Yuki Noguchi http://nhpr.org en Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments http://nhpr.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 52260 at http://nhpr.org Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact http://nhpr.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 52015 at http://nhpr.org Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire http://nhpr.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 51192 at http://nhpr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://nhpr.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 50728 at http://nhpr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning When A Retail Giant Shops For A CEO, A Good Fit Is Hard To Find http://nhpr.org/post/when-retail-giant-shops-ceo-good-fit-hard-find Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. There are a lot of open job slots in the top ranks of retail companies these days. J.C. Penney, American Eagle Outfitters and Target are all looking for new CEOs. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, executive recruiters say it's harder these days to fill those positions.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Once upon a time, retail wasn't so big or so complicated. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49712 at http://nhpr.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends http://nhpr.org/post/will-epas-new-emission-rules-boost-your-power-bill-it-depends The issue of cost comes up repeatedly in the debate over climate change.<p>With the Obama administration's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318151240/epa-to-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">proposed rules</a> for limiting greenhouse gases out Monday, critics and proponents alike claim they know how the plan will affect consumers' monthly budgets. The draft proposal aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>Business and coal-industry groups say the plan will raise electricity bills. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49586 at http://nhpr.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies http://nhpr.org/post/states-consider-bills-crack-down-workplace-bullies Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a <a href="http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/" target="_blank">recent Zogby poll</a> commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.<p>Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.<p>Lisa-Marie Mulkern says her boss — the commandant of a retirement home for veterans in New Hampshire — turned on her after she expressed con Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49210 at http://nhpr.org States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket http://nhpr.org/post/when-colleges-divest-coal-its-barely-drop-bucket If the students at Stanford University believe they sent the coal industry a strong message this week, they should think again. The school's decision to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/07/310413607/stanford-university-says-no-to-coal-investments">eliminate coal from its portfolio</a> did not send shock waves through the industry. In fact, representatives say it will have no financial impact on the industry at all. Wed, 07 May 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48116 at http://nhpr.org When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://nhpr.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47214 at http://nhpr.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://nhpr.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46964 at http://nhpr.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead http://nhpr.org/post/cant-ask-some-job-interviewers-go-social-media-instead Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers.<p>It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the request might hurt their job chances, but they also feel compelled to scrub their profiles before accepting.<p>"They didn't know why they were being friended," Kluemper says. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46634 at http://nhpr.org Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://nhpr.org/post/stop-thief-when-colleagues-steal-office-fridge As a wedding planner, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/content/eh_misc/news_room/jeannebio1.shtml">Jeanne Hamilton</a> saw her share of very bad manners — people who made her think, "There should be an etiquette hell for people like you."<p>And bingo! That was the beginning of her website, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/">Etiquette Hell</a>, a repository of more than 6,000 firsthand accounts of bad behavior people witness in their fellow peers.<p>And the most frequent complaint? Fridge theft. It's rampant, apparently, in offices all over the world.<p>"It's the No. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46097 at http://nhpr.org Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://nhpr.org/post/intern-40-something-and-paid-hugs As the job market improves and people are trying to get back to work, more older workers in their 40s and 50s are signing on for internships. It could pay off, but it can come with some difficult trade-offs.<p>For Renee Killian, 47, it has meant working an unpaid stint alongside fellow interns who are less than half her age. Killian's dayside duties at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., often involve making sure the response trucks are properly stocked with blankets, water bottles and cleaning kits. At night, she is a volunteer on call. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45956 at http://nhpr.org An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds And Firms Still Deciding http://nhpr.org/post/ok-vape-office-cities-feds-and-firms-still-deciding E-cigarettes aren't yet federally regulated as tobacco products, but many cities and some states are already moving to include the devices in their smoking bans. Such bans are raising a debate about whether e-cigarettes should be permitted to be used in smoke-free workplaces.<p>Gary Nolan was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker until he switched to e-cigs. Now Nolan, who hosts a libertarian talk show based in Columbia, Mo., freely puffs — or vapes, as it's come to be called — at work.<p>"I'm in a closed studio," Nolan says. "There are no open windows. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45439 at http://nhpr.org OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds And Firms Still Deciding In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://nhpr.org/post/first-press-conference-new-fed-chair-goes-vague Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Federal Reserve policymakers say it's not your imagination, there has been an economic slowdown over the past few months. The pullback was partly due to the harsh winter weather. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45323 at http://nhpr.org