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Red Sox exercise option to keep Alex Cora as manager through 2024

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Red Sox exercise option to keep Alex Cora as manager through 2024

The Red Sox made a new commitment to Alex Cora on Monday, announcing that they have picked up the club option on the manager’s contract that will now keep him in his role through the 2024 season.

When the Red Sox brought Cora back as their manager last November, it was for a two-year contract through 2022 with a two-year club option for 2023 and 2024. After a surprise 2021 season, they saw enough to commit at least two more seasons to their popular manager.

“Alex’s leadership of our staff and our players was critical to all that we accomplished in 2021,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. “Along with the entire Red Sox front office, I am excited for many years of continued partnership as we work together to bring another World Series trophy to Fenway Park.”

“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to manage the Red Sox,” Cora said. “We experienced so many special moments as a team and as a city in 2021, but we still have unfinished business to take care of. I am excited about the current state of our organization and eager to continue my work with our front office, coaches, players, and everyone who makes this such a special place.”

The 46-year-old Cora managed the Red Sox in 2018 and 2019 before he and the team parted ways for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. After he served a season-long suspension in 2020, the Red Sox decided to bring him back, and they reaped immediate rewards. Led by Cora, the Sox were one of the biggest surprises in baseball as they won 92 games to earn the top Wild Card spot and came two wins away from advancing to the World Series. He finished fifth in American League Manager of the Year voting.

Cora has a 284-202 record in three seasons as Red Sox manager. The .584 winning percentage is the highest ever among Red Sox managers who have managed at least 400 games.

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‘It’s so disheartening’ – Mistreatment of nurses around the Ozarks on the rise

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‘It’s so disheartening’ – Mistreatment of nurses around the Ozarks on the rise

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers were praised as heroes, but now that seems to have changed. Healthcare workers around the Ozarks say over the last few months they’ve experienced yelling and even threats.

“We were being talked about as healthcare heroes and now for whatever reason, we’ve become the whipping post of healthcare,” said Tracy Hill, a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital. “Part of it is just disbelief on our part. We do not understand why we are being treated the way that we are being treated. We’re challenged with providing care to extremely sick patients. I would never go into a store and have the conversations patients are trying to have with us. I’m in a position to help them and provide care.”

Hill became a bedside nurse two years ago. She says most nurses have faced bad treatment when a patient calls them into their room. Sometimes that leads to cursing and yelling, which gets so loud to the point that other nurses are coming into the room to figure out what’s wrong.

“One particular time I said, ‘Hi I’m Tracy I’m your nurse I’ll be taking care of you,’ and the patient literally screamed at me to get out of their room,” Hill said. “That is nicely putting what this patient said to me.”

Hill and other nurses have witnessed or been victims of verbal abuse several times.

“We’ve walked out together and shared tears,” Hill said. “You to start to wonder, ‘Is this something that I really want to continue to do?’ Your heart really has to be in it day after day to continue to come in and suffer that type of abuse.”

In the past year at CoxHealth locations, system chief nursing officer Beth Polivka says there have been 4,127 reported incidents of aggression or violence towards hospital staff.

“We’ve had staff spit on,” Polivka said. “I was talking with an employee just three weeks ago who had bruising underneath her eye who had taken a punch. It’s hitting, it’s kicking, it’s biting.”

Of those reported incidents, 637 cases were assaults. More than 320 situations resulted in a staff member getting hurt. Polivka says it’s gotten to the point where almost one employee a day is not only assaulted but injured.

“It’s disheartening at times,” Polivka said.

With all of this going on, Mercy and CoxHealth have a request for patients: Be better.

“I would just ask that people just be empathetic with us as well,” Mercy nurse Tracy Hill said. “We’re making a choice to be here to support you.”

Hill says her team deserves more respect, especially because they put themselves in danger to help others. She says her team is working to pick up the slack and continue to help patients who aren’t even theirs. Hill says people never know what is happening in the room next door to them. Often times, it’s a patient who is as sick, or sicker than them.

She encourages people to keep that in mind the next time they visit with a healthcare worker.

“We deserve even more empathy and respect for continuing to serve in this community,” Hill said. “Show us your grace. I promise you we are providing the best care to everyone that we can.”

Beth Polivka with CoxHealth says it all comes down to just being a nice human. Polivka wants people to know her staff is working as hard and fast as they can to give patients the best care possible.

“I think just being patient and being kind,” Polivka said. “I think that’s a good message for all of humanity whether you’re in a hospital setting or you’re not.”

However, despite the sudden negativity being thrown at healthcare workers, there are heartwarming moments like this that make it a little easier:

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St. Clair Square shooting: 1 person wounded, 2 in custody

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Police responded to a shooting inside St. Clair Square Mall Thursday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for the Fairview Heights Police Department, one person was shot and taken to a local hospital. Two people were taken into custody while police further sort out what happened.

The shooting reportedly happened around 4 p.m. outside of the Helzberg Diamonds store.

FOX 2 learned that the nearby JC Penney store went on lockdown as a result. We also spoke with a person who told us that he and about 10 other people hid in the back of a Champs store, waiting for the all-clear.

By 5:20 p.m. Fairview Heights Police announced the mall had been shut down for the evening due to the ongoing investigation.

FOX 2 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Cape Girardeau woman sent to prison, must repay $7.5 million in fraud case

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Former St. Louis officer made $50K for unworked security hours

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $7.5 million in restitution in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud case.

A federal judge in St. Louis on Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Brandy McKay of Cape Girardeau. She had earlier pleaded guilty.

McKay operated several durable medical equipment companies.

A plea agreement stated that the companies paid kickbacks for orders and prescriptions signed by telemedicine doctors and nurse practitioners who in most cases didn’t examine or even have contact with patients, and who did not determine those patients needed durable medical equipment.

McKay’s companies then submitted reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

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