Gov. Parson considering incentives to boost vaccination rates as Missouri lags behind

With a vaccine rate less than 40%, state health officials are studying ways to urge more people to get the shot

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Mike Parson is considering some kind of statewide incentives to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccine as the virus continues to spread faster in Missouri than in almost every other state

Only one other state has a higher rate of new cases by population than Missouri.

And the delta variant of COVID spreading in southwest Missouri has health officials here worried about those without the vaccine.

5 On Your Side has confirmed with the governor and with the state health department that they are working on incentives to encourage more people to get the shot and raise the statewide vaccination rate of less than 40%.

So far, Missouri officials are not giving specifics of what those incentives might be.

At the same

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Spas are seeing more men, a less-is-more approach for guests

NEW YORK (AP) — Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association.

The leading industry group for spa professionals recently held its 25th annual event for media to show off trends and services among its 2,300 members. Garrett Mersberger, the association’s board chairman, broke down a few highlights for The Associated Press:



Some spas have been slimming back the services they offer as they focus more on customization, said Mersberger, who is also the director of sales, marketing and spa for Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

“The idea is to reduce that menu to make it all about the individual guest at that exact moment in time,” he said. “When I book, I don’t want to have to

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It May Be 2021, But These 7 Vintage Trends Are Still Dominating

Fashion is cyclical. What was once in will surely be back again in the future, and that’s just the way the sartorial world works. I tend to hold on to certain pieces because A) I wear what I love, and B) I know things will come back in style eventually. While trends come and go, there’s a select bunch that has staying power. From the ’50s to the ’80s, pieces from past decades sneak their way into designer collections and our Instagram feeds.

Fortunately, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing seem to be the phrases of the year, with both sartorial and sustainable trends moving in the same direction. We’ve rounded up the top vintage trends for 2021 so you can get to hunting or grab a modern, updated version if you prefer. Whether it’s by raiding a parent’s closet, scouring resale sites (where I just found a $3000 Gucci bag for

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