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. 

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.

The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8%  or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states. 

The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.

  Many Virginians are heaving a sigh of relief after getting tax returns done and in the mail, but for some the challenge of paying taxes as just begun. 

They’re the ones who get notices from the IRS.  At the very least, that’s an annoyance, and for some it’s a nightmare, but free help could be a phone call away.

Every state has at least one federally-funded office to help people having trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.  In Virginia there are two: the Community Tax Law Project in Richmond and the Tax Clinic at Washington and Lee’s School of Law. 

Steve Helber/AP

Defying the testimony of many legal and medical experts, Virginia’s Board of Health has given final approval to new regulations that will force abortion clinics to meet the same architectural requirements as new hospitals.

Supporters cheered but angry protestors walked out of a state hearing room Friday after the board of health voted to impose new regulations on abortion clinics – architectural requirements originally written for new hospitals.  

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources is warning that supplies of groundwater in the eastern part of the state are running dangerously low. 

Speaking at a conference on the environment at Virginia Military Institute, Doug Domenech said stores are down due increased demand from new homes, shopping centers and industrial parks.

The state is now urging industries that don’t need clean water to consider finding other sources, such as rivers, and the legislature recently approved money to monitor areas where ground water is in decline.

At the First Amendment Monument, by Sam Welty.

It’s that time of year again in Charlottesville.  The Center for the Protection of Free Expression has issued its annual Muzzle Awards – also known as the Muzzies, and – as always – there are some incredible accounts of free speech repressed.

Pages