Kristen Flavin

Kristen is a field producer for The World and Everything in It.

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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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Pumpkin farmer helps churches harvest fall bounty

Religion | Pumpkin patch fundraisers net big bucks for year-round operations
by Kristen Flavin
Posted 10/27/16, 01:25 pm

While some Christians avoid Halloween with its images of devils, death, and destruction, some churches count on Halloween—or at least the pumpkins sold at Halloween time—to fund operations throughout the year.

St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C., has hosted a pumpkin patch for the last 30 years. 

The proceeds from the pumpkin sales benefit the church’s youth missions program. Last year, the patch brought in more than $30,000.

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The mystery of the missing moon rocks

| NASA has lost track of hundreds of rocks brought back by the Apollo missions
by Kristen Flavin
Posted 9/10/16, 10:33 am

U.S. astronauts brought back 842 pounds of moon rocks and dust from six different missions to the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972, according to NASA.

The majority of the rocks are in storage under NASA’s care. Most are at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, some are at White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, and several more rocks are on loan to museums. But 270 rocks were given as gifts to the nations of the world, and many of them are now missing.

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