Laura Sullivan http://kgou.org en Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky http://kgou.org/post/enforcing-prison-rape-elimination-standards-proves-tricky On a recent day at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, inmates in jumpsuits peek out of their cells to see three men with clipboards walk into the housing unit. These men are auditors doing a practice inspection. They're here to see if the facility complies with a federal law called the <a href="http://ojp.gov/programs/prisonrapeelimination.htm" target="_blank">Prison Rape Elimination Act</a>, or PREA.<p>Auditors Steven Cubello and Howard Ray start at a line of phones. There's no sign with the toll-free hotline that inmates can use to report an assault. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 26474 at http://kgou.org Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller http://kgou.org/post/lawmakers-seek-lay-roadblock-powerful-painkiller Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 25212 at http://kgou.org Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions http://kgou.org/post/governments-empty-buildings-are-costing-taxpayers-billions On a street corner in downtown Washington, D.C., David Wise is opening a century-old iron gate in front of an old, boarded-up brick building.<p>Wise is an investigator for the Government Accountability Office, the government's watchdog group. His mission is to figure out <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-645" target="_blank">why the government owns so many buildings</a>, like this one, that it doesn't use.<p>The 132-year-old brick structure is sitting on prime real estate six blocks from the White House. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 25048 at http://kgou.org Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro http://kgou.org/post/critics-question-fdas-approval-zohydro Prominent universities and drug addiction organizations are asking the FDA to reconsider its approval of a controversial painkiller called Zohydro. It's 10 times more powerful than OxyContin. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 24049 at http://kgou.org Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply http://kgou.org/post/missouri-execution-stalled-over-lethal-drugs-short-supply A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 23538 at http://kgou.org To Rent Or Buy? For The Federal Government, It's Complicated http://kgou.org/post/rent-or-buy-federal-government-its-complicated The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been in the hot seat in recent weeks for mishandling the leases for some of its office space. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 23083 at http://kgou.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads http://kgou.org/post/spike-heroin-use-can-be-traced-prescription-pads The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought attention to a grim reality of drug abuse in America — most notably with the increasing use of heroin.<p>Hoffman was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, and New York police are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction throughout his career.<p>This is not the first time heroin use has skyrocketed in the United States. In the 1970s and '80s, the drug took hold in urban centers. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 22573 at http://kgou.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA http://kgou.org/post/exonerations-rise-and-not-just-because-dna 2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.<p>At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years ago. Some of those people spent decades in prison before release.<p>And it's no longer just DNA evidence that's driving exonerations, <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Exonerations_in_2013_Report.pdf" target="_blank">the registry's report</a> finds. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:46:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 22504 at http://kgou.org Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages http://kgou.org/post/why-small-town-mayors-face-multiple-disadvantages Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Hundreds of mayors converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. There were some big names in the group: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blassio. Also in the mix were mayors from some of the country's smallest towns and cities. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21804 at http://kgou.org Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents http://kgou.org/post/long-dirty-word-gentrification-may-be-losing-its-stigma Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry's grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets northeast in Washington, D.C.<p>"The sun shines over here this time of day," says Foster, a retired cook. "It's always good when the sun shines."<p>Murry's has been an anchor in this neighborhood for decades — during the crack wars of the 1980s and the urban blight that followed, when most other businesses packed up and left. Foster has been somewhat of an anchor, too. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21634 at http://kgou.org Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents