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It’s Your Business for Jan. 30, 2021

News about the latest hirings, retirings and more in the Topeka area.

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Cameron S. Bernard has joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer LLP, following his position as a research attorney for Judge Kathryn Gardner at the Kansas Court of Appeals. Bernard attended Washburn University School of Law, where he won the John K. Kleinheksel Prize For Excellence in Oral Advocacy and was a semifinalist in the 2019 John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition. Bernard is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. At GSEP, he plans to focus on medical malpractice and insurance law.

Nancy Dixon, who has served as judicial administrator of the Kansas Supreme Court since 2011, recently announced she will retire April 16. The judicial administrator is the state’s highest ranking nonjudicial employee in the Kansas judicial branch with significant responsibilities carrying out the Supreme Court’s directions for delivering a statewide court system. Dixon is a sixth-generation Kansan originally from Topeka. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, and her legal career in corporate and private practice took her to Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, before she returned to her hometown and was appointed judicial administrator in 2011. The Supreme Court plans to launch a nationwide search for Dixon’s replacement.

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Topeka was recently recognized by Insurify as one of the “2021 Best Cities for New Homebuyers.” Insurify awarded the recognition to one city in each state, and Topeka took the title in Kansas. Cities were evaluated on real estate demand, employment levels, public school enrollment and driver and pedestrian safety.

Source: https://www.cjonline.com/story/business/2021/01/30/business-news-hirings-retirings-and-promotions-topeka-area/4312400001/

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Tesla veteran Jerome Guillen leaves after less than three months leading trucking business

Guillen had worked at the company in roles reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk since November 2010 and previously oversaw its entire automotive business.

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US electric car maker Tesla Vice President Jerome Guillen poses at the Paris Auto Show on the last press day on October 3, 2014. The Paris Auto show opens to the public on Saturday.

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Tesla executive Jerome Guillen has left the company after only three months as the president of its Heavy Trucking unit, according to an SEC filing released Monday.

“We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future career,” the company said in the filing. His last day was June 3.

Before his appointment to that role in March, Guillen had led the company’s entire vehicles business since 2018. During his time as president of Automotive, Tesla opened its first plant overseas, in Shanghai, and expanded its battery cell supply partnerships. Guillen has worked at the company in roles reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk since November 2010.

In its fourth-quarter 2020 shareholder deck, Tesla said the Semi program was still “in development” but promised Tesla Semi deliveries would begin in 2021. In its annual financial filing with the SEC for 2020, Tesla did not reiterate that Semi delivery deadline.

Guillen is the second high-level exec to leave in recent months, following former vice president of legal Al Prescott, who left in April.

— CNBC’s Lora Kolodny contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/07/tesla-veteran-jerome-guillen-departs-.html

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Walmart to Allow Vaccinated Shoppers, Workers to Go Maskless

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday that it won’t require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in its U.S. stores unless state or local laws say otherwise.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday that it won’t require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in its U.S. stores unless state or local laws say otherwise.

Vaccinated shoppers can go maskless immediately, the company said. Vaccinated workers can stop wearing them on Tuesday. As an incentive, Walmart said it is offering workers $75 if they prove they’ve been vaccinated.

Customers won’t be asked but rather held to an “honor system” regarding their vaccination status, Walmart said.

Workers, however, will need to answer “yes” to a vaccination question in a daily health assessment in order to go maskless, the company said in a memo to employees posted on its corporate website.

“Integrity is one of our core values, and we trust that associates will respect that principle when answering,” the memo states. To get the bonus, workers will have to show their original vaccination certificate.

The company based in Bentonville, Arkansas, noted it is offering vaccines at its more than 5,100 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, and through special events.

Walmart is the nation’s largest employer with roughly 1.5 million workers in the U.S. including those at Sam’s Club, distribution centers and in corporate and managerial jobs.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

Walmart was one of the first retailers to mandate masks last July. Its move to allow vaccinated shoppers and workers to not wear masks could lead other chains to follow suit.

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Workers, however, will need to answer “yes” to a vaccination question in a daily health assessment in order to go maskless, the company said in a memo to employees posted on its corporate website.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2021-05-14/walmart-to-allow-vaccinated-shoppers-workers-to-go-maskless

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Yellen: Biden’s phased-in spending plan won’t fuel inflation

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GOP Rep. Claims Trump Wing Is Pushing to Oust Cheney Because She Won’t ‘Lie’

House Republicans are increasingly frustrated with Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) amid an ongoing spat over her views on former President Trump, The Hill reported on Saturday. GOP lawmakers have warned that Cheney could lose her position as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. “If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R., Ohio) told The Hill. Gonzalez was one of ten GOP representatives, including Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump following the Capitol riot on January 6. “Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes,” Gonzalez added. “She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.” Cheney has continued to criticize Trump since the Capitol riot. While House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) has labeled Trump the head of the Republican Party, Cheney told reporters last week that McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) were the leaders of the party. Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.), head of the Republican Study Committee, said Cheney’s comments were “sideline distractions” that could threaten GOP unity. “I think a lot of us would like to see her join the team, be on the same team, same mission, the same focus. And at this point, that’s what many of us are questioning,” Banks told Axios last week. “As we’re focused on unifying the Republican conference and our mission to win back the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point,” one lawmaker told The Hill on condition of anonymity. “She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn’t resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before.”

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Nurses, doctor help ‘lucky’ mom who gave birth on flight

A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time — helping a Utah woman deliver her baby onboard an hourslong flight to Hawaii. Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was traveling from Salt Lake City to Hawaii on April 28 for a family vacation when she gave birth to her son, Raymond, at just 29 weeks gestation. Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician, along with Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho — neonatal intensive care unit nurses from North Kansas City Hospital — were also on board.

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Wisconsin police fatally shoot gunman who killed 2

Authorities in Wisconsin say a gunman killed two people at a Green Bay casino restaurant and seriously wounded a third before he was shot and killed by police. Investigators believe the gunman was targeting a specific person in the attack. (May 2)

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Liz Cheney fires back at Trump after he calls Biden’s victory ‘the Big Lie’

House GOP leadership reportedly isn’t pleased with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) these days and her job as GOP conference chair may be on the line, but the congresswoman remains undeterred in her efforts to combat former President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. The Twitter-less Trump released one of his rare statements on Monday morning, a one-liner that reads: “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” The statement appears to be an attempt to co-opt the term used by many Trump opponents to describe his claims that he really won the election, and Cheney seemingly wants to ensure that doesn’t happen. Not long after Trump’s words were made public, Cheney fired back, tweeting that, on the contrary, “anyone who claims” the election was fraudulent “is spreading THE BIG LIE.” The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system. — Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021 As Politico notes, House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has suggested he wants Cheney to move on from the issue and focus on policy, so it’s unclear how he’ll take the latest development. More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about Giuliani’s legal woesWhat the Elon Musk backlash is really aboutFlorida Republicans reportedly fear they miscalculated on new voting restrictions

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Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea dispute

The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for making blunt remarks at times, follow Manila’s protests for what it calls the “illegal” presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). China’s embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion of ship-borne trade passes each year.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/ap-top-business-news-2-040000037.html

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