1:06pm: Should the morning-after pill be available on drug store shelves, next to condoms and other over the counter birth control? Right now “Plan B” emergency contraception is not. To get it, women have to prove they’re at least 17 years old or have a doctor’s prescription. But today the Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide whether to lift that age restriction. We’ll find out more from Washington Post Science Reporter Rob Stein.
1:12pm: “A year from now, each and every one of you will be more socially and environmentally responsible.” That’s what Walmart’s CEO told a room full of Chinese vendors in 2008. Now the company who’s often vilified in the USA seems to be pushing China toward sustainability. China expert Orville Schell writes in the Atlantic that Walmart and China are conducting a “bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental stewardship that will be critical to the fate of the planet’s environment.”
1:35pm: Last night, the city held a farewell reception for outgoing police chief Robert White. Chief White says he’s “packing a lot of boxes” this week for his impending move to Colorado, where he’ll be Denver’s chief of police. He took a break to spend some time talking with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey about his community outreach, racially charged police shootings, and the mistakes he regrets making with rank-and-file officers.