Sandy Hausman

WVTF/RADIO IQ Charlottesville Bureau Chief

Sandy Hausman joined our news team in 2008 after honing her radio skills in Chicago.  Since then, she's won several national awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Radio, Television and Digital News Association and the Public Radio News Directors' Association. 

Sandy has reported extensively on issues of concern to Virginians, traveling as far afield as Panama, Ecuador, Indonesia and Hong Kong for stories on how expansion of  the Panama Canal will effect the Port of Virginia, what Virginians are doing to protect the Galapagos Islands, why a Virginia-based company is destroying the rainforest and how Virginia wines are selling in Asia.

She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. 

WAMU

After decades of burning coal to make electricity, Dominion Energy is left with massive amounts of ash containing toxics compounds that can pollute water.  The company says it would be very expensive to move 25 million tons of the stuff from ponds along the James, Potomac and Elizabeth Rivers. 

Now, however, Dominion has discovered a big market for coal ash – one that could help to offset the costs of clean up.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Hotels along evacuation routes from the east coast are likely to fill up quickly in advance of Hurricane Florence, and home-sharing service Airbnb now says it will provide free lodging for those who are displaced by the storm. 

A new billboard has gone up in near the busy intersection of Route 250 and High Street in Charlottesville, rekindling the debate over what should be done with statues of two confederate generals.

Nicole Danso

People locked up in at least 17 prisons around the country are in the midst of a three-week strike – organizing sit-ins, refusing to work or eat.  Virginia says no prisoners hereare taking part, but Buckingham prison is on lockdown, and one inmate at Red Onion is in solitary confinement after trying to organize a prison reform movement from the inside. 

University of Virginia

Humans depend on six senses to help them navigate the world – sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and our sense of position and movement.  Now, a scientist at the University of Virginia is suggesting we may have a seventh sense – a theory that has landed him on the cover of Scientific American and Nature magazine. 

His discovery could have important implications for the treatment of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and autism.

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