Yuki Noguchi http://kgou.org en Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test http://kgou.org/post/colorado-case-puts-workplace-drug-policies-test A car accident crushed Brandon Coats' upper spine when he was 16, leaving him unable to walk. His muscles still spasm, disrupting sleep and causing pain.<p>"If I'm out in public it's embarrassing," Coats says. "It's always uncomfortable. If I smoke marijuana, it almost completely alleviates it" — more, he says, than other prescriptions.<p>Coats smokes at night, and says he was never high when answering customer calls at Dish Network. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 35337 at http://kgou.org Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test Who's The Boss? Labor Board Says It's McDonald's, As Much As Franchisee http://kgou.org/post/whos-boss-labor-board-says-its-mcdonalds-much-franchisee <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Who%27s+The+Boss%3F+Labor+Board+Says+It%27s+McDonald%27s%2C+As+Much+As+Franchisee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1NTU5NzI4MDEyODAxNzA2NDdhODNkZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Who do you work for? Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 34930 at http://kgou.org Small French Company Challenges Telecom Titans For T-Mobile http://kgou.org/post/small-french-company-challenges-telecom-titans-t-mobile <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Small+French+Company+Challenges+Telecom+Titans+For+T-Mobile&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:14:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 34560 at http://kgou.org Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up http://kgou.org/post/amid-smoking-decline-look-whos-still-lighting Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.<p>"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."<p>Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to <a href="http://www.legacyforhealth.org/about">preventing tobacco use</a>.<p>Koval is working in a rapidly changing landscape. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 34516 at http://kgou.org Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments http://kgou.org/post/justice-dept-charges-fedex-online-drug-shipments Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A federal grand jury indicted FedEx last week on charges the company knowingly shipped drugs from illegal online pharmacies. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports the disputes over shippers' responsibilities in the illegal drug trade go back many years.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: The indictment says a decade ago, law enforcement told FedEx that illegal online drug sellers were using their services to supply dealers and addicts. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 33760 at http://kgou.org Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact http://kgou.org/post/coping-co-workers-body-odor-takes-tact It's summer. It's sweaty. And sometimes that means people are trailing some pungent body odors that their colleagues can't help but smell. But how do you tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it? As Cath Ludeman-Hall will tell you, it isn't easy.<p>She was just out of college and a newbie at a staffing firm when she was asked to gently talk to an older worker in a retail warehouse after his colleagues complained that he stank.<p>"The company loved him and wanted to hire him permanently," she remembers. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 33466 at http://kgou.org Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad http://kgou.org/post/paintballing-boss-office-team-building-exercises-gone-bad Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?<p>Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.<p>Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.<p>"Pinned to its chest was a name tag for a rival store," Johnson says. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32866 at http://kgou.org Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire http://kgou.org/post/targeting-overweight-workers-wellness-programs-can-backfire <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/26/205766456/hating-on-fat-people-just-makes-them-fatter"></a>Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.<p>For several years, <a href="http://www.ryan.com/Home">Ryan Tax Services </a>in Dallas has offered a wellness program to its 2,000-person staff. The program includes health fairs, free screenings, cooking demos and health club memberships. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32508 at http://kgou.org Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define 'Closely Held'? http://kgou.org/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-raises-question-how-define-closely-held Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that closely held companies may, for religious reasons, opt out of paying for their workers' contraception. Closely held is the key phrase, here. And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, it's a phrase that is now being closely examined.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Soon after the court handed down the Hobby Lobby decision, opponents argued it was far-reaching. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32478 at http://kgou.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://kgou.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 31942 at http://kgou.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning