April 29, 2021

Day: April 29, 2021

State health director: Mask-wearing now a ‘personal choice’

Dr. Lisa Piercey addressed reporters Tuesday after Gov. Bill Lee lifted most virus restrictions in the state.

Hours after her boss brought an end to virus restrictions for most Tennesseans, the state’s health commissioner said mask wearing is now a “personal choice” every resident is free to make.

“Tennesseans are intelligent people,” Dr. Lisa Piercey told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “They know what they want.”

Options remain for those who want protections against possible exposure to COVID-19, she said.

“If they feel unsafe, they should take extra precautions.”

On Tuesday morning, Gov. Bill Lee said he was ending virus-related restrictions for

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‘Trust a vision you can’t see yet.’ Business owners have high hopes for future of downtown Rocky Mount :: WRAL.com

— Business owners in downtown Rocky Mount say they see problems in the area, but they also see potential.

Now, city leaders say they have a plan in place to get there.

“It’s a bit challenging, just like anywhere else,” said Zabdiel Dewar, who owns the Jamaican restaurant D Chill Spot . “It gives you hope as well.”

Dewar’s restaurant is one of 10 places to eat in downtown Rocky Mount.

While business has been good, Dewar said what’s been holding him back the most is happening outside his

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Eating a sloppy burger while driving can mean higher insurance rates

Q: We all know how bad distracted driving is, from talking on cell phones to having pets sit on our laps to eating a sloppy burger while behind the wheel. Shouldn’t the penalties be more severe?

Frank Reyes, Hayward

A: Yes, and soon they will be. Beginning July 1 in California, using a handheld phone or texting will also add a point to the driver’s record for each violation within 36 months of a prior conviction. That could increase one’s insurance rates.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide in 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle

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Tesla Makes More Money Trading Bitcoin Than Selling Cars

After just months under the same roof, bitcoin and Tesla are becoming the best of friends.

That is one takeaway from the car company’s first-quarter results out on Monday. Revenue of $10.4 billion and adjusted earnings of 93 cents a share both topped Wall Street expectations. Net income reached $438 million, a quarterly record for the company. What’s more, Tesla said it expects to increase vehicle deliveries by more than 50% this year from the 2020 total. That implies roughly 800,000 deliveries this year.

Tesla didn’t exactly earn its record profit from selling cars, however. The company said that it

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Florida Legislature codifies use of personal-care attendants in long-term care centers

TALLAHASSEE — A measure passed by the Florida Legislature would allow long-term care facilities to continue to employ “personal-care attendants” to help with basic duties and would give the attendants four months to pass a certified nursing assistant exam to keep working in the facilities.

The legislation codifies a state emergency order issued in March 2020 in response to staffing shortages that allowed nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to hire personal-care attendants who had undergone 8 hours of training. The legislation increases the amount of training to 16 hours.

The measure passed the House, 106-11, and the Senate, 32-7. It

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Humana Buying Out Partners in Home-Health Business

Humana Inc.

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agreed to take full control of home-health provider Kindred at Home by buying out two investors that currently own the majority of the company, deepening its exposure to care services delivered outside traditional settings.

Humana said Tuesday that it would pay $5.7 billion to acquire the 60% interest in Kindred from the private-equity arm of TPG and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, another private-equity firm.

The health-insurance company said it owns 40% of Kindred, a business it described as the nation’s largest home-health and hospice provider, with 43,000 caregivers working in 40 states.

Demand for home-based

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