The Latest: S. Korea reports 97 new coronavirus cases
Women peel potatoes outside a snack bar amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. — Queen Elizabeth II honors the work of doctors, nurses, delivery drivers, fundraisers and volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic. The health department on Sunday reported 613 new cases for a total of 92,833 confirmed and probable cases. ___BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is imposing new restrictive measures in hopes of curbing a surge in coronavirus infections. This past week, Slovakia reported new highs for confirmed coronavirus cases for four straight days, with a record 1,887 Friday.
Vistra Corp. to close coal power plants in Illinois, Ohio
Vistra Corp., had already shuttered four Illinois plants in Canton, Coffeen, Havana and Hennepin and agreed to close another near Peoria in a legal settlement with environmental groups. But the company based in Irving, Texas, announced recently that it plans to close its four remaining Illinois coal plants within a decade, including Baldwin Power Plant in Randolph County. It'll also close two Ohio plants. Roughly 15% of the electricity generated in Illinois last year came from Vistra coal plants. But The Chicago Tribune cites federal records that show the company’s fleet was responsible for nearly half the carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emitted in 2019 by Illinois’ power plants.