COVID Liability Bill Would Shield Missouri Nursing Homes From Consequences, Advocates Warn

Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would protect nursing homes and other businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Supporters say the measure, approved by the Missouri Senate in February, is necessary to prevent a wave of litigation against businesses already struggling to survive. Similar liability shields have been enacted in more than a dozen other states, but some advocates worry the proposal will prevent nursing home residents from holding facilities legally...

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Two-Minute Drill: Redhawks Capture 2021 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championship

Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics captured the 2021 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championship last Saturday afternoon at the Show Me Center with a team-score of 195.025. Trailing Lindenwood by three-quarters of a tenth entering the final rotation, SEMO tied a program-best 49.375 on beam to secure the Championship.

Head coach Ashley Lawson, who was named the Ken Anderson USAG Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, called it magical, as the Redhawks earned...

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Consumer Handbook: New Text Survey Scam Impersonates Pfizer, Asks Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine

Scott Rudin, producer for Broadway shows including The Book of Mormon and To Kill a Mockingbird, will step back from his theater productions following reports of irate behavior and a hostile work environment.

Sen. Mazie Hirono Talks New Memoir

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For years, she thought of herself as one of the quiet ones, hardworking and well-prepared, caring but stoic and self-contained, formed in the image of the Japanese American women who raised her. But Mazie Hirono will no longer be quiet.

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For years, she thought of herself as one of the quiet ones, hardworking and well-prepared, caring but stoic and self-contained, formed in the image of the Japanese American women who raised her. But Mazie Hirono will no longer be quiet.

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For years, she thought of herself as one of the quiet ones, hardworking and well-prepared, caring but stoic and self-contained, formed in the image of the Japanese American women who raised her. But Mazie Hirono will no longer be quiet.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Members of Indianapolis' Sikh community are mourning four of its members who were killed in Thursday night's shooting attack at a FedEx warehouse that left eight victims dead.

"These kinds of violent attacks are a threat to all of us," said community member Maninder Singh Walia in a statement released by the Sikh Coalition. "Our community has a long road of healing — physically, mentally, and spiritually — to recover from this tragedy."

Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 3 Million

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Global deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 3 million, according to the latest data from John Hopkins University.

Leading in those deaths are the United States, with more than 566,000, and Brazil, with more than 368,000. They are followed by Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

The global death toll reached 1 million in September 2020 and 2 million in January.

Updated April 17, 2021 at 11:54 AM ET

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II was memorialized Saturday in a funeral service, decades in the making, before being laid to rest in Windsor Castle.

Because of the pandemic, many of the usual ceremonies were dropped. After a national moment of silence, Philip's body was carried to the gates of Windsor Castle in a personalized hearse, a Land Rover that he helped modify.

It's no secret why poor countries don't have as many vaccines as rich countries.

"There's really just a scarcity of doses," says Kate Elder, senior vaccine policy adviser at Doctors Without Borders' Access Campaign. The question is, how do you fix it?

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04/15/2021: The CDC and FDA have Recommended a Pause on the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine. Phase 3 Vaccination Underway

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A Conversation With Nnedi Okorafor

“It is me,” she called. “Death has come to visit.”  Those are the first words we hear  fr om our protagonist in author  Nnedi   Okorafor’s  latest work, Remote Control . Set in a near-future Ghana, the sci-fi novella centers on Sankofa, a pre-teen who becomes an avatar of death after a chance encounter with a mysterious artifact. Her new powers leave her both worshipped and feared, as she journeys to discover what made her this way — and whether she can ever regain her lost identity. ...

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