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St. Louis area health care workers warn of rising COVID-19 infections: ‘We are scared of what’s coming’

Jennifer Duffey, whose mother died of COVID-19 in September, pleaded tearfully with residents to wear masks, and to speak up when they see others without them.”I don’t understand why it is so hard to sacrifice, to wear a mask, if it can save somebody else like my mother,” Duffey said. “Our ask of you is to please wear a mask, and be careful … be patient with the sacrifices we all have to make.”Dr. Clay Dunagan, BJC Chief Clinical Officer, said Monday that the case numbers in the region have continued to rise, and hospitalization and ICU numbers tend to follow that trend by two to three […]Read full article >
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Charles Schwab to cut about 1,000 jobs

FILE – This July 14, 2010, file photo, shows a Charles Schwab office in Oakland, Calif. Charles Schwab is dropping commissions for online trading of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds, the latest slash in an industry battle that’s drastically cut the cost of investing. The announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, sent shares of other brokerages plummeting. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Paul Sakuma Reuters Charles Schwab Corp. said on Monday it is laying off about 1,000 positions in the combined workforce of Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade to streamline and reshape their branch network.“These reductions are part of our […]Read full article >
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U.S. State Department approves $2.37 billion more in potential arms sales to Taiwan

Boeing’s Chicago headquarters.  Lisa Brown By Mike Stone | Reuters WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan in a deal that has a potential value of up to $2.37 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.The move comes days after the State Department approved the potential sale of three other weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion, which prompted a sanctions threat from China.On Monday in Beijing, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told reporters China will impose […]Read full article >
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Kirkwood man flying home to vote after absentee ballot mishap

Absentee prep worker Karen Kuhn carries empty containers after sorting through absentee votes at the St. Louis County Board of Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes, cfletes@post-dispatch.com Cristina M. Fletes KIRKWOOD — A Kirkwood man on a half-year work assignment in Wyoming is flying home Friday to vote after the absentee ballot application he emailed on Sept. 18 wasn’t processed for weeks because of incompatible software. Michael Fischer, 56, said he accepts the explanation Monday by Eric Fey, an official at the St. Louis County Election Board, who checked into the situation after Fischer […]Read full article >
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Missouri virus hospitalizations rising as data problem fixed

Randall Williams, director of the department of health and senior services, puts on a mask in honor of the Blues leaving for Edmonton during a press conference outside of the Governor’s office at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City on Monday, July 27, 2020. Williams provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 testing and urged the younger population to continue social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com Colter Peterson Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY — A data-entry problem that skewed hospitalization numbers in Missouri for more than a week was […]Read full article >