Sandy Hausman, Virginia Public Radio http://weku.fm en Decline of the Death Penalty http://weku.fm/post/decline-death-penalty <div style="margin: 0pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Back in the early to mid 90&rsquo;s, courts were imposing well over 300 death sentences every year, but for the past 15 years that number&rsquo;s been going down, and last year there were only 78 cases that ended with a call for capital punishment.&nbsp; David Bruck directs the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says capital cases are far more complex, take much longer and cost at least ten times as much to prosecute:</span></font></span></font></span> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:13:44 +0000 Sandy Hausman, Virginia Public Radio 20620 at http://weku.fm "Biosolid" Fertilizers Cheap, but, Worrisome http://weku.fm/post/biosolid-fertilizers-cheap-worrisome <p>Given the high price of petroleum-based fertilizers, more farmers are considering sludge from sewage treatment plants.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s free, but, many local governments worry about the safety of so-called <strong>biosolids.&nbsp; And, as </strong>Sandy Hausman reports from Virgina, it also makes some farm neighbors uneasy Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman, Virginia Public Radio 7042 at http://weku.fm