Eric Athas is a Digital News Specialist at NPR Digital Services where he assists in the development of NPR's member station training and product initiatives, with a focus on social media. 

Medical Marijuana
10:10 am
Fri April 19, 2013

State Yanks License Of Hempfest Pot Doc

Medical marijuana dispensary sign.
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How long does it take to get a prescription for medical marijuana? More than a few minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Health.  State regulators have suspended the license of a Seattle-area naturopath who did a brisk business at Hempfest event 2011.

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Program Methods Questioned
8:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Army Surgeon General Suspends Trust Enhancement Program Following Investigation

Program’s Director, Claudette Elliott. Investigators claim Elliott encouraged employees to participate in what were deemed to be questionable practices, including the unauthorized use of Wiccan rituals and energy readings.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the program director, Claudette Elliott.

The Army has suspended the Trust and Enhancement Sustainment Task Force, a program that was created to help improve patient care by building on trust. Documents from the investigation obtained by KUOW show that investigators found the task force lacked the structure and employee training standards needed to execute its mission.

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Currency
8:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Rethinking The Idea Of Money

Rethinking money.
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In the book "Rethinking Money," economist Bernard Lietaer and journalist Jacqui Dunne trace the beginnings of our monetary system, including its serious problems and hope for the future.

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Pink Slips
7:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boeing Engineering Layoffs To Start Friday

Boeing plane manufacturing.
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Boeing officials say pink slips will go out Friday to about a hundred engineers in the Puget Sound area. It’s the first round of more expected cuts for the engineering staff, which Boeing said it plans to reduce by 1,500 to 1,700 positions through layoffs and job openings that will not be filled.

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Specialized Cancer Care
4:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults

One of the rooms in the new cancer unit for adolescents and young adults at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is the first unit in the US dedicated to teen and young adult patients
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Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults. 

When young cancer patient age 15 to 29 goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group could play a crucial role in their survival, according to Dr. Becky Johnson.

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Drunken Driving Laws
2:26 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Governor Inslee Pushes For Tougher DUI Penalties

Don't drink and drive.
Flickr Photo/Renee Silverman

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average drunken driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest. Here in Washington after a rather horrific spree of drunk driving related deaths, the governor is getting tough on drunken drivers by proposing tougher penalties for first-, second- and third-time offenders. One of the governor's more strident proposals would ban third-time offenders from purchasing alcohol. In this segment of the conversation listeners share their thoughts on these new and tougher proposed penalties.

Preventing Sexual Assault
2:25 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Sexual Assault Awareness: Going Beyond 'No Means No'

Approximately every two minutes, one woman will be raped in the United States. That means about 10 women will be raped by the end of this short 20 minute segment. Of those rapes over half will be committed by someone the victim knows, and the majority will go unreported. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and on the show today Ross spoke with Mary Ellen Stone, the executive director of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center about sexual assault. 

Reunited Family
12:44 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Canadian Mom Gets Her Missing Kids Back After 4 Years

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If you ask school administrators what the greatest danger to children is, they’ll tell you: it’s not rogue shooters; it’s parents who abduct their own children in defiance of custody agreements.

That’s the realization Canadian Emily Cableck faced when her children’s biological father didn’t show up with the kids like he was supposed to. The awful feeling she felt in her gut grew and grew as the manhunt dragged on over days, then weeks and then months. Naturally, she was consumed by the need to reunite with her children. But at some point, a person has to eat and go to work so they don’t end up on the street. And so, they learn to compartmentalize.

Living With Loss

This is how Emily lived for four years. One part of her mind held on to the grief, which threatened to overwhelm her constantly. In the other part of her mind she controlled the basic functions of eating, sleeping and working.

Then, her husband was found, in Mexico. He was apprehended and her children, found. And her newfound ability to live one day at a time had prepared her for another long journey: the awkward process of reconnecting with the children she hadn’t seen in almost four years.

Her story today, on KUOW Presents.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, April 18:

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Drug Enforcement
12:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

More Medical Marijuana Regulations Proposed

Do you agree with stricter medical marijuana regulations?
Flickr Photo/Dominic Simpson

With all the talk about the legalization of marijuana perhaps you’ve been caught in a haze and haven’t been paying attention to what is going on with Washington’s long legal medical marijuana. Well changes are being proposed there too. Washington Senator Ann Rivers has proposed legislation that would task the Liquor Control Board with licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, processors and growers. Ann Rivers talks to Ross Reynolds about why she thinks further regulation is necessary.

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