it clear that education about the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is vital. The health department, she said, is focused on coordination.

Dr. Levine noted, controlling tiger mosquito breeding is key, and she added to encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Pokémon GO App Popular in Richmond Region

Pokémon GO was released at the end of last week, but the phone app game is showing up all over the Richmond area.

The Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden has seen an increase in visitors since the “pocket monsters” began to appear. As the Garden’s Jonah Holland and I were talking another couple came down the trail playing the game and said the garden was a distraction they were glad they were experiencing.

Holland noted the Botanical Garden isn’t really concerned that players will damage anything.

State Revenue, Short of Forecast, Will Impact Education Funding

Virginia’s revenue collections for fiscal 2016 fell short of budget forecasts by 1.5 %.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis looked at the impact on education funding. The non profit institute says that’s bad news for public education.

Policy Analyst Chris Duncombe said not giving the 2% pay hike will cut $134 million.

Court Rules Dominion Smart Meter Patent Was Infringed

In a jury trial, Dominion Voltage, Inc. has prevailed in a patent infringement case against Alston Grid, based in Pennsylvania. The case involved Dominion’ Edge technology, software that improves power grid efficiency.

The process uses smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

In addition, Alston’s petitions challenging Dominion’s patent were denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Petersburg City Council Meeting on Budget Deficit Today

The City of Petersburg is facing a $7.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year that started 11 days ago.

City council is holding a special meeting today (7/11). Council will hear Interim City Manager Dironna Moore Belton’s recommendations for cutting personnel costs by 20%.

Other topics being discussed could include reducing work hours or across-the-board furloughs for 700 employees or, perhaps even, changing the city into a town.

Grant Helps Goochland Free Clinic Building Campaign

Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services has received a $500,000 grant from the Harrison Foundation and a $500,000 matching grant from the Cabell Foundation to help build a 20,000 square foot building and put its 11 programs under one roof.

Last year, the organization served 1,700 disadvantaged people, many of them children, from three separate locations.

Virginia Lawmakers Consider Rising Sea Levels

Members of the General Assembly have been talking for some time about the threat of sea level rise along Virginia’s coast while many major projects are still on the drawing board.

This week, the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding, born two years ago, heard from the Army Corps of Engineers about navigating the often confusing process of getting federal approval to study certain areas.

State Board of Education Schedules Public Hearings

The Virginia Board of Education wants to hear what the public has to say about a variety of issues. Four public hearings have been set for July and August.

Supt. of Public Instruction, Steven Staples said the Department of Education has three or four topics that are in the development stages.

Families, educators, and community members, Dr. Staples said, are welcome to come and share ideas and make suggestions.

The first hearing will be in Manassas on July 14th. Others are set for Williamsburg, Lynchburg, and Abingdon.

Study Determines Virginia is the Most Patriotic State

Virginia, known as the mother of presidents, is also the most patriotic state in the country according to a new study.

The personal finance website WalletHub used 12 factors, based on data from the Census Bureau, the Defense Department and voter turnout for its evaluation. Six of those factors have to do with military engagement, things like the number of people enlisted in the military.

The other six considered civic engagement, total voters, civil education requirements, and volunteerism.

They also noted the number of Google searches for American flags.