Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll climbs above 150,000, and White House task force says 21 states are in the ‘red zone’

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The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 150,000 late Wednesday, and the White House task force created to manage the pandemic said 21 states are now in the “red zone.”

In a new report, the task force said Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin each had recorded more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

The report advises those states to continue or enforce face-mask mandates; to close places where social distancing and mask use cannot occur, such as bars; to move to outdoor dining; to limit the number of people allowed to gather in one place; and to scale up testing, contract tracing and isolating, measures health experts have long said are needed to contain the spread.

President Donald Trump at

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Senior Market Sales Expands National Reach, Joins Alliant Insurance Services | Nachricht

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OMAHA, Neb., July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ –Senior Market Sales® (SMS), one of the industry’s premier insurance marketing organizations, has entered into a strategic agreement to be acquired by Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest insurance and employee benefits consulting firms. The partnership positions Senior Market Sales to continue its rapid growth and expands the reach of SMS’ premier health and wealth platform through Alliant’s extensive distribution channels.

“With this deal, you have the premier national insurance marketing company in the senior market joining forces with one of the nation’s leading names in employee benefits,” said Jim Summers, President of SMS. “We’re going to leverage the strengths of both companies to create a unique new model in insurance distribution and maximize the resources available to our agents and partners.”

Alliant has a 95-year legacy of providing risk management, insurance, and consulting services to thousands of clients

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Nokia Corporation Nokia Corporation Financial -3-

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   Networks and Nokia Software are expected to be influenced by factors 
   -- Our expectation that we will slightly underperform our primary 
      addressable market, which is expected to be flattish on a constant 
      currency basis in full year 2020, excluding China (This is an update to 
      our earlier commentary to perform in-line with our primary addressable 
      market, which is expected to decline on a constant currency basis in full 
      year 2020, excluding China). Our updated expectation is primarily due to 
      lower network deployment services within Mobile Access and a slightly 
      improved market outlook, given the lower than expected market impact from 
      COVID-19 in Q2 2020; 
   -- Our expectation for operating profit seasonality in 2020 to be similar to 
      2019, with the majority of operating profit to be generated in the fourth 
      quarter. Due to our strong free cash flow performance in the first six 
      months of 2020, we no longer 
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Analysis: 1st months not what Reeves expected as governor

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, left, listens as State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, discusses the state’s efforts to reduce and limit transmission from the COVID-19 virus, Monday, July 20, 2020, during a press briefing in Jackson, Miss.


Republican Tate Reeves has made clear that his first six months as Mississippi governor didn’t shape up the way he expected.

Reeves took office in January after eight years as lieutenant governor and eight before that as state treasurer.

A pandemic wasn’t expected when Reeves campaigned last year, and responding to the new coronavirus has occupied most of his time as governor.

“In 2020, things aren’t like they were in 2019,” Reeves said Friday. “2019, I was running a political campaign, working 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and I never thought I would long for those days. But I can assure you that I

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