Medical marijuana advocates packed a state capitol hearing on Thursday, blasting a bill that would regulate dispensaries. Many say any regulation of the drug is bad and would hurt patients. Lawmakers on the house judiciary committee also had concerns with the 48-page measure, which they delayed voting on. Bente Birkeland has more from the state house.

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December 28, 2014 | NPR · Flight QZ8501, traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control Sunday morning. The search for the plane was suspended for the night, but resumed at dawn.
 

Argonne National Laboratory
December 28, 2014 | NPR · In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Mae Keane quit, and survived.
 

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December 28, 2014 | NPR · Until the early ’90s, young children often weren’t tested for hearing loss until they had already missed out on a critical period for learning language. Dr. Marion Downs was determined to change that.
 

Arts & Life

December 28, 2014 | NPR · Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · In the new year we’ll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · Sony’s movie The Interview was meant to be just a silly comedy, but now it’s a symbol of free speech. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer talks to its screenwriter, Dan Sterling.
 

Music

December 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath presents the work of a few musicians who died in 2014 but didn’t get enough recognition, including a rockabilly forefather, an Indian mandolin player and a leading Texas bluesman.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · Saul Zaentz only made a dozen films, but three of them won Best Picture Academy Awards. As a record label owner, his biggest success — and worst relationship — was with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
 

December 28, 2014 | NPR · British soul singer Joe Cocker died last week at age 70. In his memory, we rebroadcast parts of his 2012 interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin.
 

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