By Nick Carey GRANITE CITY, Ill. (Reuters) - After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 on a pledge to "Make America Great Again" and revive the country's old industrial heartland, Dave Chrusciel hoped someday to return to his previous job at the steel mill here in this southern corner of Illinois. That day has arrived. Chrusciel, 61, is one of around 500 workers United States Steel Corp <X.N> is re-hiring or recruiting as it readies for production in mid-June at a blast furnace it idled in 2015. "I'd been waiting for that phone call asking me to come back for more than two years," he said. Chrusciel and Granite City are among the winners as the Trump administration fights a multi-front war to reshape U.S. trade policy. City officials say the well-paid jobs at the Granite City Works, which traces its roots to the late 19th century, are the heart of this town of 29,000 people. "These are jobs you can raise a family on," said Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer. "Those are … [Read more...] about Trump metals tariffs make Granite City great again, but at what cost?
Spectrum is no better a cable company than Time Warner. In fact, I got the bait and switch. Let me explain. When Spectrum took over in Saco, I gave it a chance and signed up for their initial promotional price (thinking I could downgrade the following year when the price jumped). Related Headlines Richard Rottkov's civility, competence would benefit House District 32Ranked-choice voting provides a cure for several election problemsRanked-choice voting offers little to gain but does pose problemsMedia should pay some attention to maverick local candidatesVote for experienced, compassionate Jon Gale in Democratic primary for Cumberland DA At the time I had very basic TV and maybe 10 megabits per second internet. I don’t need much for internet speed; I’m not an online gamer or large-content user. I do work from home often, and it worked just fine. I thought I’d enjoy a year of extra channels for the same money. As expected, the price jumped up after a year, so I … [Read more...] about Letter to the editor: Spectrum’s promotional cable-internet deal will cost you in the long run
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Bank is slashing thousands of jobs as Germany's largest lender refocuses its global investment banking business on Europe and seeks to return to steady profitability. The bank said Thursday that it would cut its workforce from 97,000 to "well below" 90,000 to achieve cost reduction targets. It said the reductions were already "underway." A chief target of the cutbacks is its stocks trading business, mostly based in New York and London. Head count at the equities business is to be reduced by about 25 percent. Those cuts will cost the bank some $935 million this year. The announcement came just hours before board chairman Paul Achleitner had to face disgruntled investors at the bank's annual shareholder meeting. The bank's share price has sagged and it paid only a small dividend of about 13 cents per share last year. Achleitner drew rueful laughs from the assembled shareholders when he misspoke and said the dividend was $13 per share, a mistake he quickly … [Read more...] about German lender set to shed thousands of jobs to cut costs
opinion By Brianna Romines Published 2:38 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 What patients pay for medications is soaring. Michigan families don’t need to watch the news, read newspapers, or follow financial trends to know this; they just have to show up to the pharmacy counter. Many individuals living with serious health challenges, like epilepsy, require specialty medicines for which lower-cost generics either do not exist or are not as effective for the individual. Epilepsy medications are not “one size fits all,” and saving money on prescription medication is not as easy as just switching to a generic — if one exists at all. In many instances, pharmaceutical manufacturers come alongside these individuals and provide much needed coupons to ensure those who need the medicine have access to it. Unfortunately, we are starting to see a new trend related to this practice. Previously, when an individual showed up at the pharmacy counter to purchase … [Read more...] about Unexpected costs at pharmacy counter
A plan to make St. Charles Unit District 303 school entrances safer is likely to be completed this summer, with the price tag coming in lower than expected. Project bids presented to the business services committee Thursday show security upgrades at 17 facilities would cost the district just more than $750,000, compared to initial projections of $1 million. Construction would begin almost immediately after the June 11 school board meeting if board members approve awarding the contracts, said Seth Chapman, assistant superintendent for business services. "The board is pleased that the administration has had the forethought and discussions and preparation to do this because it's something the community would like to see in their schools," Board President Kathy Hewell said. "It's a visible example of all the other things that go into our safety protocols."The proposed safety measures would require visitors to be buzzed in at the exterior doors, check in with office staff and be buzzed … [Read more...] about Costs lower than expected for District 303 security upgrades