Kristen Flavin

Kristen is an assistant producer for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and has worked behind the scenes for WORLD Radio since it began in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @kristenflavin.

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Senate delays vote on stimulus increase

by Kristen Flavin
Posted 12/29/20, 05:44 pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked an attempt by Democrats on Tuesday to force a vote on increased stimulus spending. The bill that passed the House on Monday would boost the already approved COVID-19 relief direct checks from $600 to $2,000 dollars. McConnell said the Senate would “begin a process” to address the issue.

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Trump issues more pardons

by Kristen Flavin
Posted 12/24/20, 09:05 am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced pardons for 26 people and commutations for three more. The pardons scrubbed felonies off the records of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime ally Roger Stone. Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted both Manafort and Stone during the Russia probe, and juries convicted them both of multiple crimes.
 

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PillPack

Amazon moves into the prescription drug business

by Kristen Flavin & Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/29/18, 11:38 am

Amazon announced a deal Thursday to acquire PillPack, an online pharmacy that caters to people who take multiple prescription medications each day. It delivers prescription drugs in pre-sorted dose packaging and simplifies refills and renewals. Amazon will reportedly pay about $1 billion for the company. If regulators sign off on the deal, Amazon will have a path to disrupt the pharmaceutical industry the same way it’s shaken up just about everything else in retail. News of the deal rattled Wall Street on Thursday. Stocks of major drugstore chains like Walgreens and CVS dropped sharply.

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